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4 Cosmetic Procedures for a Younger Smile

May 6, 2022

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Woman smiling in dental chairUntil the fountain of youth is discovered, you can expect your appearance to change over the years. Unfortunately, gray hair and wrinkles aren’t the only signs you’re getting older. Age can take a toll on your smile. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can turn back the clock. Here are 4 options to reveal a younger smile.


The Evolution of Cosmetic Dentistry

March 15, 2022

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person who underwent cosmetic dentistry smiling

From porcelain veneers to teeth whitening, there is no denying that cosmetic dentistry is a big part of contemporary living. In fact, in studies performed by the American Association of Orthodontists, nearly 90% of patients wanted to have their teeth whitened. Though cosmetic dentistry is widely available and a common way to improve one’s smile, it’s changed a lot over time. Read on to learn about how this collection of services has evolved to become what we are familiar with today.


The Top 5 Qualities of an Ideal Dental Implant Candidate

February 2, 2022

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Dental implants are the most popular tooth replacement options out there. If you’re thinking about getting them, you might be wondering if they’re right for you. Fortunately, there are several simple ways for you to know if you’re an ideal applicant. Read on to learn the top five qualities of a good dental implant candidate in Southlake!


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

November 4, 2021

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Woman looking at teeth in mirror

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.


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.


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.


Seek Out Solutions to Say Sayonara to Morning Breath

September 4, 2021

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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.


2 Surprising Drinks That Can Prevent Cavities

July 13, 2021

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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!


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.


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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