Decisions, Decisions: Dentures or Implants?

You are ready to get your smile back, but which treatment is right for you? For many adults looking to replace missing teeth, the choice typically comes down to dentures versus dental implants — both of which have pro’s and con’s. (more…)

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Detoxes, Cleanses… and Dental Problems? Oh My!

Tempted to try something extreme when the scale won’t budge? Be careful. While that diet may help you win the battle of the bulge, it could impact your oral health.

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Alcohol Is Everywhere: Are Hidden Sources Hurting Your Teeth?

It’s no secret that wine can stain your teeth, but did you know that drinking alcohol can have other damaging effects on your oral health? Whether it is a daily nightcap, an occasional drink, or even some common “health” products you’d never suspect as harmful, alcohol intake can be the root cause of many costly mouth problems. Find out how this pervasive substance can wreak serious dental havoc, and what you can do about it.

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Fact vs. Fiction: Does Aging Really Impact Your Teeth?

Troubled by the thought of what could happen to your mouth as you age? Don’t let old wives’ tales and stereotypes get the better of you! Time can take a toll on the most able-bodied of individuals, but you may be surprised by how much control seniors retain over their dental destiny. Read on to get the facts on common claims about elderly teeth and gums.

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In Defense of Root Canals: The Unsung Hero of Dental Care

Think you might need a root canal? It’s not the end of the world, nor is it as torturous as you might think! Even though a root canal is usually the last resort for decayed teeth, when compared with other alternatives, it’s quite practical and cost-effective.

Put your fears to rest by discovering the truth about this much-maligned treatment, and find out why it’s considered by many dentists to be the unsung hero of dental care.

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Benefits Plan

With terms like PPO, HMO, in-network, and out-of-network to describe dental benefits, it’s no surprise that many don’t understand how to make the most of their plan. This means you may be overlooking benefits that are critical to maintaining your oral health.

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A Bite Out Of History: Chewing Gum

Need help whitening your teeth? Want to quit smoking? Trying to lose weight? There’s a chewing gum for all of that and more. New types of chewing gum are introduced all the time, but did you ever wonder how it managed to gain such a grip on consumers? Believe it or not, people have had a love affair with gum for thousands of years. From humble beginnings to hundreds of varieties, here’s a look at how chewing gum rose to become the powerhouse product it is today.

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Adult Dental Anxiety: Tips and Techniques to Tackle It for Good

Wouldn’t it be great if the promise of a sticker or balloon could get everyone to see the dentist? Most adults know that the real reward–a healthy smile–is much greater, yet many still go with their dental needs unmet, due to “dentalphobia” or anxiety. Thankfully, increased awareness of the problem is transforming dental care for the better, and shedding light on effective ways to tackle your fears for good. Find out which coping techniques can help you feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair.

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Oral Yeast Infections: Yes, They’re Common – and Contagious!

The last thing you would think to talk to your dentist about is a yeast infection! But when it appears in your mouth, or in that of your child, he or she is the first person you should call… and the sooner, the better. Oral yeast infections (or “thrush”) are actually quite common, and also contagious if you’re not careful. Here’s what you need to know in case one ever sneaks up on you.

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5 Tips to Manage Your Child’s Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is prevalent among young children and, in many cases, can stem from an adult’s own dental fears (whether you recognize them or not). If left unmanaged, going to the dentist can become an unpleasant ordeal for children. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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