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Coming Soon: At-Home Gingivitis Testing

January 16, 2024

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man spitting into an at-home saliva test tube

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, at-home testing for conditions or diseases was limited to only a few. However, since then, researchers have found better ways to use saliva to test for common issues, including gingivitis.

But why is this breakthrough for gum disease so important? First, you need to understand more about the infection and what at-home gingivitis testing can do for you and your smile.

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5 Essential Parts of Dental Emergency Care You Need to Know

September 15, 2023

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woman in dental pain holding a cold compress to her face

You never plan for a dental emergency to happen. It mostly comes up seemingly out of the blue, but it can stop you in your tracks with severe pain and impaired oral function. However, even if the pain is excruciating, some patients hesitate to make an emergency appointment with their dentist simply because they don’t know what to expect.

To put your anxiety to rest, here is how dental emergencies go when you work with your dentist.

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4 Scenarios for Wearing Braces Twice

April 12, 2023

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patient smiling and wearing braces

In your younger days, you couldn’t wait to have your braces taken off. You counted down the days until you were done with brackets and wires, but now your dentist tells you that you may need braces again to achieve the straight smile you want!

What could have led to this? How did this happen? Here are a few possible scenarios.

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Yikes! 3 Risks of Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Treatments

December 9, 2022

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man covering her mouth because of the risks of store-bought teeth whitening

Many American consumers assume that the products on store shelves are safe to use, but there are often circumstances when they aren’t. When it comes to whitening products, they are generally safe—if you use them as intended and directed. What risks do these store-bought whitening products pose to you and your smile? What difference does getting professional whitening make? Keep reading to find out!

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Lost an Invisalign Aligner? Here’s What to Do Next!

November 10, 2022

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woman who has lost an Invisalign aligner

After eating lunch, you clean up the dishes and throw away the garbage. Because you have Invisalign, you go to the restroom to brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in. But then, you realize that you don’t know where they are! Even if you spend time searching for them, you may come out empty handed. Is this really a serious problem? What should you do next? Keep reading to find out!

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Cavities During Invisalign? How to Protect Your Shifting Smile

August 9, 2022

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woman covering her mouth with cavities during Invisalign

You dream of having a beautifully straight smile, and you know that Invisalign is a subtle treatment that can get the job done. Unlike traditional braces, the clear plastic covers your teeth completely, gently shifting your teeth into alignment without impairing your appearance or ability to eat whatever you’d like.

But unless you continue to care for your teeth, you could end up with a lot of cavities during or after your Invisalign treatment! Keep reading to learn how this is possible and what you can do to prevent cavities from interfering with reaching your dreams!

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The Importance of Early Detection: Why Your Checkup Matters

July 29, 2022

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patient and dentist talking about the importance of early detection at checkup

It’s about that time again. Your six-month dental appointment is coming up. Although you like the fresh, clean feeling after your teeth have been professionally treated, you contemplate skipping this visit. You can go another six months between cleanings, right? Think again!

You’ve forgotten the other equally valuable reason for this routine appointment—the checkup. What is your dentist checking for? Why is early detection of oral issues important? How does a dental checkup go? Read on to find out!

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6 Foods That Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White After Treatment

June 28, 2022

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woman eating an apple to keep teeth white

“All done,” your dentist says as your whitening treatment finishes. You look in the mirror and can’t believe your eyes—your teeth are significantly brighter! You love how the teeth whitening turned out, and you want to make it last.

Then, you feel a hunger pain in your stomach. What can you eat that won’t discolor your brand-new smile? You know that certain foods can stain your teeth, but are there ones that can help your teeth hold onto their whiteness? Keep reading to learn about six of them!

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When to Whiten Before the Big Day

May 19, 2022

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smiling bride and groom who did professional teeth whitening for wedding

You’ve booked the band and ordered the flowers and the cake. You’ve selected the venue and hired the caterer. To say weddings require a lot of planning is an understatement. But you’ve been looking forward to this day for your whole life—you want everything to be perfect.

While you’re making arrangements for the event itself, don’t forget to get yourself ready for the spotlight. Your smile will appear front and center, and any discoloration could make it stand out in the wrong way. But how do you know when to schedule teeth whitening beforehand? Keep reading to find out!

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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.

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