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The Power of Your Smile: Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Your Career?

December 20, 2023

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A national survey conducted by Delta Dental asked Americans what they relate to success, and a majority of adults responded that their smile has a big impact on their overall success. Whether in a job interview, on a first date, or in wedding photos, having an unmarred smile that’s bright, complete, and aligned can offer a life-changing confidence boost. Learn more about how these smile traits are related to success in careers and what treatments may be able to help make your dream smile a reality.


5 Ideas for Dental Health-Boosting Stocking Stuffers

December 15, 2023

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The holidays are just around the corner, so it’s time to start gathering last-minute gifts like stocking stuffers! Instead of just purchasing candy and knick knacks, invest in items that will help keep all of your favorite smiles healthy, happy, and bright. Not to mention, helping your family boost their dental hygiene habits is an excellent way to save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars by avoiding costly dental treatments. Read on for five dental health stocking stuffer ideas.


How Can Exercise Reduce Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

November 27, 2023

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If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you should take steps to manage your condition. For example, you should use a professional treatment, such as a CPAP machine or an oral appliance from a sleep dentist. However, certain lifestyle changes could also be helpful. For example, you may benefit if you increase your level of physical activity. How can exercise reduce sleep apnea symptoms? This blog post explains.


Tooth Troubles: 3 Thanksgiving Foods That Stain

November 14, 2023

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Thanksgiving is here, which for many people means a fancy feast with family or friends. Though you may be looking forward to sinking your teeth into some of your favorite dishes, it’s important to remember to care for them, too. Some popular foods this time of year are infamous for staining them which can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. No one wants to have to follow up their annual event with a trip to the dentist for whitening services, after all. Instead, keep reading to learn about 3 foods to avoid in order to keep your sparkling smile.


What Makes a Smile Beautiful? Here Are Some Traits People Find Aesthetically Pleasing

October 27, 2023

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Have you ever wondered what exactly makes a smile beautiful? When someone looks at another person, the human brain quickly evaluates their appearance and makes a judgment about it. This process usually takes less than a second, and it’s unlikely that you’ll notice it happening if you aren’t paying very close attention. Here are a few traits in a smile that people generally find beautiful and how cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve them.


Keep the Scares Coming: Some Terrifying Dental Statistics That Will Have You Screaming

October 13, 2023

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Halloween is the time of year when everyone takes a little extra time to get some frights in. Many people do this by watching horror movies or reading scary stories like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Dentists love a good scare just as much as everyone else, so if you’re in the mood for some terrifying Halloween reading, this list of frightening dental statistics will horrify you onto the straight and narrow path of proper oral hygiene.


Whiter Teeth Aren’t Necessarily Healthier Teeth; Here’s Why

September 21, 2023

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In medieval times, dentistry was often performed by barbers. One popular “treatment” was a whitening technique that involved applying several coats of acid to the teeth that would turn them a brighter, whiter color. While it succeeded at bleaching the teeth, it also severely eroded enamel, leaving the teeth more vulnerable to decay. The moral of this story is that white teeth are not necessarily healthy teeth.

Luckily, modern dentists know a lot more about keeping teeth healthy and bright than medieval barbers. Here’s what you should know about how dental problems can occur in perfectly white teeth and why you should keep showing up for regular dental appointments even if your teeth seem to be looking their best.


Interesting Facts You Need to Know About Gum Disease

September 13, 2023

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Gum disease is an unfortunate problem to have, but it’s also an interesting topic to learn about. It begins by putting your gums in an irritating state of inflammation called gingivitis and, if left untreated, it will reach a painful and destructive level of infection called periodontitis. In honor of September being Gum Care Month, your dentist is bringing you this list of fascinating facts about gum disease to help affirm your commitment to excellent oral hygiene.


How Oral Health Impacts Your Child’s Academic Success

August 24, 2023

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After a summer of fun and relaxation, it’s time for your kids to head back to school. From shopping for school supplies to planning carpools, you’ve been busy preparing your child for the new semester. However, amidst the chaos, make sure you schedule their six-month dental checkup and cleaning so their smile stays healthy and strong during the school year. Keep reading to learn about how oral health impacts your child’s academic success.


The Secret to Your Perfect Summer Smile: Veneers!

August 7, 2023

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If dental imperfections are making you camera-shy, you’re far from alone. Studies show that 3 in 5 Americans hate how their smiles look in photos. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can correct any aesthetic problems so you show off your pearly whites in every beach selfie worry-free. Read on to learn how veneers can transform multiple dental flaws at once and get you a perfect summer smile.

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