Mouth Sores: The Difference Between Canker Sores and Cold Sores

December 7, 2020

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Having a sore on or inside of your mouth can take over your thoughts throughout the day. There are many causes of oral irritations, but two of the most common are canker sores and cold sores. They often seem to show up out of nowhere, and they can be painful and embarrassing. Keep reading to learn the difference between these mouth sores, what causes them and how you can help minimize the pain. 


Are the Holidays Really the Worst Time of Year for Your Oral Health?

November 18, 2020

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With the kind of year that 2020 has been, the holiday season couldn’t have come soon enough. Whether you’re excited for the seasonal music, sending gifts to family members, or enjoying a (virtual) meal together, there is certainly a lot to look forward to. However, the holiday season is rife with opportunities for oral health issues to wreak havoc on your smile. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to avoid having to spend the holidays in your dentist’s office. Continue reading to learn why the holiday season is so harmful for your oral health and how to prevent damage to your smile this year. 


How to Survive Cold and Flu Season When You Have Invisalign

November 3, 2020

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The cold and flu season is in full effect, and you’re just trying to stay healthy. Because they are frequently removed and placed back into your mouth, using Invisalign can expose you to more germs than usual. This puts you at risk for any illnesses that may be going around your office, school or community. Keep reading to learn a few tips and tricks on protecting your health during your Invisalign treatment.


5 Tips for Keeping Your Smile Healthy During Halloween

October 21, 2020

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Halloween pail and candy tips from your Carlisle dentist

Halloween is almost here! This spooky time of year is filled with fun family activities, scary movies, tasty treats, and plenty of reasons to smile. Unfortunately, with such an abundance of sugary candies, this can also be a tough season for your teeth. However, with a few simple precautions, you can keep your smile safe from cavities while still indulging in your favorite fall sweets! Use these five tips from your Carlisle dentist to make sure you enjoy a happy, healthy Halloween.


How Hot Drinks Affect Your Teeth During Pumpkin Spice Season

October 13, 2020

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Seasonal hot drinks surrounded by other fall treats

Enjoying seasonal hot drinks is one of the best ways to cozy up and enjoy the cooler fall and winter months. As the leaves change color and the holidays get closer, many of us are looking forward to sipping on hot chocolate, warm apple cider, or a pumpkin spice latte. However, have you ever wondered, “Are hot drinks bad for my teeth?” The answer may surprise you! Read on to find out how your favorite fall beverages impact your oral health and what you can do to keep your smile healthy all season long!


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

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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.

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