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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How to Maximize Your Child’s Insurance Benefits

November 2, 2020

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Child at dentist

If you have dental insurance for you and your family, you probably know that you will lose out on all of your unused benefits at the end of the year. This is because most insurance companies renew all benefits at the beginning of each calendar year. That’s why there’s no better time than now to maximize the coverage your children have so they can start the new year with a healthy and happy smile at a more affordable cost. Continue reading to learn more from your Delta Dental dentist in Virginia Beach about how you can maximize your children’s benefits before the year comes to a close.


The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Your Child

October 21, 2020

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Plastic pumpkin filled with Halloween candy

Are you ready for some scary statistics? The average American consumes 3.4 pounds of candy during the Halloween season and kids consume up to 7,000 calories after trick-or-treating. Yikes! So, it’s not surprising that there is a spike in tooth decay this time of year. Therefore, it is crucial that you protect your child’s smile from cavities after Halloween. Between the fun costumes, scary décor, and seasonal festivities, keep the below best and worst candies for your child in mind!


5 Common Summer Activities That Can Harm Your Smile

July 7, 2020

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Pained man holding popsicle should see Virginia Beach dentist

The weather is warming up, the sun is shining, and summertime is finally here! Many of us are looking forward to our favorite barbeque foods, outdoor activities, and relaxing pastimes. However, if you don’t take a few precautions this time of year, your fun in the sun can be cut short by a toothache or a trip to your emergency dentist! Read on as your Virginia Beach dentist explains how to protect your smile from these five common summer activities that can hurt your oral health.

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