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Caring For Your Dentures

So you’ve just received your first pair of dentures, and you’re finally able to smile and eat again with confidence. At this point, doubtless, you’re wanting to protect your investment as long as possible so you can extend the life of your dentures. Caring for your dentures isn’t complicated, but it does require a certain […]

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Family of Big Smiles

The Benefits of Seeing a Family Dentist

Visiting your dentist requires a knowledge of who you’ll be seeing, what treatments they can offer, and who they can see under insurance coverage. The extensive training involved, how they care for their patients, and the accommodations they’re able to make all matter in selecting a dentist you can trust and value as a community […]

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Maintaining Your Dental Restoration

When you’ve made the investment of time and money involved in getting a dental restoration, you want to make sure it will last you as long as possible. Dental restoration is a beautiful technology that allows us to restore broken and missing teeth to provide our patients with a natural smile. For all the benefits […]

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4 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

A dazzling smile is a powerful way to make a great first impression. Over time people have come to learn how a great-looking smile can enhance your self-esteem and your overall appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is increasingly popular with every passing year, with new treatments being released frequently. We’ve provided a selection of some of the […]

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Do You Need a Smile Makeover?

Smile makeovers, another word for a cosmetic treatment, give people with an unhappy smile something to beam about! Improving your smile might be just what you need to keep your spirits up, give yourself a great confidence boost, and make the first impression you desire when you meet new friends, potential partners, and employers. Smile […]

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Your Child, Pacifiers, and Thumb-Sucking

Thumb sucking is often considered a normal part of the development process, and when it comes to infants, this is 100% accurate. If it continues after a child’s first teeth start to appear, it begins to become a problem. Over a long enough timeline, thumb-sucking and pacifier use can result in the displacement of the […]

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Child sucking thumb

Thumb-Sucking and Pacifier Use: How it Affects Your Child’s Bite

Thumb-sucking in children is normal reflex children have; it can calm them down, it can help them sleep easily, and it’s normally seen as a transition from infant to toddlerhood. Thumb sucking and pacifier usually happen around age two and is discontinued around age four. However, if these habits continue beyond this age and show […]

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Do I Need a Root Canal?

Have you been experiencing constant throbbing, extreme sensitivity, and tooth pain? If so, you may need root canal treatment. Root canals typically are required when the tooth’s nerve becomes inflamed and damaged, especially when the nerve becomes exposed to bacteria. If this happens, then the tooth may need to be removed to prevent any further […]

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Different Types of Braces

When you’re new to braces, getting braces can seem like an annoyance, especially how some types of braces interfere with the way you speak and eat. However, there are more types of braces then the traditional metal grills. Learning about the different types of braces can help inform you better about your options and help […]

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5 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

The appearance of beautiful teeth is something that many people aspire for, but getting beautiful teeth for many doesn’t only just mean basic oral care. Cosmetic dentistry has been on the rise over the past few decades, and often not patients who have misaligned teeth will want to make drastic changes to the way their […]

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AlvaradoOctober-min

Animals Have Amazing Teeth

If you’ve ever taken the time to look in your mouth and see all the different types of teeth in there, you probably think they’re pretty amazing. You wouldn’t be wrong, but there are other amazing teeth in the world that are just as deserving of attention! From the monumentous tusks of the Elephant to […]

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AlvaradoSeptember-min

Your Amazing Tongue

When you read about oral health it’s unsurprising that so much of the content is about the health of your teeth and gums. There’s more to your mouth than that though! One of the most important organs in your body is the tongue, yet most of us don’t have a good understanding of how it […]

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What Is An Onlay?

So your dentist has talked to you after your last visit and told you that the decay or damage to your teeth is going to require some restoration work. During that conversation, they mentioned that there is a type of treatment that’s perfect for your present condition, and they’re called an onlay. If you’re like […]

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What Is an Inlay

Many people believe that repairing your teeth will result in unsightly spots where it’s clear that you’ve had restorative work done. This doesn’t have to be the case at all, and inlays are just one of the options your dentist can use to restore your teeth that won’t leave your repairs looking unsightly. Your teeth […]

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Procedures For Whitening Your Teeth

Have you ever noticed how everyone in Hollywood has a perfect set of shining white teeth? There’s something about that shimmering white color that impresses others and helps give them a solid impression of you. Everything from your dating life to your career can be affected by the condition of your teeth, and tackling those […]

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Am I Candidate For Veneers

If you find yourself dissatisfied with the smile that greets you when you look in the mirror you may be looking for a way to correct the dental issues you see there. Maybe you have discolored teeth that no amount of scrubbing seems to fix, perhaps your teeth are mildly misaligned, or even have chips […]

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What Is A Composite Filling?

If you have damaged or decayed teeth that are in need of restoration to ensure you don’t lose them, it’s likely that your dentist has spoken to you about fillings. During this conversation they may have mentioned that you have a choice between amalgam fillings and a composite resin, and you’re likely wondering exactly what […]

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Removable vs Permanent Implant Dentistry

The first thought that comes to mind when someone mentions dentures is usually that little jar sitting by your grandparent’s bedside with the set of disembodied teeth floating in a strange clear solution. While these types of dentures are still available, and in fact are commonly used, they are no longer the only form of […]

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Question for Your Hygienist During Your Next Visit

When you’re on the way to visit your dentist you’re probably expecting to spend quite a bit of time in the chair with your mouth open. Why is then that we are so closed mouth when our hygienist comes by to help prepare us for the dentist. Dental patients don’t often realize that their hygienist […]

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Dental Implants For The Novice

Those who have experienced the loss of one or more teeth are familiar with the feelings that can come associated with it. Our smile affects every aspect of our lives, from our success in the workplace to our generalized sense of self-confidence, just for starters. Thankfully for those who are living a life with an […]

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5 Tips To Managing Your Dental Insurance

It’s no surprise that there are a lot of things about dental insurance that many patients either don’t know or don’t understand. Medical insurance, regardless of its specific area, is a mire of confusing and often non-intuitive terminology that leaves many patients heads reeling. Unfortunately, this has led to many points of confusion and misunderstandings […]

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Dental Pampering: Treat More Than Your Skin To A Spa Day

When we consider taking some time to take care of ourselves, especially when it involves a trip to the health and beauty section of our favorite store, it’s rare that we consider a stop by the dental aisle. Sometimes pampering yourself isn’t just about taking care of your skin and taking a lightly scented bath […]

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How Digital Impressions Made Dental Casting Pain-Free

One of the most uncomfortable procedures we can face when we head to the dentist’s office is getting impressions made of our oral architecture, ranging from your teeth and gums to your jawline. During this procedure, we sit in the dental office with our teeth in an uncomfortable and often foul-tasting mold while we wait […]

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What Is A Cone Beam Image?

The lead vest, the strange devices in our mouths, the buzz of the x-ray machine, we’re all familiar with the traditional x-rays that we receive during our first visit to our dentist. These images are typically sufficient for the dentist to use in almost every instance where a view of what’s going on with our […]

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Cartoon of impacted wisdom tooth

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed

We all have been raised with the fear that one day we’ll have to have our wisdom teeth removed, a fear reinforced by horror stories from relatives and friends who’ve returned from the doctor with a mouth packed with cotton and tales of painful procedures.  You may be wondering whether you’ll need to have your […]

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

We’ve all seen it at one point or another—a friend or family member who has just had their wisdom teeth removed; with their swollen jaws and their inability to eat solid food for a few weeks, you may have found yourself wondering, why do we even have wisdom teeth when so many are forced to […]

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A checklist for your next dental appointment

A Checklist For Your Next Dental Visit

For some, going to the dentist can be a stressful event. The day of the appointment, you may find yourself so flustered that you forgot some important details. To avoid forgetting these important details, and to make the most of your dental appointment, it helps to do some prep work ahead of time. By making […]

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3-d rendering of a wisdom tooth that is partially impacted, or unable to surface above the gum line

What is Impaction?

If you are considering having your wisdom teeth removed, the term impaction may be popping up in your research. But, what exactly is impaction and how does it affect your wisdom teeth? Impaction refers to wisdom teeth that are unable to properly erupt into the mouth. In an ideal wisdom teeth eruption, the teeth would […]

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Male patient sitting in dental chair, looking very anxious and frightened, surrounded by two female nurses

Is Dental Fear Real?

Many people avoid going to the dentist out of fear for what may happen.This fear can range from the level of minor anxiety to dental phobia. Those wild mild anxiety may still be able to drag themselves begrudgingly to the dentist, while those suffering from dental phobia have a much harder time. Dental phobia, or […]

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What Are Dental Impressions

If you’ve already done a serious dental procedure, it is possible that you may have had a dental impression. Dental impressions are now very common and they are used for various dental purposes. These impressions may be used in creating mouth guards, retainers, accurate models, whitening trays, crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, among others.

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