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Visit Your Dentist Today for a Summer-Ready Smile

April 13, 2023

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man getting dental checkup

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning your vacation! Whether you’re going on a road trip, visiting family, or taking a relaxing beach vacation, there’s one important thing you shouldn’t forget: your oral health. Seeing your dentist before you go on break will ensure that you have a healthy and happy trip. Read on for a few reasons why you should schedule a dental checkup before the season kicks off.


Is Your Toothache Worse at Night? Here’s Why That May Be!

March 15, 2023

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young woman sitting in bed with toothache

Toothaches are never fun. Whether mild or severe, they require dental treatment to address the underlying problem. Although the pain may be manageable during the day, it could get more intense when you go to bed. Since toothaches come from many different sources, there are a few remedies you can try to buy you time until you reach the dentist’s office. Read on to learn why your tooth pain feels worse at night and what you can do to get back to enjoying a comfortable night’s rest again!


You Asked, We Answered: Should You Rinse After Brushing Your Teeth?

February 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — longmid @ 9:06 pm
man rinsing mouth in bathroom

As an adult, you likely have the same routine for cleaning your teeth as you did when you were younger and still learning. For many people, the steps are always the same: brush, spit, then rinse. However, you may be surprised to learn that it’s not always recommended to rinse out your mouth with water after brushing. Some claim that toothpaste should not be rinsed out as the ingredients are meant to coat the surface of your teeth to strengthen your enamel. To learn about the pros and cons of both techniques, simply keep reading!


4 Ways to Make Brushing and Flossing Daily Habits

January 5, 2023

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woman brushing her teeth

Each day, you engage in habits that you may or may not realize you have developed over time. Whether it is fixing a pot of coffee first thing in the morning, placing your car keys by the door when you arrive home, or setting your clothes out before you go to bed, these behaviors did not develop overnight. Instead, it required diligence on your part to establish this type of routine. The same can be done for your oral health. If you’re looking to maintain good oral health year-round, here are four ways to make brushing and flossing daily habits you won’t forget.


Chronic Stress & Your Smile: What It Means

December 6, 2022

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man under stress

You may not realize that there is a distinct connection between your oral and overall health. The mouth and body are closely connected, so when problems arise in one area, you can expect them to manifest in the other. This is why it’s not uncommon to ask, “Can chronic stress impact your oral health?” The answer is yes, it can. And to better explain how this is possible, a dentist is here to explain the link and what you can do.  


4 Tips to Help Keep Smiles Healthy During the Holidays

November 15, 2022

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woman celebrating holidays

The season is upon us where desserts and candy of all types seem to always be within arm’s reach. Holiday foods in Midlothian are tempting and delicious, but they can wreak havoc on your smile if you’re not careful. But learning how to properly take care of your teeth and gums can mean having your cake and eating it, too. To help you navigate this time of year safely, here are four tips to remember when preparing to indulge in your favorite pies, cobblers, or cookies.  


3 Ways to Keep Smiles Healthy During Halloween

October 10, 2022

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two young girls in Halloween costumes smiling

Between candy, sodas, and other sweet treats, Halloween in Midlothian might seem like a sugar-filled nightmare for parents of young children. The fear these little ones might not get to sleep before midnight or develop bothersome toothaches is real, but it doesn’t have to be. If you want to make sure your children maintain healthy smiles this holiday, consider these three tips when preparing to navigate this year’s trick-or-treat extravaganza.


3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Dental Insurance Plan

September 7, 2022

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patient and dentist discussing dental insurance

Interested in learning how you can maximize your dental insurance benefits in Midlothian? You’re not alone. Many patients who want to take better care of their smiles understand the importance and worthwhile investment that a private insurance plan can provide. But the attempt to navigate these policies can be daunting and even overwhelming. Fortunately, there are three distinct ways you can get the most out of your plan without having to go back to school to learn the ins and outs of the insurance industry.


Fight Tooth Decay with These Three Drinks

August 26, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — longmid @ 12:50 pm
Woman smiling while drinking cup of green tea

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADAH) recently shared that roughly 80% of Americans will develop tooth decay by the age of 17. Furthermore, about 50% of adults in the U.S. have gum disease. The good news is that brushing and flossing aren’t your only defenses against cavities – what you drink can help too! So, keep reading to learn three beverages that can help you keep your smile happy and healthy!


What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Oral Health?

May 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — longmid @ 5:47 pm
young woman sticking tongue out

Tongues. We use it every day to taste and speak, not realizing that it can do so much more than that. Did you know that it’s actually one of the biggest indicators of the condition of your oral health? Since it’s linked to many of our vital organs, the different colors, textures, coatings, and shapes of the tongue can give important information regarding our health. By paying closer attention to it, you can better understand what’s going on with your body. Read on to learn more about what your tongue says, and how to clean it properly to maintain good health.

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