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Can Gum Disease Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

June 6, 2022

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Hand pointing to brain scansJune is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, dedicated to encouraging people to support the fight against the disease and other dementias. Besides wearing purple to show your support, there is another step you can take to protect your brain health. Believe it or not, flossing is crucial to supporting a healthy brain. Research has discovered a link between gum disease and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Flossing is a simple way to keep the infection at bay to safeguard your smile and brain. 


5 Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Veneers

May 17, 2022

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person with porcelain veneers smiling

If you have misshapen teeth or they are chipped, cracked, capped, misaligned, or discolored, dental veneers may be the solution you’re looking for. Made from dental-grade porcelain, these thin shells cover the front surface of a tooth and give your smile a more uniform look. Though they are built to last over 15 years, read on to learn five tips that will help you extend the lifespan of your veneers.


5 Questions to Ask Before a Smile Makeover

April 9, 2022

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Happy smiling woman

A smile makeover from your dentist could do wonders for the appearance of your teeth. Still, it pays to know what you’re getting into when signing up. Otherwise, you might come to the procedure with unrealistic assumptions that create misunderstandings in the future.

To that end, here are five questions to ask your dentist before undergoing this treatment!


Can Gum Disease Cause High Blood Pressure?

March 3, 2022

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Digital image of a heartDid you know cavity-causing bacteria isn’t the only danger lurking in your mouth? Gum disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss, but that’s not the biggest concern. Research shows that the preventable infection can wreak havoc on your general health, particularly your cardiovascular system. Believe it or not, gum disease can cause your blood pressure to soar. Don’t worry, here’s what you need to know to invest in your heart health through your smile.


5 Ways to Prevent Dental Implant Failure

February 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlippard @ 6:20 pm
person with dental implants smiling at the dentist

Missing teeth create gaps in your grin and can lead to more oral health issues down the line. There are several replacement options available, but dental implants are the best way to maintain both a gorgeous grin and a healthy jawbone. To keep your new smile as healthy as possible, there are several precautions you can take. Read on to learn five ways to prevent dental implant failure.


4 Tell-Tale Signs You Should Replace Your Dentures

January 6, 2022

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person holding dentures in Charlottesville

You’ve had your dentures in Charlottesville for a while now, and they’ve probably served you well over the years. Unfortunately, they tend to only last about seven to ten years until they need to be replaced. But how do you know when it’s time to get new ones? Keep reading to find out the top four tell-tale signs you should replace your dentures.


Does Your Dentist Recommend the Water Pik or Dental Floss?

December 4, 2021

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woman using oral irrigator

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk or Shenandoah National Park? Fresh oysters or country ham? Friday nights or Saturday nights?

Some decisions are easier than others. When it comes to cleaning in between teeth, dental floss and a Water Pik water flosser each has their own merits. Keep reading to learn from your dentist in Charlottesville about the pros and cons of dental floss, plus the benefits and drawbacks of the Water Pik, so that you can make the best choice for your oral health.


What Foods Can Provide Fluoride to Help My Teeth?

November 4, 2021

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crab legs and shrimp

Most people know that fluoride is important for healthy teeth, but a lesser-known fact is that there are many sources to provide it for you. While continuing to use fluoride toothpaste is a great idea, there are quite a few food items and some beverages that can elevate your intake of the mineral.

Especially if your dentist recommends that you increase your fluoride levels, this is valuable information as you make your meal choices. Read on to discover some delicious options that have been benefitting your oral health whether you knew it or not!


Can Smoking Cigarettes Cause Your Dental Implants to Fail?

September 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlippard @ 3:40 pm
patient holding dental implant model

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. With a 98% success rate, dental implants are a popular means of replacing missing teeth and maintaining the look and functionality of your smile. Though it’s possible for smoking and dental implants to coexist, knowing how smoking can impact your implants can raise their chances of success!


Metal Detectors and Dental Implants – What You Need to Know

August 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlippard @ 4:34 pm
dentist holding dental implant model

Like many, you may be planning a trip to relax and recoup after a stressful year. Though you’re looking forward to taking some time to yourself, the disruption in your daily routine always throws you off. Paired with the unsureity of if your new dental implants will set off the metal detectors, this has the makings of a stressful outing. While we can’t make the airport less confusing to navigate, we can assure you that people with dental implants pass through metal detectors all the time without issue.

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