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4 Invisalign Tips for the Holiday Season

December 22, 2021

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Invisalign in case

The holidays are just around the corner! There are so many exciting things to look forward to. Whether you are eager to string lights around your home, catch up with relatives, listen to festive music, or cook up seasonal recipes, everyone has something that they are excited for. However, it can be easy to neglect important commitments, like Invisalign in Columbia. Here are some holiday tips to help you stay on track.


4 Questions to Ask at Your Dental Implant Consultation

December 3, 2021

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dentist speaking to patient at dental implant consultation

Are you missing teeth and looking to have them replaced? Do you have dentures or another traditional tooth replacement option that just isn’t cutting it anymore? If so, you may be interested in dental implants. They are stable, permanent, and can give you back at least 80% of your bite power. With all the benefits that come with this revolutionary solution to missing teeth, moving forward with an implant procedure isn’t a decision that should be hastily made. So that you have all the information you need to make the right decision for your oral health, read on to learn four questions that you should ask your dentist at your dental implant consultation.


Why Understanding the Parts of Your Mouth Promotes Oral Care

November 24, 2021

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illustration of open mouth

When you understand how something works and the parts that make it up, you tend to have a better appreciation for it. A good example is people who love cars. Sure, some of them strictly love to drive but most understand all the parts of the car, how the engine works, etc.

This concept carries over to your mouth and oral hygiene. When you realize that your mouth is more than just a set of teeth and a tongue, and you understand the purpose of the various parts, it is more likely you’ll see the value in maintaining your overall oral health. Don’t forget those teeth though.

Keep reading to learn about the components of your mouth from your dentist in Columbia.


5 Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

November 4, 2021

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Family at Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and even if you aren’t looking forward to socializing with your distant relatives, you are certainly eager to enjoy all the delicious dishes that everyone brought. While this is an exciting holiday, it can have a negative impact on your smile if you aren’t careful. The good news is there are steps you can take to maintain excellent oral health while appreciating your meal. Continue reading to learn some tips.


Need a Crown? Here’s Why You Should Get It Before the Year Ends

October 22, 2021

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young woman smiling in dentist office

If your dentist in Columbia said you needed a dental crown, you probably have several questions running through your head. How much will it cost? Since your tooth doesn’t hurt, is it even necessary? What happens if you choose not to get one? Before you go searching the internet for answers, stop right there because we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll answer all those questions and more. Continue reading as we explain how getting a dental crown now can save you money and protect your smile.


Tips for a Mouth-Friendly Halloween

October 5, 2021

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young girl smiling with pumpkins

October is officially upon us – and do you know what that means? Halloween is right around the corner! For most families, this means a night of trick-or-treating around the neighborhood and returning home with bags of free candy. Although dressing up in costumes and knocking door to door is fun for the whole family, the sugar-filled holiday can leave a lasting mark on everyone’s smiles if you’re not careful. Your dentist in Columbia shares a few oral health tips to keep in mind this Halloween.


A Useful Guide to Dental Implant Terms

September 29, 2021

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Dentist showing dental implant in Columbia to woman

Recently, one of your teeth fell out, and you’ve been looking into tooth replacement options. During your appointment with your dentist to discuss what the best choice would be, they recommended getting a dental implant. When discussing the procedure, they threw out various terms you’ve never heard before. Not knowing what terms related to your treatment mean can make you feel uncertain and confused, so we’ve put together a list of common dental implant terms you should know.


Gingivitis and Periodontitis: The Different Stages of Gum Disease

September 16, 2021

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Columbia patient having gums checked by dentist

According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults ages 30 and older show signs of gum disease. Of those, 9% show signs of serious gum disease. Even if you have a general idea of what gum disease is, being aware of what the different stages look and feel like can help you get the treatment you need sooner rather than later. Here are the phases of gum disease and what you can do to prevent them.


Busting 4 Myths About Alcohol and Oral Health

August 8, 2021

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Couple drinking champagne at beachYou know consuming alcohol regularly can lead to liver disease and other health issues; however, there’s also contradictory research featuring the benefits of enjoying an occasional adult beverage. Particularly, red wine offers many known advantages, like aiding weight loss and the cardiovascular system. With a mix of information flooding the internet, it can be difficult to know the facts about alcohol and your oral health. Although the occasional drink can promote your health, your smile may not appreciate it as much. Your dentist in Columbia has the facts you need about many common myths you might have heard.


5 Surprising Uses for BOTOX

July 31, 2021

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Dentist filling syringe with BOTOX

When it comes to treating fine lines and wrinkles, what comes to mind? For many, it’s BOTOX. While this injection is extremely effective when it comes to anti-aging, it’s much more versatile than people give it credit for. With this in mind, keep reading for five surprising uses for BOTOX!

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