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What if I Never Took My Dentures Off?

May 17, 2024

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Patient pointing to his dentures and smiling

There are plenty of reasons to be grateful for modern dentures. But removing them every night and for routine cleanings can be tedious. What’s the worst that could happen if you just left them in?

Unfortunately, they aren’t so much like natural teeth that you can keep them in your mouth 24/7 without consequences. There are four good reasons why you should listen to your dentist’s care instructions by taking them out for cleaning and when you sleep, but keep reading after the list. There are some denture alternatives that you might find appealing.


Top 5 Worst Foods to Have Wedged in Your Teeth (Besides Popcorn)

April 22, 2024

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Annoyed man trying to remove food from his teeth

We all know that popcorn is an obnoxious food to have stuck between our teeth. One hard crunch and we know we’re doomed to spend at least 15 minutes trying to get it out. But what about other pesky foods? Surely someone’s made a list.

If you have big plans coming up, are tired of constantly swabbing your braces, or just want to know more about how to maintain healthy teeth, look no further – this list is for you! Here are the top five worst foods to find wedged between your teeth. Besides popcorn, that is.


How to Put a Knocked-Out Tooth Back in Its Socket

March 21, 2024

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Frightened woman with her hand over her mouthEveryone fears having a tooth knocked out because it won’t grow back. Not to mention, it’s a traumatic experience. Although you may never expect it to happen to you, over 3 million teeth are avulsed (knocked out) annually. Accidents and injuries happen with no warning; however, sports are a leading cause of knocked-out teeth. No matter the reason, time is of the utmost importance. Despite what you might have heard, a knocked-out tooth can be saved if you act quickly. You must get your tooth back in its socket, and here’s how to do it.


What To Do for a Chipped Tooth

February 29, 2024

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Close up of chipped front toothYour teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body. Your enamel is stronger than bone and even some metals, but it isn’t indestructible. Biting down on a popcorn kernel or a blow to the mouth during a game of football can result in a chipped tooth. No matter the cause, you need an emergency dentist right away, even if you’re not having any pain. Don’t panic. Here’s what you should do if you’ve chipped a tooth.


Battle of the Bubbles: Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda for Dental Health

January 12, 2024

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Two glasses of cola enjoyed despite dental health issues

Sodas are a popular drink all around the world, but when it comes to dental health, not all sodas are created equal. The battle between diet soda and regular soda rages on, leaving many patients wondering which one is worse for teeth.

If you’re ready to part the bubbly waters and learn the answer, continue reading. By the time it’s over, you just might need a good dentist!


4 Tips to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy During Cold & Flu Season

December 14, 2023

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parent showing child how to brush teeth

In the midst of the cold and flu season, parents often inadvertently subject their children’s oral health to potential risks. Given that youngsters are more susceptible to illnesses, experiencing an average of 6-8 illnesses annually, this can pose challenges for their smiles. While medications and sufficient rest aid in overcoming a cold, it’s easy to unintentionally overlook their oral hygiene. To ensure your child emerges from the cold and flu season with their teeth intact, adhere to these four tips for maintaining their oral health.


Veneers or Dental Crowns: Which Should You Get?

November 10, 2023

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Female dental patient giving a thumbs up

Oftentimes, it’s not always clear which dental procedure is best for your smile. For example, many patients find themselves wondering whether they should get veneers or crowns to correct the problems that they’re having with their teeth. Naturally, the correct answer can vary from case to case. Your dentist is here to help you make the right decision for your grin by making sure that you understand the differences between veneers or crowns.


Celebrating Dental Hygiene Month and Maintaining Your Oral Health

October 8, 2023

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Picture of a fall landscape

October is more than just pumpkin spice lattes and falling leaves; it’s also Dental Hygiene Month. While this might not be as widely celebrated as some other holidays, it carries immense significance for our overall health. This blog aims to shed light on the importance of Dental Hygiene Month and provide you with essential tips to maintain your oral health throughout this month and beyond.


3 Useful Back-to-School Tips to Ace Your Next Dental Exam

August 11, 2023

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Young girl smiling and brushing her teeth while holding a teeth model

It’s time to go back to school. When you’re hard at work studying away, don’t forget to prepare for your dental exam! If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all you have to do before the semester starts, don’t worry. Taking care of your smile doesn’t have to be a struggle. To help you ease into the school year, here are 3 back-to-school tips to help you ace your next dental exam.


Before You Get Dental Implants, You Might Need This First

July 13, 2023

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Woman with questioning expression.

Dental implants are the golden standard for restoring lost teeth. Imitating natural teeth in color, luster, shape, and function, they can bring new life to a smile and allow a patient to eat foods that were previously unchewable. With proper hygiene and maintenance, they can last for decades. As great as they are, not every patient is immediately ready to undergo the process. Here are the preliminary procedures that could be needed for you to receive dental implants.

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