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How Can My Smile Help My Heart Health?

February 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:07 pm
Heart illustration

When thinking about February, Valentine’s Day is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, you have more than one reason to be thinking about hearts. It will be American Heart Month, after all. There is no better time to learn more about how the health of your smile and heart is related. To keep up excellent cardiovascular health, you need to maintain your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn more about their connection from your dentist in Carlsbad.


What Causes Gum Overgrowth and How Is It Corrected?

January 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 9:42 pm
gummy smile illustration

Imagine you are brushing your teeth one evening in front of your bathroom mirror and you suddenly notice something about yourself that may have been developing for some time. “Why are my gums growing over my teeth?” you wonder. Perhaps seen as a purely aesthetic issue by some people, gum overgrowth can lead to a higher risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. If you want to learn more about why this problem occurs and what you can do to treat it, your dentist in Carlsbad is here to shed light on the topic so you can make an informed decision about your oral health.


Waterpik or Dental Floss: Which One Is Better?

December 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:31 pm
person using a Waterpik

Flossing your teeth is an important step in your daily oral hygiene routine. Without flossing, you’ll be leaving 40% of plaque on your teeth, which can sharply raise your chances of developing cavities. Though many people know how important it is to remove plaque and food particles from between their pearly whites, nearly one-third of American adults still skip the floss. Fortunately, alternatives to traditional floss like Waterpiks can help. But are they as effective? Read on to learn whether traditional dental floss or water flossers are the more effective way to clean your teeth and keep oral health issues at bay.


How Drinking Flavored Water Can Harm Your Teeth

December 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 4:45 pm
an orange and a blue sports drink

If you drink a lot of soda, juice, and other sweet beverages, flavored waters may seem like a good way to lessen your sugar intake without sacrificing flavor. After all, many of these beverages are advertised as being a healthier alternative to the aforementioned sweet drinks. Unfortunately, flavored waters aren’t as good for you as you may think. In fact, they often do more harm than good. Read on to learn how flavored water can damage your teeth and what you can do to protect your pearly whites from harm.


4 Tips for Staying on Track with Invisalign Treatment during the Holidays

November 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 1:14 pm
festive woman smiling and holding an Invisalign aligner

After nearly two years of dealing with the pandemic, you’ve decided it’s time to see family and friends and have some fun. You can’t wait for the holidays to get here so you can celebrate with those you love most. However, if you are in the middle of Invisalign treatment, this time could complicate your treatment if you aren’t careful. Here are four actions you can take to stay on course and straighten your smile through the holiday season.


Is Dental Crown Lengthening Right for You?

November 1, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 2:56 pm
before and after looks at a woman who has had crown lengthening

When envisioning a beautiful smile, most people immediately think of robust, white teeth. However, there’s another part that many often forget—the gums! Some people naturally have the right balance between gums and teeth, but others do not. If you fit in the second group, you’re not alone, and you can do something about it. You might need crown lengthening, which is also called gum recontouring.

This procedure involves using a soft tissue laser that gently cuts away excess tissue, revealing more tooth structure underneath. But how can you know if you are a good candidate for this treatment? Other than meeting with an experienced cosmetic dentist, here are some clear signs that point toward crown lengthening.


Can I Get Invisalign If I Have Crowns, Bridges, or Veneers?

October 21, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 7:31 pm
young woman smiling and holding Invisalign aligner

Gone are the days of metal wires and brackets being your only solution for crooked or misaligned teeth. Now, there are several ways you can achieve a straighter smile. If you’re an adult seeking orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may have caught your eye. It’s a discreet and subtle way to obtain the grin you’ve always wanted. But is it a viable option for people with dental crowns, bridges, or veneers? Continue reading to find out!


Do I Need to Have Gum Disease Treatment Before Cosmetic Dentistry?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 6:58 pm
serious thinking illustration

Have you ever seen an old, beat-up car with fancy, shiny wheels and tires? It can make for a strange combo, as it would make sense to get the car in better condition before turning one’s attention to the wheels.

That’s not unlike the situation when a person is considering treatment from a cosmetic dentist before they put gum disease in the rearview mirror. Can you even get a cosmetic treatment before having gum disease therapy to restore your oral health?

Keep reading to learn more about what gum disease is, how it can impact the appearance of your smile, and why it needs to be treated before getting cosmetic dentistry.


The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

September 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 1:58 pm
Closeup of dentist holding clean Invisalign aligner

Want straighter teeth? Fortunately, long gone are the days of having to wear metal brackets and dark-colored wires to address minor gaps and moderate overcrowding. Invisalign has helped more than 8 million patients over the last two decades achieve the healthy, beautiful smile of their dreams discreetly – it’s one of the reasons it continues to be one of the most popular treatments year after year! However, it’s important to note that keeping your aligners clear requires some effort on your part. To learn five tips for caring for your Invisalign trays, read on.


Veneers Check: The Latest Dangerous Dental TikTok Trend

August 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 4:20 pm
Woman in glasses covering her mouth in shock

When you hear “TikTok,” what comes to mind? For many, it’s dance videos, health hacks, and beauty advice. However, this popular app is also becoming a place for dangerous dental trends. From at-home teeth whitening solutions to DIY vampire fangs, millions of people are being influenced to tamper with their oral health for the worse. The latest offender? The “Veneers Check” trend. Keep reading to learn what it is and why it’s so dangerous.

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