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Strong Smiles for Seniors: Fighting Gum Disease for Aging Adults

April 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 5:55 pm
smiling seniors hugging

Did you know that about half of American adults have a chronic condition called gum disease? However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 2 out of 3 seniors (about 68 percent) have an advanced form of gum disease.

In the 2020 census, nearly 56 million adults over the age of 65 were living in the United States, which accounted for about 17 percent of the total population. In other words, 1 in 6 adults were seniors.

Why does this condition afflict seniors in particular? Keep reading to learn more about this infection, risk factors, and what can be done to prevent it from harming your smile as you grow older.


Problems and Solutions: Correcting Cosmetic Flaws in Your Smile

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 4:18 pm
woman with an attractive smile

What makes a smile beautiful? Every smile is unique, but there are certain traits that seem appealing in general: white, perfectly sized and spaced teeth with no structural flaws and few signs of wear and tear. With these criteria in mind, you can learn about the most common cosmetic dental problems as well as treatments that can correct them in the post below.


5 Harmful Habits to Stop When You Have Dental Implants

December 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 4:51 pm
person breaking a cigarette showing that they’re quitting

If you’ve developed unhealthy, bad habits, they can be difficult to break, especially if you’ve done them for years. However, some routines can be harmful for your smile—even if you have dental implants. Which habits should you avoid when you have implants? Here are the top five you should try to stop to hold onto your replacement smile for as long as possible.


Not-Too-Spooky Costumes to Smile About for Halloween

October 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 8:18 pm
A family enjoying showing off their Halloween smiles in spooky costumes

If you’ve been checking the calendar since August, you’ll notice that October 1st has passed and the statute of limitations on spooky season is officially over. Before Halloween night, be sure to get everyone a checkup at the dentist before the sugar fest begins. After that, it’s time for costumes!

If you’re fresh out of ideas and want something to accentuate your smile, then continue reading for some fun costumes that will bring out your best.


Why More People Are Choosing Cosmetic Dentistry

September 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 8:19 pm
A woman who just had cosmetic dentistry done shaking hands with a client

As our society becomes more interconnected through social media and business, the importance of an aesthetic smile grows exponentially. Cosmetic dentistry has emerged in the last few years as the solution to meet the growing demand for smile enhancement and restoration.

With a diverse range of innovative procedures and treatments, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to offer you the opportunity to achieve your ideal smile. Continue reading to find out more about these treatments and how they’ve become more popular than ever.


The Top 5 Foods to Avoid With Veneers

August 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 3:32 pm
A woman with veneers holding an apple

When you finally take the plunge and invest in a set of porcelain veneers, it can feel like a whole new life is waiting for you—especially in foodie land. Suddenly, all the world is a buffet again since the flaws that might have prevented you from eating have been taken care of.

However, it’s essential to understand that, like any dental procedure, they come with some considerations. There are still some foods that may damage your new smile or cause the bond between them and your teeth to erode.

Continue reading to see the top five foods to avoid for the longevity of your new veneers and good oral health going forward.


Worthwhile Changes: Removing Enamel for Veneers

July 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 3:43 pm
tooth that has had enamel removed for a veneer

If you’re like most people, change can be hard for you to accept. However, when it comes to your teeth, you’d love to be able to alter how they look, whether you have small chips, discoloration, or even minor misalignment. Still, you know that to give yourself the perfect smile will require changes to your natural teeth with porcelain veneers. In fact, part of the front enamel will have to come off—forever.

To put your mind at ease, keep reading to learn what enamel is, why it needs to be removed, and how much can help you achieve a more confident smile.


How Veneers Can Serve As “Instant Orthodontics”

June 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 5:05 pm
a closeup of a patient receiving veneers

If you’re tired of looking in the mirror and being met with a crooked set of pearly whites, you might be starting to weigh your options for having the issue addressed. You’ve heard about how orthodontics can sometimes be time-consuming, uncomfortable, and even a little costly, and you might be wondering if any other options exist for addressing misalignment. Luckily, veneers can sometimes serve as a possible solution! Keep reading to learn a little more about some of their unique benefits and how they can be utilized to give you a straighter smile without the hassle of traditional orthodontics.


Getting Through Your First Month with Dentures

May 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 3:05 pm
full dentures

As you look forward to receiving your new dentures, you imagine that smile will return to the way it was before you had tooth loss. Although your new teeth will look natural, they aren’t exactly the same as the real thing. Especially during the first month with dentures, you’ll probably experience some discomfort, and normal oral functions may feel strange. During this time, be patient with yourself and keep the information in this post in mind.


Facial Swelling? What You Should Do Next

April 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dave Lee @ 2:47 pm
woman holding her face with facial swelling

You didn’t sleep well last night. Your face felt uncomfortable or even painful, and when you look in the mirror in the morning, you see that your face looks much puffier than usual. Facial swelling can be unsettling even when you only consider aesthetics, but it is actually something you should take seriously.

Keep reading to learn more about why this may happen and what you should do about it. Your emergency dentist is here to help you get back to normal!

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