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4 Ways to Take Great Care of Your Aligners

April 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 7:04 am
A hand holding an Invisalign aligner with a box on the table

Typically, Invisalign treatment tends to be smooth and free of hassles. Done well, it can align your crooked smile without any big delays or issues. However, your clear trays won’t work this way if you don’t maintain them over time. Aligners need proper care to deliver effective, snag-free results. As for what that looks like, your Covington dentist will gladly explain. Here are four helpful ways to take great care of your aligners.

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Invisible Improvement: How Long Will I Need a Retainer After Invisalign?

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 6:07 pm
Woman in white shirt with gray nails pointing to her smile.

Invisalign is a hugely popular alternative to traditional braces because it can give you a perfectly straight smile without the need for bulky metal brackets. Instead, this method involves wearing a series of clear, plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth to gently reposition them. Patients love that it doesn’t impact their appearance as dramatically as the tried-and-true method. Plus, treatment can often be completed in 12 months rather than over several years.

In many cases, however, you may need a retainer once you’ve finished Invisalign to prevent your pearly whites from reverting to their initial placements. If you’re wondering how long you’ll need to wear it, keep reading to learn more!

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When is Root Canal Retreatment Needed?

February 17, 2024

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Model of a tooth after a root canalIf you had an infected tooth, your dentist used root canal therapy to save it from extraction. More than 41,000 root canals are performed every day but are only recommended when there aren’t any other solutions to save a tooth. The endodontic procedure has over a 97% success rate. However, some patients may require retreatment. Here’s why your dentist may recommend root canal treatment.

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Rapid Relief: Tips for Finding Help in a Dental Emergency

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 8:26 pm
Woman holding her jaw due to a dental emergency

In times of dental emergencies, finding care swiftly is critical for alleviating pain and preventing further complications. Whether it’s a toothache, broken tooth, or any other dental issue, finding an emergency dentist quickly makes all the difference. Here are some tips to help you navigate your next dental emergency and find help when you need it ASAP!

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Can Too Much Holiday Cheer Lead to Cavities?

December 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 11:10 pm
Christmas cookies

When it comes to holiday foods, most people take the approach that “all bets are off” and calories don’t count. With this mindset, anything and everything can be eaten without remorse or consequence. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t work that way, nor does the mouth. As a result, countless patients see their dentists after the new year only to discover they have one or more cavities that have formed. Keep reading to find out how to keep the holidays from being your smile’s downfall.

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Why Do I Need to Quit Smoking If I’m Getting Dentures?

November 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 10:47 pm
Breaking cigarette

It always seems like scientists are discovering new reasons why smoking is horrible for you. While you’ve probably heard about how smoking and chewing tobacco are bad for your dental health before, you may not have heard about how it can cause special problems for denture patients. Here’s how tobacco use can complicate your denture treatment and why it’s a great idea to kick the habit.

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Understanding Prevention: The Critical Role of Early Oral Health Detection

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 12:32 am
A woman looking at her teeth in the mirror after a dental screening and cleaning

Have you ever played a game of whack-a-mole? It’s where you use a hammer to bop some moles as they pop up through holes to score points. If you have poor oral health, this is the game that you’re playing with your teeth. When you try to solve one issue, another one inevitably pops up to take its place. Preventive dentistry is the solution.

If you want to learn how dental screenings and preventive measures can help your oral health, continue reading.

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Can Dental Implants Provide a Longer Life?

September 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 12:48 pm
An older woman smiling with her dental implants

If you were to make a list of all the things that are essential for a long and happy life, good teeth might be somewhere down the list. Studies published in the National Library of Medicine indicate that the longest-lived people have the best oral health. So, can dental implants actually help you live longer?

If you want to know how dental implants, and dental health in general can help you slow the sands of time, continue reading.

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Questions to Ask Your Dentist at a Checkup

August 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 9:59 am
patient talking to their dentist

It’s recommended for most patients to see their dentist for a checkup twice a year. This gives them an opportunity to check on the integrity of your oral health, but it also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about how best to take care of your oral health.

That said, it’s also the case that many patients don’t know the best questions to ask their dentist. If you’re in need of ideas, here are a few good places to start at a checkup.

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4 Reasons Your Toothache is Worse at Night

July 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — deandentalcare @ 2:49 pm
Man holding hand up to face, massaging cheek, and grimacing

Is there ever a good time for a toothache? Regardless of what time of day, pain is pain. However, it’s not unusual for you to experience worse dental pain when you’re trying to go to bed at night. But why would the intensity of a toothache depend on the time of day? If your tooth discomfort gets worse at bedtime, here are 4 reasons why that might be happening and how to relieve your discomfort.

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