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The 3 Most Common Oral Health Problems (and How to Prevent Them!)

August 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 9:20 pm
Female patient talking to dentist about toothache

Are you ready for some shocking statistics? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40% of patients state they felt pain in their mouth within the last year, 90% of U.S. adults have had a cavity by their 21st birthday, and 34 million school hours are missed each year as a result of dental emergencies. So, it is safe to say that our dental care needs an upgrade. Fortunately, the three most common oral health problems are largely preventable! Read on for what they are and how you can protect your teeth and gums.

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Why Do Celebrities Choose Dental Implants?

August 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 7:06 pm
Woman with dental implants

Tooth loss is more common than you may think, even amongst the most famous people in the world. Fortunately, with modern dental technology there are several different tooth replacement options to choose from depending on your individual needs. A favorite amongst dentists and patients alike is dental implants. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of this modern tooth replacement option as well as some celebrities who have them today.

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The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Trends of 2020

July 26, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 8:27 pm
Woman smiling outside after seeing her cosmetic dentist

Cosmetic dentistry is a $4 billion industry in the US alone and this is for good reason, too! Studies show that a white, healthy-looking smile can help people perceive you as more youthful, trustworthy, friendly, and successful. Because of this, cosmetic dentistry and the technology used for treatments are always evolving, and 2020 is no exception! Keep reading to learn about some of the hottest trends in beautiful smiles from your cosmetic dentist in Carlsbad.

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What Different Types of Mouthwash Are There?

July 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:19 pm
Man using mouthwash

You know that it’s good to have some mouthwash around to fight against plaque causing bacteria in the mouth. But, when you go to your local drug store, the options are overwhelming. There are so many to choose from and it’s difficult to know exactly which type can benefit you the most. Read on to learn from your dentist all about the different types of mouthwash on the market so that you can choose one that will meet your needs.

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How Can Dental Implants Increase My Confidence?

June 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 10:45 pm
Dentist holding model of dental implant

Along with missing teeth often comes low confidence as a result. When you don’t feel like you can eat or speak properly and your smile has large gaps, it’s difficult to not feel insecure. Fortunately, there are solutions. When it comes to tooth replacement, you have several options. While dentures and dental bridges are popular choices, dental implants are usually the most effective, longest lasting option. Continue reading to learn about how dental implants can help you regain your confidence.

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4 Myths About Dental Implants, Debunked

June 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 8:48 pm
Woman with dental implant from implant dentist

Are you struggling with missing teeth? So are a lot of people. According to epidemiological studies, it’s estimated that over 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Fortunately, you have many options when it comes to restoring your smile. One of the most popular is dental implants, but you may have seen some misinformation about them floating around. Your implant dentist shares 4 myths about dental implants and reveals why they aren’t true.

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Ways To Greet Your Dentist Without Making Contact

May 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 4:30 pm
Man waves to demonstrate following dental safety procedures.

While businesses are starting to reopen, you still need to follow social distancing guidelines when going outside. This means that at your next dental appointment, your dentist may not be able to greet you with the usual handshake or hug. It doesn’t mean they are unhappy to see you. They’re just doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing unnecessary contact. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t let them know how happy you are to see them. Keep reading to find out about some no touch greetings that you can use when going to see your dentist.

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Why You Dentist Wants You To Clean Your Tongue

May 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 4:15 pm
Man shows off his clean tongue after following advice from a dentist.

You’ve been warned about the dangers of tooth decay since you started going to your dentist for regular visits. But if you’re only brushing and flossing, there’s still more you could be doing to protect your teeth. Your tongue plays a huge role in the functions of your mouth, and it needs to be taken care of if you want truly great oral health. In this article, you’ll learn about why your tongue needs to be cleaned and the proper ways to do it.

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Want To Know How To Clean Your Toothbrush? Easy Tips From a Dentist

April 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 12:25 pm
A man and woman brushing their teeth with tips from a dentist

It’s estimated that the average toothbrush harbors as many as 1.2 million bacteria and viruses. Perhaps even more concerning is the type of “bugs” researchers have found, including the cold and flu virus, E. Coli, staphylococci (aka staph), the strep virus and more. And while the thought of exposing yourself to so many germs every time you brush your teeth isn’t exactly appealing, it usually doesn’t cause any health problems. However, as any dentist will tell you, it’s still worth it to take a few extra steps to keep your toothbrush clean, fresh, and sanitized. Keep reading below to find out why and how to clean your toothbrush! 


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Are Gum Disease & Heart Health Related?

March 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:35 pm
Cupped hands holding a small red heart shape on wooden background

Gum disease is an incredibly common oral health condition that effects well over half of the US population. This bacterial infection in the gums is also cited as the leading cause of tooth loss, but researchers fear that its impact reaches far beyond your smile. There is a well-known connection between oral and overall health, and recent research is beginning to indicate that gum disease can significantly influence heart health. Here’s what your Carlsbad dentist wants you to know about this important relationship and what you can do to keep your heart and smile healthy.

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