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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!  


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.


Hate Cavities? Keep These Tips in Mind During Halloween!

October 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 6:13 pm
A bucket of candy spilling onto the floor.

When it comes to holidays, there are few that involve the consumption of candy more than Halloween. With so many types of candy available out there today, the last thing you want your child to do is develop cavities before the end of the year is up! That’s why it’s so important to keep these Halloween candy tips in mind as the holiday gets close. Doing so could mean the difference between keeping your child’s teeth healthy and having to pay for an expensive filling or crown later.


Got Dental Insurance? You Need to Use It Before You Lose It!

October 1, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 5:24 pm
A patient paying for dental services.

Did you know that while 168 million people get dental insurance through their employer, they actually don’t take the time to maximize their benefits before the end of the year? January 1st, 2020, is just around the corner, which means the dental insurance benefits you have may not be available because they will have reset. Below, you’ll learn exactly how much people lose as a result of unused dental benefits, why preventive care is incredibly important, and how dental offices are prepared to help you maximize your coverage every step of the way.


Oral and Overall Health: Learn How They’re Connected and What It Means for You

September 29, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 7:22 pm
a woman smiling at herself in the mirror at the dentist office

Your mouth and body are more connected than you think. Everything you consume passes along your teeth, gums, tongue, and throat before it reaches your stomach and begins working in either positive or negative ways along the way. Should problems occur within your oral cavity, you’ll more than likely begin to experience other health-related issues, many of which can lead to serious complications. To prevent this type of snowball effect, hear from a dentist who will discuss the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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