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What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 1 Comment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, dental offices have been among the many businesses impacted. While some have temporarily closed, many are still seeing patients for emergencies only. You can probably guess that a tooth stain doesn’t constitute a dental emergency, but what does warrant calling...

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Amalgam vs. Composite Fillings: Which Is Right for You?

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 1 Comment

Nobody wants to have a cavity. But when you’re proactive about getting treatment after noticing signs of tooth decay, there are effective options for treating it! Fillings are the treatment of choice for most small- to medium-sized cavities. They can restore a tooth’s normal function, strength,...

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5 Potential Signs You Have a Cavity

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Over 80% of Americans have at least one cavity by the time they turn 34 years old1. If that statistic sounds alarming, you can take some solace in knowing that tooth decay is avoidable with preventative dental care. It’s also very treatable with early identification and diagnosis. However, many...

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What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Health | No Comments

You’ve heard the standard recommendation before: visit the dentist two times a year for routine exams and cleanings. But if you’re someone who hasn’t seen a dentist in a long time — whether due to your schedule, dental anxiety, cost, or another reason — you may wonder what to expect before...

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 2 Comments

Your toothbrush helps you take care of your teeth by removing harmful, cavity-causing plaque. But your brush needs proper care, too, to do its job effectively. Maintaining your brush will maximize how much bacteria it can remove — and prevent bacteria from getting back into your mouth. The...

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What Is Dental Anxiety & How Can You Manage It?

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Health | 2 Comments

If visiting the dentist makes you nervous and uncomfortable, you’re not alone. One study found that 58.8% of participants had some level of dental anxiety1. And it’s believed that between 9% and 15% of Americans put off going to the dentist2 because of it.

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Pop Quiz! How Much Do You Know About Dental Health?

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Health, Games | 6 Comments

The rest of the body often gets more attention, but your dental health is just as important! Not only does it affect your appearance, but it also has a whole-body impact. Practicing the right habits and taking a preventative approach can help you maintain a healthy smile, avoid issues such as...

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The Ins & Outs of Preventative Dental Care

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Prevention is the best medicine. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You’ve heard the cliches before, and they’re repeated often for a reason. Preventative care is crucial for everyone to follow — especially when it involves dental health.

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Enjoy Treats Without the Tricks: How to Prevent Cavities This Halloween

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Halloween is quickly approaching, and the signs are everywhere you look. Pumpkins and spooky decorations adorn porches in every neighborhood, candy and costumes sit on display in every store, and kids everywhere are looking forward to trick-or-treating as their favorite monster or movie...

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4 Tips for Reducing the Risk of Gum Disease

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Nearly half of American adults have gum disease, and the condition causes more problems than swelling, bleeding, and bad breath. Gum disease is connected to heart disease, too. Fortunately, there are many ways you can combat it. Prevention starts with establishing a strong dental care routine:...

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