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Protect Your Teeth This Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season can be brutal and getting sick is never fun. Not only do you feel miserable, you’ll probably stress yourself out thinking about all the things you have to do but can’t find the energy for. With your mind racing, the last thing you’ll want to think about is how your dental health is holding up. However, you need to make sure you’re taking the proper precautions to protect your teeth, especially when you’re sick. Your teeth become even more vulnerable if you catch a cold or the flu, so make sure you’re prepared to protect your [...]

2019-12-13T17:50:38+00:00

Sports Mouth Guards and Tips on How to Clean Mouth Guard

How to Clean Mouth Guard and Other Sports Tips You know it is important to have a sports mouth guard, but do you know the best way to care for it? Would you like tips on how to clean mouth guard? Dr. D was recently interviewed on the care and cleaning of sports mouth guards--check out this video for more tips: How to Care for Your Sports Mouth Guard During normal use, mouth guards easily become contaminated with germs, including mold, bacteria, strep, and staph. Here are some simple tips to care for your mouth guard [...]

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The Importance of Working with a Qualified Dentist for Invisalign

A good smile is one of the most fashionable accessories you can wear, but nobody enjoys suffering through the restrictions that come with braces. Braces aren’t fun, nor are they fun to look at. That’s why, over the past few years, products like Invisalign® have been on the rise. However, in a media-dominated world, it’s important to remember one caveat: not all products are created equal. The process of shifting your teeth for a straighter smile is a big commitment. When performed incorrectly, there are a lot of things that can happen, including added expenses and greater discomfort. To make [...]

2019-11-14T18:36:43+00:00

Love Pumpkin? Your Smile Does, Too!

Fall is everyone’s favorite season and for a good reason. The few leaves we have here in the desert start to change, the weather cools off, and pumpkin makes its annual debut. With how much everyone loves pumpkin, we might as well re-name fall, “pumpkin season.” We use pumpkins for decorating, carve them for crafts, and even add them to our everyday diet. Coffee shops boast pumpkin flavored lattes, restaurants come out with pumpkin cream soups, and we find a way to add pumpkin flavor to anything and everything possible. We can’t complain; pumpkin not only tastes great, it’s good [...]

2019-11-14T18:38:29+00:00

Tips for Building a Healthy Easter Basket

Easter is around the corner and you might be thinking about what you should put in your child’s Easter basket. This year, challenge yourself to put together a personalized and unique, no-candy basket full of items your child will love. Check out this list for some suggestions to get you started: Healthy snacks – Just because a snack is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious! We recommend fruit, hard-boiled colored eggs and trail mix as nutritious options for your child’s Easter basket. Gift cards – Depending on your child’s age and interests, pack a gift card or two [...]

Know the Risks: Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Approximately 47,750 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year in the U.S. An estimated 7,500 people will die of these cancers. Fortunately, the death rate has decreased in the last 30 years. However, the scope of the problem is increasing, with new cases exceeding 450,000 worldwide annually. As April is oral cancer awareness month we would like to highlight the importance of getting screened. Also, we would like to examine the risk factors associated with this type of cancer. Some people have fewer risks than others, but may still develop oral cancer, therefore it is important to schedule [...]

What to Know About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Most people expect they will need to have their wisdom teeth removed but don’t know why they will need wisdom teeth extraction. First, it is helpful to know that wisdom teeth are the third molars in the very back of your mouth. They come in sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. And no, they don’t actually bring wisdom with them. Some people will never develop them, but most will. To understand more on the what and the why, here is some general wisdom you need about wisdom teeth. Why do I have them? Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were once [...]

National Women’s History Month: The first woman dentist!

March is National Women’s History Month and while we are honoring females making “herstory,” we thought this would be the perfect time to tell you about our country’s first woman dentist—Lucy Hobbs Taylor.  She became a dentist despite the establishment’s determination to keep her out of the profession.   Want to work? Try teaching   Born in 1833, Constable, New York, Lucy was the seventh of ten children to come along in her family. From a young age, Lucy always had strong interest in medicine and read everything she could on medical science.  However, at the time, most educated women [...]

Is mouthwash even good for you?

There are a lot of things we have grown up hearing are good for our teeth and mouth, that we take for granted are actually good for us. One of those things is mouthwash. Commercials and advertisements have long promoted mouthwash as the treatment for bad breath, a way to prevent cavities, prevent gum disease and more. So today let’s tackle the question: Is mouthwash  good for you?   Yes, no, maybe   The answer is yes and no. There are mouthwashes that are good for your oral health and products that can potentially do harm. Before you load up [...]

When should children get braces? How young is too young?

Years ago, we wouldn’t see kids’ with braces until they were teenagers, but now we see them on younger and younger children. So, when should children get braces? And how young is too young? Since February is National Children's Dental Health Month, we thought this would be a good time to tell you what you need to know about if and when your child should get braces. Baby teeth gone, permanent teeth in The general rule of thumb is that children should have lost most of their baby teeth and gotten all their adult teeth before getting braces. We are [...]