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6 Reasons You Should Leave Braces to the Professionals

August 20, 2019

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girl with braces

According to the Internet, everything can be do-it-yourself these days. People are even creating their own versions of braces and Invisalign to straighten their smiles. However, these DIY treatments can actually do much more harm than good. Read on as we talk about 6 reasons why you should leave teeth straightening to the professionals.

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Why Your Child Should See a Dentist Before They Go Back to School

August 2, 2019

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a little boy in the dentist chair having his teeth checkedThe start of a new school year is an exciting time for most kids. Yes, they’re sad to leave behind the fun-filled days of summer but making new friends and meeting their teacher is often enough to have them ready to show off their new backpack and run to get in the car. Before they head out of the door for their first day, while they may be equipped with new clothes, a new bookbag, and a freshly made lunch, what about their smile? Find out why it’s beneficial to schedule a dentist appointment before your child starts a new school year.

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Invisalign or Braces: Picking the Right Path to a Better Smile

July 17, 2019

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InvisalignIf you’re dissatisfied with the crooked smile you see in the mirror each day, the good news is you don’t have to live with it. More and more adults are getting orthodontic treatment for straighter, prettier teeth. While some choose to wear traditional metal braces, others prefer Invisalign as a less conspicuous, more convenient treatment. Which one is right for you? Here are the pros and cons of each option for you to weigh.

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Want To Avoid the Hassle of Major Dental Work? See a Dentist For Regular Checkups

July 10, 2019

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Up-close smile and dental mirrorIt’s easy to think of seeing a dentist twice a year as a hassle. But the truth is that regular checkups go a long way towards reducingyour overall number of dental visits in the long run. And that saves you significant time, money, and potential discomfort down the road. So what exactly do your checkups include and how do these visits prevent bigger problems? Keep reading to find out!

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Beyond Snoring: The Bigger Issues of Sleep Apnea

June 12, 2019

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sleepy driverNo one likes to sleep with a bed partner who snores. If the snoring is loud enough, one partner might even end up relocating to the sofa. As annoying as snoring is, however, it is often a symptom of a much more serious problem: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With OSA, the soft tissues in the mouth or throat obstruct the airway, leading to breathing problems that disrupt the sleep cycle. Those disruptions, in turn, can cause or worsen some major health problems. Let’s discuss how OSA can wreck your health and what you can do to protect your well-being.

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Don’t Forget About Your Tongue – Your Dentist Explains Why!

May 20, 2019

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attractive woman extending her tongueYou’re serious about your oral health, so you’re sure to brush and floss your teeth a minimum of two times a day. There’s a chance, though, that you may not be receiving the full benefits. Your dentist says failing to put the same effort into cleaning your tongue as is applied to your teeth could become counterproductive. Discover why this is so, and also learn what improvements you can make moving forward so you can enjoy the absolute best in oral health!

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Can Gum Disease Affect My Overall Health?

May 11, 2019

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Close-up of gum measurementDo your gums ever bleed when brushing or flossing? Maybe they feel tender during certain parts of your day? These could be the first signs that you have gum disease. This common disease affects 80% of Americans at some point in their lives, but its more advanced stages carry hidden risks. In fact, research has now linked gum disease with the health of your heart. Read on to learn more about how this common dental issue can have a negative impact on your heart and overall health.

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Tired and Irritable? Learn How Oral Appliance Therapy Helps Your Sleep Apnea

April 15, 2019

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a doctor with the words “sleep apnea” appearing before himSleep apnea can create problems for you and your health if left untreated. While you may think the snoring is the only thing that is problematic, guess again. This particular sleep disorder can lead to heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, and more. If sleep apnea is keeping you from getting a restful night’s sleep, and you’re unsure of available treatment options, read on to learn how your dentist can treat you with oral appliance therapy.

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Oral Cancer: Why Your Dentist Wants to See Your for Regular Checkups

April 3, 2019

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a woman holding a red ribbon for oral cancer awarenessDo you really know what happens during a routine dental exam? You probably think your hygienist will take some x-rays, poke around in your mouth, scrap some stuff off your teeth, floss them, and give them a good polishing before you’re up and out the door. Right? Well, you might be surprised to know that your visit is much more than a dental cleaning. In addition to ensuring your pearly whites are looking and feeling their best, your dentist will screen you for oral cancer. Find out more about this procedure and why it’s so important. (more…)

Can Gum Disease Increase My Risk of Heart Disease?

March 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 4:15 pm

hands heart tooth

Did you know that your mouth is considered the window to the body? It makes sense. After all, the food and water you eat enter your system and eventually your bloodstream because of your mouth. Every organ depends on that blood, especially your heart. But there is an even more important link between your mouth and your heart. An infection in your mouth—specifically gum disease—could have an impact on your heart health. Keep reading to find out more about how these conditions are related. (more…)

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