Could Your “Teeth Grinding” Problem Actually be Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux effects about 20 percent of the U.S. population. However, many people who suffer from acid reflux don’t know they have it, and even fewer are aware that it can erode tooth enamel and wear down tooth structure. To make matters worse, acid reflux is often misdiagnosed for teeth grinding, resulting in improper treatment. Continue reading

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3 Steps to Regain Your Dental Health

There are many reasons people don’t go to the dentist. However, in my many years as a dentist, I’ve found three to be most prevalent: (1) their dental health has been put on the back burner, (2) they are embarrassed to go to the dentist because it’s been so long or (3) they’re unsure where to go.

If you’ve been concerned about your dental health, or haven’t been to the dentist in more than three years, the best time to start is now. The sooner you start, the sooner your dental health will return to good standing. Continue reading

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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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