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Are Toothpicks Safe to Use on My Teeth?

August 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 9:31 pm
a person using a toothpick on their teeth

If you’ve gone out to eat recently, you may have noticed a bowl of complementary toothpicks by the restaurant’s front door as you were leaving. These are there for a reason; to help you clear out those annoying bits of food debris that remain lingering after your dinner. However, did you know that toothpicks actually aren’t the best tool for this task, and can even potentially harm your pearly whites if you’re careless? Here’s what your emergency dentist wants you to know about toothpicks along with some safer alternatives that are just as effective.


Is Cosmetic Dental Bonding Permanent?

June 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 11:57 pm
a person visiting their cosmetic dentist

For many of us, our smile is a huge source of pride and joy; in fact, it’s often our most valuable asset when it comes to making lasting, memorable first impressions. That means that when you notice a small imperfection with one of your pearly whites, it can certainly put a dent in your self-esteem. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers several incredible solutions that are capable of assisting compromised smiles, including cosmetic dental bonding. Here’s a little more about this amazing solution and some of the factors that influence its lifespan—though not a permanent solution, it is still undeniably impressive!


Can I Get Dental Implants If I’m Diabetic?

April 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 6:00 am
a patient attending their dental implant consultation

Dental implants are often considered the absolute gold standard of tooth restoration; the ingenious posts, once surgically embedded into the jawbone, fuse with it to provide unparalleled support and stability for the replacement teeth. However, if you’re diabetic, you might be wondering if your condition could potentially influence your candidacy for receiving dental implants. Here’s what your dentist wants you to know about the link between dental implants and diabetes, along with some ways you can increase your chances of successful treatment.


3 Tips for a More Kissable Smile This Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 6:54 pm
a couple celebrating Valentine's Day together

If you have an upcoming date this Valentine’s Day, you might be wondering what you can do to ensure that you look your best and make a lasting first impression—and your smile is actually the secret to doing this! A healthy and bright set of pearly whites will work wonders for your confidence and naturally draw others to you like a magnet. Here are some useful tips from your dentist to help you get your smile in tip-top and kissable shape!


Composite vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which One Is Best For You?

December 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 2:12 pm
Patient smiling while dentist picks shade of veneer

Although veneers have been around since the 1920s, they have exploded in popularity in recent years. Since they have the ability to conceal numerous dental flaws – from small chips to significant discoloration – in as little as two visits, it’s not hard to see why either! Of course, patients considering this smile-enhancing solution have an important question to answer: composite or porcelain? Keep reading for a deeper look at the types of veneers.


An Inside Look at the “With and Without Dentures” TikTok Trend

October 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 8:17 pm
Person holding phone with TikTok app

With over one billion users, TikTok is one of the most popular apps ever! While it’s widely known for its dance videos, healthy recipe hacks, and comedic skits, there is a recent trend that stands apart from the rest: with and without dentures. To learn all about the message behind this content and why it’s important, keep reading.


An Inside Look at the Link Between Dentures and Nutrition

August 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 4:59 pm
Man with dentures smiling while eating meal at home

Currently, there are about 178 million Americans who are struggling with tooth loss. To restore their bite and smile, patients often opt for dentures, which are a tried-and-true tooth-replacement option. Plus, they have a lower upfront cost, are incredibly versatile, and are more lifelike than ever before. But can they negatively impact your nutrition? To learn the answer, read on!


You Asked, We Answered: Can Teenagers Get Dental Implants?

July 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 5:46 pm
Closeup of teen with glasses wondering

Did you know that roughly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? So, if you are missing one or more teeth, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Of course, the gap or gaps can certainly take a toll on your smile, bite, and speech, causing you to wonder, “Can teenagers get dental implants?” To learn the answer, read on!


Gum Disease & High Blood Pressure: Is There a Connection?

May 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 4:07 pm
Woman in blue and white shirt wondering

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. So, it’s safe to say that it’s a prevalent oral health concern among American adults. If left untreated, it can result in swollen gums, bad breath, and even loose teeth. But can it also lead to high blood pressure? Keep reading to learn more about the correlation between the two conditions.


Dentist vs. Periodontist: What’s the Difference?

April 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ralphavenue @ 2:17 pm
Periodontist showing patient their X-ray

Abutment, bicuspid, cementum… there is some language your dental team uses on a daily basis that may seem foreign to you. That’s why it’s always a good idea to ask for clarification on unfamiliar terms! One common question that patients ask is, “What is a Periodontist?” If you’ve been recommended to one due to a serious oral health issue, like gum disease or missing teeth, then read on to learn all about their qualifications and how they can help you.

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