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Dental Anxiety: The Truth About Going to the Dentist

If you, like many people of all ages, have a fear of going to the dentist, you just might find that fear may be for no reason at all. I know, I know. When you picture going to the dentist, you picture PAIN. Pain, pain, and more pain. You probably hear the sound of that drill and you imagine the pain that comes with it. Or, if you are like my kids, you picture a haunted house with a metal chair covered in spikes and

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Invisalign vs. Braces – What is the Superior Choice?

In the past, children and young adults who were considering long-term dental treatment had only one serious option: braces. And while metal braces are very successful in getting the teeth in a person’s mouth properly aligned and spaced, they are also unsightly, painful and frustrating to experience. Many patients end up regretting the decision to get metal braces, especially if they need to have those braces in place for two to three years. But now we have an alternative: Invisalign. Thanks to the introduction of

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Choosing Invisalign for Your Kids

One of the toughest decisions a parent must make is determining whether to get braces for their child. Some children are fortunate enough to have permanent teeth that come out straight. However, other kids end up with teeth that are crooked in several parts of the mouth – and braces are the only way to fix the issue. However, wearing braces is uncomfortable, especially if they need to remain in place for many years. In addition, kids can feel ostracized or self-conscious if they are

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Teeth Whitening: Home vs Professional

Everyone wants teeth that literally sparkle, like something you would see in a sitcom. There are ads for at-home whitening products that claim they will brighten your teeth in days. Teeth whitening isn’t something that’s only available through commercial products, however. As a dentist, we are also able to provide these services. Which one is better? Is there a difference between the at-home products and the services provided by your dentist? At-home products are useful. They’re generally on the cheaper side, and you have a

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How to Get Healthy Gums Again

Often we focus on the proper care of our teeth and overlook the importance of taking care of our gums, but keeping your gums healthy is just as important as keeping your teeth healthy. After all your gums are what hold your teeth together and protect them from bacteria. They can also affect other aspects of your health and hygiene like your breath and even your circulatory and heart health. What do healthy gums look like? Healthy gums should look pleasantly puffy (not swollen) and

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For Those Considering Dental Implants

If you are considering dental implants, there is a lot of information to know. At first, it may seem challenging to make an informed decision on dental implants. Dental implants are an option to replace missing teeth and fix your smile. It works permanently as well. How does it work? Think of an implant as a substitution for missing teeth. The implant typically replaces the both the crown and root in your tooth cavity. This gives it the same functioning as a normal tooth. It

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Pediatric Dentistry: Meeting Your Child’s Needs

Every child is different. Their needs reflect their own unique personalities. They each have their own fears. Your child is owed this understanding. And more so, they are owed the comfort they deserve. When your child visits the dentist, they will more than likely be anxious, nervous, or downright fearful. This anxiety should never be taken lightly. While you may know that they are simply coming in for a routine checkup, they may not understand that this does not involve pain. So, even though they

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Why Does My Dentist Give Me So Many X-Rays?

The New York Times published an excellent question and answer about dental care last week, and it was good to see some coverage with sound advice to dental patients about choosing their dentist in America’s newspaper of record. The patient’s question was: “My new dentist gave me 22 X-rays yesterday (bitewing and full mouth) plus a panoramic. He says he does this to all patients. This seemed ridiculously unnecessary and dangerous. Could you give me info on this?” The Times’ wellness columnist, a Texas dentist,

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Dental Care Routines for Families on Vacation

Planning for vacations can sometimes be so stressful that by the time you’re finally on vacation, you really need one! Along with all the other things on your checklist, one important consideration to keep in mind is making sure you and your family properly care for your teeth while on vacation. Taking a vacation from work and routines is nice to do when we get a chance. You should never take a vacation from taking good care of your teeth. They are your teeth after

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Invisalign’s Big Summer Endorsement

This Summer Align Technology, the makers of the Invisalign® orthodontics brand has teamed up with volleyball champion Gabrielle (Gabby) Reece, surf legend Laird Hamilton and their active teenage daughter Reece, to talk about health, wellness, and the benefits of Invisalign treatment. The champion women’s volleyball player, big wave surfer, and their daughter will share their experience firsthand throughout the Summer, documenting their Invisalign treatment behind-the-scenes on Invisalign’s YouTube Channel, and advocated for good health and wellness in the pursuit of personal fitness goals. Gabby Reece

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