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Fantastic Fillings: 4 Reasons to Consider Tooth-Colored Materials for Repairs

January 8, 2024

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Artistic rendering of tooth-colored filling

If you have a decayed tooth, you might feel tempted to opt for a less costly amalgam (metal) filling. It’s the tried-and-true material that has historically been used for dental work like repairing cavities. Today, however, most dentists rely on tooth-colored materials for the same fixes. Continue reading to learn 4 reasons why you might want to opt for the upgraded option when it comes to restoring your teeth!


Flying the Friendly Skies After Tooth Extraction

December 13, 2023

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Woman thinks something over

While dentists always want to avoid extracting teeth, doing so is sometimes necessary to preserve a patient’s oral and overall health. Tooth extractions can alleviate chronic pain, prevent further injuries or infections, and keep teeth from being forced out of alignment, but the recovery period afterward isn’t known for being free of unpleasant aftereffects. Here are a few issues that can arise when traveling by air after tooth extraction and a few tips for alleviating them.


Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Just for Celebrities

November 13, 2023

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Woman taking a selfie with cellphoneFew people have perfect teeth naturally. Not to mention, age, trauma, and poor oral hygiene can take a toll on the appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can give you a stunning smile that you’ll be proud to show off. You don’t have to be rich or a celebrity to revamp your pearly whites. Cosmetic dentistry is affordable for people from all walks of life. You have more options than ever before to invest in the smile of your dreams without spending your life’s savings.


It’s No Laughing Matter: Nitrous Oxide Is Safe

October 13, 2023

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Smiling dentist

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas that has been used as an anesthetic and sedative in dentistry for more than a century. When inhaled, it slows the body’s reaction time, raises the pain threshold, and creates a sense of well-being while leaving the patient awake and alert enough to communicate with the dentist. It works quickly and is eliminated from the body shortly after the treatment ends. Here’s why nitrous oxide is considered one of the safest forms of dental sedation as well as a few uncommon side effects.


5 Interesting Facts About Gum Disease

September 19, 2023

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Close up of mouth with advanced gum diseaseCavities aren’t the only issue to affect your dental health. Gum disease is equally damaging to your smile. Not only can it wreak havoc on your oral health, but it’s also connected to potentially deadly medical concerns. Here are 5 interesting facts about gum disease you may not know.


Don’t Forget These Dental Must-Haves for Your College Dorm

August 11, 2023

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A man at college with good oral health

In life, there are very few events that can truly feel like transitions from one life to another. Moving out of your parent’s house and into a college dorm or rental apartment is one of the biggest. Living on your own is a big step that sees you take full responsibility for your own needs, especially your oral health.

Continue reading to find the most important or useful items to stock in your dental kit when you finally strike out on your own.


Can I Drink Coffee After a Tooth Extraction?

July 23, 2023

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Steaming coffee cup on opened bookIf you need to have a tooth removed, you can expect your mouth to be sore for a few days, so you’ll have to watch what you eat. Your dentist will recommend soft foods until any tenderness subsides, but can you still drink coffee? No. Coffee can increase your risk of complications after a tooth extraction.


Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?

June 23, 2023

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Root canal therapy for infected toothYou’ve probably heard many negative things about root canal therapy, like it’s painful or even causes cancer. Much of what you’ve heard probably isn’t true. Root canals are pain-free thanks to the latest innovations in dentistry, and they are safe. Despite common rumors, root canals can’t cause cancer.


Teeth Whitening Foods for a Bright Smile

May 23, 2023

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Smiling young woman holding a bowl of strawberriesIf you invested in a bright, beautiful smile with teeth whitening, your results can last for several months or years. However, many factors will affect the duration, like the foods you eat. Believe it or not, some foods can combat discoloration. Here are 5 foods to add to your plate to maintain your radiant smile.


5 Reasons to Appreciate Your Dental Hygienist

April 23, 2023

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Female dental hygienist in green scrubsDentists get a lot of credit for keeping teeth and gums healthy, but they aren’t the only ones to promote healthy smiles. Your dental hygienist is an invaluable member of your oral health team. They are licensed healthcare professionals who must complete a 2-3 year dental hygiene program accredited by the American Dental Association. A dental hygienist works closely with your dentist to keep your mouth healthy. Here are 5 reasons to show your hygienist a little appreciation.


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