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Have Your Teeth Started to Look Gray? Here’s What You Need to Know

November 4, 2021

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A bright white smile is a goal for most people, but sometimes there are obstacles in the way. No matter how much they brush and floss, some people struggle with naturally gray teeth. Others may notice their teeth slowly turning gray over time.

In some cases, only one tooth goes gray. Keep reading to learn potential causes for this and dental treatments that can help.

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Does Dental Bonding Offer Permanent Results?

October 2, 2021

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Dentist performing dental bonding procedureSociety attributes an attractive smile to intelligence, youth, success, and confidence. Unfortunately, not everyone is satisfied with the way their teeth look. You don’t need to hide your smile. You might be a candidate for dental bonding. You can fix minor aesthetic flaws after just one appointment, but how long will your new smile last? Although your results won’t be permanent, here’s how you can ensure your beautiful smile lasts for a decade or more.

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Examining the Correlation Between Mental Health and Oral Care

September 24, 2021

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illustration sad woman sitting

The depression crept back up and now it’s taken over. You don’t even feel like finishing the show you were watching. You get a glass of water from the kitchen and shuffle into your bedroom, collapsing on the bed.

You feel like crying but also have the sense that it won’t make you feel any better. You just lay there, staring at that rug on the floor with a glazed-over expression.

You eventually passed out that night and never got your teeth brushed. It’s not the end of the world, right? Well, if that’s not a rare occurrence, it can be a big deal. Understanding the relationship between mental health and oral health is also significant, as you work to take better care of yourself in both respects.

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Seek Out Solutions to Say Sayonara to Morning Breath

September 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpettigrew @ 9:54 pm
couple in bed with morning breath

Mondays, mosquitos, migraines, and morning breath – these are things that nobody wants in their life. Some are harder to get rid of than others. Fortunately, dentists know the root causes of morning breath and that stepping up one’s oral hygiene can help give that unwanted guest its eviction notice.

Below, you’ll find a variety of factors that can cause morning breath, as well as actionable information to minimize its impact as you begin your day.

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2 Surprising Drinks That Can Prevent Cavities

July 13, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpettigrew @ 7:57 pm
young woman drinking coffee

Some people cannot start their day without a morning cup of joe. Others may drink a delicious cup of tea instead! In either case, the two popular drinks are an essential part of the daily routine. Although they’re certainly a treat for your taste buds, did you know that they benefit your oral health as well? It might sound shocking, but studies show that coffee and green tea are effective at fighting cavities and tooth decay. Read along as we take a closer look at how each drink can protect your smile!

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Is Gingivitis Contagious?

June 9, 2021

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closeup of someone pointing to their gums

Proper dental care is essential to keep your oral health in optimal condition. Your mouth is filled with harmful bacteria that form a sticky substance known as plaque. You can eliminate plaque by brushing, flossing, and rinsing. If you don’t remove it, it can eventually harden and turn into tartar. And tartar can eventually advance into gum disease if left untreated. Have you ever wondered if this infection could transmit like other diseases? Read on to find out whether gingivitis is contagious and what you can do to prevent it.

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What’s the Different Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

May 2, 2021

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Person with gum disease

You have likely heard the terms “gingivitis” and “periodontitis” when discussing gum health, but what exactly is the difference between the two diseases? Are they related in any way? Which one is worse? Are they reversible in any way? Read on to learn more from your dentist about gum disease, what causes it to occur, and what you can do to prevent and eliminate it before becoming serious.

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The Evolution of Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

April 27, 2021

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dentist preparing patient for cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is nothing new. In fact, some form of it has been around since as far back as 700 B.C.! While the methods were obviously archaic, it’s still very interesting to see how far the technology and products have come since then. Keep reading to learn a brief history of cosmetic dentistry and why you can be thankful for the advancements that have been made.

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5 Dental Trends You Can Expect to See in The Next Decade

March 5, 2021

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Modern dental office of dentist in Southlake

Remember when you had a desktop computer, disposable camera, and telephone connected to the wall? All three of those items are now in your pocket in the form of a cell phone. While this may be the most obvious example of how technology has rapidly advanced in recent years, it’s not the only one. Indeed, cutting-edge technology is also revolutionizing the world of dentistry! In the near future, new techniques, instruments, and machines will allow your dentist in Southlake to deliver even more reliable dental care than before. Here are 5 dental trends you can expect to see emerge in the next decade.

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Sleep Apnea & Anxiety: How are the Two Connected?

February 2, 2021

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Woman soundly sleeping after sleep apnea therapy

Sleep apnea and anxiety: it’s difficult to find one with out the other. Both of these issues affect tens of millions of Americans, yet many don’t understand their relationship. With anxiety and sleep disorders on the rise, it’s more important than ever to recognize why these problems go hand-in-hand so you can get the appropriate treatment. Read on to learn about this connection and how sleep apnea therapy can help you rest better and feel more relaxed during the day.

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