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Here’s Why Your Teeth Need a Spring Cleaning

March 5, 2023

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a field at the beginning of spring

A spring cleaning is an opportunity to clear the cobwebs off of something that you’ve been neglecting. For many people, oral health is one of those things. It’s recommended that you see your dentist bi-annually for routine preventive care, but some people have trouble making a habit of that.

If that’s you, here are a few reasons you should consider having your dentist give your teeth a spring cleaning.


3 Dentist-approved Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 24, 2023

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woman kissing a man holding a gift and a paper heart

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it may be a good idea to get your partner a gift that will show them you care about not only them, but their health. The typical assorted chocolates and wine can be pretty rough on the teeth, which means what you could really be giving your partner is a future filled with dental bills!

If you want to give your spouse a gift that won’t break their heart or their teeth, here are some ideas for dentist-approved Valentine’s Day gifts.


Make 2023 the Year of Your Best Smile with These 5 Resolutions!

January 19, 2023

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Woman with beautiful teeth smiling at reflection

With the new year comes a fresh start; a blank slate to start good habits and leave unhealthy ones in the past. So, if you’ve stopped flossing daily, you haven’t visited your dentist in over six months, and you can’t even remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, don’t get discouraged – now is the time to turn over a new leaf. With this in mind, keep reading for five New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier smile.


3 Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Your Family

December 16, 2022

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Two women decorating a treeYour home is decorated for the holidays and your family’s stockings are hung by the fireplace, which means you’re thinking about the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Candy canes, taffy, and other sweet treats are staples of the season, but they can mean bad news for your family’s smiles. The holidays don’t have to come back to haunt their dental health. Here are 3 smile-friendly stocking stuffers everyone in your family will enjoy.


4 Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving

November 3, 2022

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a group of people enjoying Thanksgiving in Lubbock

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think about Thanksgiving is all of the great food! But you’ll still want to be a little careful; as delicious as many of these foods and drinks are, you should nevertheless take steps to protect your smile and ensure its health and beauty. Here are some tips from your dentist in Lubbock to make your Thanksgiving a little more tooth-friendly!


Visit Your Dentist to Save Money!

October 6, 2022

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Man paying receptionist

Even if you do an excellent job at keeping up with your dental hygiene routine, regular dental visits are still a necessary step to achieve optimal oral health. However, many people put their routine dental visits on hold in an effort to save a few bucks. The truth is that by seeing your dentist every six months, you can end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Here are some reasons why this is the case.


4 Things to Expect When Visiting an Emergency Dentist

September 3, 2022

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Patient visiting her emergency dentist.

Life can come at you pretty fast—and sometimes, dental emergencies can occur when you least expect them to! But when this happens, there’s no reason to panic; a little quick thinking and a trip to see your emergency dentist in Lubbock will ensure that your smile is in no long-term danger. But you might not know what to expect upon showing up for your visit, which can sometimes make things a little stressful. Here are four things you can anticipate when you arrive for your appointment to make sure things go smoothly.


Set Your Child Up for Academic Success with a Healthy Smile!

August 10, 2022

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School children laughing after visiting Lubbock children's dentist

As summer draws to a close, parents all over the nation are helping their children get ready to head back into the classroom. You’ve gotten them everything they need: folders, a backpack, pencils, and more. To make sure you’ve set them up for academic success this semester, make sure they have a healthy smile! Not only are healthy teeth and gums important for your child’s well-being, but studies show that they can also help improve school performance. Read on as your Lubbock children’s dentist explains how great oral health can help your child succeed academically.


4 Teeth-Cleaning Mistakes That Make Dentists Cringe

July 14, 2022

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An upset dentist in Lubbock

You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make mistakes in at-home dental care. Even if you remember to brush and floss every day, you can still mess up in ways that lead to oral health issues. That said, it may not be clear where (or if) you’re doing anything incorrectly. For that reason, your dentist in Lubbock is here to help. Read on to learn four common teeth-cleaning mistakes and the best ways to avoid them.


Watch for These Sneaky Signs of Dehydration

June 4, 2022

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couple drinking water after exercising

In Texas, it can certainly start to feel like summertime well before the season officially arrives on June 21. The temperature rises and leads to a lot of sweating and fluid loss when you are outside on the move for very long. When people forget to replace those fluids promptly, dehydration occurs. Since water comprises more than two-thirds of your body, any loss of fluids can affect regular bodily functions. Did you know it can impact your oral health too? Read on to learn from your dentist in Lubbock which signs of dehydration to look out for and the consequences it can have on your smile.

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