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Change Your Oil Or Change Your Engine!

Car Engine and Oil
We’ve all heard it before, “change your oil or change your engine”. I’ve experienced paying for a new compressor for my central air because I didn’t change the $10.00 filter each month. After $2,500.00 of repairs, $120.00 per year to change the filters is worth it! Regardless of our experiences, we don’t think (or sometimes care) of the various preventative tasks we have to do until something goes wrong and is quite expensive to fix. It is at that point when we could have prevented something that we wish we had.Here’s your chance to not regret preventing poor oral health. There is no prerequisite that you must have a dental ...

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What your Dentist wants you to know about E-Cigarettes

Person using a vaporizer for nicotine delivery
Ok, did you know that e-cigarette users do not consider themselves ‘smokers’? We, in the dental field, traditionally ask if you are a smoker, but now we need to start asking a broader question to include e-cigarettes. While e-cigarettes do contain much less harmful substances than cigarettes, they still can be detrimental to your oral health. Additionally, the long term effects on your oral and overall health are widely unstudied long term.Your dentist wants you to be aware of what is known currently about e-cigarettes and your oral health. The first thing is while they do not contain tobacco, most of them do contain nicotine which is a highly addictive ...

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DO I REALLY HAVE TO SEE YOU AGAIN? (Part 1 of 2)

Image showing healthy tooth and gums and periodontal disease.
You were just diagnosed with periodontal disease. OMG! How could this happen?? You swear you are doing a good job at home. Well, don't panic and let’s discuss it.First, maybe we should brief on what periodontal disease actually is. Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. Gingivitis is the early stage: the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation. Gingivitis is reversible, a lot of times by improving homecare and/or more frequent cleanings. Periodontal disease is when the infection has spread to the bone that supports the tooth structure. It is the number one reason why people ...

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DO I REALLY HAVE TO SEE YOU AGAIN? (Part 2 of 2)

Image showing scaling and root planing procedure
Ok, since you read the previous blog, now it's treatment time. Based on the amount of bone loss we are able to treat the disease here in our office with scaling and root planing. If the disease has progressed significantly we may refer you to a periodontal specialist.Scaling and root planing, also known as a "deep cleaning" is a conventional periodontal therapy, nonsurgical process of removing/eliminating the disease causing agents. This cleaning is performed both above and below the gum line to remove dental plaque and calculus (tartar). Typically we numb the gum tissue and use both manual and ultrasonic instruments. Following this ...

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All-Porcelain Crowns!!

Picture of an all-porcelain crown.
I’ve heard of gold and metal crowns. What are all-porcelain crowns?All-porcelain crowns feel just like your natural teeth. The porcelain used for the crown resembles natural tooth structure and comfort by being able to expand and contract with hot and cold at almost the same rate as your natural tooth. The material used also wears at almost the same rate as your natural tooth. The porcelain is stronger than other types of porcelain and the ability to color the material reflect the look of natural teeth.How do you know if you need a crown?Most people experience pain with chewing or other symptoms with temperature sensitivity, or they broke ...

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Dental X-rays

Teeth on a dental x-ray
Three Reasons Not to Worry About Digital Dental X-Rays:New “digital” x-rays have an 85% reduction in radiation from old film-based x-rays. 1 digital x-ray is only 1/10 the amount of radiation you are exposed to on an average day.The cost is typically covered by dental insurance at 100% or included with an in-office membership plan such as the (Northern Hills Dental Membership Plan).If you refuse to have them taken, your dentist can only evaluate 60% of your tooth and could be missing something that could turn into a major problem.So, next time you are at your dentist and they are using digital x-rays, you don’t have as much to ...

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Dry Toothbrush?

Lady holding a large toothbrush next to over-sized teeth.
If you are going to do it, you might as well do it right. The right toothbrushing technique is important. You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointed towards the gum tissue. Use a “back and forth” motion of short strokes. If you are using a powerbrush, point the brush at a 45-degree angle and let it do the work for you.I have two tips for brushing: First, for back teeth, close down slightly. I know it sounds “backwards” but it will actually loosen your cheek muscles making it easier to “sneak” back there. Second, hold your brush “up and down” instead ...

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