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Dental Emergency? 4 Reasons to See Your Emergency Dentist Instead of Going to the ER

May 14, 2020

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Person with dental emergency being treated by dentist in McKinneyThere’s never a good time to have a dental emergency. Whether you’ve fallen and broken a tooth or are experiencing a severe toothache, you want to get the treatment you need as quickly as possible. While it might not initially seem like there is a difference between going to the ER or making an emergency dental appointment, it is always the best choice to see your dentist. Your dentist in McKinney has 4 reasons why you should seek treatment at a dental office.

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How to Disinfect Your Toothbrush

April 29, 2020

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toothpaste going on toothbrush

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, everyone is doing their utmost to keep their homes clean and germ-free. One place that many of us forget to sanitize, though, is our toothbrush. Your toothbrush bristles are exposed to leftover food particles in your mouth twice every day (or at least, they should be), so they can quickly become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. As a result, it’s important that you learn how to properly disinfect your toothbrush. For this reason, a dentist has written this blog on how to give your toothbrush a much-needed cleaning.

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Overbrushing: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Hurt Your Smile

March 11, 2020

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Concerned woman with bad brushing habits looks at her toothbrushIf you’re brushing your teeth incorrectly, you may be doing them more harm than good every day. One of the most destructive brushing habits is to use too much force when cleaning your teeth. While regularly brushing your teeth is a key part of maintaining great oral health, overbrushing may be causing it permanent damage instead. Read on to find out if you’ve been cleaning off your teeth with too much force and how to safely keep your pearly whites sparkling.

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7 Everyday Habits That Could Be Ruining Your Teeth

February 7, 2020

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Concerned man with bad oral health covering his mouthDo you take good care of your smile? If you brush your teeth twice a day and use floss on occasion, your answer is probably “yes.” However, despite your healthy habits, you could be putting your oral health at risk every day. Don’t let your great dental hygiene go to waste by making one of these seven common everyday mistakes.

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Don’t Hurt Your Teeth as You Treat Your Cold!

January 7, 2020

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Common cold and flu treatmentsAs the weather turns colder, many of us start sniffling and coughing. When you catch a cold or the flu, it can feel like the barrage of difficult symptoms puts your whole life on hold. As you reach for your trusty go-to cold treatment, you probably know what side effects to expect. However, do you know how it will impact your oral health? You could accidentally stain your teeth, increase your risk of cavities, and worsen gum disease as you treat your sickness! Here’s how you can keep both you and your teeth healthy this cold and flu season.

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Everything You Need to Know About Cracked Teeth

December 7, 2019

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Woman holding picture of broken teethImagine you’re going about your normal day, when you bite down and hear an unusually loud crunch. Did you just crack your tooth? You rush to a mirror and look at your teeth, but you don’t any damage or even feel any pain. Your teeth are very durable, but they’re not unbreakable. It’s estimated that there are more than 200,000 cases of cracked teeth every year, and they’re not always visible or painful. Every cracked tooth needs to be treated right away before disease and infection set in and cause serious harm. Read on to learn everything you need to know about cracked teeth, like what causes them, how to spot them, and how to treat them.

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Use Your Dental Benefits Before It’s Too Late!

November 26, 2019

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A person paying for their dental treatment.Millions of Americans get their dental insurance benefits from a private employer. However, all too often, these very same people do not make the most of their dental benefits, despite the fact that a small portion of their paycheck is going towards it every month out of the year. If you haven’t been to the dentist yet this year, it’s important that you understand what’s at stake, especially before the new year is up. To learn how you can benefit from using your dental insurance and which treatments you should consider, keep reading!

 

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Celebrating Nation Dental Hygiene Month: How Do Oral Health Problems Form?

October 24, 2019

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calendar with "dentist" penciled inSince October is National Dental Hygiene Month, there’s no better time to learn about how you can spruce up your morning and nightly routine. With new dental discoveries and advancements being made daily, it’s always a good idea to consider whether there are more efficient or new ways to keep your mouth sparkling. Read on to find out how the most common oral health problems develop and what you can do to stop them.  (more…)

Tooth Pulled? Follow These 5 Tips to Avoid Dry Socket

September 2, 2019

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Each year, for various reasons, millions of Americans opt to have one or more teeth taken out. In fact, according to the American Public Health Association, 10 million wisdom teeth alone are removed in the United States each year. The days immediately following a tooth extraction are a critical period for the healing process. If certain precautions are not taken, you could wind up with an uncomfortable case of dry socket! Whether you had a tooth extracted due to decay or removed impacted wisdom teeth, follow the tips below to prevent painful complications.

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Having a Hard Time Brushing With Braces? Here are 5 Tips to Help

August 20, 2019

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model of a mouth with braces brushing teeth

Brushing with braces can be a hassle because you have to maneuver around brackets and wires. You’re excited to achieve a beautiful lifelong smile, but you’re worried about developing cavities in the process. Creating an effective oral hygiene routine while you’re living with your braces is one of the best ways to keep your smile healthy so you don’t have to worry about dealing with additional problems. Enjoy a cavity-free smile during and post-braces treatment by following these five tips when brushing.

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