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3 Ways to Keep Your ClearCorrect Treatment On Track During the Holidays

December 6, 2023

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happy couple with straighter teeth during the holidays

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to enjoy a straighter smile, you’ll want to make sure that you do everything you can to stay on track with your orthodontic treatment. This means that as the holidays grow closer, you’ll find it helpful to keep some help tips in mind while wearing ClearCorrect braces. Before you head out of town or prepare to welcome your family into your home, consider these 3 ways to ensure your teeth keep moving in the right direction.


Why You Need Gum Disease Therapy Before Cosmetic Dental Work

October 10, 2023

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person speaking with cosmetic dentist about gum disease therapy

Before you dive into cosmetic dental treatments to enhance your smile, there’s a crucial step to consider: periodontal therapy. This is key for patients who have gum disease, which is an incredibly common oral health condition. But why do you need to have is treated before you can move forward with enhancing your smile? Keep reading as we explore why addressing gum disease is essential before undergoing cosmetic procedures.


I Want Dental Implants, But How Many Do I Need?

August 11, 2023

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Woman has questioning expression

Dental implants are considered the best way to replace missing teeth currently available because they look and function exactly like the real thing and can last a lifetime with proper care. This allows a patient to completely restore their smile and chewing ability in ways that are impossible with other forms of tooth restoration. They require sufficient mass and density in the jawbone to be placed properly and healthy gums in order to heal completely.

They can replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or a whole row of missing teeth, and any process of receiving them begins with a dental consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. Here’s what you need to know about these options and how many implants are involved for each.


Can Tooth Stains Be Hereditary?

June 22, 2023

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A man with severe tooth stains

Often enough, discolored teeth aren’t hard to fix. You can usually whiten them with proper brushing or a store-bought bleaching kit. Still, the issue may be oddly persistent for you. When that happens, keep in mind that genes can cause tooth stains as well. Your inheritance from your parents doesn’t just cover height and eye color. Luckily, dental practices can treat gene-related discoloration. Here’s a summary of how genes relate to tooth stains and how a dentist can help.


How Exactly Does a Tooth Extraction Feel?

May 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — edmonddental @ 4:41 pm
A dentist performing a tooth extraction on a patient

Tooth extraction treatment is never ideal. After all, dentists only perform it as a last resort; they’d prefer to save your teeth. Still, this procedure can seem rather scary if you’re a first-time patient. In that case, you might wonder, “How does a tooth extraction feel?” Perhaps you imagine the service as downright painful. Well, you can rest assured: tooth extractions don’t cause discomfort. In fact, they tend to be pretty smooth. To get the details, here’s a summary of the matter from your Edmond dentist.


5 Popular Dental Myths, Debunked!

April 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — edmonddental @ 4:33 pm
a woman brushing her teeth in her bathroom

Your smile is arguably one of your most important features; not only does it house your teeth, tongue, and other crucial oral structures, but it’s also a pretty big source of self-pride and joy! That means you should take measures to protect it and ensure it always looks and feels great; however, there are several odd dental myths floating around out there that deter people from properly caring for their pearly whites. Keep reading as your dentist debunks five of these popular myths so that you can rest assured that you’re giving your smile the attention it deserves.


5 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

March 15, 2023

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person with porcelain veneers smiling

Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile if your teeth have cosmetic imperfections. Patients can enjoy various advantages from porcelain veneers that make them a valuable investment for both dental health and self-esteem. This article lists five benefits of porcelain veneers that explain why they are the preferred option for many individuals looking to address smile concerns. Continue reading on to discover more about why you should get porcelain veneers.


Don’t Let Your Fear of Judgment Keep You from Dental Care!

February 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — edmonddental @ 7:43 am
a patient happily speaking to her dentist

There are many common fears that people have, like public speaking or being too high in the air. Visiting the dentist can be added to that list, too. According to a recent survey conducted by DentaVox, roughly 61% of people reported having dental fear. This can be attributed partly to not wanting to be judged because of “bad teeth” or not visiting the dentist in a long time. Here are four reasons to let go of your fears and visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning!


What Goes on at an Emergency Appointment?

January 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — edmonddental @ 9:57 pm

When you’re dealing with a dental emergency you’ve probably been caught a little bit off guard by it. The last thing you want is to walk into a dentist’s office with no idea of what to expect.

Your dentist will be happy to put you at ease, but if you don’t know anything about what the visit will entail, it’s understandable to be nervous anyway. To help a little with that, here’s a guide to what you can expect from your dental emergency visit.


4 Types of Milk for Healthy Teeth

December 2, 2022

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Milk being poured in glassMilk is known for supporting strong bones, but did you also know it’s great for your smile? It’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients that promote healthy teeth. However, there are many types of milk on the market. While they offer various benefits, not all are safe for your dental health. Here’s how to choose the best milk for your smile.


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