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What Causes Receding Gums?

January 12, 2024

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Lady shows off gums

Many people may be surprised to find that their gumlines have pulled away from their teeth when they look in the mirror. A receding gumline is a common oral health issue, and it can have the unfortunate effect of making the teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to infection. Fortunately, this can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Here are a few things that can cause gum recession and what you can do about it.


Here’s Why Dental Implant Surgery Isn’t Scary

December 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 11:49 pm
Smiling dentist

Dental implants are the best form of tooth replacement currently available because they function and look just like real teeth. While traditional tooth restorations such as dentures and dental bridges have difficulty chewing chewy or crunchy items, dental implants can handle foods of all textures because they are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. While many people are understandably apprehensive about receiving surgery, dental implant placement procedures are nothing to fear. Here’s why getting dental implants is perfectly safe and a wise investment.


Are Sugar Substitutes Better for My Teeth Than Real Sugar?

December 13, 2023

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Excessive sugar consumption is widely known to cause a plethora of health concerns such as tooth decay, weight gain, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, but it can be incredibly hard to cut out the sweet stuff completely after you’ve become used to it. Many companies have produced alternative sweeteners such as aspartame, stevia, and saccharin to help people enjoy a sweet treat without all the calories. Here’s what you should know about how artificial sweeteners can affect your oral health.


How Long Does It Take To Get Dentures?

November 17, 2023

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Close up of woman’s hands holding a dentureIf you’re ready to enjoy a complete, beautiful smile again after suffering extensive tooth loss, dentures are the solution for you. Thanks to advancements in technologies and materials, they look and feel more realistic than ever before. However, rebuilding your smile won’t happen overnight. Every situation differs, but here’s how long you can expect it to take to get your new set of teeth. 


Questions to Ask Your Dentist During Your Next Checkup

November 14, 2023

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Female patient having a dental cleaningRoutine cleanings and checkups are equally important as brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends a preventive appointment every 6 months to keep your mouth healthy. Your dentist will learn a lot about you and your dental health. However, it is also your opportunity to get to know your smile. Here are a few questions to ask your dentist to discover more about your oral health.


Why Should You Replace Metal Fillings?

October 26, 2023

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Molar treated with a tooth-colored fillingAmalgam fillings have been used for generations because of their versatility and durability. Although metal fillings have been the go-to solution for decades, a study published in 2016 encourages people to replace them with composite. According to the study, participants with amalgam restorations could be at risk of high levels of mercury in their blood. While they are supported by the FDA, here are the top reasons you should switch to tooth-colored fillings


Reasons to Be Thankful for Dental Implants

October 22, 2023

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Smiling older woman pointing to her teethIt’s the season of thankfulness as you show gratitude for all the good things in your life. Besides your health and wellness, you have another reason to be grateful this year. You have invested in a dental implant! Here are just a few reasons to give your new smile a little appreciation.


How Long Can My Dental Bridge Last?

September 13, 2023

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Woman has questioning expression

Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace consecutive missing teeth because they look just like the real thing, but they don’t last forever. When you get a dental restoration, it’s safe to assume that you’ll want them to look great and function properly for as long as possible. Here’s what you should know about how long a dental bridge can last and what you can do to keep it working and looking great in the long run.


How Your Diet Will Change with Veneers

August 24, 2023

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person with porcelain veneers smiling

Veneers, those tailor-made, ultra-thin shells securely affixed to the fronts of your teeth, perform magic when it comes to elevating your dental aesthetics. They adeptly reshape, resize, recolor, and realign your teeth, yielding a radiant, authentically appealing smile. If you’ve recently had veneers applied, you may be curious about the role certain foods play in maintaining their durability and appearance. To safeguard the enduring radiance of your fresh smile, continue reading as we explore the foods to abstain from and those that can contribute to the preservation of your dazzling grin.


How Coffee and Dental Health Are Connected

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 11:27 pm
person holding cup of coffee

Coffee is an incredibly popular beverage, enjoyed by people throughout the day, whether it’s in the morning, evening, or somewhere in between. For many, it serves as a wake-up call in the morning, while others rely on it to power through work or school. Regardless of your reason for savoring this delightful brew, National Coffee Day offers an ideal occasion to celebrate it. To ensure you can relish the day while keeping your dental health in mind, continue reading to explore the connection between coffee and your oral well-being.

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