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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 is an endodontist?

Unless you’ve needed a specialty dental procedure in the past, you probably haven’t heard of an endodontist. So what is endodontics, and when might you need an endodontist? Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Dentists who are trained in endodontics, like Dr. John Dougherty go through additional training and take continued education that focuses solely on the study of the dental pulp, and the treatments and procedures, such as root canals needed to keep gums and [...]

How affordable dentures can transform your smile

 Affordable Dentures Can Transform Your Smile Dental implants are a great option for some people with missing or broken teeth, but they don’t work for everyone. Affordable dentures allow you to completely transform your smile even if implants aren’t an option. Implants can be expensive and may not be fully covered by insurance plans. They also aren’t a great fit for everyone, especially people with unhealthy gums or brittle jawbones.   When people think of dentures, it often brings to mind visions of clunky, ill-fitting and obvious dental inserts. But as with many other aspects of dentistry, the technology behind [...]

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What Is a Root Canal? Everything you need to know about getting a root canal

What is a Root Canal? Here's what you need to know... Many patients ask us, “What is a root canal?”, concerned that it is a complicated and dangerous procedure that they may need. Getting a root canal can be daunting, however, it could save your tooth and prevent a lot of pain in the long run. A root canal is basically the process of taking out infected pulp inside the root of a tooth and cleaning the canals to prevent further infection. This infected pulp can be painful and may be caused by gum disease or something as simple as [...]

5 Fun Alternatives to Halloween Candy

Going trick-or-treating is a highlight of the year for most kids and, let’s be serious, many adults too. After it’s the one night of the year where you get to wear a cool creative costume and fill up on Halloween candy to your heart's content (or until Mom says, “No more.”) Unfortunately, eating too much candy can build up plaque, which leads to cavities and other health problems. The American Heart Association recommends that children eat or drink less than 25 grams of added sugar a day. On Halloween, the average trick-or-treater takes home candy that contains more than 600 [...]

The Many Dental Payment Options Of Artistic Dental

Artistic Dental offers many different dental payment options for a good reason. Many Americans are faced with a common health care concern: finding affordable health insurance. According to a Reuters poll, health care costs are a top concern for voters, with 62% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats unhappy about the presidential candidates’ positions on health care affordability. Why are we bringing this up? Well, as voters and health care professionals ourselves, we understand paying for quality health care can be daunting and difficult to do. We also recognize most Americans don’t have dental insurance due to its high cost. The [...]

Artistic Dental Patient Makes a Difference in Dentistry

  Dr. Dougherty originally met Dr. Ken Snyder more than 15 years ago at the St. Vincent de Paul dental clinic. It didn’t take long before the two dentists discovered their shared interests and they began playing volleyball and basketball, and hiking together on weekends. Dr. D. describes Dr. Snyder as a family man and real stand-up guy. He also appreciates his great sense of humor and explained that he trains dentists on how to integrate comedy into patient care. Dr. Dougherty continues to volunteer his time and services with St. Vincent de Paul and says, “Anytime Dr. Snyder calls [...]

Does Charcoal Actually Whiten Teeth?

A bright, white smile is the greatest accessory you can wear, and yellow or discolored teeth can fade the beauty of your gorgeous grin. Whether it is tooth decay, coffee, wine, tobacco products, antibiotics, or just natural wear and tear, your teeth are increasingly susceptible to staining and discoloration. Fortunately, there are many affordable solutions available in convenience stores and at dentists’ offices (think: Artistic Dental) that can help reduce the appearance of yellow teeth. When it comes to tooth whitening products that can be used at home, some of the more popular items include over-the-counter tooth whitening [...]

Cutting Down on Sugar for your Summer Diet

Summer diets may be about getting swimsuit ready, but there are a few more benefits to cutting down on sugar and eating healthier.  While the post-holiday season is when most people pledge to start a new diet, by spring the New Year’s resolutions are often all but forgotten and the majority are back to eating carbs and sugar.  The summer months are especially filled with sugary temptations, be they the sweet BBQ glaze at  backyard cookouts, that favorite 4th of July Apple Pie, or the quart of ice cream stocked in the freezer. Now you don’t need to forgo all [...]