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

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 standard X-rays. It allows us...
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The Effects of Coffee on Your Teeth

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 phone for a month than...
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Safe Dentistry: 4 Questions to Ask Your Dentist

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. 4 Questions to Ask Your...
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Fear of the Dentist? How to Ease Your Dental Anxiety

If just thinking about your next visit to the dentist makes you nervous and filled with dread, you’re not alone. Fear of the dentist is common. It’s estimated that between 9 and 20% of patients avoid going to the dentist because of their fears. When you're searching for a dentist, look for one with a relaxing office that puts your comfort...
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Are You Flossing Your Teeth the Right Way?

Your dentist has probably told you (repeatedly) how important it is to floss your teeth. But, did you know there is a right and wrong way to floss your teeth? If you're doing it wrong, you're not reaping the benefits of flossing. Flossing helps remove bacteria above the gumline. When you floss, you may think you are just removing plaque...
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Does Oil Pulling Improve Oral Health?

In our dental practice, we often talk to patients who are looking for natural ways to improve their health. Oil pulling is a natural oral health aid that has gained popularity recently, although it isn’t a new technique. People have used oil pulling for centuries to keep their teeth and gums healthy and free of infection. Oil pulling refers to...