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Benefits of Dentures

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If your teeth have experienced severe decay, gum disease, or trauma, it might be time to look into teeth replacement options. Dentures are one of the most popular choices available today for tooth replacement for several reasons. Working with an experienced dentist will ensure that you get the treatment that is best for your unique needs, so visiting a dentist should be your first step! 

Getting Your Dentures

Chances are, you've already heard of dentures. Dentures are custom fit to your mouth, and they are removable teeth. With today's improvements in dental technology, dentures look and feel very comfortable for most patients. This treatment can either be used to replace all ...

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Choosing the Right Daily Oral Care Tools

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We all know that at-home oral care is extremely important to your oral health, but also to your overall health. But choosing from the wide array of dental tools available today can be tricky. Finding the best options for your needs helps to ensure that you are able to clean your teeth properly at home, and helps you stay healthy! 

Your Toothbrush

When choosing your toothbrush, the major difference between options are the bristles. Most dentists recommend soft bristles for both adults and children. Contrary to popular belief, harder bristles do not remove or clean better, and they can actually damage your teeth and gums. Softer bristles are particularly important if you ...

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What to Expect During a Root Canal

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Root canals need to be performed when a tooth has experienced severe decay, past the point of a regular cavity. While a normal cavity can be addressed with a filling, which is a fairly fast and affordable process, if a tooth becomes more severely decayed, a root canal is a more in-depth procedure. That being said, it's still common, and being informed about what you can expect is the best way to ensure your comfort during the treatment!

Your Root Canal Procedure

As with any dental procedure, the process can vary based on your unique needs. However, there's a few things you can definitely expect during a root canal. Many ...

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What Causes Cavities?

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Cavities are a common issue today, and even if you keep up with your at-home dental care and dental visits, they can still occur. The best way to ensure that cavities don't turn into more serious issues is to visit your dentist often for exams and cleanings, and for cavity treatments

Knowing what causes cavities can help patients to prevent them. Here's some of the ways cavities develop: 

  • Plaque formation: Once plaque forms on your teeth, it begins to wear your teeth down, and remove some of the things that make your teeth strong, like enamel. This typically begins to form after long periods without ...

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What the Discoloration of a Tooth Can Mean

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Do you have teeth that are darkening or changing colors? This can indicate some dental conditions that may require attention. In other cases, it may be natural staining that occurs when you eat or drink staining foods. In other cases, if you use tobacco, it can dramatically stain your teeth.

Prescription Medication Staining

Certain prescription medication can cause your teeth to darken or make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean due to side effects such as dry mouth. Even common antibiotics and rinses can have a staining effect on your smile.

Trauma Due to An Accident or Injury

Bumping a tooth can cause internal damage that causes discoloration. Often this can be ...

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Bad Breath and Oral Health

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Have you ever noticed bad breath in yourself or others? Not just the typical garlic or onion breath after a fancy salad or delicious pasta meal, but truly bad breath that makes you step back when another person speaks? That smell, associated with periodontal disease, is actually caused by bacteria that collect in and around your gum line and on the tongue.

Bacteria reproduce quickly and they dispense an unpleasant odor during the reproductive process. Most often, periodontal disease comes from a lack of home care or from missing too many dental cleanings. As your body ages, it can be more difficult to keep periodontal disease at bay. Certain medications or ...

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How to Take Care of Your Dental Implants

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Once you have invested in dental implants, taking care of them is essential to their function and longevity. If you are seeking dental implants in the Springfield area, we can help you get the most out of your dental implants and protect your smile!

Dental implants most closely mimic your natural teeth. They can complete your smile without creating dietary restrictions or with the mobility that occurs when complete dentures do not fit properly.

Caring for Dental Implants

The best way to care for your dental implants is to follow the protocol that you follow for your natural teeth. This includes brushing twice daily, especially at the gum line, where gum disease ...

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