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4 Myths about Cosmetic Dentistry, Busted!

June 6, 2023

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a patient smiling after receiving cosmetic dental work

Cosmetic dentistry has gained popularity in recent years, promising enhanced smiles and improved confidence. The demand for cosmetic dentistry has surged significantly in recent years, as evidenced by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry‘s report of a doubled demand in the United States over the past five years. However, misinformation can cloud our understanding of these procedures. Continue reading as we separate fact from fiction by debunking four common myths about cosmetic dentistry.


3 Reasons to See Your Dentist Before Summer Vacation

May 7, 2023

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patient talking to their dentist

If you are planning a trip this summer, you’ve probably spent a lot of time making sure that you’re prepared for anything. However, have you thought about whether your family’s oral health is as good as it needs to be?

If you have a trip coming up, you might consider taking your family to the dentist beforehand. Here’s why getting a checkup before you go is a good idea.


Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Information About the Condition

April 28, 2023

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someone holding up a mouth full of sores

When you see your dentist for a checkup or cleaning, there are all kinds of things you expect. You probably know that your dentist will give you a dental x-ray, check your gums, ask you about flossing, the whole works.

One aspect that often goes underappreciated takes only seconds, but could be life-saving—the oral cancer screening. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which makes now a good time to understand more about this condition. Here’s more information about oral cancer, what it looks like, and what you can do about it.


How Foods & Beverages Impact the Brightness of Your Smile

March 6, 2023

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a father and daughter enjoying healthy foods for their teeth

Are you unhappy with the color of your smile? Maybe your pearly whites are not so “pearly”? If so, you are not alone. A recent study found that a whopping 80% of Americans want whiter teeth. While professional teeth whitening is an instant and effective remedy, there are certain foods and beverages you can avoid to keep your grin from becoming too dim! Read on to learn more about the connection between teeth stains and what you drink and eat…as well as how to protect your smile from discoloration.


Is Nitrous Oxide Safe to Use During Dental Visits?

February 6, 2023

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a man receiving nitrous oxide at the dentist

Do you tend to get anxious when it’s time for your dental visit? Or maybe you just feel uncomfortable sitting in the exam chair for extended periods of time? Perhaps you don’t deal with slight levels of pain well?  These are all things that can be helped with a form of sedation dentistry called nitrous oxide. Before you consider this as an option for your next appointment, you may want to know if it is a safe option. Here’s what to know about nitrous oxide!


Managing Invisalign During Cold & Flu Season

January 5, 2023

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A woman doing Invisalign during cold and flu season

If you’re doing Invisalign, you’ve made a great choice. After all, its clear aligners can straighten your teeth with almost no hassle! That said, you should be a bit more careful now that it’s cold and flu season. These next few months could otherwise risk your oral and physical health. Thankfully, your local Summerfield dentist is here to keep you safe. Read on, then, to learn three tips for aligner tray wellness amidst the current season.


5 Tips to Help You Take Off Your Invisalign Aligner

December 6, 2022

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Closeup of a young woman taking off her aligner

In the year or so you have your Invisalign aligners, there’s quite a bit you’re going to learn how to do. One of the biggest early barriers people tend to face is taking out their aligners quickly and easily. If you’re in that situation, don’t worry—you’re far from alone. There are plenty of things you can try to make taking out your aligners as easy as possible. Here are a few of the most common.


Can Chewing Gum Worsen Your TMJ Disorder?

November 17, 2022

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Woman about to bite down on chewing gum

If you chew gum, you’re certainly not alone! It has been estimated that the average American chews around 300 pieces of gum over the course of a single year. And if you’re chewing sugarless gum, you can enjoy several oral health benefits such as increased saliva production. But what if you’re suffering from a TMJ disorder? Is chewing gum still a good idea? Here’s what you need to know to keep your jaw pain under control.


6 Things Not to Do If You Have a TMJ Disorder

October 17, 2022

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Older man rubbing jaw due to TMJ pain

The pain from a TMJ disorder often starts relatively mild, but it can get much worse over time if you’re not careful. You’ll want to see your dentist as soon as possible to see what treatment options they offer that can help you find relief. In the meantime, though, you’ll want to avoid any habits or actions that could aggravate your condition. Here are 6 things you shouldn’t do when you have a TMJ disorder.


Does Teeth Grinding Make You Look Older?

September 8, 2022

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woman performing teeth grinding in Summerfield

Do you tend to grind or clench your teeth while you’re sleeping? While this might not seem like an urgent situation, bruxism can be detrimental to your oral health over time. Not only does this condition wear down your pearly whites, but it can also make you appear beyond your years. Keep reading to learn how teeth grinding can make you look older and how you can preserve your teeth for the long term!  

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