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Help Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease with These Vitamins and Minerals

September 24, 2020

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Tooth decay is one of the most rampant issues among Americans today, but gum disease isn’t far behind. In fact, roughly three out of four adults over the age of 35 have mild to severe gum disease and need to undergo periodontal treatment. Plus, it remains the number one cause of tooth loss among U.S. adults. Fortunately, brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist biannually for professional cleanings can defend your teeth and gums. However, incorporating the below vitamins and minerals can add an additional layer of protection!


4 Signs Your Crown Should Be Replaced

September 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 4:29 pm
Woman talking to dentist about tooth pain

Dental crowns are a durable, natural-looking, effective solution for patients with decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. However, they aren’t indestructible. Typically, their lifespan is around ten years with proper care; however, it is important to be aware of the signs that indicate they need to be replaced sooner. Read on for four signals you may need a dental crown replacement.


Getting Off-Track With Your Invisalign Timeline? Here Are 4 Tips to Help

August 21, 2020

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Female dentist holding Invisalign tray

When Invisalign was introduced in the late 1990s, the teeth-straightening industry was forever changed. In a fraction of the time, their innovative clear aligners effectively guided teeth into the desired location while simultaneously providing patients with virtually undetectable treatment. So, it’s not surprising that Invisalign has helped over 5 million people achieve their dream smile. However, patients need to be aware that their timeline can be extended if the trays are not worn properly. If your teeth aren’t where they should be in this stage of your Invisalign treatment, then read on for four tips!


The Most Common Cosmetic Dental Flaws (and How to Fix Them!)

August 7, 2020

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Woman smiling with straight, white teeth

Did you know that a whopping 74% of U.S. adults have crooked teeth? However, the staggering statistics don’t stop there. In a recent study, researchers found that 80% of people want a whiter smile, 48% have untagged themselves from a picture on Facebook that showed their teeth, and 33% are unhappy with their smile. Fortunately, innovations in technology and modern techniques have made aesthetic dental treatments effective, quick, and accessible! If you face one of the below common cosmetic dental flaws, then read on for treatment options.


10 Most Common Reasons for Toothaches

July 30, 2020

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Woman with toothache needing to see dentist

There are all sorts of different types of toothaches with many different origins. It can be difficult to figure out what the source of the problem is. Whether it’s from temperature sensitivity or you are dealing with a more serious problem, your dentist is here to help you determine the cause. Continue reading to learn more about the ten most common sources of toothaches.


6 Reasons Why You Should See Your Dentist Regularly

July 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 5:10 pm
Woman at dentist

With everything that’s going on in your life, it’s possible that appointments at the dentist are put on the back burner. Even though this may not seem like a big deal if you aren’t in any pain, it’s crucial for your overall health to schedule regular visits. Continue reading to learn why having your regular cleanings and checkups are so important.


What Should I Be Asking My Hygienist?

June 18, 2020

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Woman asking her dentist questions

Keeping a healthy smile is more than just brushing and flossing every day. Having regular dental appointments help to make sure your teeth are clean and don’t have any developing issues. You and your dentist can work together to maintain and improve your oral health, but you need to be vocal about any problems or concerns you may have. Here are some questions you should be asking your hygienist and dentist when you visit the office.


Bad Oral Habits That You Should Avoid

June 4, 2020

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Woman biting her nails

Everyone develops a bad habit at some point in their life. Even when you know that you have one that is destructive, it can be extremely difficult to break. Certain habits can negatively affect your oral health leading to painful damage and expensive dental work that is easily avoided. Continue to learn about some common bad habits from your dentist and why they are so harmful.


5 Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy

May 24, 2020

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Woman brushing her teeth at her dentist.We live in unusual times as we practice social distancing to combat the spread of COVID-19. Many dental offices are closed, except for providing care for immediate oral health issues. Unfortunately, if it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, it might take a little longer than usual for your appointment. There’s no need to worry. Here are 5 simple tips to keep your smile healthy until you can see your dentist again.


3 Ways We’re Keeping Our Office Clean and Safe

May 5, 2020

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Female hygienist at dentist wearing a mask.Over the last several weeks, the country has been focusing on social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, many dental offices have shut their doors, except for providing emergency services. As the country begins to reopen, we know safety is a concern. Although dental offices are already some of the cleanest places, we’re raising the bar for safety and cleanliness when visiting your dentist. Here are 3 ways we’re combating the spread of COVID-19 as we reopen our doors.


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