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How Your Dental Team Cleans Their Instruments

September 29, 2020

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Dental instruments

Keeping dental instruments and other equipment clean is important at all times, but especially with all of the current events regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, your dental team is constantly sanitizing dental instruments between patients, but how exactly do they do it? What about other equipment and surfaces in the office that are interacted with? Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about how these items and areas are disinfected.


I Already Had Braces – Can I Get Invisalign?

September 2, 2020

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Woman with Invisalign

Invisalign has many different advantages over traditional braces. Other than the fact that there’s no metal involved, Invisalign aligners allow you to straighten your smile without the disadvantages of their metal counterparts. The trays are practically invisible, giving you the confidence to show your teeth without feeling insecure. However, you may be wondering if you can still get Invisalign after braces. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about Invisalign and how it can help patients who have had previous orthodontic treatment earlier in their life.


5 Benefits of Choosing a Dentist with an Intraoral Camera

August 27, 2020

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Dentist using an intraoral camera at dental appointment

Did you know that evidence of dentistry dates back to the Paleolithic era? A team comprised of Italian and German researchers found that a 14,000-year-old molar had markings from pointed stone tools, which were presumably used to chip away the decayed part of the tooth. Considering the lack of anesthetics at the time, it’s safe to say that it was an unpleasant and potentially traumatic experience. Fortunately, patients benefit from centuries of advancements in dentistry, innovations in technology, and modern techniques that make dental visits today effective, quick, and pain-free! One piece of state-of-the-art technology that has recently gained a lot of attention is the intraoral camera. Read on for what it is and how it can benefit your oral health!


An Inside Look at a Day in the Life of Your Dental Hygienist

August 13, 2020

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Dental hygienist examining patient's teeth

Visiting your dentist is often the focal point of your routine visit, but dental hygienists play an equally important role in your oral health. In fact, they are the unsung heroes when it comes to collaborating with dentists, treating patients, and keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. While they typically see between eight and ten patients in a day, they are responsible for a variety of tasks that make each day unique. Want to learn more? Keep reading for a day in the life of a dental hygienist!


4 Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Teeth From Emergency Visits

July 27, 2020

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Mom and daughter smiling

As a parent, nothing lights up your world quite like your child’s smile. Whether it’s from a new toy, their first taste of ice cream, or sliding down the big slide, seeing their little teeth paired with the sparkle in their eye is a recipe for a melted heart. To keep their grin in tip-top shape, it is important to practice proper prevention. Otherwise, they could experience a dental emergency, like a knocked out, chipped, or cracked tooth. Read on for dentist-recommended tactics to protect your child’s teeth.


3 Reasons to Think Twice About DIY Braces

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Woman experiencing tooth pain

In recent years, social media has exploded. From Instagram and Facebook to Youtube and TikTok, people of all generations are hopping on these platforms to connect with friends, be entertained, and keep up with recent events. While there are positives to this connectivity, some content creators are partaking in dangerous trends to try and find fame, wealth, and stardom. One of these recent fads is DIY braces, which encourages people to use rubber bands, paper clips, and other household items to achieve a straight smile. Unfortunately, people aren’t sharing the negative consequences. Therefore, read on for three reasons to think twice about DIY braces and choose Invisalign instead. 


5 Non-Dental Issues Your Dentist May Find During Your Appointment

June 22, 2020

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Dentist sharing results with patient

It is time for your next dentist visit, and already you are thinking of excuses for why you could cancel. After all, it’s just a routine cleaning, right? While bi-yearly check-ups and cleanings do wonders for your teeth and gums, they also provide an opportunity for your dentist to find serious medical problems. In face, these appointments play an instrumental role in detecting early signs of these five non-dental issues.


4 Tips to Avoid Bad Breath

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Woman smells bad breath

The nerves have definitely set in. You get out of your car, smooth out your clothes, and begin your walk into the restaurant. At the first table, you catch the eye of someone who has the same look of first-date jitters as you do and instinctively walk toward them. That little twinge of butterflies start in your stomach, until you open your mouth and immediately smell your bad breath.

According to Medical News Today, about one in four people report experiencing bad breath regularly. If you are a part of that statistic, here are four preventive measures you can take to avoid it.


Dental Emergency? Visit Your Dentist Instead of the ER

May 22, 2020

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Woman with tooth pain needing to see an emergency dentist

Your first reaction when needing urgent medical care of any type is to head straight to the emergency room at your local hospital. For most medical emergencies, that is best place to be. ERs are fast moving and can do what needs to be done to relieve your pain. For dental emergencies, however, you are better off calling your dentist to give you some relief. Especially because of COVID-19, many hospitals are being overwhelmed with cases, and you could be at higher risk of contracting or spreading the virus to others. Now more than ever, your emergency dentist would be happy to treat you for your urgent dental needs.


What Are My Bad Habits, And How Can I Avoid Them?

May 8, 2020

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Woman exercising to reduce stress

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed your life in all ways except good. With everyone at home and all of your future plans on hold, it is understandable to have increased anxiety levels. Unfortunately, many people find themselves indulging in unhealthy activities to reduce their stress. This can compromise your overall health, including the health of your smile. It’s important to avoid bad dental habits, especially in times of stress in order to maintain your oral health. Here are a few harmful habits to avoid and a few other ways you can relieve stress. 

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