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What Are Some Tooth-Friendly Independence Day Appetizers?

June 13, 2024

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Charcuterie board

If you’re getting ready to celebrate Independence Day, chances are that you are working on ideas for a delicious spread. While hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, and soda have long been staples of the Fourth of July cookout, why not offer a few appetizers that are delicious and healthy for your teeth? Here are a few suggested hors d’oeuvres that make for a delicious and patriotic Independence Day without setting you up for dental emergencies later.


Thankful Thoughts: 3 Reasons to Appreciate Your Dental Hygienist

April 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpusksas @ 7:25 pm
Dental hygienist in blue scrubs examining patient's mouth

When you think of dental care providers, there’s a good chance you picture your dentist. After all, they come up with treatment plans to address your oral concerns and perform procedures to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. They usually don’t work alone, however, and are supported by a team of skilled hygienists, assistants, and other staff members.

Did you know that the second week of April is Dental Hygienist Week? That makes this the perfect time to show them your appreciation! Keep reading to learn about 3 good reasons to show extra gratitude to those who work so diligently to keep your grin in top condition.


Root Canal Repeat: Why Do I Need a Second Treatment?

February 5, 2024

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Woman with brown hair undergoing a root canal.

Having a root canal procedure likely isn’t anyone’s favorite activity, but sometimes they’re necessary to preserve your smile and provide some much-needed pain relief. If you’ve recently learned that yours needs to be repeated, though, you may have some questions. Many patients in this scenario wonder why the same tooth needs to have the process repeated a second time and whether it’s truly necessary. If you’re curious, keep reading to learn more about it!


Foods to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

December 4, 2023

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person with nice smile thanks to teeth whitening

When individuals envision an attractive smile, they typically associate it with bright and white teeth. Various foods and beverages can cause discoloration, but undergoing professional teeth whitening can eliminate the stains they leave behind. Nevertheless, it’s important to steer clear of certain foods and drinks after whitening your smile. Continue reading to discover what to avoid and the recommended alternatives for maintaining a radiant smile.


The Dangers of Chewing on Ice

October 12, 2023

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Glass of ice cubesIf you enjoy crunching ice to stay cool on a hot day, it can cost you your pearly whites if you make it a habit. Not to mention, craving ice can also be a symptom of a nutritional deficiency that can affect your overall wellness. A desire to eat ice can be a sign of anemia. Whether you are low in iron or just savor the cool crunch, it can cause serious damage to your dental health. Here’s what you need to know to safeguard your smile from a dental emergency.


Invisalign—The Secret to Celebrities’ Smiles!

August 6, 2023

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Closeup of a perfectly white smile

Everyone is well aware of the impact that braces can have on how your smile looks, feels, and in how effective it is at chewing. They can do incredible work, but many people are turned off of the treatment by the idea of a mouth full of metal.

No one is more self-conscious about their appearance than celebrities, which is why they (and millions of others) often opt for Invisalign treatment to straighten their smiles. If you want to understand what this style of orthodontic treatment can do for people, you need only look at the massive names who have benefitted from what they have to offer. Here are just a few examples.


How Straws Protect Your Teeth

June 30, 2023

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Woman drinking orange beverage with a straw

When it comes to keeping your teeth strong and maintaining good oral health, something as small as drinking through a straw can make a big change. Drinking water is always the best option, but sometimes the summer sun and social outings call for another kind of refreshing beverage. You can still enjoy your favorite drinks and be conscious about your dental health by using a straw.


3 Dental Emergencies that Can Cause Facial Pain

April 24, 2023

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: a man experiencing facial pain due to a dental emergency

What issues come to mind when thinking of a dental emergency? Oftentimes, people naturally think of a very dramatic event such as a knocked-out tooth or a sudden loose dental crown. However, some emergencies with your pearly whites are not quite so obvious. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any signs of something wrong with a tooth. For example, facial pain can be a major symptom of a dental problem. Read on to learn about three common dental issues that cause facial pain.


The History of Porcelain Veneers

February 24, 2023

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person with veneers smiling

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are used to cover up imperfections. From chips to discoloration, they are an easy and quick way to improve the look of your beam. Veneers have come a long way to become the popular treatment that we are familiar with today. Continue reading to learn about the history of porcelain veneers as well as how they’ve changed over the years.


How to Use Denture Adhesive

December 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpusksas @ 3:34 am
person using denture adhesive

Dentures are an excellent way to regain a full, confident, and functional smile if you are missing several or all of your teeth. However, dentures are also notorious for slipping. This occurs when the natural suction created between your restorations and gums isn’t enough to keep them in place. Luckily, denture adhesive can be used to temporarily help your restorations stick to your gums so they’re more stable. Even so, some people find it a little tricky to use at first. Continue reading to learn some useful tips for using denture adhesive.

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