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3 Products That Can Get Your Child Excited About Brushing

February 26, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 5:02 pm
children happily brushing their teeth

Getting your child excited about oral health can be pretty difficult. If you’ve been trying to instill good dental hygiene habits into your child, you’re probably well aware that brushing for two minutes at a time and flossing each day can be a serious hurdle for a lot of kids.

Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of products that are readily available and that can get your child to actually enjoy brushing their teeth. Here are a few examples.


How Your Oral Health and your Heart Health are Linked

February 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 4:57 pm
Man holding a red paper heart

February is American Heart Month, which is when dentists and other physicians try and raise awareness about the risks of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is all too common, and that’s due in part to the way how certain lifestyle choices increase people’s risk of dealing with it. Most people understand the primary causes of heart disease, but some people may not be aware that gum disease is one of them. If you’re curious about the connection between your oral health and a healthy heart, here’s a little more information about what links the two.


Four New Year’s Resolutions That Can Also Improve Your Oral Health

January 26, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 7:01 pm
family holding new year’s sparklers

The new year is the perfect time to try to better yourself. There are quite a few ways to do that, and knowing which is best for you can be a little bit difficult. As it turns out, many of these most common new years resolutions also happen to be pretty good for your oral health, as well as benefitting you in other ways.

Here are four of the most common new year’s resolutions, along with what they can do for your teeth.


How Will Keto Affect My Oral Health?

January 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 7:04 pm
the words “keto diet” surrounded by meat and vegetables

The new year is a time for new beginnings, and for a lot of people, that means trying a diet that will help them lose weight. Keto is a popular one; this low-carb diet is designed to force your body to enter ketosis, a state where it’s burning fat instead of glucose for energy.

Any time you start a new diet, it’s important to understand not only how it’ll affect your body, but how it’ll affect your teeth. If you’re interested in trying keto, here’s how that can affect your oral health.


3 Ways to Properly Maintain Your Invisalign

December 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 4:29 pm
three cartoon teeth brushing an Invisalign tray

One of the reasons that Invisalign aligners are so popular is because of their convenience. They’re removable, meaning you won’t have to deal with any dietary restrictions for the period you’re wearing them. The treatment as a whole will also take less time than traditional braces.

That said, there is quite a bit you’ll have to learn to do for the year or so you’ll be wearing your aligners. Upkeep is important, and managing them well is the best (arguably the only) way to see your desired results. Here are a few things you can do to keep your aligners in top shape.


3 Holiday Foods Prone to Causing Dental Emergencies

December 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 4:19 pm
holiday dinner laid out on a table

Holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family. Many people’s favorite part of the holiday season is the food, which is why the last thing you want to do is interrupt dinner by needing to visit an emergency dentist. As it turns out, there are quite a few hazardous foods that can cause you to chip a tooth or lose a filling. If you want to know how to prevent a dental emergency this holiday season, here are a few foods you should use some caution around.


How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

November 24, 2022

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Unfortunately, tooth loss is not uncommon, to say the least. If you’re missing at least one tooth, you’re in the same situation as 178 million other Americans. Hope is not lost, however, since there are several tooth replacement options to choose from. A preference by many patients and dentists alike is dental implants in Columbia because of their significant benefits. But how long do dental implants last? Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about implant lifespan and how you can extend it.


Reasons to Appreciate Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

November 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 1:57 am
Thanksgiving food and family

That gravy your grandmother made to go on the Thanksgiving turkey seems even better than last year! Between all the eating and catching up with relatives you haven’t seen in a while to chat, your teeth have a lot to do this time of year. There are some holiday oral health tips to be aware of so you can take great care of your teeth while you are making memories. Keep reading to get some advice from your dentist in Columbia.


How to Keep Halloween from Being Scary for Your Teeth

October 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 1:15 pm
three kids holding jack o lantern baskets in front of their faces

Wearing fake vampire fangs or witches’ teeth is a great way to have fun at Halloween parties or when you’re trick-or-treating. Of course, the last thing you’d want is for your teeth to look that scary all of the time! The Halloween season is rife with opportunities to wreak havoc on your dental health. So, if you want to keep your pearly whites “boo-tiful” this Halloween and beyond, be sure to follow these tips!


4 Ways That Visiting Your Dentist Can Save You Money

October 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbatson @ 1:13 pm
woman giving thumbs up in dental chair

At first, the idea that visiting your dentist more often will save you money might seem counterintuitive, but it’s true! When you’re diligent about attending two dental checkups each year, you’re less likely to have tooth decay, damage, or other oral health problems that require expensive (and time-consuming) treatments. In this way, an ounce of prevention is really and truly worth a pound of cure! Read on to learn four reasons why seeing your dentist in Columbia twice a year can benefit your smile and your wallet.

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