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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.


Are Sugar Substitutes Better for Your Teeth Than Real Sugar?

December 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 4:44 pm
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.


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

December 12, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 12:50 am
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 Between then and now, ground-breaking technology and ever-advancing techniques have replaced archaic tools and outdated methods, resulting in the state-of-the-art dental experience we know today.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.


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!


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!


Scare Off Cavities! 5 Tips for Candy Consumption Around Halloween

October 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 3:46 pm
Glass pumpkins filled with candy

Holidays like Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve have their fair share of delectable treats. But there is no doubt that Halloween is the most candy-filled celebration. In fact, the average American consumes nearly 3.5 pounds of candy this time of year! Naturally, the impact of that much sugar on your teeth and gums can be disastrous. With this in mind, read on for five tips from a dentist on how to keep your oral health in “spooktacular” condition!


Are Your Dental Insurance Benefits About to Reset? Here’s How to Maximize Them!

October 8, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 5:36 pm
Man smiling at routine dental appointment

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, there is no time like the present to maximize your dental insurance benefits. After all, neglecting to do so leads to wasted coverage and unused dollars that could’ve helped your smile and oral health. If you are unsure where to start, here are four tips to assist!


Should I Brush Before or After Eating Breakfast?

September 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 11:38 pm
man brushing teeth before breakfast

Ever since you were a small child, you’ve been told that you need to brush your teeth twice a day for optimal oral health. Brushing right before bed is pretty straightforward, but mornings can be a little bit more complex. You know you are supposed to clean your smile in the morning, but should you be brushing teeth before breakfast or afterwards? Does it really matter that much? Continue reading to learn more about how to maintain excellent dental health by brushing in the morning.


How to Tell if a Cavity Has Formed Between Your Teeth

September 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 4:36 pm
a young woman seated on the side of her bed and holding her cheek in pain

Growing up, you likely saw images of cavities that appeared on the chewing surface of the tooth. If you are under the impression this is the only area that can develop decay, you’ll be surprised to learn you can also have cavities between teeth. Known as an interproximal cavity, these small holes grow the same way and require the same method of treatment – a filling or dental crown depending on the severity. But how can you know if you have dental caries between your pearly whites? A local dentist explains what to look for as well as what you can do to prevent them in the first place.


Are You Using the Right Toothbrush for You?

August 31, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:42 pm
Variety of toothbrushes

When it comes to taking care of your teeth, in addition to visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, it is important that you have all of the necessary tools. This includes choosing the best toothbrush for your smile. With so many options at your local drug and grocery store, it can be difficult to know which one to buy. Are the pricier options actually better? Are electric toothbrushes necessary? Continue reading to learn more about what toothbrushes are out there and how to know which one you should be using for optimal oral health.

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