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Molar Madness: Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

June 9, 2024

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Blue translucent rendering of teeth with an orange wisdom tooth shoving in

If you or your child have recently been informed about the need for wisdom teeth extraction and are feeling anxious, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. In fact, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, approximately 5 million people in the U.S. undergo this procedure every year. This common practice is often considered a right of passage for young adults in their late teens or early twenties.

It’s only natural to be curious about why so many people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. After all, they are extracted more often than not, so why do we even have them to begin with? If you’re one of those curious minds, keep reading to find out!

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Why Should I Choose Laser Dentistry?

May 13, 2024

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Patient with special glasses receiving laser treatment

Technology seems to be advancing at an incredible rate. We have AI, pseudo self-driving cars, and yes – laser dentistry. Although to talk about laser dentistry as if it’s new is somewhat inaccurate. Dentists have actually been using lasers commercially since the early 90’s.

If you’re skeptical about aiming a concentrated beam of light at your pearly whites, that fact might help you feel a bit better. But you’re probably still wondering why you should consider laser dentistry in the first place. What treatments are the lasers used for? Are they better than traditional methods? Keep reading to find out the answers.

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Why Do Older Adults Get Gum Disease?

April 12, 2024

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Gum disease

Gum disease is an insidious little menace that has an uncanny ability to sneak up on a person, and it becomes even more likely at older ages. In fact, gum recession is the dental ailment most frequently found in older people, giving rise to the term “long in the tooth.” While your risk of developing gum disease increases with age, it is not inevitable. Here are some of the reasons why older people develop gum disease and what you can do to prevent it.

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What Happens If You Put Off a Root Canal

March 4, 2024

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person holding their cheek in pain

If your tooth has a severe infection, your dentist might suggest a root canal to save and fix it. Contrary to what many think, root canal therapy is often painless. It’s crucial not to delay this treatment because ignoring an infection can damage your oral health. Read on to learn more about root canals and why it’s important to get timely treatment for your overall oral well-being.

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Is a Dental Bridge or Partial Denture Right for Me?

February 13, 2024

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Implant bridge

Dental bridges and partial dentures can both be excellent ways to replace missing teeth, but which one is right for you depends on your particular situation. If you deal with tooth loss, it’s important to be educated about the pros and cons of your options so that you can make an informed decision. Here’s a brief guide to the differences between dental bridges and partial dentures so that you can get a better idea of how your missing teeth can be replaced.

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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 to your normal schedule 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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsmith @ 11:43 pm
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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