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Brighten Your Summer with These 3 Cool Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

June 28, 2024

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Patient smiling with friends on the beach after cosmetic dentistry

With summer finally here, it’s the perfect time for road trips, vacations, and plenty of photo ops to make memories. If you want to look your best for every moment of your adventures with friends and family, cosmetic dentistry may hold the key! Read on to find three cosmetic treatments that can help you achieve a stunning, sun-kissed smile.


Fun, Sun, and Smiles: Why Summer Is the Perfect Time for Dental Implants

June 14, 2024

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Family enjoying summer in the pool with dental implants

Summer is here and that means it’s time for hot, sunny days filled with adventure. However, you don’t have to go to the beach or travel to some exotic location to have a new experience! If you have a tooth or two you’ve been meaning to have replaced, starting dental implants now is a great choice. But why is summer the best time to get your treatment started? Continue reading to find out!


How to Treat Different Types of Tooth Stains

May 24, 2024

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Before and after teeth whiteningYou can’t put a price on the benefits of having a bright, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, many adults are embarrassed by stained or discolored teeth. Teeth come in many shades and tones naturally, and they change color over time. However, other factors can also lead to discoloration. You don’t have to live with brown or yellow teeth. Your cosmetic dentistry can turn back the clock using a personalized treatment plan with teeth whitening.


How Long Does a Dental Crown Last?

May 19, 2024

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Dental crown next to dental moldA single dental crown is the most frequently performed restorative procedure. The cap covers the entire surface of a tooth down to the gum line. This provides an added layer of protection while also restoring its function and appearance. Crowns are also versatile because they can be used along with other procedures, like dental bridges or root canal therapy. No matter the reason, a dental crown is meant to serve as a long-lasting solution. Here’s how long you can expect your restoration to last before needing a replacement.


Spotting the Signs: Why Oral Cancer Awareness Month Is Important

April 12, 2024

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Patient smiling at their dentist after an oral cancer screening

Oral Cancer Awareness Month, observed every April, serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of early detection and prevention. Oral cancer affects thousands of people each year, but with greater awareness and knowledge, you can reduce your own risk. If you want to know more about the effects of oral cancer, continue reading. You’ll learn how to recognize its signs and take steps to protect your health.


When Should I Whiten My Teeth Before My Special Event?

April 2, 2024

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person smiling while attending ceremony

Your smile is one of the first things people notice, and it can leave a lasting impression. If you have a special event coming up, like a wedding, graduation, or presentation, you might be thinking about whitening your teeth to make your smile shine. Whitening can certainly enhance your smile, but timing is key. Here’s what you need to know to plan effectively.


Did You Know? 5 Little-Known Facts about Dental Implants

March 15, 2024

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dentist holding a model of a dental implant

When you had all your natural teeth, you didn’t know much about prosthetic replacements, but now that you need them, you’re trying to become more familiar with your options. Although dental implants are the most complex solution for missing teeth, they are also the most comprehensive and beneficial. In other words, you should learn as much as possible about them! Here are five facts you might not already know about this option to help you determine if they could be right for you.


Hydration Station: How Water Keeps Your Oral Health in Check

February 23, 2024

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Woman offering you water for your oral health

There’s nothing quite like a tall glass of cool water to make you say “Ah!” The refreshing liquid is a necessity for the human body to heal and move without pain. However, it can also be an oral health hack for those who struggle with forming better hygiene habits. While there’s no substitute for brushing and flossing, drinking more H20 can help your smile stay sparkling.

Continue reading to learn more about how hydration can help you reach your oral health goals.


The Relationship Between Oral and Heart Health

February 9, 2024

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person holding a large paper heart

February is commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, a time when many couples exchange gifts like flowers and chocolates. However, it’s not just about romance; February is also American Heart Health Month, focusing on cardiovascular health. Interestingly, taking care of your smile can impact your heart health positively. Keep reading as we explore how oral health is connected to the health of your heart.


Beyond Dental Diagnoses: Medical Conditions That Your Dentist Might Find First

January 26, 2024

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Clipboard with “health check” document on it

In many people’s minds, medicine and dentistry are often separated. The truth is, though, that oral health is part of overall health. In fact, dentists are deeply interested in the head-to-toe wellness of their patients. Plus, they are deeply aware of the mouth-body connection. They might even be able to find signs of some systemic health conditions before your primary care practitioner provides a diagnosis! What are some specific medical conditions that your dentist might find first? Here are a few:

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