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Do You Understand Why You Need to Use Your Dental Insurance Benefits Now?

November 5, 2019

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a woman having her teeth checked by a dental hygienist

In a single calendar year, millions of people lose, on average, close to $1,000 in unused dental insurance benefits. The reason is that most people don’t realize that what they’ve accumulated throughout the year does not roll over. If this is a new revelation to you, and you want to avoid it happening to you, take a few minutes to read through the steps you can take to maximize your plan before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.  


6 Tips To Enjoy Halloween Without Ruining Your Oral Health

October 18, 2019

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children trick-or-treating

Your child is probably counting the days until Halloween. Trick-or-treating is a family tradition that transforms your house into a child survivalist’s dream bunker. With bags of candy hiding in every corner of the house, eating it over the couple of months following October is hard to resist. However, constantly exposing your teeth and gums to sugar can create the perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria to live and plaque to form. To avoid an unexpected appointment with your dentist, follow these six tips for candy consumption at Halloween. 


Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Season Without Worrying About Your Oral Health

October 10, 2019

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coffee sitting on a table

Nearly everybody will agree that there’s no better way to get in the mood for the holidays than trying all the new seasonal hot drinks that are coming out. Because of the brisk breeze and cold weather, hot cups of tea and coffee are vital to help keep you warm. It may surprise you to know that some of these delicious beverages are even great for your oral health. Read on to learn how certain hot drinks like coffee can benefit your gums and teeth.


When Searching for a New Dentist, Look for These 5 Traits!

September 20, 2019

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family of four hugging and smiling

Finding a dentist you can build a relationship with and entrust your oral care to is of the utmost importance. One reason is that it ensures your access to preventive care, which is one of the cornerstones of maintaining excellent dental health and avoiding serious problems. Before you can reap this and the many other benefits of working with a dentist, you first need to choose the right professional. To make the decision process easier, here are 5 key traits to look for in your next dentist!


What’s for Lunch? 3 School Lunch Tips from Your Children’s Dentist

August 29, 2019

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mom and child lunch

Summer is over, and school is back in session. You know what that means—it’s time to resume the habit of packing your child’s lunch. This daily task can feel tedious at times, but you also know a healthy lunch can give your child the energy they need and the ability to focus and learn better. However, while you pack that lunchbox, don’t forget about your child’s teeth! The foods your child eats can impact the health of their smile. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that children with poor oral health typically earn lower grades than those with good oral health. So here are three tips from your children’s dentist to keep in mind while you get your child’s lunch ready for school.


Visiting Your Dentist for Your Checkup & Cleaning? Here Are Some Questions to Ask Your Hygienist

July 25, 2019

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patient speaking with dentist

Do you want to improve your oral health all while getting the most out of your routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist? Whether you’re trying out a new dental care provider or sticking with the same one you’ve had for years, don’t be afraid to pick their brain about oral hygiene. Read on for some questions to ask your hygienist after your next appointment so you can fortify your oral health.


Electric or Traditional Toothbrush? Your Dentist Settles The Infamous Dispute

June 17, 2019

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picture of electric and manual toothbrush

When you walk down the oral hygiene aisle at your local department store, it can be overwhelming, especially when it’s time to get a new toothbrush. You know that electric toothbrushes can be great for your oral health, but you’re not quite sure whether they’re worth the investment. Your dentist discusses the pros and cons of each option, and which toothbrush would be best for your unique smile below.


5 Benefits Of Getting Dental Implants

June 13, 2019

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woman looking pleased with dental work

If you’re missing teeth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 178 million Americans are missing at least a single tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Unfortunately, this issue can be a natural occurrence associated with aging, as well as a variety of other reasons. With so many restorative options to choose from, it can be difficult to feel like you’re making the best decision for your self-esteem and oral health. Luckily, dental implants utilize the most modern dental advancements and can boost both your confidence and your health. Read on to learn 5 benefits that make this procedure so highly recommended.


The Link Between Gum Disease and Your Heart: Fact or Fiction?

May 21, 2019

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As we learn more about the inflammation that causes gum disease, and that which causes heart disease, it is beginning to appear they are related. It seems that those patients that have gum disease are more likely to have heart disease, and vice versa. But what is the common link? Read on to learn more about what you should know about gum disease!

Woman flossing her teeth.

Can Dental Implants Increase Your Confidence?

April 9, 2019

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The challenges of living with a failing or missing tooth tend to take a toll not only on your daily activities, but also your self-esteem. You might feel embarrassed about talking to other people, or self-conscious when you smile because of your missing tooth. Many people even begin to feel depressed about their situation. However, the good news is that dental implants offer an excellent long-term solution for replacing your tooth, which will also help you reclaim your confidence!

Woman with a beautiful smile.
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