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Do I Need a Checkup If I Have Dentures?

August 26, 2022

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Dental chair in modern officeIf you’ve lost all your teeth, dentures are a great way to rebuild a beautiful, functional smile. Although you’ll no longer have to worry about cavities, that doesn’t mean you can throw out your toothbrush or stop seeing your dentist. Tooth decay isn’t the only risk to your oral health. Despite not having any real teeth, you can still develop various issues that can affect your wellness and the lifespan of your denture. Besides caring for your new set of teeth at home, dental checkups with dentures are just as important, and here’s why. 

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Why Your Child Should Wear a Mouthguard

July 2, 2022

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Children playing soccer.

It’s exciting to watch your little one participate in sports while cheering them on! But the world can come to a screeching halt when you witness your child get popped in the mouth by a flailing arm, foul ball, or errant pass. That said, these situations aren’t entirely avoidable—but there are measures you can take to protect your child when it does happen! One thing to consider is a mouthguard; these handy devices are great for preventing serious oral trauma. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about why mouthguards are paramount for protecting children’s smiles as they run and play.

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Why Should I Soak My Dentures Overnight?

May 18, 2022

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Soaking dentures in a glass of water

When you start with dentures, you may be tempted to treat them exactly like natural teeth. After all, aren’t they meant to replace your old ones? That said, you might think it’s all right to just sleep with them in your mouth instead of taking them out beforehand. However, that really isn’t a good idea — the better option is soaking dentures overnight. As for why that’s the case, your local dentist knows the answer: Here’s a summary of three key reasons your false teeth need a nightly soak.

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The Dangers of Untreated TMJ Disorder

March 29, 2022

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Man with TMJ pain.

There’s nothing like a bad headache to sour your mood. When the pain starts rolling in, it can be unrelenting and overwhelming. Some headaches are minor and fleeting; but the ones caused by TMJ disorder are quite burdensome. Talking, chewing, and even yawning can become excruciating, and relief cannot come quickly enough—but what possible relief is there when the cause is untreated TMJ disorder? TMJ pain can be a serious issue, so understanding the danger and receiving the proper care is crucial.

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Why You Should Schedule Dental Checkups Early in the Year

January 6, 2022

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calendar with reminder to visit dentist and toothbrush

At the beginning of a new year, many people try to get their affairs in order. From preparing to send the kids back to school to getting back into the flow of things at work after returning from vacation, this time of year can be hectic. With everything you need to accomplish, it can be difficult to remember to schedule your biannual dental appointment. Read on to learn about three reasons why it’s a good idea to schedule checkups and cleanings at the beginning of the year.

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5 Holiday Foods That Can Hurt Your Teeth

December 14, 2021

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assorted holiday foods in Virginia Beach that can harm teeth

Foods like apple pie, decorative sugar cookies, and rolls are common parts of the holiday buffet. Though these treats may be tasty, the harm they can do to your oral health may not be worth the trouble. Read on to learn about five holiday foods and drinks that can damage your oral health as well as ideas for what you can have instead.

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5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Dental Implants

November 11, 2021

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Woman smiling with dental implants

The holiday season is approaching! There is no better time to think about all the reasons why you are grateful! From having a beautiful family to a cozy home, there are countless reasons to be thankful this time of year. Another reason that you have to be thankful is your gorgeous smile. Thanks to dental implants, more than 3 million people across the country have their pearly whites back. Here are just some of the benefits they have to offer.

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What Treatments are HSA Eligible Expenses?

October 1, 2021

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Hands holding tooth and coinsIf you’ve paid into an HSA but haven’t visited your dentist because you’re worried about the cost, there’s nothing to fear. Dental insurance is confusing, especially if you have an HSA because it works a bit differently than your typical PPO plan. Don’t waste your monthly investment because you’re not sure how your benefits work. Here’s which treatments are eligible HSA expenses to invest in a healthy smile.

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4 Dental Implant Tips to Enjoy Your Favorite Summer Foods

July 12, 2021

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Man with dental implants enjoying summer foodsIf you’ve recently replaced your missing teeth with dental implants, you’re in for a big surprise this summer. As the only treatment to replicate both the root and crown, a dental implant perfectly mimics your natural tooth. Since it will have the support of your jawbone, you won’t need to skip your favorite foods at the next family barbeque. You’ve regained up to 70% of your natural biting force, so there isn’t anything you won’t be able to eat; however, a few summer foods can affect the longevity of your new smile. Here are 4 foods you’ll want to skip to ensure your dental implants last for decades.

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The Link Between Bruxism and Dental Implant Failure

April 16, 2021

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Woman experiencing jaw pain after grinding teeth at night

Tooth loss is a dental problem that over 120 million Americans are struggling with. Fortunately, the negative effects on your smile, bite, and speech don’t have to be permanent thanks to state-of-the-art dental implants! While this tooth replacement solution can last for 20+ years, restore your bite force, and preserve your jawbone, it isn’t an ideal fit for everyone. If you chronically clench or grind your teeth, here’s what you need to know about bruxism and dental implants.

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