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Hal M. Lippard, DDS Blog

How Can I Keep My Smile Shiny During My Summer Vacation?

June 13, 2024

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People jump into swimming hole

For many people, summer means that it’s time to go on vacation. While it’s important to enjoy a few well-deserved days off once in a while, you should also remember that tooth decay and gum disease won’t go on holiday just because you are. Proper oral hygiene and smart eating habits are crucial parts of ensuring a good time on your trip, so here’s a brief overview of how to keep your smile healthy and avoid dental emergencies while traveling during your summer vacation.


Show Your Love with These Dentist-Approved Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 9, 2024

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Couple celebrating Valentine’s Day with dentist-approved gifts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to show your special someone how much you care. If you’re looking for unique ideas for gifts, why not grab something that will improve their smile? It’s probably one of your favorite things about them, so why not help them take care of it with a dentist-approved gift?

If that idea sounds just corny enough for you. here are five dentist-approved Valentine’s Day gifts that will make your partner smile from ear to ear.


Traveling Over the Holidays? Here’s How to Take Care of Your Smile on the Road

December 1, 2023

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Closeup of person packing suitcase in bedroom

In the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, millions of people hit the road or head to the airport to be with loved ones. If you’re one of them, then you know all too well how much preparation goes into leaving town. Despite this, your teeth won’t take care of themselves; you need to continue to prioritize your oral health! Don’t worry – you can do so with a few simple steps, which we are sharing right here.


What You Should Know If You Haven’t Seen Your Dentist in a While

November 6, 2023

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smiling patient attending dental appointment

In the whirlwind of a busy life, it’s easy for certain priorities to slip through the cracks, and unfortunately, routine dental care is often one of them. Despite our best intentions, the importance of regular dental check-ups can sometimes be overlooked. The truth is, neglecting these appointments can have repercussions on our oral health. The good news, however, is that it’s never too late to get back on track. If you’re feeling a bit apprehensive about visiting your dentist after an extended hiatus, fret not! They are there to support your smile in looking and feeling its best. Read on as we explore what to expect when returning to your dentist’s office and why it’s a crucial step in maintaining optimal oral health.


3 Must-Know Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright All Throughout October

October 7, 2023

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toothbrushes in a pumpkin-themed cup

October marks the arrival of a few things: cooler autumn weather, Halloween season, and of course, Dental Hygiene Month! That said, you should take some time this month to educate yourself about how to properly take care of your pearly whites; after all, they’re a very important asset. Continue reading below for a few sensible oral health habits your dentist thinks you should be sure to adopt all month long—and beyond!


2 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix The Gap Between Your Teeth

September 19, 2023

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Nose to shoulder view of a woman wearing a white tank top smiling with a gap between her two front teeth

Are you feeling fed up with that pesky gap between your two front teeth? While they’re not uncommon, or even particularly dangerous, a space like this (also referred to as a diastema) can leave us feeling self-conscious about the state of our smile. After all, no one wants to feel like flaws in their teeth are the most noticeable thing about them. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help. Continue reading to learn about 2 methods your dentist can use to close the gap!


How to Properly Care for Dental Implants

August 24, 2023

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An older man happy with his new dental implants

As you might know, dental implants are highly effective. Their success rate is over 95%, even ten years after placement. Still, the reality is that you need to care for dental implants. They’ll fail early and need replacement otherwise, both of which cost you time and money. Luckily, your Charlottesville dentist can help you with this regular maintenance. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts of implant care, as well as dental implants’ benefits.


Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

June 6, 2023

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Female patient in dentist’s share looking in mirrorAre you embarrassed by the way your teeth look? You’re not alone. Few people have perfect smiles naturally, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with imperfections. You can invest in the smile of your dreams with the help of a cosmetic dentist. Contrary to what you might have heard, you don’t have to be rich or famous to benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Here’s how to determine if it’s right for you.


3 Questions To Ask At Your Next Dental Checkup

April 8, 2023

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patient talking to their dentist

Dental checkups are critically important opportunities for your dentist to check on the status of your oral health and to ensure you’re getting the care that you need. However, it’s also a chance for your dentist to provide information to you that could help you bolster your oral health.

To make the most of your dental checkup, here are some questions that it would be smart to ask your dentist.


How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Make You Look Younger

March 8, 2023

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person with nice smile thanks to cosmetic dentistry

Aging is a natural process that brings changes to our physical, mental, and emotional health. Along with bringing changes to our bodies, it can also impact our smiles. Cosmetic dentistry provides a remedy to dull-looking teeth for a more youthful, uniform, and brighter smile. Continue reading to learn about four common cosmetic dental issues as well as how cosmetic dental treatments can turn back the clock on your beam.

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