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5 Teeth-Cleaning Mistakes that Make Your Dentist Cringe

August 25, 2022

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 64 currently has at least one cavity. Practicing excellent oral hygiene at home is essential if you want to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. However, even if you brush and floss every day, you might still be making errors that can contribute to oral health issues like cavities. Keep your teeth clean and healthy by avoiding these five common teeth-cleaning mistakes that make dentists cringe.


5 Tips for Sleeping Better in the Summer

August 10, 2022

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From backyard barbecues to catching a movie at The Family Drive-In Theatre, the summer months are filled with fun activities for the whole family. However, while the warm weather can do wonders for your mood and social calendar, the summer can also negatively affect your quality of sleep – especially if you have a disorder like sleep apnea. Keep reading to discover five ways to boost your chances of getting quality rest during the warm summer months.


Summer Foods to Enjoy After Dental Implant Surgery

July 21, 2022

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Woman eating fruit salad

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you know just how difficult it can be to complete daily tasks, like eating, speaking clearly, and smiling with confidence. Fortunately, there are several different tooth replacement options out there that can restore the appearance and function of your smile, like dental implants. With summer being in full swing, you may be wondering how your new dental implants will affect your diet. Continue reading to learn about the different summer foods you can enjoy after dental implant surgery.


5 Popular Trends That Could Harm Your Smile!

July 7, 2022

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Apple cider vinegar

There always seems to be a new fad out there circulating around online. However, the internet is also a place where there are heaps of misinformation. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a helpful hack and something that can actually end up being dangerous. You don’t want to try out a popular trend only to discover that you are harming your smile. Here are some fads that are bad for your teeth so that you know how to avoid them.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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