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Dental X-Ray Safety: Is X-Ray Radiation a Risk?

Dentist discussing a dental x-ray with his patient.

The concern regarding dental x-ray safety has grown in the recent years. With more public discussion surrounding the effects of radiation, we often have patients that ask us if they’ll be exposed during their routine dental cleaning visit. The truth is, all x-rays expose you to a low level of radiation. But how low is it, really? And is it necessary? Learn the facts about dental x-ray safety and the care we take to protect your health. Continue reading »

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Mouth Guard Types for Athletes & Physical Activities

Woman boxer using a mouth guard.

If you or your child plays sports, injuries are inevitable. While scraped knees and bruised arms quickly heal, damage to your teeth or gums can be cause for concern. Contact sports always require mouth guards, but other sports or activities like softball or riding a bike don’t. They can be just as dangerous for your dental health!

Finding the right mouth guard is important. Make sure it offers the protection and comfort needed to keep your mouth safe without discouraging you from wearing it. Learn about the three major mouth guard types and why they’re so important below. Continue reading »

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Tips for Denture Care: How to Clean Dentures

Smiling senior man holding an apple.

Do you have new dentures? It’s important to take denture care seriously to avoid damage and issues like gum disease. Most people who are new to using them aren’t sure how to clean dentures properly. While it’s very similar to taking care of your natural teeth, there are some key differences. If you’re wondering how to clean your dentures the right way, read on and learn tips from the experts! Continue reading »

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Dry Mouth: The Risks & Treatments of Xerostomia

Woman pouring blue mouthwash into the cap

You’re probably familiar with many of the most common concerns for your oral health. But did you know that something as seemingly innocuous as dry mouth can lead to major dental problems? Due to the ranging experiences of those with dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, it’s not treated seriously even in cases where it should. Your dental health relies on a proper balance of moisture and acidity to prevent bacteria and infection. Read on to learn the risks and solutions involved in dry mouth and protect yourself from its effects. Continue reading »

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The Mysterious Origins of the Tooth Fairy Legend

Young girl smiling while holding her missing tooth in her hand.

From Santa Claus to the Easter Bunny, there are a handful of stories and figures that spark imagination and wonder in our children. One such character is the enigmatic Toothy Fairy – the mythical creature that exchanges payment for teeth; of course, only if they’re placed safely underneath a pillow. However, the origin of the Tooth Fairy legend still has a lot of unanswered questions. Where did the Tooth Fairy come from and why? We’re no strangers to investigating dental health myths, so here are some interesting traditions that most likely are the origin of this childhood favorite. Continue reading »

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Sleep Apnea in Women vs. Men

Woman sleeping in bed with a mask attached to a CPAP device.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that impacts your sleep by causing your breathing to become shallow or even briefly pause throughout the night. For some, these problems can happen multiple times each night, which severely reduces their ability to obtain a restful night’s sleep. It’s caused by obstructions in your airway, which causes your body to work harder to regulate breathing. When this happens, it’s common to experience a sudden gasp for air, which often only goes noticed by others.

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The Best Food for Healthy Gums & Teeth

Happy woman smiling while eating a healthy salad with tomatoes.

You only have one set of adult teeth, so it’s important to take care of them.  But a flawless smile requires more than just regularly brushing and flossing – your diet plays a vital role too. While you may be familiar with what not to eat, do you know which foods have a positive effect on your dental health? Discover the best food for healthy gums and teeth to help you keep your confident smile for a lifetime. Continue reading »

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When Do You Need Emergency Dental Services?

Woman with toothache holding her hand against her cheek.

Accidents happen. When it’s a broken arm or a sprained ankle, we all know what to do. But when it comes to injuries that involve your teeth or mouth, it can be hard to know if you need emergency dental services or not. Being prepared for a dental emergency can make a big difference in the outcome – just like any emergency. While lost teeth can often be replaced by dental implants, saving your natural smile is important. Learn about common injuries and the signs that mean it’s time to call for emergency dental services.

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Going on a Trip this Spring? Make Sure to Pack Your Travel Dental Kit Essentials!

Smiling teenage boy and younger brother playing together on the beach.

Spring is here and that means you might be thinking about fun in the sun, road trips and relaxation. But bacteria don’t take a vacation and neither should your oral care routine. Keep your beautiful smile and white teeth on the go by packing the essentials in a travel dental kit. A well-prepared travel dental kit includes more than just a toothbrush and toothpaste, too! Keep reading for items to pack in your dental kit and tips to keep your teeth in top condition on your next vacation!

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Dental Anesthetics & Your Options

Woman receiving a dental anesthetic injection in her mouth.

The last thing you should worry about is your comfort at the dentist. Pain causes anxiety and not only makes the experience unpleasant but also makes the dentist’s job harder too. That’s where dental anesthetics come in. Dentists use a variety of anesthetics and numbing agents to help reduce the sensitivity to pain during a procedure. So, what are your options? Continue reading »

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