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Common Dental Emergencies and How to Prepare for Them

March 10, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_thomas @ 8:34 am
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Dental emergencies are unfortunately quite common; while you can prevent many of them with good dental hygiene, disaster can strike at any time. For that reason, it’s a good idea to be prepared for a dental emergency in any situation.

One way you can go about that is by creating a dental emergency kit, one which contains all the tools to protect your smile until you can make it to the dentist’s office. As you can imagine, different issues will necessitate different sets of tools, so it’s a good idea to plan for each of the most common problems you could face. Here are examples of some of the most common dental emergencies, as well as what you could put in your dental emergency kit in order to make each of these situations easier to deal with.


Have Your Cake and Skip the Cavities: How to Protect Your Teeth When Eating Sweets

February 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_thomas @ 7:38 pm
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You only have to take a quick look at the offerings of the local grocery store to realize that people love sugar. You can find it in almost everything from breakfast cereal to barbeque sauce to cola, but all this sugar can take a terrible toll on your oral health if you’re not careful. The harmful bacteria in your mouth also love sugar, and if it is allowed to accumulate in the oral cavity, these germs will multiply rapidly and cause nasty infections like tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s a quick guide to how you can protect your teeth when enjoying sodas, candies, and other sweet treats.


Dental Crown Dilemma: Does Getting One Hurt?

January 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_thomas @ 7:17 pm
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Plenty of people feel anxious about dental visits, especially if they’re having a procedure done. For example, many patients worry about being fitted for a dental crown. There’s a common misconception that you’ll be stuck in the dentist’s chair for a long and painful treatment, but that’s not the case. Keep reading to learn more about the process behind getting a dental crown and whether you should anticipate any discomfort!


Protecting Your Child’s Dental Health During Cold & Flu Season

December 12, 2023

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Young girl blowing her noseNo matter how much you try to protect your little one from germs during cold and flu season, illness can happen. If your child is feeling under the weather, you will rely on cold medications and home remedies to keep them comfortable. However, fighting stuffy noses and chest congestion can affect their dental health. Here’s how to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy while helping them through the cold and flu season.


How Can Holiday Stress Harm My Oral Health?

November 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_thomas @ 11:36 pm
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While the holidays are a special time when friends and family gather together to celebrate and make new memories, they can be a stressful season for many people. Some people fret over getting presents for everyone in their lives and others worry about finishing the year strong at work. While it’s common knowledge that stress can impact a person’s overall health, many are unaware that it can lead to dental damage as well. Here’s how holiday stress can harm your teeth and how you can keep your smile bright and healthy under pressure.


You Don’t Want Any Chips Off Those Old Blocks: Foods That Can Easily Chip Your Teeth

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_thomas @ 11:47 pm

Everyone wants a strong, healthy smile, but it can be a little too easy to hurt your teeth if you’re not careful. While everyone should know that proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are crucial to keeping their teeth healthy, many people might not realize that certain popular foods can chip or crack teeth if they are chewed improperly. Here are a few foods that can damage your teeth if you are not careful.


Is Dental Bonding Right for You? Here’s What You Should Know

September 13, 2023

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Dental bonding can repair small chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in teeth in a few minutes during a routine dental procedure. It is one of the most common and affordable cosmetic dental procedures available, and it involves no anesthesia or downtime. Here’s what you should know about dental bonding when deciding if it is the right cosmetic dental solution for you.


Replace Front Teeth with Dental Implants

August 5, 2023

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Man with a missing lower front toothEveryone fears losing a front tooth because no one wants an empty space to be the focal point of their smile. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. Whether you’ve lost an incisor from an injury, disease, or infection, it’s more than an aesthetic problem. Tooth loss can affect your oral health, quality of life, and general wellness. You have more options than ever before to fill the gap, like a dental implant. You can enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your real tooth using the most reliable solution for missing teeth.


Ace Your Dental Exam with 5 Back-to-School Tips

July 2, 2023

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Young female student caring red foldersThe new school year is here, which means you have all the supplies and items you need to be successful. While you study hard to make good grades, don’t forget to give your teeth and gums a little attention. You don’t want to hear bad news next time you see your dentist. Here are 5 tips to help you ace your next dental exam.


Summer is the Perfect Time to Begin Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign

June 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_thomas @ 10:57 am
a woman smiling while placing her aligner in her mouth

Summer is full of enjoyable activities. Walks on the beach, family vacations, and barbeques with friends are some of the most memorable moments. But did you know that you can also begin the process of aligning your teeth with Invisalign and it won’t keep you from your summer fun at all? As a matter of fact, the sunny season is the perfect time to start the journey toward a straighter smile! Here are three reasons why.

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