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You Asked, We Answered: Why Do I Have a Bitter Taste in My Mouth?

November 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 6:30 pm
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From pure dark chocolate to straight black coffee, some of the finer things in life are bitter. However, a persistent bad taste in your mouth could be a symptom of something more severe. If you’ve begun to experience a persistent, unpleasant taste lingering in your mouth or on your breath, don’t panic. Instead, keep reading to learn the common causes, how to prevent it, and why you should talk to your dentist.


Have Dental Insurance? Here’s How to Maximize Your Benefits

November 1, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 3:58 pm
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Do you want to toss valuable dollars in your trash can, flush them down the toilet, or scatter them in the wind? No, right? Unfortunately, you may be unintentionally wasting money each year by not utilizing your dental plan to the fullest. Don’t worry – making a change is easy. To learn a few easy ways to maximize your dental insurance benefits, read on!


How Flossing Every Day Can Save Your Life

October 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 5:53 pm
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Be honest… When was the last time you flossed? If you’ve fallen out of the habit of flossing each day, there is much more at risk than the look and function of your smile. After all, your oral health is directly linked to your overall wellbeing. But could committing to flossing really save your life? Read on to find out!


Why Does My Jaw Hurt on Only One Side?

October 7, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 8:39 pm
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While sleeping, you’re jolted awake by a sudden pain on only one side of your jaw. Although the situation can be alarming and confusing, don’t worry – it typically isn’t a cause of immediate concern. However, that doesn’t stop the questions from running through your head. What does it mean? When should you see a dentist? How can you alleviate the discomfort? Luckily, we’ve got all the answers you’re searching for and more – just keep reading!


Cosmetic Dentistry: The Key to Aging Gracefully?

September 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 6:56 pm
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With each passing birthday, you may notice changes to your appearance. While aging is a privilege, it’s natural to want to turn back the clock, restoring your youthful look. For many, the first thing they think of is BOTOX. Although the fine line-erasing benefits are substantial, there is a better way to boost your confidence: cosmetic dentistry. Keep reading to learn how aging changes your smile and effective dental treatments that can help you look younger!


Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the Dentist This Halloween

September 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 2:40 pm
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According to the American Dental Association, 22% of adults who avoid visiting the dentist do so out of fear. This keeps them from receiving the care they need and can lead to a range of dental health issues. Whether it’s during the Halloween season or any other time of the year, the dentist’s office is one place you don’t need to fear. Here are some of the reasons why the dentist isn’t as scary as you might think


Don’t Try This at Home: 3 Dangerous TikTok Dental Trends

August 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 5:53 pm
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With nearly 700 million active monthly users, TikTok is one of the most popular social media apps around the world. After skyrocketing in 2020, this platform became a household name and go-to resource for health hacks, beauty advice, and other entertaining videos. Unfortunately, however, some content creators are sharing dental advice that is seriously dangerous. With this in mind, here are three dental TikTok trends to avoid.


Are “Bad Teeth” Genetic?

August 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 4:22 pm
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You take the time to brush and floss every single day. Plus, you visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months on the dot. Even with all of the preventive measures you take, it still seems like your dentist tells you that you have cavities at just about every routine visit. You may have begun to wonder whether genetics may be involved. Is it possible for “bad teeth” to run in the family? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you can never enjoy a healthy smile. Here’s how you can protect your pearly whites from hereditary dental health problems.


The Serious Dangers of Mouth Breathing

July 31, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 3:08 pm
Man sleeping while breathing through his mouth

Do you find yourself breathing through your mouth when your nose is stuffed up or you’re wearing a mask? You’re not alone. However, your nose acts like an air filter, produces nitric oxide, and strengthens your immune system, making it the preferred method. Plus, there are some serious consequences that come with chronic mouth breathing. Keep reading to learn what they are and how your dentist can help!


How To: Sleep Soundly with a Toothache

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 2:31 pm
Woman sleeping peacefully at night

After a long day, you get under the covers, lay back on your pillow, and close your eyes. However, instead of peacefully drifting off to sleep, you lay awake as your toothache begins to throb. Sound familiar? Normally, priority number one would be to call your dentist’s office for an emergency visit. However, since they most likely aren’t open, keep reading for a few tips for sleeping peacefully with a nagging toothache at night.

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