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Dealing with Sleep Apnea? Here’s How Your Dentist Can Treat It

April 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 8:11 pm

woman asleep in truck because of problematic sleep apneaStatistics show that over 20 million Americans are currently suffering from some form of sleep apnea. If you’re one of them, then you’re well aware that the frequent interruptions in your sleep deprive you of feeling rested and productive during the day. Instead of belaboring on the negative effects it has on your life, though, you’d like to find a solution. Thankfully, a sleep dentist can help you breathe normally at night so you can get the quality rest you need. Read on to find out how.


Unlocking the Connection Between Heart & Gum Disease

March 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 1:16 pm

stethoscope with a heart lying next to itAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two people suffers from gum disease. They also reported that heart disease is the leading cause of death for people in the United States. For years, researchers have been establishing connection between gum disease and heart disease. They’re looking to bring attention to the importance of caring for teeth and gums, and how routine care can help drastically reduce patients’ risks of developing serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular issues. Read on to learn what the research says, and how you can protect yourself from gum disease to ensure your overall wellbeing.   (more…)

Do You Know How to Handle These Common Dental Emergencies?

March 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 5:55 pm

Concerned woman covering her mouth should see her dentist. Many of us know how to identify a medical emergency, but what about a dental emergency? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if a scary situation involving our teeth, gums, or mouth requires urgent care. However, acting quickly and correctly can make all the difference in keeping your smile healthy and intact. Here are the most common dental emergencies and how to handle them after calling your Grand Island dentist.


Types of Dental Implants: Two Ways to Support a New Smile

February 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 7:19 pm

Illustration of endosteal dental implant in mouthWhen you start researching dental implants, you’re likely to find plenty of information about their various benefits, particularly the way they give your new teeth chewing power and stability that they wouldn’t have otherwise. However, what you may not have realized is that the term “dental implant” can actually be used to refer to two very different appliances – and the right one for repairing your smile could change depending on your situation. Keep reading to learn about the choice your dentist might have to make between endosteal and subperiosteal implants.


Why Your Dentist Promotes Good Oral Health for Baby Teeth

February 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:22 pm

a baby wearing a bib and smiling with his two bottom teeth showingIf you haven’t added Tooth Fairy to the list of roles you play as a parent, get ready. Pretty soon, your little one will be running toward you to show you their tooth as well as the gaping hole it left behind. While this is all part of growing up, it’s important that these baby teeth that the Tooth Fairy loves so much are healthy and in good shape upon her arrival. Why? Let a dentist explain why even though these teeth will fall out someday, their condition can make a big impact on your child’s future oral health.


Here’s How to Find the Best Dentist for You!

January 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 8:17 pm

Woman smilingWhether you’ve recently moved to Grand Island, or you’re just in search of the best oral healthcare around, you may be wondering where to start. Finding the right dentist to meet your needs can be challenging, but there are some key factors you should know to make your search easier. Keep reading to learn some tips on how to find the best dentist for you.


Want Less Dental Work? Use These Flossing Tips From a Dentist

January 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 4:50 pm

Smiling man flossing in the mirrorIf you asked dentists to name the habit their patients struggle with the most, chances are that most of them would say flossing. Whether it’s trying to do it the right way or simply trying to do it all, there are several flossing tips and tricks that can make it easier. And the payoff is well worth it! You’ll have fewer cavities, healthier gums and fresher breath. Not to mention better checkups each time you see a dentist. So keep reading to learn how to make flossing more convenient and what technique to use. With this information, you’ll be on your way to a healthier smile in no time!


I Wore Braces in the Past – Do I Still Qualify for Invisalign?

December 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 2:44 am

attractive woman inserting Invisalign alignerThere once was a time when metal braces were the only option for straightening teeth, closing gaps and fixing other bite issues. Thankfully, you now have an alternative: Invisalign clear braces. While the procedure has some definite perks, is it off limits if you wore braces in the past or received any other types of dental work? As you continue reading, you’ll find out the answer and get more important details about how the Invisalign process works. You can then make a more informed decision about how you want to proceed with revamping your smile.


Find Out if Cold and Flu Remedies Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

December 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 6:46 pm

a woman blowing her noseYou can feel it: the pressure in your sinuses, the sore throat, and runny nose. When the symptoms of cold and flu arrive, you might be eager to stop them in their tracks by running to your local drug store and buying everything you can get your hands on. While this might seem like a good idea, it may not be the most beneficial, especially when it can negatively impact your oral health. Find out how which flu season tips and remedies can actually harm your teeth and gums.


3 Ways to Protect Your Oral Health from the Dangers of Sugar This Holiday Season

November 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstec @ 7:35 pm

a table full of sugary treats and wineThe holidays are about indulgence. In fact, they’re about overindulging in your favorite sweet treats, right? While these special days only come around once a year, they fall so closely together that most people tend to use it as an excuse to eat whatever they want for 2 or 3 full months and then start again with their New Year’s Resolutions. While having a cookie or slice of pie is fine in moderation, too much of a good thing can be very bad, especially for your teeth. To help you get through the holidays without developing tooth decay, hear from a dentist who suggests 3 ways to protect your oral health from the dangers of sugar.


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