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How Your Teeth Put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving

November 17, 2023

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A family celebrating Thanksgiving with good oral health

What are you thankful for? Friends, family, food? What about your oral health? Your teeth do a lot more than shine in your mouth, they’re an essential part of digestion and socialization. If you’ve never considered what your teeth do for you, perhaps Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect.

If you want to learn how your teeth help you in a variety of ways, continue reading. By the end of this blog, you should have a newfound appreciation for your teeth!


How Do Dentists Prepare Teeth for Crowns?

August 8, 2023

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Dental model showing a tooth prepped for a crownDental crowns have been used for generations because of their versatility and effectiveness. Nowadays, crowns are made of all-ceramic materials to blend in with your real teeth. If your dentist has recommended a restoration, it’s normal to have concerns about the road ahead. Here’s what you can expect as your dentist prepares your tooth for a crown.


Can I Replace Existing Restorations with Dental Implants?

July 1, 2023

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Digital model of an implant-supported bridgeTeeth are supposed to last for a lifetime, but 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. Traditionally, a fixed bridge is used to treat one or more lost teeth in a row. Although bridges have been used for decades, there’s another solution to treat tooth loss. Dental implants are the most successful method of replacing lost teeth, but is it too late to get them if you already have a bridge? No! You can replace your old restoration using the next best thing to your real teeth.


Swimming and its Hazards to Your Teeth

June 7, 2023

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picture of someone swimming

There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than with a dip in the pool, which is why every public swimming hole you’re likely to visit this time of year is absolutely packed. Swimming is great exercise, and can be fun for every member of the family.

However, if you swim often—or even as a sport—you may be a little bit concerned about how that could affect your teeth. As it turns out, there are some things worth thinking about. Here are some potential oral health hazards that can come with swimming.


Can I Reline My Dentures Myself?

April 28, 2023

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Gloved hands polishing partial dentureNew materials and technologies allow dentures to fit more comfortably than ever before. However, there will come a time when your dentures start to slip. Your jawbone and gum tissues will change shape over time. Your dentures won’t adapt to the changes, which can cause slipping and irritation. Regularly relining dentures is necessary for maintaining a snug fit. Although you can purchase OTC kits, here’s why it’s better to leave the adjustments to professionals.


3 Great Habits for Denture Patients

February 4, 2023

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Smiling person with dentures

Dentures can afford people who have lost teeth in the past a huge boost to their quality of life. They’re also incredibly durable and capable of lasting for years if you maintain them properly.

If you want your prosthetic to stick around for as long as possible, there are some important things you may want to keep in mind. Here are three good habits for people who have dentures.


5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

November 4, 2022

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family enjoying a healthy Thanksgiving meal

For many people, Thanksgiving is the best time of year. Cooking and eating seasonal delicacies is both tasty and a great way to bond with your loved ones. It also symbolizes the start of the holiday season and finding it difficult to stick to your diet with sweet temptations around every corner. Many of the foods and drinks associated with Thanksgiving are known for being unhealthy and are unlikely to have the best impact on your smile. So you can have a healthy Thanksgiving this year, read on for some helpful tips.


4 Oral Hygiene Tips for a Healthier Smile

October 24, 2022

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dentist and patient talking about oral hygiene tips

October is famous for Halloween night, but it’s also National Dental Hygiene Month! During this month, celebrate with pride by showing how much you care for your smile and continued excellent oral hygiene or taking steps to achieve a healthier beam. You may be wondering: how exactly can you do this? Read on to learn about 4 oral hygiene tips that will help you celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by taking good care of your pearly whites.


Art and Science of Color Matching Crowns

September 17, 2022

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Shade guide for dental crownsIt can be almost impossible for anyone except a dentist to detect a crown from a natural tooth. Modern restorations are made of all-ceramic material, which allows your dentist to customize them to the color, size, and shape of your real teeth to blend in seamlessly. This involves combining art with science to color-match a dental crown. Here’s how your dentist will determine the perfect color, so no one will know it isn’t part of your natural smile. 


Causes of Bad Breath & What to Do About It

August 9, 2022

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image of foods that can cause bad breath

August 6th is National Fresh Breath Day! This is a great time to celebrate having fresh breath and practicing ways to keep it that way. Knowing what can cause bad breath is beneficial in the pursuit. Read on to learn about a few things that can lead to bad breath as well as what you can do to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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