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Is Gingivitis Contagious?

March 26, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 4:50 pm
gums with gingivitis

Gingivitis affects an alarming 80% of the United States population, so there’s a good chance you might know at least one person with it. Perhaps you have it or suspect that you might. You may have a few questions about it, and it’s important to know the facts and how it can be treated. Keep reading to learn more.

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Dental Implant 101: What They Are, The Surgery Process, and The Benefits

March 12, 2021

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Dentist pointing to model of dental implant

Are you missing one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth? You’re far from alone. In fact, over 140 million Americans are struggling with tooth loss. Fortunately, there is a lifelike, durable, long-lasting solution to fill the gaps in your smile: dental implants. This state-of-the-art tooth-replacement solution is used by a whopping 500,000 patients each year! If you are interested in making the switch from dentures or simply want to learn more about this smile-rebuilding option, keep reading to learn the basics of dental implants.

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The Connective Link Between Oral and Heart Health

February 25, 2021

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a young woman creating a box around her mouth with her fingers to show off her healthy smile

Did you know that February is Heart Health Month? Did you also know there is a connective link between the mouth and body, particularly your cardiovascular system? What you may not realize is that the heart can be positively or negatively impacted by what goes on inside your oral cavity. The health of your teeth and gums can leave the rest of your immune system vulnerable to potential infection if you are not careful, so what can you do? A dentist explains the link and what steps you can take to keep your smile and your heart in optimal shape.

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6 Tips to Help You Find the Best Invisalign Provider for You

February 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 5:28 pm
Hand holding a pair of personalized Invisalign aligners

Invisalign was first used in 1997, and since then the treatment has become more and more refined. That said, it’s still relatively new compared to other forms of orthodontics, so finding a truly skilled provider can be somewhat tricky. However, there are dentists who have been trained in using this treatment to ctreat straighter, healthier smiles without braces. Below are 6 tips that will give you a better idea of how to find an Invisalign provider that’s right for you.

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What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

January 29, 2021

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Woman with Invisalign

Many adults and older teens out there prefer clear aligners over traditional metal braces because they don’t need to show off brackets and wires for who knows how much time. However, there are all sorts of other benefits of Invisalign other than how it looks when you smile. Many advantages have nothing to do with appearance at all. Continue reading to learn more about the many benefits of Invisalign clear aligners.

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Dental Checkups: The Easiest Resolution You Could Wish for

January 13, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 7:58 pm
dentist smiling about to give a dental checkup

You’re relieved to see this year come to an end. Although 2020 was an exceptionally difficult year, that means there’s only room to improve, right? After struggling so much, you almost need an easy win. For your New Year’s resolution this year, you should consider something that’s simple yet still important—like resolving to visit the dentist at least every six months. Here are four things that this resolution of going for a dental checkup can do for you in 2021.

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Are Sugar Substitutes Better for Your Teeth Than Real Sugar?

December 29, 2020

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man pouring sugar substitutes into yellow coffee mug

We’ve all grown up hearing dentists warn us about how dangerous sugar can be for your teeth. Too much of it can cause all kinds of health problems as well as cavities. In an effort to combat these issues, artificial sweeteners have flooded the market. But are they better for your teeth than actual sugar? Continue reading as a dentist explains how sugar substitutes affect your oral health.

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4 Innovative Dental Trends You Can Expect to Emerge in the Next Decade

December 12, 2020

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Tooth icon on computer screen

With the earliest evidence of dentistry dating back to 7000 B.C., it’s safe to say that the field of dentistry is almost as ancient as the history of civilization. Between then and now, ground-breaking technology and ever-advancing techniques have replaced archaic tools and outdated methods, resulting in the state-of-the-art dental experience we know today. With so much accomplished, what could possibly be left? Keep reading to discover four new dental trends you can expect to see within the next decade.

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How to Ensure Invisalign is a Success for You

November 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 10:38 pm

Making the decision to invest in Invisalign is one of the best things anyone can do for their oral health and confidence, but along with it, comes the responsibility of proper maintenance. Invisalign has been successful for more than 8 million patients in the last 22 years, but those victories didn’t come without effort. It’s important to follow all of the instructions your dentist provides. Below, we’ve provided a few simple tips to help you take the best care of your teeth during and after the process, so that you can achieve the smile of your dreams!

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4 Must-Know Tips for Maintaining Your Oral Health This Holiday Season

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 7:45 pm
Woman smiling in festive living room

Whether you are spending the holidays alongside your entire family or with a more intimate crowd, the celebration just wouldn’t be the same without delicious sides, decadent desserts, and other festive treats. So, it’s not too surprising that the already astronomical cases of tooth decay skyrocket this time of year. Fortunately, you can keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape heading into the new year with these oral health best practices from a holiday dentist!

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