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21st Century Dental Blog

5 Tips to Help You Sleep Soundly After Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

January 11, 2024

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Woman sleeping in bed

If you have your wisdom teeth removal coming up, you have probably been reviewing your aftercare instructions so you can prepare ahead of time. It is common for patients to experience some soreness for a few days following their procedure, but it is important to get plenty of rest throughout the healing process. Continue reading to learn some tips that can help you sleep soundly during your recovery period so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible.

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The Surprising Impact of Chronic Stress on Oral Health

December 27, 2023

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a stressed person sitting at a desk

Stress can manifest in a variety of ways for different people. Some may experience physical symptoms, like getting headaches or dealing with an upset stomach, while others may notice a more emotional impact. In any case, stress can impact the body in a variety of different ways and is a natural and important human response; however, when the scale tips to chronic stress, which is recurring or persistent, you may find that it can have more of an impact on your body than you thought. What many people aren’t aware of is that several known oral health problems have been linked to chronic stress. Read on to learn more about what these issues are.

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Open Wide for Fluoride: Enjoy These Foods That Are Naturally High in This Tooth-Saving Mineral

November 10, 2023

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Grapes in a vineyard

The naturally occurring mineral fluoride is renowned for its ability to strengthen teeth and prevent dental cavities. Because of this, it is a common ingredient in toothpaste and is added to municipal water supplies in many countries. Fluoride can also be found in many common foods in kitchens and grocery stores. Here’s a list of a few foods that are high in this dentally defensive mineral.

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3 Oral Hygiene Habits to Improve the Health of Your Smile

October 4, 2023

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woman brushing her teeth

Maintaining good oral hygiene requires developing healthy habits early on. This is why many dentists encourage parents to bring their children in for their first visit before they reach the age of one. However, over time, morning and nighttime rituals may become more relaxed, especially as schedules become busier. If you have fallen out of the routine of taking proper care of your smile, here are three oral hygiene habits to adopt during National Dental Hygiene Month in October.

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Whiter Teeth Aren’t Always Healthier – Here’s Why!

September 7, 2023

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Closeup of a man smiling

When people make their first impressions on you, you likely associate a bright, white smile with youthfulness and good health. However, a whiter smile doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthier. There are numerous reasons why discoloration can occur, and the concept that white teeth are healthier was suggested by advertisements. Continue reading to learn why whiter teeth aren’t directly associated with good oral health.

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Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda: Which One is Worse for Teeth?

August 2, 2023

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glass of soda

You’re probably familiar with the notion that soda is detrimental to your dental health, a subject frequently raised by healthcare professionals, parents, and peers. Consequently, you might have turned to “diet” soda, believing it to be a more tooth-friendly option. However, the truth is that diet soda offers no significant advantage for your smile over regular soda. To shed light on this matter, your Dallas dentist is here to provide insight. Keep reading to explore the repercussions of soda on your teeth and learn ways to protect your smile from its harmful effects.

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The Dangers of Overusing DIY Whitening Kits

July 4, 2023

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close up of a whitening tray

If you’ve spent any time at all in a pharmacy recently, you’ve probably walked past the rows and rows of over-the-counter whitening products, many of which are considerably cheaper than what you’d get from a dental professional.

While the prospect of getting a whiter smile for a low cost may sound appealing, you should know that many of these DIY aligner kits come with hazards if you use them improperly. Here’s how they can be a little bit dangerous.

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Can Maintaining a Clean Smile Keep Your Brain Safe?

June 13, 2023

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a woman caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease

While brushing and flossing your teeth, you’re likely mainly thinking about keeping your mouth and pearly whites clean. But did you know that practicing good oral hygiene can also help minimize your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? Though this might sound unreal, recent studies and research is beginning to show a close relationship between your oral and cognitive well-being. Since June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, here’s how taking care of your teeth can help preserve your smile and brain.

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How Much Does Gum Recontouring Cost?

May 5, 2023

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Happy patient using mirror to admire results of gum recontouring

Are you plagued by a “gummy smile”? Many people feel self-conscious because they have excess gum tissue that makes their teeth look short, or because they have an uneven gumline. A procedure known as gum recontouring can help. But how much does gum recontouring cost? Read on below to learn some basic financial information related to this procedure.

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How Does Wearing Dentures Impact Your Nutrition?

April 3, 2023

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an array of many healthy foods

The American College of Prosthodontics estimates that around 40 million adults in the U.S. are missing all their teeth. Fortunately, a smile can be restored with dentures. These prosthetics not only return the self-confidence that comes with a full set of pearly whites but make everyday functions like eating and speaking easier. However, did you know that dentures can negatively impact your health by preventing you from receiving enough nutrients? Read on to learn more about the connection between dentures and nutrition, as well as what you can do about it.

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