Dental X-Rays 101


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There is a lot going on in your mouth, even when it is squeaky clean. There are things you can see, and things you cannot see. Dental X-rays, or radiographs as they are sometimes called, give your dentist the inside information on what is happening below the surface of your teeth and gums. 

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Smoking, Vaping, and Your Oral Health


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You already know that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking is the top cause of lung cancer. It also has an adverse effect on your oral health. That beautiful smile you hope for may be compromised if you are a smoker. And if you believe that vaping is a safe alternative, you may be in for a surprise.

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What Causes Cavities?


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Dental caries, or cavities, begin with a tiny hole in the tooth enamel. As time progresses, the hole becomes larger and more tooth structure becomes decayed. In the worst-case scenario, the decay progresses and attacks the nerve center of the tooth. But what causes cavities to form in the first place?

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This Is Our Approach to Comprehensive Dentistry


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Across the nation, dental practices tout themselves as being “comprehensive,” meaning that they offer most, if not all, the services you would expect to find in a dental office. In our practice, with our focus on preventive care, we look at the entire person, not just a tooth in trouble. When you consider that your oral health also influences your general health and well-being, then the term comprehensive can encompass more than the usual dental services.

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Looking Back on 2019


We are unapologetic teeth nerds and have so much fun taking pictures of teeth, we – too often – forget to take pictures of all the other great memories we have! Here are a few that we snapped or others shared with us this year. Thanks so much for making 2019 a great year! We couldn’t do this without you and we wouldn’t even want to try! Happy holidays and all the best for 2020. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Malocclusion is Just The Tip of the Iceberg


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The procedure of straightening teeth has gone through many changes in the past few decades. New information about how teeth move through bone tissue has brought about the advancement of new technologies and techniques in correcting malocclusion. This is great news for those with misaligned teeth.

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Will My Wisdom Teeth Have To Be Removed?


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Patients frequently ask about wisdom teeth. It seems like the only time anyone notices those four extra molars is when they are causing trouble. When suffering from wisdom teeth pain, most people wonder why they even have them. Here are some of my answers as to why we have them, what they do, and how did they get that name?

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Are There Reasons to Avoid E-cigs and Vaping?


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As a dentist, I want to weigh in on smoking. The fight against Big Tobacco has been going on for decades. The children who were being targeted by the Marlboro Man, Joe the Camel, and other attractive commercial personalities are now middle-aged adults. E-cigs and vaping have replaced the harmful tobacco smoke inhaled by millions, but are they safer?

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What Can You Do If You Grind Your Teeth?


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Teeth grinding, or bruxism affects tens of millions of adults and children every day. Most children outgrow the habit. Some adults experience bruxism only occasionally, but for many, it is a chronic problem that can wreak havoc on your teeth. Those who grind their teeth may not be aware of the practice unless someone mentions it, or they begin to have symptoms. And some symptoms can be severe.

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Living With Diabetes? How to Protect Your Healthy Smile


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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. If you have diabetes, you know that high levels of blood sugar can stress your entire body. Your teeth and gums are no exceptions – gum disease is the most common dental problem affecting people who live with diabetes. 

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