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Is Charcoal Teeth Whitening Safe?

August 28, 2023

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Young woman brushing her teeth with charcoalActivated charcoal is made from a variety of naturally occurring substances, like olive pits, burned wood, and coconut shells. The fine black powder is highly absorbent because it is very porous. This allows it to bind with odors and toxins, which is why it has been used for generations to treat many ailments, including tooth discoloration. Charcoal toothpaste is a popular trend to reverse stains and discoloration. Despite the notable improvement, it can cause long-term damage to your smile. Here is how you can skip the risk and get your pearly whites their brightest using a safe, effective solution.


Hydration is the Key to Good Oral Health

June 23, 2023

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Woman sipping a glass of waterWarmer weather is here, which means it’s easy to become dehydrated. If you have too little water in your body, it can lead to life-threatening complications. Did you know dehydration can also harm your oral health? Believe it or not, H2O is a key piece to a healthy smile.


Are Tooth Stains Hereditary?

April 23, 2023

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Gloved hands holding dental shade guideAre you embarrassed by stained teeth? You’re not alone. Tooth discoloration is a common complaint among adults of all ages, but what’s to blame for brown or yellow teeth? Believe it or not, the color of your teeth can be influenced by genetics. Although it’s not the only culprit, discolored teeth can be hereditary. While you can’t change your DNA, your cosmetic dentist can reveal a white smile.


How Long Can You Wear Your Dentures in a Day?

February 4, 2023

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dentures being soaked after being removed from someone's mouth

Whether you need to replace several teeth or an entire arch, dentures are a wonderful option for restoring your pearly whites. They bring back the confidence that comes with a complete and natural-looking smile. Additionally, they return the abilities that come with having a full set of teeth, such as bite power. You can also count on your prosthetic to last up to 10 years or more. However, despite all these benefits, it’s essential to give your mouth a daily break from your dentures. Read on to learn about the optimal time for wearing them in a 24-hour period.


Tips to Avoid Red Wine Teeth Stains During the Holidays

December 4, 2022

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friends drinking red wine during holiday season

Cold weather, colors changing across the landscape, store shelves full of green-and-red decorations – the wonderful holiday season is here! You may look forward to eating delicious food and sipping red wine during all the festivities. However, red wine is known to stain teeth. If you’re not careful, you could start the new year with a discolored smile. Read on to learn the reason for red wine teeth stains and how you can keep your grin bright this holiday season!


4 Facts You May Not Know About Same-Day Dental Crowns

November 2, 2022

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a technician preparing same-day dental crowns in Bristol

If you’re struggling with one or more teeth that are damaged or decayed, it can seem like a lifetime while waiting several weeks for a permanent replacement. However, with same-day dental crowns, you’ll be able to effectively restore your compromised pearly whites with a natural-looking and durable solution in just a single appointment! Not too familiar with the process? Read on to learn four things you should know about same-day dental crowns.


How are Gum Disease & Diabetes Connected?

October 11, 2022

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Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that cause the blood to have too much sugar in it. Prediabetes occurs when someone’s blood sugar is higher than average but not high enough for them to have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects the way a person’s body processes blood sugar. If someone has type 1 diabetes, their pancreas produces little to no insulin. Though you may think that these conditions only impact your overall health, they are also linked to the well-being of your smile. Read on to learn about how this chronic condition is related to your oral health.


Is Cosmetic Dentistry the Right Option for You?

September 29, 2022

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Woman smiling at the dentist

Everyone wants to feel confident about the appearance of their smile. There’s nothing better than showing it off for the camera without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious. However, it can be difficult to decide whether or not you want to invest in cosmetic dentistry. Read on to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how to decide if you are making the best decision for your smile.


Dental Insurance or Dental Membership Plan?

August 12, 2022

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person trying to decide between dental insurance and dental membership plan

As you start a new job, you have mixed emotions: you’re excited for the opportunities ahead of you, overwhelmed at meeting so many new people, and undecided about what you want to do for your dental benefits. Should you enroll in insurance or perhaps take advantage of an alternative? Keep reading to learn the difference between dental insurance and dental membership plans so you make the right choice for you!


Is It OK If I Have Coffee After an Extraction?

July 13, 2022

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Close-up of a tooth extraction

If you’ve just had a tooth extraction, you probably want to move on from that experience. After all, it isn’t fun to give up one of your natural pearly whites. Maybe you just want to return to your normal routines, starting with your usual cup of coffee. However, it’d be better if you held off on the java for now. That beverage could risk your oral health until you fully recover from your procedure. Here’s why you should skip coffee post-extraction, when you can have it, and some tips on speeding up your recovery.

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