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Store-Bought or Professional Teeth Whitening? How to Choose Wisely

March 21, 2022

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woman thinking about choosing professional teeth whitening

Like many others right now in this economy, you’re watching every dollar. You don’t have room in your budget for expenses that aren’t worth the cost. So when you consider whitening your teeth, you have to choose between professional treatment with your cosmetic dentist or over-the-counter solutions.

Looking purely at the price, you can “save” money by going with the store-bought option; however, when you look at the quality of what you’re getting, professional teeth whitening may offer the better deal. Keep reading to learn the difference between these choices and which one could be right for you.


More Than Teeth: 4 Other Things Your Dentist Does at Your Dental Checkup

January 14, 2022

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man giving a thumbs up at his dental checkup

You know the drill. You sit in the special reclining chair, and the dentist asks you to open wide. You know they inspect every tooth for signs of cavities, but did you know that there are plenty of other things your dentist does while they’re looking inside your mouth? It’s true! Dental checkups involve much more than you think, so keep reading to find out what else your dentist does during these appointments.


Sleep Apnea and Anxiety: How to Have More Peaceful, Restful Sleep

December 15, 2021

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man who struggles with sleep apnea and anxiety

You sit straight up, gasping for air. Your phone says it’s still the middle of the night, but you feel wide awake with a fast heart rate. Too soon, the alarm goes off to start the day. You feel as though you haven’t slept at all, and your overwhelming anxiety kicks in right away. You have to get the kids ready for school and get to the office in time for an important meeting. Little stresses bother you more than they probably should, and you know it’s going to be a rough day. Does this sound familiar?

You could have sleep apnea, a condition where the facial tissues block airflow, interrupting your breathing and causing your body to panic in order to resume breathing. Another likely side effect of sleep apnea is that your brain’s activity is interrupted, affecting your mood and thinking patterns. But how could sleep apnea and anxiety be connected? Can you address both problems with one treatment? Read on to find out!


5 Ways Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Health

November 22, 2021

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tired man with untreated sleep apnea
Monday morning again

In the middle of the night, you gasp for breath. Your heart is pounding, and you feel a little sweat on your forehead. You tell yourself you’ve had a nightmare and try to go back to sleep. Then, in the morning, you feel as if you didn’t sleep at all. Does this happen to you somewhat frequently? Do you regularly feel fatigued throughout the day?

Scientists estimate that one in 15 American adults has sleep apnea, which equates to about 18 million people. Unfortunately, about 80 percent of these people are undiagnosed and untreated. But is this a big deal? Does insufficient sleep really affect other areas of your health? The answer is definitely yes! If your body doesn’t get enough quality rest at night, don’t be surprised if it starts to affect your days. Your sleep impacts so many other functions. Read on to learn how untreated sleep apnea can have an negative effect on you.


4 Ways to Prepare for Your Sleep Apnea Study

October 13, 2021

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patient who needs to have a sleep apnea study

After a full night’s rest, you still feel fatigued throughout the day. Perhaps your partner complains about your consistent snoring, and you wake up with headaches or a sore throat. You could have a serious condition called sleep apnea, which deprives your body of air while you sleep. Properly diagnosing this problem is essential to getting the care you need and getting enough quality sleep.

The diagnostic process involves a sleep study, which is conducted at a special facility where your vital signs and oxygenation are monitored throughout the night. This test shows your doctor vital information to help them know how best to address your sleep issues. But what do you need to do going into the sleep apnea study? Keep reading to find out!


3 Dental TikTok Trends You Shouldn’t Follow

August 25, 2021

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woman covering her mouth because of dental TikTok trends

Are you on TikTok? Of course, you are! It’s a great way to share content and get seen by millions. Many life hack or DIY videos have gone viral; in some cases, these videos are helpful, but in others, such as those involving people’s teeth, they can cause real harm. Here are three TikTok trends you should not try at home!


Taking Invisalign to School: 5 Tips for Your Teen

August 16, 2021

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During the summer, your teen has spent their free time with work, shows, and friends. But soon, they’ll go back to a more structured schedule. Everyone feels a little anxious and excited leading up to the first bell, but if your teen is wearing Invisalign, the start of this school year may be a little more nerve-racking for you than usual. How can you make sure they stay on track with their treatment while they’re away at school for most of the day? Here are some practical tips for both of you!


Masks Off, Whitening On

July 16, 2021

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This time of year is typically packed with important events like prom, graduation, and weddings. Especially now that the coronavirus vaccine is available,
everyone is bursting to celebrate good times again. But, during quarantine, has the appearance of your teeth been neglected? Is your smile ready to make its
debut at these events? Being on lockdown and wearing masks for so long might have taken its toll on you and your pearly whites. Perhaps you haven’t been as
diligent in keeping your smile bright as you normally would because who is going to see it? Now that things are returning closer to normal, and masks are
coming off, it’s time to address your teeth’s discoloration. But wait! Before we delve into your teeth whitening and smile improvement options in this month’s
newsletter, we thought we’d share a glimpse at some of the great results we regularly achieve for our patients with some real before and after photos!


4 Summer Oral Health Tips You’ll Want to Follow!

July 14, 2021

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woman wearing a sunhat and following summer oral health tips

As you pack for your summer trip, you run through a list of essential things you need to bring. Automatically you bring some toothpaste and your toothbrush, which is a good start for keeping your smile strong. However, there are plenty of summer oral health tips you can take advantage of. Read on to learn what some of these tips are!


Fallen Off-Track With Your Invisalign Treatment? Here Are 4 Tips to Help

June 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — brooksdental @ 4:14 pm
Closeup of patient holding Invisalign tray

One of the many perks of Invisalign treatment is that the discreet trays deliver results in an average of just 12 months! So, it can be discouraging when you fall off-track with your timeline, requiring more time and money spent on braces. If your teeth aren’t “tracking” properly, don’t get discouraged. Instead, keep reading for a few must-know tips to help get you back on track.

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