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Are Dental Implants an Upgrade from Healthy Teeth?

May 6, 2024

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Patient and dentist examining oral x-ray on tablet

In a world with high-speed internet and roaming cybertrucks, it sometimes does feel like we’re living in a sci-fi novel. You might be thinking it’s only a matter of time before natural human anatomy is integrated with fancy cybernetics.

Dental implants certainly seem to fit the bill at first. They’re durable and retain incredible bite force. “Why not just upgrade all of my teeth to dental implants?” some might wonder.

Dental implants are an incredible option – when used as replacements. Here’s why they’re not a good steppingstone for your quest to become a cyborg.

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How Does My Dentist Check for Oral Cancer?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 7:50 pm
Dentist smiles

Did you know that dentists regularly screen their patients for oral cancer? While thankfully rare, oral cancers are quite dangerous and are best caught early to prevent major health problems. It only takes a few moments for your dentist to check for oral cancer, so you probably won’t even notice that they are doing it during your routine exams and cleanings. Here’s a brief guide to how your dentist checks their patients’ soft tissues for abnormalities so that they can save lives.

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You Can See a Dentist When You’re Pregnant

March 29, 2024

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Pregnant woman laying in bedIf you have a bun in the oven, your dental health is important for you and your little one. Oral and general health are connected. Certain dental issues can affect your unborn baby, like gum disease. The infection is linked to premature delivery and low birth weights. Not to mention your risk of cavities and gum disease increases with pregnancy. Contrary to what you’ve heard, it is safe and encouraged for expecting mothers to receive dental care. You can see your dentist without worrying about additional expenses by maximizing your dental insurance.

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How Can Vaping Harm My Oral Health?

February 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 9:21 pm
Vaping device

In recent decades, many smokers have switched from conventional tobacco products to vaping in search of a healthier way to get a nicotine fix. While e-cigarettes and similar devices may deliver fewer toxins to the user than smoke, they still carry significant risks to their oral and overall health and have enticed many people who have never smoked before to take up the vaping habit. Here’s a brief list of the ways vaping can take its toll on your smile.

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Be the Ultimate Valentine: 5 Oral Health Tips for Irresistible Kissability

January 19, 2024

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Couple with good oral health smiling on Valentine’s Day

Ah, love is in the air, and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your partner or gearing up for a fun night out with friends, there’s one thing everyone wants: ultimate kissability! To ensure you’re at your best this Valentine’s Day, here are 5 expert tips to elevate your smile and your oral health to the top of their game.

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Tooth-Friendly Delights: 4 Hors D’oeuvres for a Healthy Holiday

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 11:16 pm
A family sitting down for a tooth-friendly holiday meal

As the holiday season approaches, so do festive gatherings filled with delicious treats. But what if you’re trying to be conscious of your oral health? There aren’t a lot of tooth-friendly delights readily available, so you’ll have to make them yourself. Don’t worry, it’ll be simple!

Continue reading to find a curated list of four tooth-friendly hors d’oeuvres ideas. These will not only taste great but also contribute to a healthier smile during the festivities.

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Happy Teeth, Happy Thanksgiving: 5 Tips for Tooth-Friendly Feasting

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 9:46 pm
A family enjoying Thanksgiving with good oral health

As Thanksgiving approaches, the anticipation of a delectable feast builds. While savoring the flavors of the season, it’s a good idea to ensure that your oral health remains a priority. This year, you can make your Thanksgiving celebration good for your teeth as well as your tongue!

If you want to make a delicious and smile-worthy feast this Thanksgiving, continue reading. You’ll be the talk of the house with these five tips.

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Banish the Specter of Tooth Decay with These Halloween Dental Safety Tips

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 11:29 pm
Smiling spooky Halloween jack-o-lantern with teeth and a crazy face

Halloween is a time for tricks, scares, thrills, and dares, but it can be a hazardous time of year for your teeth. The human brain loves the taste of sugar because it is full of simple chemical energy that the body can easily absorb, and the teeming populations of tooth decay-causing bacteria that live in your mouth love it for exactly the same reason. If you find yourself having trouble resisting the temptation of overindulging your sweet tooth around Halloween, these tips can help you keep your teeth healthy and your cravings in check.

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Does It Hurt to Remove Invisalign Attachments?

September 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 11:16 pm
Man smiling at his dentist who is holding an Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is the preferred orthodontic treatment among teens and adults because it’s virtually invisible. No brackets or wires are used to move your teeth. Instead, clear aligners are worn over your teeth for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll switch to the next set in the series every 1-2 weeks. Each aligner applies continual pressure to reposition your teeth in small increments. It’s not unusual to require attachments if major tooth movements are necessary. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt when they are taken off. Here’s what you can expect if you need attachments.

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My Dental Bridge Fell Out! Now What?

August 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 4:25 pm
Shocked woman covering her mouth after her dental bridge fell out

Dental bridges are a great solution to replace missing teeth so that no one can tell that anything’s out of place. They consist of several custom-fitted false teeth that are attached together and anchored to natural teeth on either side for stability. Dental bridges help those with missing teeth avoid embarrassment over any holes in their smiles.

But what do you do if you’re out and about, or in the middle of a meal, and your dental bridge falls out? You probably have a lot of questions. Is it a dental emergency that requires you to get to be seen right away? What next steps do you need to take? It’s not the first time a dental bridge has fallen out of someone’s mouth, and it won’t be the last! Keep reading to learn more about why this happens and what you can do.

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