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3 Reasons for Blood Pressure Checks During Dental Visits

November 14,2020

You may have been surprised by a new addition to your regular dental appointment routine—we took your blood pressure at the start. While you might expect this at a medical clinic, it seems unusual at the dentist’s office. But not anymore: blood pressure checks at dental offices are quickly becoming routine, including during regular cleanings […]

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Age Doesn’t Have to Stop You From Straightening Your Smile

November 4,2020

Cowboys wear Stetsons; ballerinas wear tutus; and teenagers wear…braces. At least that’s the popular conception. In actuality, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, a number that continues to grow. Even adults over fifty are straightening their teeth and improving their smiles. But it’s still a big step and many adults are wary to […]

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Here’s How to Cut Through All the Choices to Find Your Right Toothbrush

October 25,2020

Henry Ford famously said a customer could have any color they wanted on their Model T “as long as it was black.” Those days are over—today’s cars and trucks come with a slew of options, and not just their paint color. There’s something else with a wide array of possible options: your choice of toothbrush. […]

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Address Your Teeth Grinding Habit Early to Avoid Potential Tooth Loss

October 15,2020

Teeth grinding and other biting habits are more than a nuisance — they can generate twenty to thirty times the forces of normal biting. Over the long term, this can cause significant damage to teeth and supporting gums and bone. This particular kind of damage is known as occlusal trauma (meaning injury from the bite). […]

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4 Ways Saliva Protects Your Mouth Against Disease

October 5,2020

Brushing and flossing daily, and dental visits at least twice a year: These are the essential things you should be doing to protect your teeth and gums against dental disease. But you’re also getting an automatic assist from your body through saliva, that humble fluid swishing around in your mouth, to protect your oral health. […]

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The Secret to Preventing Gum Disease – Control Bacterial Plaque

September 25,2020

Here’s a sobering statistic: you have a 50/50 chance over your lifetime for developing periodontal (gum) disease. And it’s much more serious than irritated gums: if not treated aggressively you could experience bone loss, which can not only lead to tooth loss but actually increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Initially, you may […]

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3 Ways We Can Improve a Smile Affected by Unformed Teeth

September 15,2020

On the way to adulthood, permanent teeth steadily erupt until, if all goes normally, you have a full set of teeth. Sometimes, though, one or more teeth may fail to form. This not only can affect your dental health, but it could also diminish your smile. For example, if the lateral incisors on either side […]

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Want to Improve Your Athletic Performance? Try Tuning Up Your Dental Care

September 5,2020

After a long hiatus, school athletes are gearing up for another sports year. Given the pandemic, they may be modifying some of their usual habits and practices. But one thing probably won’t change: These young athletes will be looking for every way possible to improve their sports performance. And a new research study offers one […]

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Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Child’s Teeth Grinding Habit

August 26,2020

It can be alarming to be awakened in the middle of the night by a screeching, gritting sound coming from your child’s bedroom. No, it’s not a scene from a horror movie: it’s your child grinding their teeth as they sleep — a behavior so prevalent in children under eleven it’s considered normal. That doesn’t […]

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Tell Your Dentist if You’re Having a Shingles Outbreak

August 16,2020

Shingles is a painful viral infection that could potentially recur in sufferers for years. It causes painful skin rashes, general nerve pain, fever and fatigue. In extreme cases, it can cause blindness if the eyes become infected. And because it’s highly contagious, it could affect your dental treatment. Formally known as herpes zoster, shingles is a […]

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