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Foul Fragrance: 3 Reasons Your Dentures Aren’t Smelling Fresh

January 5, 2024

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Hand holding glass of water with dentures

Dentures are a great way to rebuild your smile after tooth loss because they restore so much of your ability to eat and speak normally, again. It saves you the embarrassment of being unable to share meals with loved ones or struggling through conversations. If your dentures are giving off an unpleasant smell, though, you’re bound to feel self-conscious! Continue reading to learn 3 reasons this happens and what you can do about it!


Will a Chipped Tooth Heal on its Own?

November 8, 2023

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Model of a chipped front toothYour teeth are protected by your enamel, which is technically hardest substance in your body. Your enamel is even stronger than some metals, but it can still break if you aren’t careful. Teeth can chip for many reasons and it’s not something you should ignore. A chipped tooth is more than an aesthetic issue. It can lead to the loss of your tooth with no treatment. A chipped tooth won’t grow back. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to contact an emergency dentist.


What Could Cause a Dental Bridge to Fail?

September 13, 2023

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person whose dental bridge fell out at dentist covering mouth

Dental bridges are valuable solutions for replacing one or more consecutive missing teeth. They are typically secured in place by dental crowns on adjacent teeth or supported by dental implants. While dental bridges are designed to be durable, various factors can contribute to their failure or dislodgment. In this article, we’ll explore common reasons behind dental bridge issues and offer guidance on what to do if your bridge falls out.


3 Dental Emergencies that Cause Facial Pain

May 23, 2023

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a man experiencing face pain due to a dental emergency

Are you experiencing pain near your forehead, cheeks, or mouth? While many people think of things such as a knocked-out tooth when it comes to dental emergencies,  major discomfort near your mouth is a sign you need help, too! If you are experiencing pain in a part of your face, you may have an oral health issue that needs to be treated right away. Facial pain that is related to your teeth is not only hard to deal with during your everyday activities, but it could also be putting you at risk for more serious health issues. Read on to learn about three dental emergencies that cause facial discomfort.


Should You Rinse After Brushing?

March 23, 2023

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Woman looking in mirror to brush her teethYou have probably had the same brushing routine from a young age: brush, rinse, and spit. Countless Americans have the same routine for healthy teeth and gums, but is it really the best method? Believe it or not, dentists don’t always recommend rinsing after brushing, and here’s why.


4 Tips to Make Your Dental Checkup Go Well

January 17, 2023

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patient smiling while talking to dentist

Along with practicing good oral hygiene at home, visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy smile. During these visits, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, X-rays will be taken, and a dental exam will be performed to ensure that no oral health issues are developing. To make your next dental checkup go as smoothly as possible, continue reading to learn four helpful tips.


Evolution of Teeth Whitening

December 12, 2022

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Before and after teeth whiteningTeeth come in a variety of colors and shades naturally. Not to mention, they change color over the years from wear and tear and lifestyle factors. You can turn back the clock with professional teeth whitening, but did you know a bright smile isn’t a new trend? Believe it or not, teeth whitening dates back to 3000 B.C. Thankfully, you don’t have to chew on sticks or brush with urine to keep your teeth white. Here’s how teeth whitening has evolved throughout time to deliver the stunning results you see today.


3 Reasons You Need to Soak Your Dentures Each Night

November 8, 2022

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Dentures soaking in a glass of water

When you’re already tired, it can be difficult to prioritize the things you need to do before you go to bed. That’s why many people with dentures leave them while sleeping. However, this isn’t the best habit to get into. There are several reasons why you should have your dentures soak overnight — here are just a few.


4 Tips for Talking with Dentures

October 18, 2022

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We all want to have beautiful smiles. Bright, white, gapless beams are often considered to be the ideal smile, but missing teeth can make this seem impossible to achieve. Fortunately, there are a range of ways to replace missing teeth, including dentures. If you’re missing all of your teeth, a full set of dentures will likely be the best choice for you. Even so, they can take some time to get used to, and some people may struggle to speak with them at first. Read on to learn some useful tips for talking with dentures.


Drinking Tap Water Prevents Cavities

September 3, 2022

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Woman drinking a glass of waterTeeth are meant to last for a lifetime; however, cavities are a leading cause of tooth loss. Although it’s preventable, it’s the most chronic condition in America for all ages. Research has found that 42% of children 2-11 and at least 91% of adults have had at least one cavity. A good oral hygiene routine, a healthy diet, and regular dental care can reduce your risk of cavities, but is there more you could do? Yes! Heading to the kitchen is a simple way to safeguard your smile, thanks to fluoride in drinking water.


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