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Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays Oct 1st, 2019

When you meet someone new, what’s the first thing they notice? Would it be your height? Maybe your haircut, or your outfit? Actually, some studies suggest that it’s your smile.  Thankfully, Invisalign® enables you to not only fix your smile, but still make a good impression both during and after...

It's Not Just Snoring: The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Sep 1st, 2019

Is snoring affecting your sleep? It may be from sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that can lead to other serious health problems.  Sleep apnea stops your breathing during sleep. When this happens, your brain wakes you up to open your airways. It happens so fast that you may...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Aug 9th, 2019

Straight, healthy-looking teeth can be a real confidence-booster. When you know your smile looks its best, you can’t help feeling more confident about your appearance and about the impression you’re making on others. Since straight, properly aligned teeth make such a big difference in the way you look, it’s easy...

Adjusting to Life With Dentures Jul 1st, 2019

It’s natural to feel nervous about a new experience, but getting dentures that replace the teeth you’ve always known is likely very unfamiliar territory. You’re bound to have lots of questions about how to make the adjustment to your new man-made teeth. Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS, can guide you through...

Tips for Extending the Results of Teeth Whitening Jun 1st, 2019

Teeth whitening helps you feel better about the way you look with a relatively low amount of effort. This economical and quick procedure can change your smile from dull to dazzling without pain, and the effect of teeth whitening can build your self-esteem and confidence because you know you look...

How to Help Your Child with Dentist Chair Jitters May 2nd, 2019

Dentophobia is a fear of the dentist. It’s estimated that over 75% of adults in the US experience some kind of anxiety associated with the dentist. Somewhere between 5% - 10% of those adults experience such intense fear that they can be classified as having dentophobia. Dentophobia is driven by...

How Veneers Work to Give You a Brighter Smile Apr 9th, 2019

Your smile conveys so much to those around you. You can turn on your charm, exude confidence, and lift the spirits of others simply by flashing your pearly whites. But if your smile isn’t quite all that it should be, or as beautiful as it could be, you may benefit...

Food And Drinks To Avoid After Undergoing Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment Mar 12th, 2019

Most tooth stains that linger after brushing don’t respond well to the store-bought DIY methods of teeth whitening. The only sure way to restore the bright, white smile you once had and do away with that embarrassing yellow hue is through professional teeth whitening. Not only will you get your...

Why You Shouldn't Procrastinate Treating Sleep Apnea and How Your Dentist Can Help Feb 6th, 2019

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults live with sleep apnea, which is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing for about 10 seconds at a time. Some people have sleep apnea because their brains don’t control breathing well during sleep. Others have the...

How Gum Disease Impacts Your Overall Health Jan 3rd, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 47% of Americans over age 30 have a periodontal (gum) disease. Even more concerning is that more than 70% of Americans 65 or older have gum disease. Gum disease has several adverse effects on your oral health, including bad...

10 New Year's Resolutions for Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums Dec 7th, 2018

It’s almost a new year, and with the changing calendar come the inevitable resolutions. We often take this time to make healthy changes in our lives: Maybe you’re planning to work out more, or cook healthier meals. But have you thought about improving your mouth health? The health of your...

Not Your Father’s Dentures: Learn About the Latest Improvements Nov 7th, 2018

Millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth, and research estimates that about 30% of Americans ages 65 to 74 don’t have any of their natural teeth. Dentures offer a solution for people missing multiple teeth. However, many avoid dentures because they think about the problems their parents and...

Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Your Teeth Oct 19th, 2018

Whether you’re thinking about what kind of treats to give out on Halloween or worrying about what kind of candy your kids bring home, you may be wondering which candies are best and worst when it comes to the health of your teeth. We’ve put together this handy guide for...

The Many Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants Versus Dentures Sep 10th, 2018

For many years, your only choices for tooth loss were doing without or having a custom denture or bridge made to replace missing teeth. This changed with the development of dental implants. Instead of a replacement system that sits over the gum and jaw, implants place an artificial tooth root...

Off To A Good Start Dec 27th, 2017

The first appointment with a new dentist may start off with a comprehensive examination culminating in a long-term plan for treatment. Intraoral cameras and digital radiology have made it possible for patients to view the images right along with the dentist which makes it easier for everyone to get a...

Stay Hydrated For Good Oral Health Dec 7th, 2017

One of the first things you learn about living healthy in a high elevation geographical area is to drink a lot of water. The lower humidity level means that your perspiration will evaporate faster so that you won’t notice how much water you are actually losing through physical exertion or...