The Far-Reaching Impact of Gum Health

October 4, 2021

The Far-Reaching Impact of Gum Health

When we think of oral health, our focus tends to be on teeth. Everyone wants that movie star smile, right? However, even though your pearly whites might steal the show, gum health plays an integral role in your dental and overall health. Unfortunately, because early signs of gum disease are often painless, most people aren't aware they have this potentially dangerous condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that almost half (47 ...

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How Do Teeth Become Stained?

August 30, 2021

How Do Teeth Become Stained?

There’s no shortage of teeth whitening solutions. From in-office lasers to at-home whitening kits and snap-on veneers, there have never been more ways to achieve a white smile! But, before you order a custom kit or hit up the drugstore for whitening strips, there’s more you should know about teeth discoloration. Not all stains are created equal, and the cause of yours needs to be taken into consideration when selecting a whitening solution ...

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The Best & Worst Summer Drinks for Your Teeth

July 29, 2021

The Best & Worst Summer Drinks for Your Teeth

It’s summertime, and we’ve traded winter coats and hot cocoa for breezy linens and refreshing umbrella drinks. Unfortunately, though you might be counting down the days until your “Out of Office” is on and your feet are in the sand, because the culprits behind tooth decay and enamel damage never take a vacation. We don’t want to be the ones to rain on your parade (especially since you’ve waited all year ...

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Toothbrush 101

June 28, 2021

Toothbrush 101

The toothbrush is a staple of good oral hygiene, but owning a toothbrush and knowing how to use it properly are two different things! Most of us don’t really give it much thought; we apply toothpaste, brush, rinse, and move on with our day. Unfortunately, simply brushing twice a day doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Read on for some toothbrush knowledge you’ll wish you had known!  Choosing your toothbrush – If ...

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Save Your Tooth or Pull It?

May 28, 2021

Save Your Tooth or Pull It?

If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain, your inclination might be to just pull the problematic tooth and be done with it! Unfortunately, it’s not always that simple. So, before you choose to extract it, make sure you take time to understand the ramifications. Benefits of saving a natural tooth When possible, saving your natural teeth is the best option. While today’s dental prosthetics are made to last, they simply don’t have ...

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Spring Means Blooms, Sunshine & Oral Cancer Screenings

April 29, 2021

Spring Means Blooms, Sunshine & Oral Cancer Screenings

April is oral cancer awareness month. While not as delightful as the other signs of spring – blooming trees and longer days – a focus on early detection is a beautiful thing. While oral cancer (oral cavity and oropharynx cancers collectively) accounts for almost 3% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, it is responsible for 1.8% of all cancer deaths. The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high because it is ...

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How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Remake Your Smile after Tooth Damage, Loss, or Decay

March 30, 2021

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Remake Your Smile after Tooth Damage, Loss, or Decay

More than half of all respondents in a recent poll said they were insecure about the appearance of their teeth. If tooth damage, loss, or decay has you covering your mouth, take heart in knowing that you're not destined to a tight-lipped smile forever! Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, there are several ways we can restore your smile. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that refers to any dental work that adjusts the appearance of ...

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Ouch! Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

February 28, 2021

Ouch! Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Have you ever winced with sudden pain after gulping an icy beverage or slurping a spoonful of hot soup? If so, you're likely one of the 40 million Americans the Academy of General Dentistry estimates experience tooth sensitivity each year. What causes tooth sensitivity? Tooth sensitivity (i.e., dentin hypersensitivity) occurs when tooth enamel wears away, leaving the dentin exposed. This soft, inner part of your tooth houses thousands of microscopic channels that, when ...

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