How Can Invisalign Improve Oral Health?

March 29, 2021

How Can Invisalign Improve Oral Health?

If you’re considering treatment with Invisalign® clear aligners, you’re probably focused on the aesthetic benefits – straighter teeth and a movie star smile! But, the oral health benefits of using Invisalign go beyond a megawatt smile. A popular option for patients with mild-to-moderate alignment issues, Invisalign has also proven to be effective in helping patients improve function and general oral health. In contrast to traditional braces, which consist of metal brackets glued to the ...

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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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Why is Preserving Tooth Structure so Important?

February 3, 2021

Why is Preserving Tooth Structure so Important?

Thanks to technology and advances in dentistry, there are a number of ways to replace or restore your natural teeth if needed – dental crowns, implants, veneers – but just because these methods are available doesn’t mean you should abandon good oral hygiene.  The benefits of preserving tooth structure go beyond cosmetics to impact your overall health. Teeth are part of an intricate network of bones, tissues, and nerves. While they may look basic enough (i ...

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How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?

December 30, 2020

How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?

The draw of sugar can be hard to resist, especially this time of year! Whether it’s Aunt Clara’s special holiday cookies or advent calendar chocolates, we’re surrounded by tempting treats from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.  We know sugar isn’t “good” for us, but exactly how does it affect our dental health?  Sugar Changes Mouth Acidity – As children, we learn that sugar causes cavities, but the real culprit is acid. Our ...

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Mouthwash: Is It for You?

November 30, 2020

Mouthwash: Is It for You?

Almost 200 million Americans use mouthwash or dental rinse. Are you one of them? If you aren’t, should you be? As mouthwash usage has increased, so has the number of options. While there are certain cases where mouthwash use should be avoided (such as those with recurring oral lesions and children under the age of six), the decision to rinse – or not - often comes down to personal preference. To help you decide, we’ve ...

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

October 30, 2020

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

An estimated two in three Americans are missing one or more teeth, and a shocking 30 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. Given the significant role a healthy smile plays in one’s self-confidence and quality of life, tooth loss can have a far-reaching impact on a patient’s life. Unlike earlier days where tooth loss was only treatable using dentures and bridges, today, missing teeth can be ...

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Dental Plaque: What You Need to Know

September 29, 2020

Dental Plaque: What You Need to Know

Plaque, like many oral health concerns, begins as a silent menace. You may recognize this colorless, sticky film as the fuzzy coating you feel when you first wake up. For many people, a colorless film on the teeth may be the only sign. However, in some cases, more noticeable symptoms, such as receding gums or bad breath, occur. What is plaque and what causes it? Plaque forms in your mouth throughout the day as you ...

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10 Common Dental Emergencies and First Aid

August 23, 2020

10 Common Dental Emergencies and First Aid

There's nothing worse than realizing something is wrong in your mouth. This is partly because it's really difficult to examine it for yourself.  As a layperson, it's often difficult to know whether the problem is a dental emergency or something you can take care of yourself.  Often, you can help alleviate your symptoms with some at-home first aid remedies. Other times, you should call your dentist immediately. To help you determine what ...

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Are You Going to Need Dentures?

July 23, 2020

Are You Going to Need Dentures?

Did you know that this year in the United States alone, the number of adults expected to be wearing dentures is a whopping 37.9 million? That's about 4.3 million more people than just 30 years ago! So, you're not alone if you think you may be headed down that path. Even people that take great care of their teeth sometimes end up requiring dentures, simply due to the many years of ...

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Why A Smile Makeover Can Dramatically Change Your life

June 19, 2020

Why A Smile Makeover Can Dramatically Change Your life

What is the most powerful and profound facial expression of all time? The one expression that transcends all cultures while simultaneously bringing positivity to yourself and those around you. It's the humble Smile! Even though there are drastic differences between the many cultures around the world, psychologists have discovered that the smile transcends them all. When we smile, it signals friendliness, openness to engaging, and an interest in people. 3 Facts About Having a ...

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