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How Gum Disease Can Impact Your Mental Wellness

May 21, 2024

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patient with an anxious facial expression at dentist

When it comes to caring for their smiles, many people just think about their pearly whites. But don’t forget about your gums when thinking about oral health! They’re just as important as your teeth for a healthy smile. Gum disease is common, affecting about half of adults over 30. Having gum disease doesn’t just affect your mouth—it can also impact your mental well-being. Continue reading to learn more about this connection from your periodontist.

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Is It Safe to Replace Missing Teeth Myself?

May 9, 2024

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Closeup of a missing tooth

If you are missing one or more teeth, you know how challenging it can be to complete tasks that used to be simple. Tooth loss can also result in a wide array of additional oral health issues, including bone loss, misalignment, and more. You may have seen some DIY tooth replacement solutions online, but are these the real deal? Continue reading to learn about how DIY tooth replacement works and why it’s always best to see a dental professional.

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Help! My Veneer Fell Off!

March 12, 2024

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Woman in shock covering her mouthVeneers are a great investment because they can fix many issues at once and provide long-lasting results. It’s not uncommon for veneers to last for a decade or longer with the correct care, but it also isn’t unusual for one to fall off from unfortunate circumstances. Don’t panic! Whether your veneers are new or you’ve had them for several years, here’s what you should do until you see your dentist.

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What’s the Lifespan of Dental Crowns?

February 8, 2024

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child at dentist to get dental crown

Dental crowns play a vital role in protecting compromised or decayed teeth, offering essential restoration and improved aesthetics. The longevity of these crowns is influenced by factors such as the chosen material, oral care practices, and overall dental health. Regular brushing and flossing are crucial for extending the lifespan of dental crowns. Read on as we delve into the typical lifespan of dental crowns, potential reasons for their failure, and effective methods to enhance their durability.

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How Dental Implants Can Make You Look Younger

January 9, 2024

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person with dental implants smiling

With over 156 million people in the United States missing at least one permanent tooth, dental implants have gained popularity with a remarkable 98% success rate as a leading method for tooth replacement. While bridges and dentures are viable options, they often contribute to an appearance of aging. Dental implants stand out as the sole tooth replacement choice capable of preventing or even reversing this aging process. Let’s explore how!

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A Wine-Lover’s Guide to the Holidays: Keeping your Teeth Merry and Bright

December 28, 2023

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A group of friends with good oral health enjoying holiday wine

Holiday wine is a fine tradition that stretches back centuries. However, in a modern age where aesthetics are important, you may need help keeping your teeth clean and bright. Teeth whitening treatments are a great way to remove stubborn tooth stains and restore your smile to like-new color.

If you’d rather avoid the staining altogether, then continue reading. Below you’ll find dentist-approved tricks to keep your teeth merry and bright.

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Joyful Bites: Smile-Approved Holiday Appetizers for Oral Health

November 30, 2023

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A group of friends with good oral health enjoying a holiday spread

Holiday meals are usually a pretty standard affair. Most families have staples they make every year, reducing the planning load. However, if you’re trying to watch your oral health this year, you might need some help breaking norms. Below are four fantastic and tooth-friendly appetizers that will make your family smile.

Continue reading to discover these exotic and tasty food ideas for yourself.

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How Do You Know If You Need a Dental Filling?

October 13, 2023

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Model showing different stages of tooth decayYour teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body. Your enamel is the outer layer of a tooth that protects the underlying dentin and pulp. It’s stronger than some metals, but it isn’t any match for cavity-causing bacteria. An acidic plaque created by sugars and starches can erode your enamel until a cavity forms, which will require a filling to treat. How do you know if you need a filling? Here’s how to spot the signs of tooth decay.

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A Morning Coffee Lover’s Guide to Fresh Breath

September 8, 2023

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A morning cup of coffee

Wake up, grind the beans, set the filter, pour over, let steep, and enjoy. This is the morning routine of someone who really loves their coffee. That first sip of java in the morning can be a truly awakening experience. However, the smell of their breath is never as good as the smell of the coffee. America’s favorite brown bean juice can have a negative effect on oral health.

If you need help worrying less about halitosis and more about what setting to put your grinder in, continue reading. These tips will make coffee breath a thing of the past.

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6 Lifestyle Changes to Ensure Your Dental Implants Last

August 24, 2023

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Woman looking in mirror to brush her teethIf you’re ready to replace your missing teeth for good, dental implants are the solution for you. A dental implant is the only method of recreating both the root and the crown. They have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or more, but many factors will affect their life expectancy, like your brushing habits. Here are 6 lifestyle changes to make to get the most from your investment.

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