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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, there are ample opportunities to load up on your favorite treats---and cavities in the process. Although you may be tempted to indulge in an abundance of holiday favorites, staying disciplined in your eating habits and oral health routine is essential to maintaining a radiant smile well into the new year.
Here are a few ways to protect your smile while enjoying the holiday season.Limit The Sweets
Pie, cakes, hot chocolate, pumpkin spice lattes, and peppermint frappes are some of the hallmarks of the holiday season, but having these excess treats can negatively impact oral health. While the holiday season brings out festive…Read Full Post
Category: General Dentistry
Fall is a particular time of year when we spend a great deal of time with others. Many social activities come with fall, making it crucial for your smile to look its best.
With the season underway, investing in the smile of your dreams is essential. Here's how a smile makeover works and how you can confidently show off your smile this fall.How is a Smile Makeover Different From a Regular Visit?
Taking care of our general health is a necessity. Scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist and addressing underlying issues can help you have a healthy smile. But a smile makeover functions differently than routine dental care. A smile makeover involves addressing…Read Full Post
Category: Smile Maker
No one wants to be known as the person with bad breath. It can be an embarrassing problem, especially when you've tried everything to fix it. If you've struggled with bad breath, it may be a sign of a deeper issue. It may be tempting to keep popping breath mints, but this may only temporarily mask the problem. Consistently foul breath is worth looking into, so you can address the problem and restore your confidence.Why Your Mouthwash Isn't Working
After brushing your teeth, a good rule of thumb is to reach for a bottle of mouthwash for an extra clean feeling. In most cases, mouthwash can be beneficial when combined with brushing and flossing. But mouthwash provides temporary…Read Full Post
Category: General Dentistry
Everyone wants a smile that brightens up the room. A trendy way most people try to have a beautiful smile is using charcoal toothpaste. Many well-known toothpaste brands have started selling their version of charcoal toothpaste. Although charcoal-infused toothpaste is popular, it doesn't mean it's effective.
Here are some tips to help you determine if charcoal toothpaste is worth the investment.Causes of Stained Teeth
Understanding the causes behind tooth discoloration is vital in choosing the best toothpaste. Your teeth can change color after contact with materials that wear away tooth enamel.
These can include:Coffee Tea Acidic fruits Tobacco
Also…Read Full Post
Category: General Dentistry
Every parent wants their child to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Along with getting them to eat their vegetables, getting children to develop healthy oral habits is a challenge.
If it isn't corrected, poor dental hygiene can lead to problems like cavities, tartar build-up, and infections.
As a family practice, we can focus on the unique needs of children to help them have a healthy smile.
If you're at your wit's end about getting your kids to care about their oral health, here are a few tips on making it more bearable for everyone.Why Do Kids Hate Brushing?
Although it's frustrating when your child may fight you when you've tried everything to get…Read Full Post
Category: Family Dentistry
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can ruin your smile and wreak havoc on oral health. Bruxism causes uneven wear on your teeth, gum problems, and even tooth breakage. Also, bruxism can be the culprit behind a condition that affects nearly 18 million Americans, sleep apnea.
If it's been a while since you've enjoyed a restful night's sleep, a trip to the dentist might give you the answers you need.What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts your breathing while you sleep. These interruptions in your breathing can last anywhere from seconds to a few minutes, and they can occur dozens of times per hour. These interruptions ruin your sleep, making you exhausted in…Read Full Post
Category: Sleep Apnea
There are several things that can stain the teeth. Surface stains, such as those caused by foods and beverages, are typically easy to remove with topical teeth whitening. Some of these, including Zoom!®, our in-office teeth whitening option, utilize ultraviolet light to address deeper and darker stains as well, but not all staining will respond to topical solutions.
Intrinsic tooth discoloration (staining underneath your enamel) does not typically respond to topical teeth whitening. In some cases, whitening the outer enamel will actually exacerbate deep discoloration, serving to further detract from the smile. In these cases, a more advanced cosmetic solution is needed – and…Read Full Post
Bruxism is the medical name for jaw clenching and tooth grinding. A common stress response, bruxism can have a profound impact on the health and appearance of your smile, increasing risks for uneven and aggressive tooth wear, gum recession, tooth loss, and persistent pain. When bruxism continues unchecked, it may even result in TMJ, a condition marked by jaw pain, chronic headaches, and facial sensitivity.
Stress is a common consequence of our modern lives. Because it is overwhelming to several of the body’s systems, when stress occurs, the body goes to work to address the issue. In many cases, this comes by way of movement. Not all of those movements are conscious. Teeth…Read Full Post
TMJ is the name given to a group of conditions that can cause misalignment of the jaw. Sometimes, TMJ is the result of trauma, while other times, it may be a result of uncorrected bite issues. It may also be a result of stress and habits, such as tooth grinding, which accompany anxiety. Oftentimes, the cause is not fully understood.
Understanding the cause of your TMJ is important for understanding if it may go away on its own. When TMJ is the result of tooth grinding, for example, stress-reduction and mindfulness techniques may be sufficient to address the issue. When the problem is related to a temporary issue, such as acute trauma, it may self-correct as well, healing in…Read Full Post
Most dental insurance plans provide 100% coverage for cleanings and examinations. Depending on the plan, coverage for restorations, tooth replacement, and similar general and restorative services may also be covered – at least to an extent – helping to make dental care more affordable.
At Warr Dental, we work with many insurance providers and can submit claims to those outside of our network for reimbursement. Give us a call to learn how we can work with your insurance for general dental care.
Cosmetic treatments, orthodontics, and treatments for neuromuscular dental issues like TMJ are not covered by most dental insurance plans. This makes these treatments out-of-pocket…Read Full Post