Teeth Whitening 101: Over the Counter vs. Professional Whitening

As a cosmetic dentist, I get asked about teeth whitening all the time. What I tell my patients is this: Whitening works, for some people.

The truth is that the success of the tooth whitening depends first on the quality of your enamel and second on whether or not a person is committed to putting in the time and effort. Continue reading

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3 Tips to Combat Garlic Breath

April 19 is National Garlic Day, and if you’re celebrating by eating a meal that contains this tasty bulb, you might be interested in simple ways to get rid of the bad breath that will soon follow. Over the years, I have found three things that work to remove garlic breath. Continue reading

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Is sedation dentistry right for you?

Over the years, I’ve learned that there are three things that keep people from coming to the dentist – lack of time, lack of money and fear. The latter is something that we help patients to overcome every day. How, you might ask? Sedation dentistry. Continue reading

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Debunking Dental Insurance Part 3: When cost becomes more important than care

Over the last several weeks, we’ve taken a look at how the dental insurance mindset can often keep patients from dental health. We’ve debunked a number of myths and discussed the problem with completing dental work $1,500 at a time. Another situation I see that can get patients into trouble is when cost becomes more important than care. Continue reading

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Debunking Dental Insurance Part 2: The problem with completing dental work $1,500 at a time

Unfortunately, for many individuals who are stuck in the dental insurance mindset, dental work is viewed as an expense that can be completed $1,500 at a time. We touched on this briefly in the last blog post, but I think that it’s worth exploring further. Continue reading

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Debunking Dental Insurance Part 1: 3 myths that may keep you from dental health

Over the years, I have seen a number of patients who quit going to the dentist because they do not have dental insurance. It’s a common scenario, particularly for those who don’t understand how dental insurance works, and can result in a number of issues for patients as the years go on. Continue reading

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Closing Spaces Between Teeth

Closing the Gap:

Two Factors to Consider when Closing Spaces between Teeth

As a cosmetic dentist, one of the most common complaints that I hear from patients is that they do not like the look of the spaces between their teeth. It’s a common problem, and one that we are well suited to address. However, the biggest challenge to treatment is educating the patient on which route is best for their specific case. Continue reading

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Understanding the 3 Types of TMJ

I often see patients who believe that they have TMJ – they are experiencing facial pain or ear pain, or their jaw is clicking or popping. Most people believe that this indicative of a serious problem and that surgery must be performed. However, this is a common misconception. Continue reading

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3 Things I Learned – My MAGD Certification

I recently received the designation of Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), which is a rigorous dental education program with a demanding set of requirements.  Included in these requirements is the completion of 1,100 continuing education (CE) hours covering all dental disciplines. Continue reading

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Fellows and Masters of the AGD

The Fellowship and Mastership designations are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today. A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and example to other dentists of the importance of quality continuing dental education to patient care. A general dentist who has earned the designation “Master” of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines. Continue reading

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