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Gum Disease 101: Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

August 16, 2018

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gum disease conceptYou might have heard a lot about gum disease. It is one of the most common afflictions among adults in the United States, and it has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and dementia. Still, you might be a bit confused about this condition. Gingivitis and periodontitis are both terms that refer to gum disease, but are they the same thing? Let’s take a moment to discuss this important question.


Dear Family Dentist, Is an Electric or Manual Toothbrush Better?

July 6, 2018

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choosing a toothbrushYou might have seen advertisements on TV for the latest high-tech toothbrushes, and maybe you’ve considered investing in one. After all, they look cool, and your friends tell you that they love their fancy tooth-cleaning gadgets. Then again, you’ve used a manual toothbrush for your entire life, and you think your teeth are pretty healthy. What should you do? Your family dentist is here to offer you some advice on how to choose the type of toothbrush that will bring the most benefits to your oral health.


Dentist Provides Tips on Caring for Your Oral Health as You Age

June 2, 2018

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An older man covering his mouth.Your dentist does everything he can to protect patients of all ages. Of course, with age comes new vulnerabilities not just to your oral health, but your overall health as well. That means you’ll need to take more consideration into your at-home care and habits in between dental visits.

To make this process easier, your dentist offers three tips to keep your mouth healthy and prevent permanent damage.


How Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help Improve Your Confidence

May 5, 2018

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A woman pointing at her smile.Did you know that one of the most common features people notice is your smile? When people see a beautiful smile, they associate it with many positive attributes, not just beauty. In fact, studies have shown that people with beautiful smiles are seen as more credible, wealthy, intelligent, and capable at their profession than those who don’t. It just goes to show when it comes to investing in your appearance, it’s always worth it to start with your smile.

Here are a few of the perks you can expect after your cosmetic dentist gives your smile a boost!


Your Checklist for Finding the Perfect Dentist in Scottsdale

April 10, 2018

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checklist and penIf you’re searching for a new dentist in Scottdale, you could just do a quick online search and pick the first name that comes up, but we strongly encourage you to dig a little deeper. Taking the time to research any potential dentist will ensure that you pick someone who provides the services and compassion you need and deserve. Why not create a checklist of some of the qualities you want in your dentist? Here are a few ideas to help you start writing your list:


Your Dentist Explains How to Define and Handle Dental Emergencies

March 4, 2018

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An illustration of a dental emergency.Whenever someone gets hurt or experiences trauma, it’s usually quite clear when it’s an emergency that needs to be addressed immediately. However, when it comes to dental emergencies, many people don’t know what to do or even know if what they’re experiencing constitutes as a dental emergency. This can cause them to visit the hospital when they didn’t have to. Even worse, it could prevent them from seeking treatment right away, which is typically necessary to save a tooth.

The next time you experience a dental injury, keep these points in mind. It could mean the difference between saving your tooth and needing a dental implant or bridge later.


Here’s Another BIG Reason Not to Skip Your Dentist Appointment

February 16, 2018

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Lots of people are guilty of skipping their biannual dental appointments. They might think they’re too busy to take an hour or two every six months to get their teeth taken care of, or maybe they’ve convinced themselves that their oral health is great and they don’t need to see a dentist. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a checkup and cleaning, though, we urge you to make an appointment soon. Your mouth will feel clean and fresh afterward and, more importantly, your dentist might even save your life. Here’s how.


Visit Your Dentist Today Before Your Benefits Expire

December 17, 2017

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Dental benefits on computer screenYour home oral hygiene habits are important to preventing dental issues from developing, like tooth decay and gum disease. However, it is only half of the care you need. You should also see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. To help keep services affordable, you pay monthly premiums for your coverage. While you know that you can get treatment for affordable rates, you have yet to schedule an appointment. As the end of the year approaches, your benefits will expire if you do not have your preventive exam now.

Fear of the Dentist Is Real. Here’s How to Stop It.

November 27, 2017

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Portrait of a smiling womanGoing to the dentist shouldn’t be a traumatic event — but many people struggle to schedule routine dental care due to their fear or anxiety. Their reluctance is often rooted in the past, like from a less-than-pleasant childhood experience. But sometimes there’s no identifiable reason for it at all. If you struggle with dental fear or anxiety, we know you’re ready to get past it. And guess what? We’re prepared to help.


A Dentist’s Take on Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

October 15, 2017

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toothpaste going on manual brushAs your trusted dentist, one of the most common questions we get is whether or not electric toothbrushes are really all that much better. In this week’s blog post, we put manual vs. electric toothbrushes up side by side to see which one comes out ahead. The answer may surprise you!


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