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Can You Still Get Gum Disease With Dental Implants?

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Dental Implants Are The Healthiest Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are the best – meaning healthiest – tooth replacement option.

This isn’t only because dental implants help restore the appearance of your smile, it’s primarily because they improve the natural function of your teeth and prevent bone loss.

That’s the big one, bone loss.

Bone loss occurs when there is space left by a missing tooth, this is when the loss of jawbone structure can occur. When you lose a tooth – or teeth – your jawbone will naturally recede.

But just because dental implants are widely considered the best option to replace one or more missing or decayed teeth, you still need to pay attention to your gums.

Let’s take a look at a few of the most important things you need to know about gum health before & after getting dental implants. Read the rest of this entry »

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DIY Dentistry: Just Don’t Do It?

DIY Dentistry by Wayne Dental Arts

Dentistry Is Not A Do-It-Yourself Thing

Maybe you’ve seen Draymond pitching mail-order invisible aligners from Smile Direct Club, or perhaps you remember the Extreme Cheapskates episode when a man attempts to extract his wife’s tooth with some pliers and a vacuum cleaner.

Believe it or not, DIY dentistry is becoming so popular that the American Dental Associated (ADA) is warning consumers about the dangers of do-it-yourself dentistry – or at-home dentistry.

And we’re not talking about some frontier dentistry on the latest episode of Life Below Zero, DIY dentistry is big business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Dental Implants Are the Best Option for Missing or Decayed Teeth

Dental Implants The Best Solution for Missing Teeth Dr Frank Maldonado

Dental Implants: The Permanent Solution

Are you missing one or more teeth?

Do you find yourself in a daily battle dealing with uncomfortable dentures or a removable bridge?

Denture wearers often report that the worst thing about having dentures is the need to remove them and soak them in a cleaning solution each & every night.

But that’s not the worst thing about dentures, aside from the comfort & convenience factors, or not being able to enjoy the quality of life you deserve – by eating the foods you love – the worst thing about dentures is bone loss. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Types of Fish To Eat for A Healthy Smile

Eat More Fish for A Healthy Smile By Wayne Dental Arts

Eating Fish Is Good For Your Teeth & Gums

Nothing can replace good ‘ol fashioned brushing & flossing for a healthy mouth, and nobody can take the place of your dentist for helping you fend off the cavity creeps.

But did you know that eating fish can promote optimal oral health?

In one study people with a higher dietary intake of the Omega 3 DHA were associated with a lower odds of periodontitis – gum disease.

In 2010, the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health published a study which found that polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3s) found in fatty fish were effective in the treatment of periodontitis. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance

5 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits by Frank V Maldonado DDS

Your Dental Insurance Expires December 31st

Do you know how to save hundreds of dollars on dental insurance?

It’s easy to do, by maximizing your dental insurance benefits before the end of the year.

Most dental insurance plans operate on a calendar year, some work on a fiscal year, but virtually all dental insurance benefits expire…whether you’ve used 100% of the funds or not!

5 Ways To Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

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Dental Crowns: What, Why & How They Restore Your Smile

Dental Crowns- What, Why & How They Restore Your Smile

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown, also known as “cap,” is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.

Dental crowns are a healthy way to fill gaps in teeth and to restore your smile if you have missing or damaged teeth.

A crown can also help you bite and chew better, which can improve not only the physical appearance of your smile but your overall health & wellness too.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Vaping Safer Than Cigarettes?

Is Vaping Safer Than Cigarettes

Vaping Is Growing In Popularity

In case you haven’t noticed those plumes of smoke emanating from the car in front of you, it seems like vaping is everywhere these days.

Despite their recent popularity, vaping – and e-cigarettes – have been around for a while.

What’s of particular concern to dentists, doctors, and other healthcare providers, is the popularity of vaping amongst young people.

According to CNN, citing a U.S. Surgeon General report indicated a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.

Deceptive marketing & advertising tactics aside, is vaping actually safer than smoking cigarettes? Read the rest of this entry »

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7 At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods That Work

7 Effective At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods

What Are The Most Effective At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods?

Do you find yourself shying away from selfies or hiding your teeth with a closed-lip smile due to your less than white teeth?

You’re not alone, having confidence in your smile does a lot for your self-esteem.

“Confidence, health, and quality of life are just for the person smiling, the power communicated to the person – or people – receiving the smile is immeasurable.”

We all want a healthy-looking smile, but we also don’t want to go to some extreme length to do so.

And while getting your teeth whitened at the dentist is the most effective method, at-home teeth whitening can be effective.

All the trendy teeth whitening tricks aside, there are a few tried & true ways to whiten your teeth at home. Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Ways To Pull A Child’s Loose Tooth

4 Ways To Remove A Child's Loose Tooth

Do You Remember Pulling Your First Loose Tooth?

Losing your first baby tooth is one of many childhood experiences that was both terrifying, then relieving.

Whether your parents chose the old-school handkerchief grip & rip extraction, or one of the more popular tooth removal methods you’ve surely seen on social media, losing your baby teeth was always a memorable experience.

And one that kids sometimes dread.

Once the anticipation of dread over how it’s going to feel and if there’ll be blood turned to the realization that it really wasn’t that bad, the next thought was probably how much money you’re going to rake in from the Tooth Fairy.

Baby teeth usually begin to loosen and fall out generally around age five or six.

With the hope of saving parents and kids from having to deal with all despair over yanking out that loose tooth, we’ve decided to poll our member dentists and compile a list of easy & painless loose tooth removal methods.

4 Easy Painless Ways To Remove Your Child’s Loose Tooth

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When Kids Get Cavities…Here Is What To Expect

What to Expect When Kids Get Cavities

Kids & Cavities

Do you remember when you had your first cavity?

Maybe you’ve always been super diligent with your daily dental hygiene regimen and managed to get through your childhood without experiencing a cavity, or the filling to repair it.

If so, you deserve a lollipop!

Just remember to rinse your mouth out with water after eating that sucker, and wait at least thirty minutes before brushing your teeth.

For those of you that have had cavities as a kid, or have kids now that may have a cavity or two, we wanted to explain the process of how we go about treating children’s tooth decay – and a few points on how to prevent them. Read the rest of this entry »

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