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How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Dental Health

January 28, 2021

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Stressed or depressed man should see his Midland dentist

When you have a condition like depression or anxiety, your smile will show it in more than one way. Not only will you smile less often, but your oral health will reflect your condition as well. Recent studies show that there’s a strong connection between mood conditions like stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness and oral health problems. Thankfully, knowing what issues you’re at a higher risk of can help you take the right steps to prevent them. Read on as your Midland dentist explains how your mental health and dental health are connected and what you can do to keep your smile in good shape.

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4 Practical New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

January 4, 2021

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Woman throws confetti celebrating New Year's resolutions from Midland dentist

It’s a new year and time for a new you! If you’re looking for a meaningful way to improve yourself or your life this year, why not start with your smile? Committing to a few healthy habits and simple precautions now can help boost your health, appearance, and confidence for the rest of your life! Read on as your Midland dentist shares four important and achievable New Year’s resolutions that can dramatically improve your smile and your quality of life this year.

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Are Dental Implants Actually Worth the Cost?

December 17, 2020

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Dentist showing smiling woman X-ray

Are you missing one, a few, or an entire arch of teeth? When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants in Midland are the superior option. Not only do they boast a 95% success rate, but they also are extremely lifelike and are unmatched in durability. But are they worth the price? After all, compared to traditional dentures, they don’t initially seem like the most cost-effective option. Read on to learn the answer!

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3 Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

December 8, 2020

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Stockings hung on mantel at dentist in Midland.Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner which means you’re on the hunt for the perfect stocking stuffers. There are many goodies and sweet treats to choose from; however, don’t let the holidays leave a lasting mark on your family’s smiles. Your dentist in Midland has a few fun ideas to promote a healthy smile for the new year.

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5 Signs That Sedation Dentistry Might Be Right for You

November 21, 2020

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Woman smiles and relaxes while visiting Midland sedation dentist

Not many people are thrilled at the idea of going to the dentist, but most can tolerate the cleanings, treatments, and procedures they need to keep their pearly whites healthy. However, dental anxiety or physical circumstances can make it tempting to skip your appointments altogether. If this sounds familiar, sedation dentistry may be able to help you feel comfortable while you get the dental care you need. Read on as your Midland sedation dentist shares five signs that these calming services might be right for you.

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

November 7, 2020

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Dental insurance paperwork on clipboard from Midland dentist

If you use your dental insurance correctly, it can save you a substantial amount of money and time while keeping your smile healthy and strong. However, studies suggest that Americans let thousands of dollars’ worth of dental benefits go to waste every year. Thankfully, keeping a few practical tips in mind can help you make the most of your dental insurance. Read on as your Midland dentist shares five practical ways to maximize your dental benefits.

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5 Tips for a Healthier Smile During National Dental Hygiene Month

October 30, 2020

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Woman smiling while flossing her teeth

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! Since the most candy-filled holiday is rapidly approaching and the pre-holiday festivities are about to begin, there is no time like the present to get your smile in tip-top shape. After all, this is the time of year when the cases of tooth decay and cavities skyrocket. Fortunately, you can protect your smile by implementing the below dental hygiene tips from a dentist in Midland.

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5 Causes of Bad Breath & How to Treat Them

September 27, 2020

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Man pinches nose smelling bad breath untreated by Midland dentist

Everyone suffers from bad breath every now and then. However, if your breath regularly smells less than fresh, it can take a heavy toll on your confidence during a first date, job interview, or while hanging out with friends. You can pop in a mint or piece of gum, but these only mask the problem. To stop bad breath in its tracks, you need to know what’s causing it in the first place! Your Midland dentist shares five common causes of chronic bad breath and what you can do about each one to keep your smile fresh and healthy!

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3 Big Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Postpone Your Checkup During COVID-19

August 10, 2020

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Midland dentist in PPE during a checkup during COVID-19

Since there’s currently no cure or vaccine for COVID-19, the only way you can protect yourself and others is to minimize your potential exposure to it. Health experts around the world recommend only leaving your house for essential errands like getting groceries, picking up prescription medications, and… getting your dental checkup? While you may be considering rescheduling your biannual visit, preventive care is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three important reasons why you shouldn’t delay your regular dental checkup because of COVID-19 and what your Midland dentist is doing to keep you safe.

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Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

July 18, 2020

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Woman smiling with dental implants

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, roughly 3 million U.S. adults have chosen to restore their smiles with dental implants. Plus, the procedure itself increased by nearly 7% from 2019 to 2020 alone! While this popular restorative procedure dates back to ancient times, innovations in dentistry have created durable, natural-looking dental implants that fill gaps, fix bite issues, and repair speech impediments. But what is it about dental implants that make them so popular? Your dentist in Midland is here to share the answer.

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