Fluoride Myths and Facts

Fluoride Myths and Facts

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Aside from vaccinations, there is no public health issue more controversial than fluoride. Fluoride has been added to most public water supplies in the United States for the past 70 years and many of our patients, particularly parents, worry about overexposure when fluoride is in the water we drink, the toothpaste we brush with twice a day, and in the …

3 Reasons to Upgrade to an Electric Toothbrush

3 Reasons to Upgrade to an Electric Toothbrush

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You’ve heard the recommendations. You’ve seen the commercials. Maybe you’ve even had one of our hygienists tell you all about the benefits of upgrading to an electric toothbrush during your last dental cleaning–but you still haven’t taken the leap. In a world full of gadgets and new technologies, it’s easy to see why many of our patients are skeptical about …

How Dry Mouth Affects Your Oral Health

How Dry Mouth Affects Your Oral Health

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Estimated to affect up to 64.8 percent of the population, dry mouth is quite common. It results from an insufficient amount of saliva in the mouth. The condition, which is formally called xerostomia, can be caused by a number of factors, such as dehydration, medicinal side effects, or smoking. Even stress can impact your salivary production. Although dry mouth may …

Understanding Dental Scaling and Root Planing

Understanding Dental Scaling and Root Planing

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Approximately half of American adults suffer from gum disease. In the condition’s earliest stage, which is called gingivitis, relatively minor symptoms, such as gingival reddening and swelling, may present. However, as the condition worsens, so do the symptoms. Periodontitis is a serious form of gum disease that includes the formation of pockets, or spaces, between the gums and the teeth. …

What to Expect from a Dental Consultation

What to Expect from a Dental Consultation

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When you are a new patient at a dentist’s office, the first step is usually to schedule an initial consultation. A consultation is basically an evaluation of the current condition of your teeth. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, you may be worried or embarrassed about the current state of your teeth. A good dentist won’t be …

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring and Sleep Apnea: What You Must Know

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Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a chronic medical condition that causes sufferers to stop breathing for short periods during the night. It is relatively common, affecting an estimated 18 to 30 million adults in the United States, but it can be dangerous. Sleep apnea raises the risks for other health conditions and can even cause sudden death. Snoring is …

What to Expect from a Smile Makeover

What to Expect from a Smile Makeover

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A smile makeover is a radical enhancement of teeth that are healthy but do not look as good as they could. It typically involves multiple cosmetic procedures that work together to give you the smile of your dreams. Here is what to expect from your smile makeover. The first step is a detailed analysis of your current smile. We will …

5 Reasons to Invest in Cosmetic Dentistry

5 Reasons to Invest in Cosmetic Dentistry

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Not too long ago, cosmetic dentistry was expensive and tough to find. You were considered lucky if your teeth were healthy, even if they were crooked, stained, or misshapen. Crowns, fillings, dentures, and other restorations were unwieldy and unattractive, as the technology did not exist to truly mimic natural teeth. Today, affordable cosmetic dentistry has become the norm. Regardless of genetics, …

4 Tips for a More Photogenic Smile

4 Tips for a More Photogenic Smile

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Selfies are a fact of life in today’s smartphone-obsessed world. Yet many people dislike how they look in photos, and many of their complaints are focused on their smiles. Hollywood celebrities know how to make themselves more photogenic, but the average person may worry that a camera-ready smile is out of reach. Fortunately, these easy tips can give you a …

3 Considerations for a Complete Smile Makeover

3 Considerations for a Complete Smile Makeover

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If your teeth are healthy but unattractive, a complete smile makeover can boost your self-confidence. It is an enormous, dynamic change, though, so your first step is to sit down with a trusted cosmetic dentist to carefully plan and design every detail of your new smile. Here are 3 considerations for a complete smile makeover. You may be fantasizing about …