Veneers

Veneers

Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your smile? Do you have teeth that are cracked or chipped? Maybe you’ve got some teeth that are stained or discolored. If you said, “That’s me…” to any of those scenarios. Veneers Provide Confidence Did you know that many of Hollywood’s most famous smiles are in large part thanks to veneers? They give your mouth the smooth, straight, perfectly white teeth to create a picture-perfect smile, so you can feel confident everywhere, from a first date to a business meeting. They are Easy to Take Care Of You won’t need to take on any extra dental...

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Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Between Trips to the Dentist

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Between Trips to the Dentist

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy Between Trips to the Dentist No one wants to go to the dentist only to hear you’ve got problems like gingivitis, cavities, or worse that sends you straight back for dental repair work.  Use the strategies below to keep your mouth healthy between visits to ensure you have a great check-up every six months. Brush Your Teeth the Right Way It’s advice you’ve been hearing since you were a preschooler, but it bears repeating.  Here’s the best way to brush your teeth: Brush twice a day, typically in the morning and always before bed. Don’t skimp...

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Inlays and Onlays—When a Filling Just Won’t Do

Inlays and Onlays—When a Filling Just Won’t Do

Sometimes the biting surface of a back tooth fractures or there’s just enough decay that there’s not enough structure left to support a regular filling. When you have a sore tooth, it’s important to receive dental care quickly so it won’t develop into a state that requires a more expensive fix like a crown…or even total removal! Inlays and onlays are often the right solution. Both inlays and onlays can be made of composite resin—a mixture of acrylic plus micro particles that have been cured for strength. Other options can be gold or ceramic. An inlay fits in the grooves...

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TMJ Syndrome: What It Is and How to Prevent It

TMJ Syndrome: What It Is and How to Prevent It

TMJ (or Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome is a broad term for any problem that prevents the jaw joint from being properly aligned. TMJ Syndrome includes symptoms like jaw and face pain, headaches or migraines, jaw clicking or popping, and even a locked jaw. Doesn’t sound too fun, right? Read on to learn how to prevent TMJ Syndrome. What Causes TMJ Syndrome? It can be caused by a variety of things, including injury, misalignment, grinding your teeth, poor posture, arthritis, stress, and chewing ice or gum. How to Prevent TMJ Syndrome? Based on the causes, you can see there are some tactics...

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How Plaque Can Lead to a Root Canal

How Plaque Can Lead to a Root Canal

No one goes looking to get a root canal, but one of the most common dental villains — plaque — can lead straight to needing one. Read on to find out how plaque can lead to a root canal — and what to do to stop it. What is Plaque? Plaque arises from a sticky substance leftover from eating and drinking called biofilm. Biofilm is a thin layer of bacteria that forms every 8 to 12 hours. Normally, it’s removed with brushing and flossing, but if not, it transforms into plaque and tartar. Why is Plaque So Dangerous? Plaque releases...

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How to Take Care of Your Teeth at Any Age

How to Take Care of Your Teeth at Any Age

The needs of your teeth and gums change from infancy to advanced age.  Here’s how to change up your routine to keep up with the evolving needs of your teeth. InfancyEven before your baby has teeth, you should clean their gums with a clean, damp washcloth twice a day (after breakfast and after the last feeding of the day).  Baby to Age 2Once your baby’s teeth come in, you can eventually graduate to using a baby toothbrush and a toothpaste made for babies.  Sometime at age 1, it’s a good idea to schedule the first dental visit. Ages 3 to 6Beginning at...

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The Relationship Between Crowns and Root Canals

The Relationship Between Crowns and Root Canals

There’s a lot of confusion about the relationship between crowns and root canals.  Does a crown cause a root canal?  If you have a root canal, do you need a crown?  What exactly are a crown and root canal?  Read on for the details. What is a crown? A crown is a tooth-like device that covers or “caps” a compromised tooth.  Depending on the material used (often porcelain or ceramic but also sometimes metal alloys, gold or acrylic), it can be matched to the color of your teeth so it blends perfectly into your smile.  Crowns are typically a good...

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Why and When You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush

Why and When You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush

The average lifespan of a toothbrush may be shorter than you think, given you’re brushing the recommended twice daily, is 3 or 4 months. If you tend to brush more vigorously (or if you have children who like to chew on their brushes), it may need to be replaced sooner. When in doubt, take a glance at the bristles. Are they frayed or splaying instead of smooth and standing straight up? If so, it’s time to replace your toothbrush. Keep in mind that you may also want to replace your toothbrush if you’ve recently been sick, since the associated bacteria...

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How to Eat With Dentures

How to Eat With Dentures

Learning how to eat with dentures can be a frustrating process — after all, it’s probably been several decades since you learned to eat the first time! Use our tips to learn how to best manage eating with dentures. Flavors May Seem Muted If food tastes less flavorful than it used to, know that that’s both normal and thankfully temporary.  Your mouth is getting used to your new dentures, and the sensory signals from that experience can overpower flavor signals.  The flavors are still there — your brain is just too busy to enjoy them.  As you and your mouth...

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What is Dental Scaling?

What is Dental Scaling?

You probably know, at least generally speaking what a cavity is, and you’ve probably heard of root canals. But dental scaling may be something you’re totally unfamiliar with, but it’s a vital non-surgical process that can help save teeth. Read on to find out more. What Does Dental Scaling Do? Dental scaling can be used to help patients with excessive build-up of plaque and tartar, which can cause severe gum disease. Unlike the basic cleaning you get at your twice-yearly check-ups, which only cleans the surfaces of the teeth, dental scaling reaches below the gumline to give a truly deep...

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