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February 09, 2020

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only “special” day in February. While this candy-filled holiday takes the spotlight in what is traditionally the coldest month of the year, another – albeit less enticing and not as official – observance takes place on the 9th of this month, National Toothache Day.

What is Toothache Day?!

National Toothache Day is a day set aside to either celebrate the fact that you are toothache free or to finally pick up the phone and call a dentist about your lingering tooth pain.

According to, no one is sure where Toothache Day came from, though it is strongly suspected it...

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January 17, 2020

There are two types of tooth stains:

  • Extrinsic. External stains can be caused by darker foods and beverages, tobacco use, and inadequate brushing
  • Intrinsic. Internal stains may result from trauma, tooth infection and gum disease, excess fluoride, certain medications, and the process of aging

To whiten teeth, stains must either be removed or covered. Which option will be the most useful for your smile is dependent on the cause, location, and extent of your tooth discoloration.

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December 16, 2019

Woman with glasses laughing while sitting at a deskPorcelain is an incredibly strong and functionally reliable material. Used for plates, bathroom fixtures, and other items that must be strong enough for frequent use but should also look and feel appealing.


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December 02, 2019

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, an effort by Prevent Blindness America (PBA) that asks us to consider the age-appropriateness of a gift before giving it to a child. Primarily focused on preventing injury, recommendations from PBA include:

  • Inspecting toys before purchase
  • Avoiding toys that shoot or have flying parts
  • ...
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November 22, 2019

Job Interview Going PoorlyA recent study from the ADA found that 28% of young adult respondents and 29% of lower-income adult respondents believe that the appearance of their smiles has negatively impacted their ability to get a job. And they are, in all likelihood, correct.

Your smile...

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November 15, 2019

Have you seen smiles that are obviously fake? Sometimes likened to Chicklets, uniformly straight, even, and ideally shaded teeth were once in high demand, but as attitudes about fashion and ideas of perfection evolve, a more natural-looking smile is the new goal – and some celebrities are even having their previous perfect smiles intentionally flawed in order to appear more natural.

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November 05, 2019

November is National TMJ Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness of this common condition along with supporting efforts to find new and innovative ways to treat jaw disorders without surgery.

What is TMJ?

TMJ, sometimes called TMD, is the name given to over a dozen disorders that can have an impact on jaw alignment. It is estimated that 35 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ, though this number may be much higher as many people confuse its symptoms with something else.

Symptoms of TMJ may occur around the jaw...

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October 03, 2019

Take Care of Your Teeth This Halloween CTA

During the month of October, it is common to have more treats lying around the house. Some of these, like popcorn balls and cookies, are homemade. Many others are store-bought. Both may pose a threat to your oral health.

What are the Most Damaging Halloween Treats?

Sticky candy and treats (including popcorn balls...

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September 20, 2019

In the most general terms, a dentist focuses on oral health and hygiene. A cosmetic dentist focuses on the beautification of the smile. General dentistry involves preventive visits for routine exams, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. It also includes treatment for decay, infection, and discomfort, such as dental fillings, root canal therapy, and tooth extractions.

Cosmetic dentistry may include procedures such as tooth whitening and porcelain veneers, as well as comprehensive services like a...

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September 06, 2019

TMJ is a blanket term for any number of conditions that affect the proper alignment of the jaw. Symptoms of TMJ may include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Grinding noises when chewing
  • Swelling or pain in and around the jaw

While the exact cause of TMJ is not always known, there are links between jaw misalignment and bruxism (teeth grinding), a condition that is often worsened by too much caffeine. This can be far more noticeable in people with...

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