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Can Gum Disease Be Genetic?

August 20, 2021

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Person pulling up lip to show gum disease

Untreated gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and as such it’s a condition you want to avoid at all costs. You’re probably already aware that poor oral hygiene is a major risk factor when it comes to gum disease, but did you know that your genes could play as role as well? If your parents routinely had trouble with swollen or bleeding gums, then your own oral health might also be at an increased risk.

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When Can I Go Back to Work After Getting Dental Implants?

August 17, 2021

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Man returning to work after dental implant surgery

It takes several appointments to have dental implants replaced and restored. Naturally, you’ll want to be able to maintain your normal routine as much as possible, which means you’ll probably be worried about how much time you’ll need to recover after each step. In particular, how long will you have to wait to return to work after dental implant surgery? The answer to that can vary, but luckily your dentist can help you understand the different factors involved and what to expect.

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How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

July 31, 2021

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Woman with perfect teeth enjoying long-lasting results of cosmetic dentistry

Would you like to enhance the look of your smile? Cosmetic treatments can remove stains, reshape your teeth, and so much more — and they can do so in a way that looks completely natural. Still, you might wonder if such treatments will stand the test of time and ensure that you get a decent return on your investment. How long does cosmetic dentistry last? Let’s talk about the expected lifespan of common aesthetic treatments and what you can do to make your results last as long as possible.

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5 Tips for Better Sleep This Summer

July 25, 2021

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Woman with sleep apnea waking up refreshed on a summer morning

Summer is perhaps the most beloved season — but it isn’t perfect. Later sunsets, vacation plans, and hot weather can all seriously mess with the quantity and quality of your sleep. These issues can affect everyone, but they may be especially damaging for people with sleep apnea. Let’s talk about some things you can do to get enough rest throughout this season.

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Dental Implant Sensitivity: What Does it Mean & How Can it Be Treated?

June 10, 2021

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a person holding their mouth because their dental implant is sensitive

Dental sensitivity is a problem that many people face with their real teeth, but is it possible to also experience that with your implant-retained teeth? In short, yes it is, and it can be a sign of several different issues developing, so it’s best that you don’t jump to conclusions and heighten your anxiety, because not all of them are serious. Read on for a guide to pinpointing your discomfort and what you should do about it.

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Will It Hurt to Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

May 13, 2021

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Woman having her teeth gently cleaned with a brush

Maybe fear has kept you away from the dentist’s office for too long, but concerns about your oral health have convinced you to go back. Naturally, you’re probably nervous about your first appointment, especially if you can’t even remember what your last appointment was like. One of the questions likely to be on your mind is, “Do tooth cleanings hurt?” Your dentist will do everything they can do keep you comfortable, but it’s also important to have an idea of what you should prepare for. Read on to learn about the kind of experience you’re likely to have at your next appointment.  

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Should You Nap While You Have Sleep Apnea?

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Woman napping on her couch

Do you sometimes take naps when you feel tired during the day? It may seem like a good way to replenish your energy, but in some cases, napping might do more harm than good – especially when you’re struggling with a sleep disorder. People who are currently struggling to get quality rest should be fully aware of the true relationship between napping and sleep apnea. Read on to learn why it might be better to wait until evening to get some shut eye even when you’re feeling exhausted.

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3 Fad Diets That Could be Detrimental to Your Oral Health

April 28, 2021

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diet trends that can harm your smile

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half the adult population in America is obese. It’s only natural, then, for there to be a ton of weight loss plans on the market and circulating online. While some of them produce amazing results, they can potentially cause problems for your oral health. As a continue reading, a local dentist discusses the diet trends that can harm your smile so you can prevent any mishaps.

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The Top 5 Oral Hygiene Steps You Should Definitely Never Skip!

April 15, 2021

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woman following the oral hygiene best practices

Since childhood, you’ve been warned about the nefarious oral bacteria and plaque that seek to disrupt any measure of harmony that exists inside your mouth. And you’ve definitely heard about the dreaded “C” word: cavities. Like most people, you’re good about brushing your teeth at least once a day, but are there other ways you could be buttressing your dental health. As you continue reading, discover some key oral hygiene best practices that should be implemented immediately!

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Weight Gain and Sleep Apnea: A Dangerous Catch-22

March 26, 2021

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person grabbing their belly fat, concerned about weight gain and sleep apnea

Like millions of Americans, you resolved on January 1st to finally lose those few extra pounds in 2021. Whether you’ve been meaning to slim down for years or you’re just trying to shed the “quarantine 15,” hopefully you’re making progress toward your goals. If you’re not, perhaps a sleep disorder is to blame. Let’s look at the correlation between weight gain and sleep apnea and how getting control of one can help you with the other.

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