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Does Drinking Alcohol Increase Your Risk of Gum Disease?

March 11, 2021

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Woman who drinks alcohol poking her gums

It’s common knowledge that drinking too much alcohol is bad for your health. While you probably already know that this bad habit can cause serious health issues like liver disease and high blood pressure, did you know that it puts your teeth and gums at risk as well? Studies show that heavy drinking can lead to a variety of oral health problems like gum disease, which can cause tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about gum disease, how alcohol consumption is linked to it, and what you can do to keep your smile healthy.


5 Ways a Healthy Smile Can Help to Protect Your Heart

February 12, 2021

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woman celebrates heart health month

February has been set aside as Heart Health Month, which is a time designated to raise awareness about the importance of preventative health. Given that heart disease claims more lives each year than any other condition, the goal of health professionals is to draw attention to ways to improve and maintain cardiovascular wellness. As you continue reading, a dentist explains the connection between gum and heart health and gives 5 tips for boosting your total wellness!


Six Questions to Ask When Considering a New Dentist

February 2, 2021

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patient asking dentist questions in naples

I was recently informed by a patient that a change in his job will be moving him and his family out of the sunshine state and up north to Lincoln, NE. Like any dentist, I am always sad to see patients go after I have built long-lasting relationships with them. Having treated him for many years, I knew it was important to him to continue to receive the same one-on-one treatment in a relaxing environment. Fortunately, I knew of a wonderful practice in Lincoln where patient comfort and tailored care are prioritized. After providing the recommendation, I started thinking about everything that goes into the process of choosing a new dentist. I believe that one of the best ways you can feel confident in your move is to be informed, so I’ve come up with six of the best questions that you can ask when making your decision.


Too Old for Dental Implants? Never!

January 5, 2021

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older couple smiling and hugging with dental implants

You’re not as young as you used to be. You may not be as fast or as strong as you once were, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve check out of life—not at all! After your dentist tells you that you need to have a tooth or two removed, you think hard about your replacement options.

A quick Google search about dental implants will tell you right away that they are designed to last a long, long time—up to 30 years or longer. But what about patients who are already in their 70s, 80s, or 90s? Are dental implants still a smart choice over dentures alone? You bet! Read on to learn how this treatment can enrich your life, regardless of how old you are.


Can Dentures Prevent Bone Loss?

December 3, 2020

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Are you missing teeth? You certainly aren’t alone! Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. Many of these people seek tooth replacement options but the question ultimately is: dentures or dental implants? While they both have their advantages, only one provides jawbone preservation as a benefit. Continue reading to learn more about bone loss and how to prevent it.


Enjoy Thanksgiving with Dental Implants

November 20, 2020

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Man eating with dental implants at Thanksgiving dinner.Your teeth are meant to last forever, but that isn’t a reality for many Americans. Despite the latest innovations in dentistry, missing teeth is still a prevalent problem. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, your confidence wasn’t the only thing lost along with your teeth. Your diet might not include certain foods because they became almost impossible to chew. Although traditional prosthetics replaced your teeth, they still don’t feel natural. You don’t need to avoid your favorite foods on Thanksgiving. Instead, you can gain the next best thing to your real teeth. This holiday season, experience the difference when eating with dental implants.


Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?

October 5, 2020

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Woman at cosmetic dentist

Are you shy to smile due to insecurities you have about your teeth? Everybody wants to feel confident and good about themselves when showing off their smile. Fortunately, if you aren’t feeling 100% about how yours looks, you have options. Cosmetic dentistry is a big commitment, so you want to make sure that you are making the right decision. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist so you can figure out if any cosmetic dental treatments out there are right for you.


Why Do So Many People Have Cracked Teeth During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

September 14, 2020

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young woman with cracked teeth talking to her dentist

When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, nonessential businesses like restaurants and bookstores shut down. Everyone who could work from home, did. Ever since then, dentists all over the country have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients with dental emergencies, such as cracked teeth, sensitivity, migraines, and jaw pain. Keep reading to learn the reason behind this uptick in oral health issues, and how you can protect your smile from damage.


Why Your Dentist’s Office Is One of the Safest Places to Be Right Now

August 21, 2020

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Senior patient smiling at routine dental appointment

In March, our lives changed exponentially as COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic. Fortunately, face coverings, social distancing measures, and extensive hand hygiene have made the transition into our “new normal” possible. However, since significant research is still underway on this novel virus, many patients believe postponing their routine dental visit is the responsible thing to do. However, a dentist in Naples, FL is sharing three reasons why your dentist’s office is one of the safest places to be!


How Can Binge-Watching Netflix Impact Your Oral Health?

July 24, 2020

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person binge-watching Netflix shows and holding a remote to their TV

With the internet and world at your fingertips, sometimes it’s difficult to drag yourself away from a screen to take care of other things in your life, especially in the time of COVID-19. While you’re cooped up in your home, putting on your favorite shows can help pass the time by without allowing you to dwell on how long it’s been since you’ve left your apartment. Unfortunately, the lack of routine and frequent stream of entertainment could impact your oral health. Read on to learn how binge-watching can keep you from taking care of your smile if you’re not mindful.

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