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Royal Repair: How Long Will My Dental Crown Last?

May 10, 2024

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Have you recently undergone a root canal procedure or have a severely decayed or damaged tooth? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going to need a dental crown. Your dentist uses these caps to preserve the appearance and functionality of your injured pearly white when it might otherwise require extraction.

It’s totally normal to have questions if you’ve been told you’ll be getting a dental crown. One of the first things that pops into most people’s minds is, ‘How long will it last?’ Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect in terms of your restoration’s longevity!


Dental Discoloration: How Your Dentist Can Brighten Your Grin

May 3, 2024

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Did you know that according to a study presented by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly half (48%) of adults believe your smile is your most memorable feature? It’s one of the first things many people notice about you, and a bright, confident grin can leave a lasting impression. Unfortunately, unsightly stains can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance and how others might perceive you.

If you have tried over-the-counter whitening products without success, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to get the desired results, either due to the product they’re using or because their discoloration exists below the surface. There are several types of stains, and not all of them can be bleached. Continue reading to learn more about the different kinds and how your dentist can lighten your teeth!


5 Reasons Why Your Dental Hygienist Is Amazing

April 26, 2024

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Your dentist is responsible for helping you fix many dental issues, including decay, chips, cracks, and infections. But did you know that your dental hygienist plays a big role in your oral health as well? They often work behind the scenes, providing essential care and support that goes beyond just routine cleanings. Read on to learn five reasons why your dental hygienist is amazing!


What Should I Know About Oral Cancer?

April 12, 2024

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Oral cancer is among the deadliest and most disfiguring forms of cancer, but detecting it early can make all of the difference in its outcome. This horrible disease affects nearly 53,000 Americans every year, and this population includes men and women, younger and older adults, and smokers and non-smokers. Luckily, your dentist plays a key role in detecting oral cancer, making showing up for regular dental appointments one of the best things you can do to prevent it from disrupting your life. Here are a few facts about oral cancer that everyone should know.


Am I Taking Proper Care of My Gums?

March 21, 2024

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While your teeth probably get most of the credit for your smile, your gums do a lot of work to keep your grin gorgeous as well. Sadly, many people don’t take proper care of them because they aren’t aware of how their habits can injure them or set them up for infections that may require the attention of a qualified dentist to be resolved. Here’s a brief list of bad habits that can cause your gums to recede or become irritated.


What Should I Ask My Dentist During My Next Appointment?

March 13, 2024

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Having the right dentist can make your dental checkups a relaxing and enjoyable experience. While regular dental visits allow your dentist to monitor and thoroughly clean your teeth while correcting problems in their early stages, they also allow you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your oral healthcare. Here’s a brief list of excellent questions to ask your dentist during your next checkup.


Will My Sleep Apnea Treatment be Covered by Insurance?

February 25, 2024

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If you’re in the midst of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea, you’re probably experiencing a new side of the medical system. Dealing with this condition effectively often requires you to talk to a dentist, primary care physician, and sleep doctor in order to get a comprehensive view of how it’s affecting you.

This being the case, you may naturally wonder how you can get your insurance to pay for the sleep apnea treatment. Will you have to use medical insurance, dental insurance, or something else entirely?

If you’re curious, here’s what you should know.


Valentine’s Gifts That Have Your Dentist’s Approval

February 13, 2024

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When you think of Valentine’s Day gifts, you probably think of roses, boxes of chocolate, and romantic paddleboat rides on the river. While candy is often the go-to gift for your special someone on Valentine’s Day, sugary treats can feed the harmful oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Why not consider giving your significant other gifts that can bolster their oral health and help them enjoy a healthy smile for life? Here’s a brief list of Valentine’s gift Ideas that will have your loved one and their dentist smiling!


How to Make Flossing Easy in the New Year

January 31, 2024

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With the new year finally here, you’re probably getting started on your resolutions. A common one is to start flossing; this is an aspect of dental hygiene that many people neglect and are interested in taking a bit more seriously.

However, lots of times starting a new habit is harder than it looks. If you have struggled to commit to flossing in the past, it may be that you need to take a take a different approach to the problem.

Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to make flossing a consistent part of your dental hygiene routine.


Can Have My Cake and Protect My Teeth Too? Dental Hygiene for Those with a Sweet Tooth

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — lauraphilippsdmd @ 10:34 pm
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Everyone knows sugar is bad for their teeth, but people across the world can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. That’s because sugar is full of chemical energy that is easy for the body to absorb, and while it was rare in the wild, it’s now everywhere in convenience stores. If you’re one of the many people who enjoy the sweeter tastes in life, you don’t have to let your affinity for sugar doom you to tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s how to keep your teeth healthy even if you enjoy a donut in the morning or ice cream at night.

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