Signs of oral lichen planus

Identifying Oral Lichen Planus and How It’s Treated

While we hear much about tooth decay and gum disease, they’re just the tip of the iceberg regarding oral health concerns. Every time we have a dental visit, our provider checks for signs of numerous other oral health diseases and conditions. One such example is Oral Lichen Planus. This inflammatory condition appears within the mucus […]

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Six Reasons for Which You Might Need Inlays and Onlays

Maintaining your dental hygiene while also transforming your smile may seem like a challenging task. However, when you’re a patient at Alvarado Family Dental Center, we can make this a reality through Inlay and Onlay restorations. These dental restorations, also known as ‘partial crowns, ‘ are used when addressing specific cases where your teeth have […]

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Root Canal Treatment

Signs Your Child Might Need a Root Canal

Did you know that pediatric patients can require pulpal or root canal therapy? Like an adult’s teeth, your child’s baby and permanent teeth are susceptible to infection. A child’s dentist can perform a root canal to save your child’s tooth, maintain their oral health, and safeguard their general health. dental loss, sinus issues, mouth discomfort, […]

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Child with Crooked Teeth

Why You Should Correct Crooked Teeth

Straightening teeth and improving smile appearance is the most obvious reason people get braces. A crooked smile, however, can also be detrimental to the overall health of your mouth. If you’ve been delaying getting braces because you believe you’re too old, there are several reasons you should straighten your smile. What Advantages Come from Straightening […]

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Tips for Teaching Kids Effective Flossing

So many beautiful rewards come with being a parent, but being a new parent can be particularly challenging. We must teach our children all the little ins and outs of living and help them grow into functional adults. Among these responsibilities is taking care of their oral health to ensure they have a bright and […]

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Achieving Better Oral Health With Family Dentistry

Family dentistry offers a variety of treatments to prevent the most common oral health problems or to address them before they become severe. Many oral health concerns can put your smile at risk. You can be at risk for discomfort or tooth loss. Most people know brushing and flossing are the best ways to maintain […]

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Why Are People Afraid of The Dentist?

People are afraid of many things. Ghosts, haunted houses, spiders, heights, and dentists are only a few fears. Honestly, you wouldn’t think many people fear the dentist, but it is one of the most common fears people experience. About 10% of people in the United States face fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist. And […]

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Dental Restorations

The Pros and Cons Of Composite Resin in Dental Restorations

When it comes time to consider a dental restoration, you want to know they’ll look great. However, there are more factors to consider than simply how good they will look. You want to have restorations that will last and will contribute to the overall health of your smile. For many years silver amalgams were the […]

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Orthodontic Anchorage Model

What is The Orthodontic Anchorage Control Technique?

Dental care is vital when you need to adjust the position or alignment of your teeth. Receiving dental care requires undergoing some preparatory stages with your dentist. During this preparation stage, you will need to have your teeth assessed with digital imaging, a visual inspection, and impressions. Your dentist will determine which of your teeth […]

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History of Anesthesia

Tracking The Development Of Dental Anesthesia Through The Ages

When you take a trip to your dentist, your comfort is at the forefront of your mind. Throughout the history of dentistry, there have been considerable advances in the application of anesthesia and sedatives. The earliest recorded use of anesthetics during dental treatments can be traced to Ancient Egypt. Further evidence of early uses of […]

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Woman experiencing dental pain

The History of Local Anesthesia and Controlling Dental Pain

It’s common practice for dental offices to provide pain control as part of their procedures. These methods of controlling pain are known as anesthetics. There are numerous options available for patients needing anesthetic treatment during dental care. These include gas, injectables, and pills. The appropriate form of pain relief varies from procedure to procedure and […]

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Understanding Smile Dysmorphia And Its Risk To Oral Health

Our appearance has always been important to us. This is evidenced by the ongoing evolution of fashion, make-up, and exercise regimes that come and go. The recent rise of social media has made this even more prominent in people’s lives. Now, we are comparing ourselves with millions of people worldwide. While the internet has brought […]

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Damaged Teeth

How Cosmetic Dentists Improve Your Smile

Your cosmetic dentist has a broad range of tools dedicated to improving the appearance of your smile. These same tools can also play a central role in improving your oral health. The tools they use to reform the shape and size of your teeth can improve imperfections as part of combined restorative/cosmetic care. Cosmetic dentists […]

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Child in pain

Leading Indicators of Pediatric Tooth Decay

One essential part of ensuring lifelong oral health is protecting the health of our teeth in our youth. The occurrence of cavities and other oral health concerns at this time can have a lasting impact on our adult health. This is due to the role that the primary, or baby, teeth play in setting up […]

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How CBCT Enhances The Results of Endodontic Care

The overarching goal of any dentist is to deliver the best possible results for their patients. Achieving this goal can be tricky, however. They need access to the right tools and have the proper skills honed and up to date. With these two elements in place, they can provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment […]

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Dental Bonding

The Top Aesthetic and Restorative Products Used By Dentists

Whether you’re laying drywall or rebuilding a tooth, the materials you use are going to make a difference. Your dental provider is an expert in their field, understanding the right techniques and treatments that can be used to restore and beautify your teeth. Part of accomplishing their desired goal is making sure they use the […]

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 Getting Relief From Orthodontic Pain After Care

Receiving your orthodontic appliances can be a time of excitement and optimism. For many, it marks the first step towards a life free from a smile they’ve been embarrassed to share. Instead, they are anticipating the day when they can remove their appliance and share a bright, straightened smile with the world. The journey to […]

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What Makes A Dental Brand Trustworthy?

Caring for their patient’s teeth is a responsibility dentists take very seriously. Treating diseases, providing preventative care, and planning for long-term care are at the top of the list. Understanding how they accomplish all this is something many patients wonder about. An important aspect of this process is knowing which products are best for achieving […]

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From Office Visits To Teledentistry

Our already app-centric culture has found more ways to integrate remote care into our paradigm throughout the pandemic. While access to this technology already existed for many patients and clinics, the imperative to use it became apparent in our current environment. However, there are still many specialties and practices that many wonder if they can […]

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Digital Impression

How Digital Dental Design Is Changing Dental Care

Dental restorations are one of the most frequently requested and performed procedures. There are numerous reasons that a patient may need dental restoration. These can include illness, tooth decay, or physical trauma from an injury. Restorations have always been a popular option for those looking to restore a beautiful bright smile. Restorations are generally successful, […]

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How To Help Put An End To Cavities

Dental cavities have been slowly on the decline since the 1970’s when the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the American Dental Association began setting oral hygiene standards.  While this decline remained steady for decades, 1994 started to see a reversal of this trend.  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has released studies […]

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Natural Toothpaste

Maintaining A Beautiful Smile, Responsibly

Of all the things you’ll find in your medical cabinet, plastic is probably the most prevalent. Almost everything in there is made from this material. Medicine bottles, toothbrushes, mouthwash bottles, and toothpaste tubes all have it in it. Once everything is used up and tossed in the waste bin, it amounts to an immense amount […]

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Woman with braces

Braces Discomfort Is Still A Reality, But So Is Relief

At last accounting, there were just over 4 million people in the US with braces. This number has grown dramatically over the previous years. The increase shows no sign of slowing as more people see the benefits of braces at any age. Where once it was only the occasional individual who had braces, now it’s […]

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Vitamin D drawn in the sand

What Periodontal Disease Is And How Vitamin D Helps

The importance of Vitamin D to healthy teeth and bones is well-known. What is less well-known is that many aspects of our oral health rely on it. Vitamin D Deficiency is connected to low-mineral bone density and inflammatory diseases. Periodontal disease is one inflammatory disease that is known to be affected by Vitamin D deficiency. […]

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Pregnant woman brushing her teeth in the mirror

Navigating The Oral Health Concerns That Occur During Pregnancy

The nine months before you give birth to your baby are full of health concerns and frequent check-ups with your medical professionals. There are risks to your oral health during pregnancy as well, meaning that your dentist should be among those you’re preparing to visit. These risks come from the heightened need for minerals, vitamins […]

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How Your Dentist Can Identify Sleep Apnea From Your Tongue

When you awake in the morning, do you ever notice imprints of teeth on your tongue? Have you found yourself being tired throughout the day, no matter how much sleep you got? These are two indicators that may suggest that you’re experiencing a condition known as OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Your tongue is just […]

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Discarded toothbrush on the beach

How To Brush Your Teeth Sustainably And Save The Environment

Plastic has ultimately dominated the environment, as the world’s manufacturing companies have taken this non-biodegradable material and infiltrated every industry, including the dental industry. Plastic can often be found in our toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and floss containers due to its low price and easy-to-mold properties, making it one of the most highly used commodities in […]

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The Amazing Role Bonding Adhesives Play In Preventing Dental Lesions

The bonding adhesive that your dentist uses to affix your orthodontic devices, such as braces, to your teeth does more than just hold them in place. For years there has been a risk of white spot lesions forming on the dental surface due to the added difficulty in caring for the teeth at these spots. […]

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Elderly couple on jawbone

How Oral Health Affects Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease

Gum disease occurs when the tissues responsible for supporting your teeth becoming infected, often as a result of poor oral hygiene. Within our mouths can be found over 700 species of bacteria, all waiting to find a niche in our mouths to flourish. Proper oral hygiene practices deprive them of this opportunity. While the risk […]

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How Mouth Guards Can Help Protect Your Teeth

Whether you’re engaged in an active lifestyle or are experiencing complications from clenching and grinding your teeth, mouth guards can help. No amount of dental hygiene can protect your teeth from impacts experienced on the court or from the damage caused by symptoms of Bruxism. Communicating with your dentist can help you determine if mouth […]

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