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Can Smoking Cigarettes Cause Your Dental Implants to Fail?

September 8, 2021

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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!

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Metal Detectors and Dental Implants – What You Need to Know

August 6, 2021

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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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Can a Dentist Help You Have a Healthier Pregnancy? You Bet!

July 14, 2021

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Woman making a heart shape over stomach during pregnancy

Pregnancy is an incredibly special time that’s filled with anticipation and joy. It’s also a busy time when mothers have to think about everything from their diet and lifestyle to how they want to decorate the nursery. But did you know how important it is for pregnant women to focus on their oral health as well? Many people are surprised to learn that pregnancy can have such a big impact on a mother’s teeth and gums! Keep reading to learn about the common dental problems that can arise during pregnancy and how seeing a dentist for routine care can help.

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How Is Chewing on Ice Bad for Your Teeth?

June 10, 2021

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close-up of woman eating an ice cube

An ice-cold beverage is a refreshing way to cool down during the hot summer months. After finishing a drink, it’s common for people to mindlessly munch through their leftover ice cubes. Unfortunately, this habit is not as harmless as it seems. Chewing on ice can damage your teeth, enamel, and gums, leading to serious dental problems.

You’ve probably been told to break the habit for the sake of your oral health, but are you having a difficult time doing so? Read along to find out how eating ice can harm your smile and a few alternatives so you can safely get your fix.

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Are Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products a Good Idea?

April 28, 2021

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Woman after teeth whitening

Are you looking to brighten up your smile? One of the best things about living in today’s world is the fact that you don’t need to settle for a smile that you aren’t confident showing off. Discoloration occurs naturally over time, but it is still a trait that many people find themselves insecure of. You have several different teeth whitening options out there to choose from, but over-the-counter whitening kits aren’t usually your best bet. Continue reading to learn about some of the harms of store-bought whitening kits and a safer, more effective alternative.

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Why & How You Should Be Celebrating Dental Assistant Recognition Week

March 1, 2021

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Thank you card and envelope on table with greenery

When you visit your dentist for your dental checkup and cleaning, restorative care, or to upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you probably don’t think twice about the important role your dental assistant plays. However, they are hard at work before you even arrive and long after you’re gone, which is why celebrating Dental Assistant Recognition Week is so important! To learn about some of their essential responsibilities and how you can show your appreciation for these teeth-saving pros, keep reading!

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How Long Will Your Dental Crown Last?

February 26, 2021

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dental crowns in charlottesville

If you have gone through the process of receiving dental crowns, then you know you want them to last as long as possible. Your teeth work really hard for you, and your crowns are put under a lot of pressure daily. The great news is, there are steps you can take to lengthen the time that they will last. Keep reading to learn some helpful tips that your Charlottesville dentist shares about how to keep your dental crowns in great condition.

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How COVID-19 Made Mouthwash Even More Important

May 8, 2020

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Patient uses mouthwash before visiting a dentist in Charlottesville.

When you think about the tools people are using to protect those around them from COVID-19, images of face masks and hand sanitizers are usually the first things that come to mind. However, before the next visit to your dentist in Charlottesville, you may be asked by your dentist to use one more thing to keep everyone in the office safe: mouthwash. Read on to find out how this ordinary item has the power to protect you and your dental team from getting sick.

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How Dentists Ensure Safe Urgent Dental Care During COVID-19

April 4, 2020

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A woman smiling before visiting a dentist in Charlottesville.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you might think that you should simply put off your appointment because of the current pandemic. However, dental issues (especially urgent ones) will not get better on their own. Even though dental practices are largely closed for non-essential services, they understand how important it is to address dental emergencies when they appear. Once you learn how a dentist in Charlottesville is practicing some of the most advanced sanitization protocols possible, you’ll feel far more comfortable completing your next emergency visit.

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month in Charlottesville by Doing This!

March 2, 2020

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woman eating salad for National Nutrition Month in Charlottesville

There’s more to maintaining your oral health than just brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. The foods you eat also play an important role. Thus, National Nutrition Month in Charlottesville is an excellent time to upgrade your food intake so you can have healthy teeth and gums and an attractive smile for years to come. Read on to get some key tips for what you can do in the month of March and beyond!

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