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What To Expect in Your First Trip Back to the Dentist

In the early days of the new year, many are looking to keep up with their resolutions. If you haven’t been to the dentist in multiple years or not at all as an adult, perhaps you’ve resolved to have a checkup this year. But with so many years away, it’s hard to remember what dental appointments are like and, thus,... read more »

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Malocclusions and How to Treat Them

You may not be familiar with the word “malocclusion” but chances are you know at least one person who has dealt with one. In fact, you may have dealt with one yourself. A malocclusion is an imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaw is closed. There are three main types of malocclusions. Luckily, they can all be treated by... read more »

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The Different Types of Dental Insurance

Oral health and hygiene should be a priority for everyone, which is why it’s so important to regularly visit the dentist. Dental insurance is an important aspect of ensuring that individuals and families can afford to regularly get dental care. If you’re in the market for dental insurance for yourself or your family, you should know that there are different... read more »

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Revisiting the Basics of Oral Hygiene

With the calendar flipping to October, we are now officially in National Dental Hygiene Month. Now is the perfect time to revisit the basics of oral hygiene, as it greatly affects both your oral and overall health. Beyond just your regular oral hygiene habits, your lifestyle choices will also have an impact on your oral health. Here are a few... read more »

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The 3 Types of Dental Patients — Which One Are You?

While each individual patient is unique, many dentists would tell you that most of them can be put into one of three main categories: event-driven patients, reactive patients, and proactive patients. Which type of patient you are depends on your relationship with your own oral health and how often you go to the dentist. Of course, this is not permanent... read more »

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Answering Frequently Asked Dental Questions

People of all ages go the dentist for a variety of reasons. While some may have a good grasp on what the dentist is doing and why, others may have some questions. If you’re confused by some aspect of the dental process, take solace in knowing that you’re not alone. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions: Why... read more »

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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

It’s fairly normal to have at least a little bit of fear or worry associated with going to a dental appointment. By some indications, more than one-third of Americans have some level of dental fear and about 12% suffer from an extreme version of that anxiety. This fear causes people to avoid the dentist, which leads to negative dental outcomes... read more »

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Why it’s Important to Take Care of Your Smile

A nice smile can show off your warm and inviting nature. But not taking proper care of your smile can lead to a whole host of issues. This June, during National Smile Month, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene to keep your smile intact. Here are some benefits to doing so: Aesthetic Reasons Everyone wants to be able to... read more »

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Getting to the Root of Root Canals

Root canals tend to have a negative reputation thanks to pop culture. You might see a character on a television show lamenting about something they don’t want to do and utter the expression, “I’d rather get a root canal.” As a result, root canal treatments are often considered to be a painful dental procedure that most people tend to fear.... read more »

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Maintaining a Healthy Mouth: Is Brushing & Flossing Enough?

Regular brushing and flossing are certainly important in the context of at-home oral health, but is it really enough to ensure a healthy mouth? Unfortunately, no. While there’s no doubt that self-maintenance aids in keeping your mouth looking and feeling clean, oral health is much more complex. As we’ve noted in the past, poor oral health can be linked to... read more »