No, It's Not Optional!

​ After wearing braces, diligently taking care of your teeth and going to all your appointments for adjustments, it can be a struggle to accept that you still need to wear a retainer after the braces come off. Sometimes, it helps to understand just why something is necessary in order to find a more positive outlook on the situation. Why it Matters ...
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Tips for the Perfect Holiday Pictures

​ It seems like the holidays are the most popular time of the year for photos. Everything from family photos, couple photos and even selfies abound this time of year. Maybe it's because everyone is in a festive mood, or maybe it's because everyone comes from near and far to spend the holidays together. Whatever your reason, photos last forever, so ...
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The Best-Kept Secret About Snoring

​ Everyone hates snoring. The person snoring in their sleep hates it because they never truly get the rest they need, and the person trying to live with someone who snores especially hates it because they get no sleep! In some cases, the snoring may be so loud that moving to another room doesn't even help. Snoring can cause such a rift in relations...
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Flossing Through History

Do you love learning about the history of people, places and products? If so, you might be interested in learning about where and when dental floss became an essential part of our everyday dental hygiene routines. Did you know that the American Dental Association says that up to 80 percent of plaque in your mouth can be eliminated simply through da...
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What Does Oral Health Have to Do with Blood Pressure?

​ If it seems like you're reading more these days about different health conditions that can be traced back to oral health in some way, you are! More and more research is being conducted to support the importance of maintaining your oral health in order to properly maintain your overall health. If you suffer from high blood pressure, your gums coul...
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Sometimes Less Is More

​ When it comes to antibiotics, less is more. Countless research has been done studying the effects of antibiotics both short term and long term, and we know that the use of these medications is tremendously useful, even lifesaving at times. But we also know all good things should be used in moderation. A study done on the effects of the very popul...
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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

​ The holiday season is here, and Christmas is just around the corner. That means family photos, holiday parties, work functions and more! Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable ways to dramatically improve your smile in just one visit. Treat yourself to a professional one-hour whitening treatment this season and smile brighter and whiter th...
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November Is National Diabetes Month: What Does That Mean for Oral Health?

​ November is National Diabetes Month - did you know that around 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes? That's almost 10 percent of the population. And every year 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed. Experts estimate that as many as 8 million people are living with diabetes and are completely unaware. Diabetes affects blood sugar levels and can...
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TMJD Patients: What Not to Eat

​ If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, you know the pain that can occur on a bad day when your jaw is feeling extra sore or your head and ears are aching. It's important to understand which foods can trigger this flareup of pain and which foods are safer to eat when you want to control symptoms as much as possible. It may seem obvious, but many of us...
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Why Spit Matters

​ You probably don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about spit, or saliva. Unless, that is, you have experienced dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, or excessive saliva production. Although most people don't really notice or think about it unless something goes wrong, saliva is critical for digestion and helps maintain oral health. That's why ...
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Find Out Why Some People Actually Love Going to the Dentist

​ It may seem like everyone hates going to the dentist thanks to television shows and movies consistently portraying visits to the dentist as horrifying experiences. While some people genuinely do dislike going to the dentist out of fear or anxiety, there are actually many people who love their twice-a-year professional cleanings and checkups! A re...
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Toothpaste Pills Are Now a Thing

​ Have you heard of toothpaste pills or tablets? In an effort to become more environmentally friendly, several companies have begun producing toothpaste in tablet or pill form, eliminating the waste from plastic tubes and incorporating more natural ingredients. Some are designed to be chewed, while others direct users to use a wet toothbrush to act...
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Does a Better Smile = a Better Career?

​ A study done last year by the American Dental Association found that 28 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 34 felt that the appearance of their teeth and mouth undermined their ability to interview for a job. So, does a better smile mean better chances at a successful career? We think so! Here's why: Better First Impressions Fir...
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Stress Relief Tips for TMJ Disorder

Many people who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJD, may find that their stress is causing them more complications and pain as they clench their jaws or even grind their teeth at night. Learning to manage stress can help alleviate some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder naturally. Here are a few tips to try to integrate into your dai...
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Teeth Beware: Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Back

​ What is the most well-known sign that fall is coming these days? Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte! Even though the official start to fall isn't until September 22, this year, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned early to give the social media world plenty to talk about. When the fall favorite was rolled out August 28, it was still 90 degre...
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Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

​ Every year during the month of October, the American Dental Hygienists Association celebrates Dental Hygiene Month to help spread awareness about the importance of good oral hygiene and best practices for caring for your teeth and gums every day. This year, the focus is on the "daily four": 1. Brush (twice a day) 2. Floss (daily) 3. Rinse (with m...
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September Is Pain Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore Tooth or Jaw Pain

​ September is National Pain Awareness Month, which means it's a great time to talk about an often overlooked but very common area where people experience pain: the jaw and teeth. When tooth or jaw pain strikes, many people try to just wait it out and hope it goes away. However, in the long run, you could do serious damage to your oral health by ig...
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The Importance of a Wheelchair-Accessible Dental Practice

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in five Americans suffers from some form of disability and 3.6 million people over the age of 15 use a wheelchair to assist them with mobility. There are many challenges those who are confined to a wheelchair face when it comes to their daily lives, but one area that many people forget about is dental...
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Keep Teeth Healthy This School Year

​ It's August and back-to-school season is in full swing across the nation. Everyone is filling their shopping carts with markers, pencils and new backpacks. Parents are taking children to get haircuts and physicals and eye exams in preparation for the new school year. But, one thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to back-to-school time i...
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Why Choose a Private Practice Over Corporate Dentistry?

​ You've likely seen them popping up in every strip mall or shopping center around the nation. Big box, or corporate, dental practices that often share their names with popular trees, fruits or generic nouns are chains of dental offices that operate much like a fast-food restaurant compared to a sit-down restaurant - in other words, very different ...
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