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Factual Facades: 4 Things to Know Before Getting Porcelain Veneers

January 8, 2024

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If you have aesthetic flaws in your teeth, it can impact how you feel about yourself. Studies have shown that people who have dental problems are more likely to report feeling anxious, self-conscious, and less interested in social engagement. Fortunately, your dentist can mask imperfections with porcelain veneers.

These thin, ceramic shells are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide minor stains, chips, cracks, or gaps. That said, they can be quite an investment in time and resources so it’s important to be well informed about the process before you get started. Keep reading to learn 4 important facts about porcelain veneers!

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The Toothful Tale of the First Thanksgiving

November 17, 2023

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A modern family enjoying Thanksgiving with good dental health

This month marks an annual tradition steeped in rich history. The first Thanksgiving was said to be a meeting between the American colonists and Native Americans of the Wampanoag tribe. While Americans celebrate the holiday with turkey and other delights, the first feast probably looked much different. Not only that, but the oral health and dental care of these ancestors was incredibly different.

Continue reading to learn more about what these ancient people ate and how they took care of their teeth.

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The Damaging Effects of Cigarettes on Oral Health

September 2, 2023

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Smoking cigarettes not only poses a grave threat to your overall health, but it also wreaks havoc on your smile! From stained teeth to severe gum disease, the negative impact that cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and similar items have on one’s oral health cannot be overstated. That said, if you’re a smoker yourself, you should consider kicking the habit altogether, at the very least for the sake of your pearly whites! Here’s some useful information from your trusted dentist about how cigarettes can have life-affecting consequences on your body and smile, along with some tips for replacing those frequent cigarette breaks with something more productive and healthier!

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Regular vs. Diet Soda: Which Is Better For Your Teeth?

July 11, 2023

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You’ve been out and about on a hot summer day and stop for lunch. Nothing sounds more appealing than a cold, fizzy soda to cool down and refresh. You’ve heard, though, that consuming sugary beverages is bad for your teeth, so you opt for diet soda instead. But did you know that diet sodas can be just as harmful to your oral health? Continue reading to learn about how these beverages may be hurting rather than helping the well-being of your smile.

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5 Tips to Free Your Smile from Something Stuck Between Your Teeth

May 1, 2023

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a woman smiling happily after removing an object that was stuck between her teeth

When your smile is comfortable and healthy, it’s easy to not give it much thought. But when you get something stuck between your teeth, it can drive you crazy! While most of the time this oral issue doesn’t lead to a dental emergency, it is essential to remove the object as soon as you can. Here are five helpful tips to free your grin from an object lodged in your pearly whites.

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Protect Your Smile During These 3 Fun Food Days in March!

March 1, 2023

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a big stack of pancakes

After going through the cold of winter and the busyness of the holiday season, springtime is always a welcome time of the year. It begins to get warmer, and the beauty of the world begins to bloom again. However, you just don’t want your garden to flourish…you always want your smile to be in top condition, too! You managed to get through the holiday celebrations with no cavities and want to keep it up. Here are three big days in March that are fun to enjoy but should also be mindful of their impact on your smile.

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Debunking Common Dental Sedation Myths

January 12, 2023

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young patient under dental sedation

Dental fear or anxiety is characterized by stressful or uncomfortable feelings related to the tools, sounds, or environment of dental offices. Approximately 36% of Americans have a fear of dental treatments, makes it hard for them to receive the care they need to keep oral health problems at Bay. Fortunately, dental sedation can help fearful patients as well as those who have trouble sitting in the dental chair for long periods. There is a lot of misinformation about this form of dentistry, so read on as we debunk three common dental sedation myths.

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Can Tooth Infections Be Lethal?

November 13, 2022

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Person holding their cheek and wincing

Toothaches are pretty painful, but some people think they aren’t anything to worry about. You might be able to bear with one for a few days, and hey, it may even go away on its own!

Unfortunately, that really isn’t the case. Toothaches can develop into incredibly serious health conditions if you aren’t careful. In some cases, they can even be fatal. If you want to know a little bit more about how tooth infections can become severe, here’s a guide that may be able to help you.

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Can Adults Get Dental Sealants?

September 20, 2022

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person with dental sealants smiling at dentist

When it comes to growing smiles, they can often use a little bit of extra help keeping their pearly whites in good condition. There are a range of preventive dental treatments that can help, including sealants. This treatment is often recommended for children, but can adults get dental sealants as well? Read on to learn the answer and why sealants are beneficial to your oral health.

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Which Type of Milk is Best for Your Smile?

August 26, 2022

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3 containers of milkYou’ve probably heard that milk does the body good, but it’s important for more than strong bones. Milk is also vital for a healthy smile because it’s loaded with nutrients, like calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus. The 3 nutrients are the building blocks for strong enamel, making your teeth more resistant to decay and erosion. Milk is an easy way to support your oral health because 1 glass contains as much calcium as 2 ¼ cups of broccoli. However, not all types of milk are the same, and some can do more harm than good. Here’s the best milk to support a healthy, beautiful smile. 

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