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When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

June 21, 2021

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Change your toothbrush regularlyYour teeth can last for a lifetime with the right care over the years. Your toothbrush is your smile’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria that can threaten the longevity of your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes each session, which means your toothbrush is going to get a lot of use. Eventually, it’s going to need to be replaced, but when? Here’s the information you need to change your toothbrush on time to safeguard your smile.

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Keep Your Smile Healthy During Your Summer Vacation with These Tips

June 19, 2021

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Smiling couple canoeing with friends on the lake

Summer is one of the most popular seasons to travel. With the beautiful weather and a more relaxed work/school schedule, it’s not hard to see why! However, the last thing you want is for your fun in the sun to result in cavities come fall. To help prevent that from happening, keep reading for a few summer oral health tips to keep in mind while enjoying your much-deserved time off.

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4 Tips to Help You Get a Whiter Smile

May 22, 2021

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Woman smiling after teeth whitening

Have your teeth become discolored throughout the years? Tooth discoloration naturally happens over time for a variety of different reasons, including the use of tobacco products, drinking pigmented beverages, and aging. However, this is still one of the biggest insecurities that people have about their teeth. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get the whiter results you’ve been looking for. A dentist in Midland shares some tips to help.

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What Is Your Risk for Oral Cancer?

May 2, 2021

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When you go to the dentist every six months for a regular cleaning and checkup, your dentist is looking for more than just cavities and gum disease. They are searching for a wide variety of abnormalities that could indicate something isn’t right in your mouth or elsewhere in the body. One of the many things that your dentist is looking for is early signs of oral cancer. There are several factors that can put you at higher risk for this deadly disease. A dentist in Midland shares what they are and some ways that it can be prevented.

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How to Beat Dental Anxiety

April 22, 2021

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Woman with dental anxiety

Do you get nervous at the idea of going to the dental office? This is much more common than you may think. Over 30 million Americans experience stress related to their dental visits. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to avoid dental care. It is essential that you see a dentist regularly for checkups, as oral health and overall health are directly related. A dentist in Midland shares some tips to help you combat dental anxiety so you can have a more comfortable visit.

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4 Traits of a Beautiful Smile

April 7, 2021

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Woman smiling

Do you feel great about the way your teeth look? One of the great things about living in today’s world is the fact that you don’t need to settle for a smile that you aren’t confident showing off. There are all sorts of cosmetic dental options out there for people who want to enhance their smile. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are some traits that many people find to be particularly attractive. Continue reading to learn about some of these traits as well as how cosmetic dentistry can help.

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Why Should You Be Flossing On a Daily Basis?

March 24, 2021

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man flossing his teeth

If you were fortunate enough to grow up in a home where your caretakers taught you proper dental hygiene, then you likely know that brushing your teeth every day is a must when it comes to warding off cavities and having fresh breath. While your toothbrush can obviously do a lot to clean your teeth, it shouldn’t be working alone. Floss is a necessary sidekick that you shouldn’t be ignoring. Keep reading to learn why.

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How Can You Extend the Lifespan of Your Dental Crown?

March 10, 2021

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two dental crowns

Dental crowns are no small investment, and if you’ve undergone treatment to receive one or more, then you know that you want to make them last as long as possible. Each day, your dental crowns are put under a lot of pressure because your teeth work very hard for you. Fortunately, it is fully in your power to extend their lifespan. Keep reading to learn some helpful tips on how to make them last as long as possible.

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What to Expect at Your Next Dental Visit During a Hiatus

February 25, 2021

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Patient at dentist in Midland

Haven’t been in for a dental checkup in a while? You aren’t alone. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that 43% of Americans do not see a dentist as often as they should be. There are all sorts of reasons why you may have gotten off track. Fortunately, it is never too late to begin keeping up with your oral health. The dental office is a judgement-free zone. Here is what you can expect the next time you visit your dentist in Midland.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Gums Healthy

February 11, 2021

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Healthy gums

When you think about the health of your smile, you are probably mostly thinking about your teeth. However, strong teeth must be supported by healthy gums. The surprising thing is that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects approximately half of American adults over the age of 30. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take each day in order to ensure that your gums remain in good shape. Continue reading for some tips from a dentist in Midland.

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