DIY Dental Home Remedies Don’t Replace Regular Checkups

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At Ultimate Smile Design, we advocate holistic dental care and have even written about some natural DIY dental treatments that may be effective. However, there are circumstances when home remedies are not effective and may damage your teeth. Preventive dental care begins at home but does not replace regular checkups and treatment for oral health…

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

5 simple ways to improve your oral health

Improving your oral health doesn’t have to be a huge chore. There are a few simple actions you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent oral health problems. 1. Brush Before Bedtime When you’re tired at the end of a long day, it’s tempting to skip brushing your teeth before bedtime.…

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Does Gum Disease Increase the Risk of Dementia? Studies Show a Link

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When we discuss with our patients the importance of caring for their gums, it’s not just because of the inflammation we observe. We are concerned about the health issues that stem from gum disease. In addition to contributing to receding gums, sensitivity, bad breath, and tooth loss, it is well-established that gum disease contributes to…

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That Pain in Your Jaw Could be From Bruxism

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“Do you grind your teeth?” I asked my patient. She looked surprised and said, “Not that I know of!” At Ultimate Smile Design, this is a common exchange with our patients during preventive dental checkups. We often see evidence of teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism, while our patients don’t even realize they are doing…

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Strong Tooth Enamel Starts With a Healthy Diet

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In our dental practice, we often see patients who have lost enamel on their teeth. Enamel helps protect our teeth from decay, as well as harsh temperatures and chemicals. It is the hardest mineral substance in our body, but when it is compromised, it leaves the softer dentin layer of your teeth exposed, which leads…

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Dental Sealants: Pros and Cons

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Has your dentist recommended dental sealants? Dental sealants are commonly applied as a means of preventing cavities caused by tooth decay. A protective coating that is applied to premolars and molars to prevent bacteria from eating away at tooth surfaces, a dental sealant is often part of routine care, particularly for children and teens. But,…

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Signs it’s Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth, those troublesome third molars which typically appear during late adolescence when we are presumably older and wiser, are often a cause for concern among patients in our dental practice. To remove wisdom teeth or not? That is a common question. There are cases when wisdom teeth do not need to be removed: if…

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CariVu™ – Ultimate Smile Design’s Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Tooth Decay

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Creating bright, healthy smiles is our superpower at Ultimate Smile Design. But did you know we have a secret weapon in the fight against tooth decay? We’d like to introduce you to CariVu™ – our dental X-ray sidekick, so to speak. What is CariVu™? CariVu™ is a portable tool we use as an adjunct to…

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The Effects of Coffee on Your Teeth

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In our dental practice, we see firsthand the effects of coffee on our patients’ teeth. Coffee is an essential part of millions of people’s morning routine. It warms us up on a cold morning and gives us the energy we need to start our day. 49% of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell…

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Safe Dentistry: 4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist

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Patient health and safety is a dentist’s number one priority. We encourage our patients to become informed about how common dental practices affect their health and the precautions that dentists should take to ensure their safety. We’ve compiled a list of questions you should ask your dentist to determine their commitment to safe dental practices.…

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