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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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Living with Invisalign FAQs

July 16, 2019

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girl holding invisalign and braces

Nearly everyone wants to have a straighter smile, but a lot of us don’t want to deal with the restrictions and awkwardness that come with braces. Luckily, there is another option – Invisalign, the set of clear plastic aligners that gradually and subtly straighten your teeth. Simply wear these aligners for 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Want to learn more? Keep reading as we answer some Invisalign FAQs.

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5 Stages of Tooth Decay: The Road to Lost Teeth

May 7, 2019

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Woman with ToothacheTooth decay is extremely common; in fact, a 2012 study by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 91% of adults ages 20 to 64 had at least one cavity. Unfortunately, this is more than just a minor annoyance; if left unchecked, a hole in your tooth can lead to even greater damage – and the result could ultimately be a gap in your smile. Here’s what you need to know about the five stages of tooth decay and why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

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The Advantages of Summer Dental Visits for Your Children!

May 6, 2019

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Young girl smilingAs a parent, your day-to-day schedule can be incredibly busy. Between meal prep, transportation, cleaning, and then hopefully a moment to yourself, it’s hard to find a time to fit in your child’s dental appointment. You don’t want to take them out of school but that seems like the only time in your schedule when you could make it happen. However, there are some surprising advantages to booking summer dental visits for your son or daughter. Keep reading to learn how to save yourself some time and hassle by taking your kids to the dentist this summer.

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A Dentist Discusses the Importance of Oral Cancer Awareness in McKinney

April 5, 2019

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an oral cancer signEach year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. While middle-aged men are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease, more and more cases are appearing in individuals under the age of 40. From bad habits such as smoking and poor nutrition to health-related conditions like HPV and GERD, it is easy to see why your dentist stresses the importance of early detection. Read on to find out more about oral cancer awareness in McKinney and how often you should be checked.

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Are Your Gums Bleeding? Learn the Signs of Gum Disease in McKinney

March 20, 2019

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a woman with red gumsYou’re standing in front of your bathroom mirror, looking down into the drawer that holds your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. You decide it’s time to add flossing into your nighttime routine, so you begin. Once you make your way toward your front teeth, you notice blood forming between your teeth and on your strip of floss. Why? It hasn’t been that long, has it? Whether it has been a few weeks or a few months, your bleeding gums may be one of many signs of gum disease in McKinney. Find out why they’re bleeding and how you can stop it.

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Dental Emergency In McKinney? Here’s When You Should Go To the ER

January 9, 2019

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3D image of a tooth next to a first-aid kit Did you know that trips to the ER for dental emergencies nearly doubled from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010? Some of these cases didn’t actually require a visit to the hospital, but when a dental emergency strikes, many people don’t know if they should seek medical care or dental care first. And, unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict when something like a toothache, jaw injury or broken filling will occur. So, when you or a loved one experience a dental emergency in McKinney, what should you do first – see a dentist, or go to the hospital? Keep reading below to find out!

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Dentist Explains How to Use Your Dental Insurance in McKinney

November 10, 2018

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A woman shaking hands with a dental employee.With the end of the year just around the corner, it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in festive activities with friends and family members coming in from out of town. The holidays don’t always make it easy to find time for the dentist, but if you have dental insurance in McKinney, you have extra incentive to go over your plan again. After all, billions of dollars in dental benefits are wasted every year; don’t be a part of that statistic.

 

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Does a Dental Cavity in McKinney Always Cause Pain?

October 18, 2018

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woman with toothacheMany people neglect routine dental visits. They may reason that since their mouth doesn’t hurt, their oral health is in good shape. However, that thinking is dangerous. If you have a dental problem, such as a cavity in McKinney, you may have no idea that it’s there until the issue has progressed to the point where you require extensive dental work. Let’s talk about why that is so and how you can protect your smile from the ravages of untreated tooth decay.

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