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Want a Confident Smile? Talk to a Cosmetic Dentist Today

July 13, 2018

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When you first meet someone new, perhaps a first date or potential employer at an interview, are you able to look them in the eye, shake their hand, and smile confidently? Research shows that first impressions are formed within 7 seconds of meeting someone. But if you have chipped, stained or misaligned teeth, you may lack the confidence to make a lasting, positive impression. A healthy, straight and white smile can go a long way toward boosting a person’s self-esteem. If you want to know more about how a visit to a cosmetic dentist can improve your confidence and quality of life, continue reading below.

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Dear Dentist, Is It Okay to Drink Energy and Sports Drinks?

July 3, 2018

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sports drinksIt’s extremely important to stay hydrated during the summer. The last thing you want is to end up with the headaches, nausea, and other unpleasant symptoms that can come when you haven’t taken in enough fluids. During the summer, many people reach for sports drinks or energy drinks. But is that a good idea? Your dentist is here to talk about the consequences that these beverages can have for your oral health.

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Discover the Different Types of Sleep Apnea

June 27, 2018

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sleep apneaSleep apnea is a common disorder that affects roughly 18 to 22 million adults in the United States; however, it is estimated that as much as 80% remain undiagnosed. The sleep condition is widely misunderstood. As a result, its symptoms can often be ignored until it has compromised your quality of life and general health. Although you may believe that there is only one form of the condition, this is not true. In fact, there are three– each of which can produce different symptoms and may require a specific approach to treat it.
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Traveling With a Dental Issue? Your Emergency Dentist Offers Advice

June 4, 2018

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A man holding his mouth in pain.Whether you’re traveling to a city for the first time across the country or hiking in a new part of the world, it can easily be spoiled if your tooth is in constant pain. With your local emergency dentist thousands of miles away, it can really put a damper on your vacation. Luckily, there are ways to treat yourself without cutting the trip short.

Here’s what you should do if the following occurs while you’re traveling.

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Stop the Early Stages of Tooth Decay With Help from Your Dentist!

May 12, 2018

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A woman holding a picture of an unhealthy smile in front of her face.Your mouth has many defenses for protection against tooth decay. However, saliva, the foods you eat, and the fluoridated water you drink can only go so far. Regular brushing can reverse the first stage of tooth decay, but neglecting your teeth past this stage will lead to the next four other stages, according to your dentist.

Learn more about the five stages of tooth decay with your dentist today!

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The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Health You Should Know

May 5, 2018

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A man holding his mouth in pain.With nearly 800,000 people dying from cardiovascular disease annually, it’s no wonder dentists and other medical professionals are trying to figure out ways to catch and treat heart problems sooner. By understanding the link gum disease holds with heart disease, dentists can discover heart problems in patients and reduce the chances of complications later.

Today, your dentist wanted to highlight this link to help patients protect themselves, as well as remind them why regular dental visits are important.

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Tips from Your Dentist on Handling and Defining Dental Emergencies

April 27, 2018

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broken tooth inspected by dental tools Whether you’re riding bikes and basking in the Louisiana sun or you’re playing one of your favorite contact sports, a dental emergency can easily appear when being active. Since it doesn’t happen often, most people don’t know the right steps to take and when they should visit their dentist for treatment. Thankfully, recognizing a dental emergency is simple. Once you do, you should contact your dentist and schedule an appointment, ideally for the same day of the incident.

Until you arrive, here’s what you should do.

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Don’t Be Fooled By These 4 Myths About Dental Implants!

April 24, 2018

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Model of an implant in a lower jawKnowledge is power – especially when it comes to your oral health! If you’re missing teeth, you need to know the facts about your treatment options. Unfortunately, in this age of information overload, you may have heard some things about dental implants that simply aren’t true!

Our goal is to help every patient make an informed decision about their dental treatment, so keep reading as we clear up four of the most common myths about implants, once and for all!

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Is There More To a Checkup Than the Cleaning? A Dentist Says Yes!

March 20, 2018

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A dentist holding a mirror and explorerIs there anything better than the slick, smooth, super-fresh feeling you get after a professional dental cleaning? It may not be your favorite thing to do, but it definitely feels great when it’s all said and done! But let’s face it: aside from the cleaning and a quick check for cavities, there aren’t a lot of reasons to go to the dentist every six months, right? Think again! Since this is a common misconception, we thought we’d write a blog about some of the other important aspects of your oral health that we examine every time we see you.

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Are Dental Implants Better Than Other Options? You Bet They Are!

March 4, 2018

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Model of an implant in the lower jawDid you know that one of the first attempts at replacing teeth was using bamboo pegs in China 4,000 years ago? Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way since then! The first modern implant was used in 1965 and they’ve continued to improve ever since. In fact, they offer superior results over other options, such as dentures, because they look and feel much more like natural teeth. So if you’re interested in dental implants and would like to know what sets them apart, keep reading to learn more!

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