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Does It Hurt to Get a Dental Crown?

June 18, 2022

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Image of a dental crown being placed on a tooth.

You’re at the dentist’s office and things are going well—that is, until your dentist informs you that you’re going to need a dental crown! You begin to feel a knot forming in your stomach; you’ve heard of dental crowns, but you aren’t sure what they’re used for. On top of that, you immediately begin to wonder if the process is going to hurt. But you have nothing to worry about! Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns, including what they’re used for and how your dentist will comfortably provide you with one.

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Is Sleep Apnea on the Rise?

June 4, 2022

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Man with sleep apnea snoring.

Every night, millions of Americans miss out on countless hours of rest due to sleep apnea; and what’s even more alarming is that many more cases go completely undiagnosed! But sleep apnea doesn’t just affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep—it can lead to some serious health concerns if left untreated, including fatigue, hypertension, diabetes, and even heart problems. Keep reading to learn more about this condition including why it’s on the rise and what you can do to lower your risk of developing it.

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Is Sleeping with My Pet Making My Sleep Apnea Worse?

May 19, 2022

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Woman sleeping next to dog.

We all want the best for our furry best friends. And if that means letting them sleep in our bed with us, most would probably be very open to sharing their space. According to surveys of hospital patients in 2002 and 2015, 50 percent of participants had pets at home, and half of those with pets allow them to sleep in their bed at night. Interestingly, there’s research from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine that suggests sleeping with your pet may not be improving your quality of sleep if you have sleep apnea. Here’s what we know about pets and sleep apnea in Stephens City.

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5 Essential Tips to Keep a Healthy Smile This Summer

May 9, 2022

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man smiling during summer vacation in Stephens City

Now that summer is right around the corner, it’s time for a well-deserved vacation! Whether you’re heading to the beach or traveling abroad, you’ll want to stay hydrated and enjoy all the tasty beverages during your trip. You may also want to maintain good dental well-being while you’re out there, that way you can make the most of your smile. Keep reading to learn a few oral health tips to practice this summer from your dentist in Stephens City!

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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

April 6, 2022

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Sign for Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Dentists can quickly resolve all sorts of oral health problems, but oral cancer is different. It’s notorious for its extensive treatments, unlike teeth stains, cavities, and fillings that can be remedied in only a few appointments. Depending on the diagnosis, full recovery can take months or even years.

As you’d expect, dentists usually work to prevent conditions like oral cancer from occurring in the first place. In honor of that tradition, here’s a guide from your dentist in Stephens’ City to oral cancer’s risk factors and how to reduce their presence in your life.

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Why to Spend Your Tax Refund on Oral Health

April 4, 2022

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Businessperson calculating expenses near model tooth

Times have been tough for a lot of people during the pandemic. Many became unemployed or suffered pay-cuts due to COVID’s economic impact. Even now, as the job market recovers, individuals are still trying to make up what they lost over the last couple of years. That being the case, it’s understandable that some only want to use their latest tax refund on what they consider essential — things like debt repayment, home improvement, or bolstering savings.

That said, oral health ought to be one of those essentials. As such, here’s a summary from your dentist in Stephen’s City on why dental treatments are a wise use of refunds.

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Tips to Give Your Teeth a Spring Cleaning

March 24, 2022

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electric toothbrush and mouthwash

“Spring cleaning” is defined as “the act or process of doing a thorough cleaning of a place.” Its first-known use was way back in 1841. Conveniently for a dental blog post, the place where said cleaning is occurring can be your mouth! Spring is a great time to dust off the cobwebs and seek a fresh start. Your oral health isn’t too far removed from what is likely its most difficult time of the year – the holiday season – and a teeth cleaning could be just what the doctor (or dentist) ordered. Keep reading to get some helpful tips from your dentist in Stephens City.

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Do “Bad Teeth” Run in the Family?

March 4, 2022

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Do you find that you always seem to have some sort of dental issue you’re dealing with? You might even feel like it doesn’t really have much to do with your oral hygiene routine. Can bad teeth run in the family? Genetics and family life do play a role when it comes to your oral health, but this doesn’t mean you need to suffer from dental issues for the rest of your life. Read on to learn from your dentist in Stephens City what you need to know about oral health and heredity.

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How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Brain?

February 24, 2022

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man with sleep apnea

Millions of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) every year. However, most of those cases are undiagnosed or go untreated. While you may already know about the physical effects it can have on your body (i.e., increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes), you might be surprised to learn that it can take a significant toll on your brain as well. Read along to learn how failing to get a good night’s sleep can negatively affect your brain health.  

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Keeping Your Heart Healthy Starts with Your Smile

February 8, 2022

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doctor holding heart

Valentine’s Day usually steals the spotlight when February rolls around, but you shouldn’t forget to take some time to learn about your heart this month. Why? It’s American Heart Month! Since our heart is the most powerful muscle in our bodies, it’s incredibly important that take special care of it. Believe it or not, your smile is one significant aspect that can directly impact your cardiovascular health. Read on to learn more about this connection and what you can do to keep your overall health in its very best shape.

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