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Why We Are Grateful for Dental Assistants (& Why You Should Be Too!)

March 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 4:31 pm
Dental assistant talking to couple in dental office

Whether it’s time for your biannual dental checkup and cleaning, you’re in need of restorative care, or you’re interested in a cosmetic smile upgrade, there is a lot of preparation and work that goes into ensuring your experience is a pleasant one. While creating a seamless, safe, enjoyable dental office is a team effort, there is one teeth-saving, multi-tasking pro that stands out: dental assistants. In fact, the first week of March is dedicated to showing appreciation for all these staff members do! Keep reading to learn a few of their essential responsibilities and how you can show your gratitude.


Celebrate Heart Health Month By Caring For Your Smile This February!

February 24, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 1:30 pm
Woman holding up cutout of red heart

February is filled with red hearts, pink candies, and white flowers – it’s the month of love! But did you know that it is also Heart Health Month? With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, now is the perfect time to focus on your cardiovascular health. While cleaning up your diet and getting plenty of exercise are the first two to-dos that probably come to mind, getting your oral health in good shape is equally as important. Here’s why!


Make Flossing More Often Your 2021 New Year’s Resolution!

January 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 5:05 pm

Woman throwing confetti for her New Year's resolution for more flossingJanuary is a popular time to make New Year’s resolutions, but many of us have trouble following through with them all year long. To successfully achieve your resolutions, it’s important to set reasonable goals and practical habits. So if you’re looking to get healthier or improve yourself this year, why not start with flossing? This may not be your favorite part of your dental routine, but it plays a key role in preventing a wide range of oral health issues. Read on to learn why flossing is so important and a few helpful tips for keeping your New Year’s resolution to floss more in 2021!


Can Gum Disease Be Cured?

January 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 6:13 pm

Woman with gum disease touches her jawGum disease is an incredibly common oral health condition. In fact, studies estimate that well over half of the American population has some level of this disease. This widespread problem can be difficult to detect when it first develops, but it can lead to tooth loss and poor overall health if left untreated! Thankfully, gum disease can be reversed if caught early enough. However, waiting too long to take care of your gums could result in permanent damage. Read on to learn more about which stages of gum disease can be “cured” and what you need to do to keep your smile healthy.


3 Home Remedies to Treat Your Bleeding Gums

December 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 4:52 am

a person holding a toothbrush while blood sits in the sink because of bleeding gumsGingivitis is considered the first stage of gum disease. Millions of Americans suffer from it, and unfortunately, many do not recognize the signs that can quickly turn into periodontitis and lead to bone and tooth loss. Since bleeding gums are the most identifiable symptom associated with gum disease, it is important that you treat it early on. But if you’d rather try to improve your gum health at home before visiting your dentist, you’ll be pleased to learn it is possible. Read on to learn how these three helpful remedies can reverse the symptoms of gingivitis and put your oral health back on track.


5 Tips to Scare Off Your Halloween Sweet Tooth

October 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 2:08 pm

Glass pumpkins filled with Halloween candyHalloween is known for its festive décor, scary costumes, and, of course, delicious candy! So, if you have a sweet tooth, this “spooktacular” time of year may be a dream come true. However, the mass amounts of sugar can be a nightmare for your oral health. After all, when sugar interacts with the bacteria in your mouth, it turns into a powerful acid that can erode enamel and lead to tooth decay. Wondering how you can enjoy your Halloween candy without wreaking havoc on your teeth? Keep reading!


5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed at the Dentist’s Office

September 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 3:31 pm

Woman embarrased at the dentist covers her mouthSome people avoid visiting their dentist because of dental anxiety or a past traumatic experience. However, many others shy away from getting the care they need not because they’re afraid of dental treatments, but rather because they’re afraid of what their dentist will think! If you’re not proud of your dental habits or how long it’s been since your last visit, you may be worried that your dentist will judge you during your appointment. Thankfully, there’s no need to let these concerns keep you from getting your oral health back on track. Here are five reasons you shouldn’t feel embarrassed at the dentist.


There’s a Black Line Around My Dental Crown! What Can I Do?

September 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 3:49 pm

Man with black line around dental crown covers his mouthDental crowns are a reliable, versatile restoration that can restore both the function and appearance of damaged teeth. However, if you have a porcelain fused to metal crown, you may have noticed a dark line developing amidst your pearly whites. While this is a common cosmetic issue for this type of dental crown, it can be corrected with the latest dental materials and technology. Read on to learn what’s causing that black line around your dental crown and what you can do to restore your beautiful smile!


How to Teach Your Children Great At-Home Oral Care Habits

August 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 2:10 pm

little girl brushing her teeth against yellow-orange background

Because of COVID-19, most of us are spending more time at home than ever before. As a parent, this can be a little stressful. Your son or daughter doesn’t have the rigid routine of physically going to school to help them remember to brush and floss every day. To help get your little one in the habit of having a healthy mouth, a children’s dentist has provided these five tips on making oral health for kids more fun and interesting.


Mouthguards for Children: Which One is the Best?

July 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_clark @ 6:42 pm

Female holding mouthguard with boxing glovesDental injuries are common for children, and if you have a little one at home, this should come as no surprise. Kids are rambunctious—they love running around, playing, participating in sports and physical activity. Even if your son or daughter doesn’t participate in “contact sports,” they can still be at risk of chipped, broken, or lost teeth. That’s why its important that you get a mouthguard for your child. However, not all mouthguards are created equal. Read on to learn about the benefits of getting a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist over store-bought products.


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