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How to Manage Invisalign During the Holiday Season

December 13, 2022

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a woman smiling with Invisalign in Richardson

With the holidays in full swing, you’re likely excited to enjoy all the festivities this season has to offer. Other than spending time with loved ones and buying gifts, you’ll also have plenty of delicious meals to look forward to. That said, if you’re undergoing Invisalign, you may have to take certain steps to avoid running off track from your treatment plan. Keep reading to learn a few tips on how to keep steady progress with your orthodontic process during the holiday season!

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Do You Need a Retainer After Invisalign?

November 26, 2022

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Set of blue retainersIf you chose Invisalign to fix your bite and alignment, you’ve made a smart decision for your smile. Nothing is more exciting than finishing the last aligner in your series. Although you’re looking forward to not wearing aligners anymore, you’re going to need a retainer to lock in your results. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wear it for as long as your aligners. Here’s how long you can expect to need a retainer after finishing Invisalign.

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4 Tips to Maximize Your Dental Insurance

September 28, 2022

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Dental insurance underline in blueA healthy smile relies on more than brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. However, many people skip seeing a dentist because they are concerned about the cost. If you’re among the 59% of Americans with dental insurance, you can get the care you need for minimal out-of-pocket expense. Here are 4 ways to maximize dental insurance benefits to achieve your best smile, even if money is tight.

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3 Reasons Why Root Canals are Good News

July 14, 2022

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A patient receiving root canal therapy

So, let’s say you’re seeing your dentist for an oral health problem. Following a thorough exam, the latter explains that you need root canal therapy. Should you feel upset or afraid of this development? Not at all! Instead, you ought to feel relieved that you’re going to receive a root canal. You could even consider your upcoming treatment as good news. Read on to learn three reasons why root canals are ultimately a good thing.

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Can Children Develop Gum Disease?

June 2, 2022

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Child at dentist

Nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 are suffering from gum disease to one extent or another. While it is very common amongst adults, gum disease is not as apparent in children, but teens and younger kids are still at risk for the condition. Fortunately, gum disease is usually easy to treat when caught early on. Continue reading to learn more about gum disease in children, its causes, and how it can be treated and prevented.

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Why Do I Need Root Canal Retreatment?

May 18, 2022

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Model of root canal procedureAccording to the American Association of Endodontists, 25 million root canals are performed annually. The procedure is designed to save severely damaged or infected teeth from extraction. Root canal therapy has over a 95% success rate, offering a long-term solution that can last for decades to a lifetime; however, some patients need to have the procedure repeated. Although it’s rare, there are situations when root canal retreatment is necessary. Here’s what you need to know to save your tooth. 

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How are Gum Disease & Diabetes Connected?

April 6, 2022

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Sign saying gum disease

When you have diabetes, you’re more likely to develop a wide range of health issues. However, there are other ailments related to the condition you might not expect. For instance, did you know that diabetes also increases your risk of gum disease? That means your excess blood sugar can even affect your teeth and gums.

Thankfully, your local dentist can help prevent that outcome. Here’s a summary of the connection between diabetes and gum disease, including ways diabetics can avoid the latter.

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Invest in Healthy Gums Using Your Dental Insurance

March 18, 2022

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Dental insurance on computer screenDid you know tooth decay isn’t the only danger to your smile? Gum (periodontal) disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. You may not believe your smile is at risk, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50% of adults have the preventable infection. A solid oral hygiene routine at home can lessen your risk; however, it’s only half the care you need. Routine appointments with your dentist prevent needing gum disease treatment in Richardson later on. Don’t worry if money is tight. Here’s how you can use your dental insurance to avoid missing teeth down the road. 

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Tooth Extraction vs. Root Canal — Which Should You Get?

January 27, 2022

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Woman wondering if she should get root canal in Richardson

Your teeth are strong and resilient for the most part, but they’re not indestructible. If you find yourself with a severely damaged or infected tooth, it’s likely that your dentist will recommend root canal therapy to save it. However, you may be wondering to yourself, wouldn’t just pulling the problematic tooth be easier? The answer might surprise you! Read on as we weigh the pros and cons of each of these services so you can determine if a tooth extraction or root canal in Richardson is the right choice for you.

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Worried About Pregnancy Gingivitis? Here’s How to Prevent It!

November 10, 2021

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pregnant woman smiling and pointing at smile

Pregnancy can be such a beautiful thing. If you’re expecting a bundle of joy, there are likely numerous things that need to be done in preparation for the arrival of your little one. Even though maintaining a healthy smile is probably not high on your to-do list, it most certainly should be. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can wreak havoc on your oral health, which is why it’s incredibly important to take special care of your teeth and gums. Read on to learn more about pregnancy gingivitis and what you can do to prevent it.

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