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Congratulate Your Grad with A Cosmetic Dental Treatment!

May 7, 2024

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Graduates throwing their caps

Whether your loved one is about to receive their high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, or Master’s, a cosmetic dental treatment can be a great way to prepare them for the next exciting chapter in their lives!

“Now wait a minute,” you might be thinking. “A dental gift. Really?”

Really! To find out why and get some ideas, just keep reading.

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Teeth and Taxes: 3 Good Reasons to Invest in Your Smile

April 3, 2024

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Large model tooth next to a piggy bank and money on a blue surface

April has arrived with rain showers, blooming flowers, and most importantly of all; taxes! April 15th is the last day to submit your information to get your refund. Many people look forward to spending their return on expensive shopping sprees or exotic vacations, but these aren’t always long-lasting investments. If you’re looking for wise ways to spend your return check, why not consider putting it towards your dental health? Keep reading to learn 3 excellent reasons to use your extra income to benefit your smile!

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Spring Into a Fresh Smile: Tips for Giving Your Teeth a Spring Cleaning

March 15, 2024

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Patient enjoying the air with a fresh smile

Breathe deep, and release. Ahh! Spring is here, and with it, the need for a fresh start after the colder months have passed. As tradition dictates, now is the time to sweep, mop, and dust your house in a frenzy. But something seems to be missing. What about caring for your teeth for a fresh smile as well?

If you want a glamorous grin and sweet-smelling breath to get in the spirit of the season, continue reading. You’ll find several tips for toothy spring cleaning.

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The Relationship Between Oral and Heart Health

February 12, 2024

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person holding paper heart

February is commonly associated with love and romance. Each year, countless couples exchange flowers, chocolates, and other gifts to express their affection on the 14th day of the month. However, beyond Valentine’s Day, February also marks American Heart Health Month, an occasion dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular health. While it may seem unexpected, maintaining good oral health can actually contribute to a healthier heart. Keep reading to discover more about the connection between oral health and heart health.

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Enjoy a Healthier Smile This Year with These 3 Resolutions

January 18, 2024

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The words “Happy New Year 2024” in gold

If you feel like you could be doing a better job of protecting your smile, the new year is a perfect chance to start making a few changes. Picking up better habits now could go a long way toward helping you keep your teeth and gums in excellent shape in the long run. Below are 3 examples of New Year’s resolutions that dentists might suggest to patients who want to improve their oral health.

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Stocking Stuffers That Can Help Keep Smiles Pretty

December 13, 2023

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Gingerbread man

The holiday season is known for involving a lot of gift-giving. While big-ticket items like bicycles, video game consoles, and sportscars seem to get all of the attention, the smaller gifts known as stocking stuffers mean a lot too. While stockings are traditionally filled with candy and small toys, it’s not a bad idea for Santa to leave a few items in there that can help a child maintain their oral health. Here are some smile-friendly stocking stuffer ideas from your dentist to help keep smiles shiny and bright during the holidays.

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3 Easy Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving

November 14, 2023

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A table set with Thanksgiving dinner with people blurry in the background

Thanksgiving is around the corner which for many people means planning to host family and friends or cooking for the big day. You likely are busy with all the prep work of cleaning and crossing off each item from your grocery shopping list. It’s easy to get caught up in the festive spirit, but your dentist wants to remind you that it’s important to remember your teeth even during special occasions. After all, it’s important to express gratitude for the role they play in helping you eat and speak every day. Keep reading to learn 3 tips that can keep your teeth healthy this holiday.

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5 Tips for Ensuring the Survival of Your Teeth This Halloween

October 31, 2023

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A family enjoying Halloween with good oral health

Halloween is a fun and festive time of year, filled with costumes, decorations, and more sweet treats than you can shake a broom at. While indulging in candy is a beloved tradition, it’s important to remember that you need to prioritize your oral health, even during this sugary season. Continue reading to find seven tips to ensure a mouth-healthy Halloween.

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Knowing the Enemy: Interesting Facts About Gum Disease

September 13, 2023

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Woman shows her gums

Since more than 80% of adults deal with some form of gum disease, it is one of the most common ailments in America. Unfortunately, many people have it because they don’t understand how it works or what causes it, leaving them stuck with irritating and slowly worsening infections. In honor of Gum Care Month this September, here are some interesting facts from your dentist about gum disease to help you better understand how to avoid it.

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Back-to-School Tips for Acing Your Next Dental Exam

August 10, 2023

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Schoolboy smiles

The beginning of fall is a busy time of year. With kids getting ready to return to school, parents are in a rush to stock up on school supplies while making sure that physicals and immunizations are in order. Before you get caught up in the back-to-school stampede yourself, take care to see that everyone’s dental health is off to a good start for the new year. In addition to keeping on top of dental checkups, here’s what you need to know about practicing good oral hygiene for this academic season.

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