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3 Common Misconceptions about Dental Implants

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With increasing popularity, dental implants are fast becoming the preferred way to replace missing teeth. While many people have heard of dental implants, understanding what they actually are and how they function is an important consideration when considering them to complete your smile.

Here are 3 common misconceptions about dental implants:

#1 Dental Implants Are Removable

Dental implants are made of titanium and fuse with the natural bone to become a stable and permanent part of your smile. While implant-retained dentures are removable, single dental implants and implant bridges are permanent.

Their stability is one of the reasons that patients choose them. It is possible, with the proper care, your dental implant could last ...

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Enjoy Your Holiday Parties with Shining Teeth!

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This time of year it seems that parties fall nearly every other day. If you have company parties or family reunions on the calendar, you probably want to look your best. In addition to the proper attire, you might be thinking about the appearance of your smile, especially if it is a bit darker than it used to be.

The holidays are a great time to have your teeth professionally whitened. A flashy smile for the New Year can be particularly stunning. Since the holidays are just around the corner, why not contact our Springfield, IL dental office to learn more about our professional teeth whitening options.

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Want to Improve Your Quality of Life? Consider Dental Implants!

Dental Implants | Dental Blog Springfield IL | Dr. Shane Ruggless

If you are considering dental implants in the Springfield area, you might have done a bit of research to determine if they are the right choice for you. At Ruggless Dental, we offer dental implants as one option to replace missing teeth. Many of our patients truly appreciate this service as it has been shown to improve patients’ quality of life.

Here are some of the rave reviews we hear from patients who have opted for dental implants.

You Can Eat the Foods You Love

Because dental implants bond with your natural bone, you can eat all of the foods you love. Even when used in implant-supported dentures, dental implants offer ...

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You Don't Have to Put Up with Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth | Dental Blog | Dr. Ruggless Springfield IL

Dry mouth feels uncomfortable, especially when trying to speak with that pasty feeling gluing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Did you know that dry mouth may also contribute to oral health conditions?

Periodontal Disease

Saliva helps to combat gum disease and having a chronically dry mouth may cause you to develop an infection or recession of the gums. Irritation and bleeding while you brush and floss is an early indicator.

Dental Decay

Saliva helps to restore a healthy pH inside the mouth after eating. Without sufficient saliva, your enamel may not recover as quickly after eating sugar, starches, or acidic foods. Saliva also aids in digestion and is the first step ...

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Solving Your Bad Breath Challenges

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Bad breath may cause people to wrinkle their noses or back away when you’re talking. How embarrassing!

The problem is that most people with bad breath don't know they have it. Having temporary odors caused by onions, garlic, or curry is one thing. Having chronic bad breath is a bigger problem.

Here are some ways you can reduce your chances of having halitosis.

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue

Brushing your teeth is a necessary step to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Have you ever noticed that your tongue has small bumps that create a rough texture? Your tongue is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that cause gum disease and unfresh breath. ...

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Which Beverage Has Been Damaging Your Teeth?

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It’s not sugar alone that affects the health and appearance of your smile. Acid is the real culprit when it comes to eroding enamel. Even more than candy or sweets, certain drinks pose a big threat to your pearly whites. Here are a few beverages that might be causing your smile trouble.

Soda – Regular or Diet

It’s not just sugary soda that you should consume with caution. Diet sodas are often as or more acidic than their regular counterparts. If you do drink soda, remember that darker ones will stain your teeth more dramatically and you should wait at least 30 minutes after you finish your soda to brush your teeth ...

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Everything Changes with Time - Including Your Oral Health

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A common saying, aging is not for the weak. It means that as we age, we face a number of health challenges that can interfere with a high quality of life. These can include conditions causing chronic pain, medical conditions, more frequent doctor visits, and even necessary treatments to help you stay healthy.

Your teeth and gums are no different than the rest of your body. Extra attention and care can help you maintain your oral health.

A Link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

The link between heart disease and was discovered decades ago. Periodontal disease, an inflammatory condition, causes a slew of other systemic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer.

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