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Peaceful Points: 4 Helpful Facts About Nitrous Oxide

January 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 6:27 pm
Dentist putting nitrous oxide mask on patient

If you have an upcoming dental procedure or are incredibly anxious about visiting your dentist, then they may have offered nitrous oxide as a solution. This gaseous sedative is administered through a mask that’s placed over your nose so that you inhale this ‘laughing gas’ into your lungs with every breath. Many patients, however, reject it because they have misperceptions about what it is and how it works. Keep reading if you’re curious to learn these 4 facts about nitrous oxide.


Dispelling 5 Common Sleep Apnea Myths

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 2:56 pm
Writing the words “Sleep Apnea” on a clipboard

While it’s no secret that sleep apnea can have a devastating effect on your health, there are many misconceptions about this disorder floating around. You need to take the time to learn the facts of sleep apnea so that you can take the appropriate action to deal with it. Below are 5 common sleep apnea myths and the truths behind them.


4 Thanksgiving Foods That Can Stain Teeth

November 16, 2023

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Thanksgiving foods that can stain teeth

Thanksgiving is nearly here, so you’re likely eager for the festivities. Perhaps you’ll see family, watch football, and eat plenty of good food. Still, you’d be wise to keep your smile in mind. There are Thanksgiving foods that can stain teeth. With one wrong move, your holiday photos could feature a yellow grin. Luckily, you can always avoid or correct the issue. Here’s a primer on how teeth get discolored, which Thanksgiving foods stain teeth, and how to treat tooth stains.


How Celiac Disease Affects Your Dental Health

October 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 11:30 pm

Person turning down breadCeliac disease affects 1 in every 100 people around the world, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. The autoimmune disease causes damage to the small intestine when gluten is ingested, which is a protein found in wheat and grains. Without the correct management plan, it can affect your overall wellness and harm your dental health. If you have celiac disease, here’s what you need to know to protect your oral health.


5 Tips for Managing Oral Hygiene with Rheumatoid Arthritis

September 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 12:41 pm
A person rubbing their hands due to their rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. The stress RA puts on your body can magnify many other problems you may have, including issues with your oral health.

RA can be a difficult disorder to manage, but the five tips below can help you keep your mouth healthy so you can focus on other things. Continue reading to learn more.


Can Dental Implants Develop Tooth Decay?

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:38 am
3D render of a dental implant

Dental implants are one of the most talked-about and celebrated methods of tooth replacement among both dentists and patients. If you’re missing a tooth, you’ve probably heard plenty about them. You may have even started to wonder whether dental implants are even better than natural teeth.

While you’d be hard-pressed to find a dentist who would recommend extracting a healthy tooth, it’s actually true that dental implants have some benefits over enamel. Tooth decay is an excellent example.


5 Minimally Invasive Solutions to Improve Your Smile

July 17, 2023

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Woman with beautiful smile resting chin in handsIf you didn’t hit the genetic jackpot or your teeth are showing signs of wear and tear, you can have a flawless smile with cosmetic dentistry. Contrary to common rumors, you don’t have to be rich or famous to revamp your pearly whites. There are solutions to fit all budgets, and you won’t need invasive procedures. Here are 5 affordable and minimally invasive solutions to achieve the smile of your dreams.


Veneers and Sensitivity: What You Should Know

June 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:48 pm
young woman with puzzled look on face

Are you thinking about getting veneers to enhance your smile, but are concerned about the potential for tooth sensitivity? It’s a common question that many patients have when contemplating this cosmetic dental treatment. Rest assured – we’re here to provide you with valuable insight into veneers and sensitivity. In this blog post, you can learn what to expect to help you make an informed decision and put your worries to rest.


Cosmetic Dental Treatments Perfect for Graduating Students

May 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 7:51 pm
graduate smiling for the camera

If you’re one of the many people who are graduating from school this summer, you’re about to take a massive step out of the education system and into the working world. You’re also about to deal with an even more daunting task—taking dozens of pictures for every friend and family member that you have.

If you want to be ready for both of those things, cosmetic dentistry can help you. Having a smile you can be proud of will give you confidence at a job interview and help you make memories you’ll be happy to look back on. Here are a few cosmetic dental treatments that are ideal for graduating students.


Can the Colors You Wear Affect Discolored Teeth?

April 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drflenniken @ 12:29 am

Woman with an attractive smileA bright, beautiful smile is attributed to youth, confidence, and success. It can be the perfect complement to any outfit to look and feel your best. However, teeth change colors over the years. If you’ve noticed your pearly whites aren’t as vibrant as before, the clothes you wear could be making them look discolored. Believe it or not, certain colors can draw attention to your teeth by affecting how white they look. Here’s how to ensure your smile shines its brightest.


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