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6 Reasons to Leave Braces to Your Professional

March 31, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 2:05 pm
worried person with their hands over their mouth

Straightening your teeth has never been known to be comfortable or convenient, which is what gave bloggers and social media influencers the idea to save money and simply give themselves orthodontic treatments. Even though forging an appliance out of paperclips, super glue, and other household items may be the cheaper treatment, it can cause huge problems for your smile down the road. Read on to learn six reasons why it’s smarter to leave your orthodontic treatment to your dentist instead of attempting to do it yourself.


Keep Your Smile Safe with These 3 Oral Health Habits

March 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 5:13 pm
Clean teeth habits; brushing teeth with electric toothbrush

You visit your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning; surely that’s enough to help your smile last, right? Wrong. As important as these visits are, they won’t be enough to keep your teeth and gums healthy if you’re not taking care of your mouth in the meantime. If you don’t want to become one of the thousands of Americans who suffer from gum disease and lost teeth, take control of your oral health today with these 3 clean teeth habits.


Save Your Smile! How to Handle a Dental Emergency

February 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 3:19 pm
Woman with tooth pain

Whether it’s a blow to the mouth that knocked out a tooth or sudden persistent oral pain, a dental emergency can happen at any time. You can take simple steps to try and prevent these problems, of course (such as brushing every day or wearing a mouthguard), but when the worst does happen, it’s important not to panic; you need to focus on keeping your smile as safe and comfortable as possible until you can see your dentist. Keep reading to learn how to recognize dental emergencies – and more importantly, how you can treat them before your appointment!  


What’s the Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Health?

February 7, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 9:48 pm
3D heart shape sitting next to a stethoscope

When you think about keeping your heart healthy, do you think about flossing? Probably not, but a growing body of research implies that we should. Numerous studies confirm that your oral health influences your general wellbeing, as well as vice versa. Recently, experts have begun to examine the relationship between the gums and the heart, and you may find yourself flossing more often after learning the results. Here’s what you need to know about the connection between gum disease and heart health.


Why Is Flossing So Important?

January 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 1:38 pm
person flossing

When was the last time you flossed? If it was more than even 24 hours ago, that’s far too long. When you go without flossing for just a single day, bacteria in your mouth begin to accumulate between your teeth and along your gumline, which can result in health problems like gum disease. In order to keep these problems at bay, it’s important to floss every day. A dentist is here to talk more about flossing and how important it is.


5 Tips to Protect Yourself From Gum Disease

January 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 3:28 pm
parent and child brushing their teeth together

According to surveys conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two adults in the United States suffers from gum disease. Without the proper treatment and dental hygiene regimen, this condition can cause permanent damage to your mouth and embarrassing symptoms like chronic bad breath. Many people aren’t aware that this disease is highly preventable, and as long as you take measures to protect your mouth, you will be safe from it. Read on for five tips from your dentist to protect yourself from gum disease.


Why is Flossing Such a Big Deal?

December 22, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 3:10 pm
Happy man flossing healthy teeth

There’s nothing quite as uniquely irritating as having a bit of food stuck in your teeth. Sometimes, you simply can’t dislodge that stubborn popcorn shell or tiny bit of steak without some help. It’s a wonderful feeling once you finally use a toothpick or floss to get rid of it! Floss can be a great tool for removing bits of stuck food between your teeth, but do you use it regularly? Most of us have heard that it’s a key part of keeping good oral health. But if you brush twice a day and regularly see your preventive dentist for checkups, is flossing really helping you to fight plaque? Let’s break down how flossing works and discover why it’s so important.


Discover the Many Benefits Provided by Dental Implants

December 9, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 8:39 pm
a tooth and dental implant

No one wants to have missing teeth. The loss of self-esteem and shame in your own appearance can have you avoiding friends and family and struggling to leave your house. In the past, a full or partial denture or a fixed bridge was the only way to repair and rebuild a smile, but now, thanks to advancements in dentistry, dental implants have become one of the most superior and revolutionary forms of tooth replacement. Hear from an implant dentist who shares what makes these restorations so beneficial to patients with missing teeth.


Do You Have Sensitive Teeth? You Might Be Headed for a Dental Emergency

November 19, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 4:33 pm
Woman with sensitive teeth eating ice cream

Have you ever enjoyed a hot a cup of coffee on a chilly morning or savored a flavorful slushie in the summer heat, when suddenly you got a sharp jolt of pain in your teeth? It can be enough to make you think twice about having that next sip. If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, you might be in danger of more than just not being able to enjoy one of your favorite beverages. It could be your first warning sign of an underlying problem severe enough to send you to an emergency dentist! Read on to learn the most common causes and what to do about sensitive teeth.


Can Cold and Flu Season Impact Your Oral Health?

November 7, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 4:14 pm
person sleeping with cold remedies next to them

Everyone dreads cold and flu season because it’s inconvenient, snotty, and impacts your daily schedule, not because all the cough drops and decongestants impact your oral health. Many people aren’t aware that the over-the-counter remedies they use are impacting the health of their teeth and gums. That means that as soon as they fight off their cold, they’ll be faced with pesky cavities. Here are some problems you could face and some flu season tips from your dentist to help.

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