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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, and What Can I Do About It?

December 9, 2022

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Portrait of a baby sprouting their first teeth

When your child’s first baby teeth start to erupt, it can be a cause for celebration, but it’s also the beginning of a whole new set of concerns. On top of the stress of teething, now you have to worry about your child’s oral health in ways that you haven’t before. One new challenge they may face is dealing with the potential for tooth decay. So-called “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” can catch parents off guard if they aren’t prepared. Thankfully, once you know what to look for, your child’s teeth should be fine. Here’s a quick guide to understanding baby bottle tooth decay.

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I Lost a Dental Filling: What Should I Do?

November 2, 2022

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patient suffering a lost dental filling in Waverly

The world seems to come to a screeching halt when you get smacked in the mouth, and there are few things as anxiety-inducing as slowly raising your hand to feel if you’ve lost a tooth. But sometimes it isn’t your teeth that get knocked out; it’s also possible to lose a dental filling! Here’s more from your emergency dentist in Waverly about why this can happen and how to handle the situation.

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How to Find an Emergency Dentist When You Need One

October 12, 2022

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Man having a dental emergency, touching his cheek

When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it can be hard to think about what you should do. It’s important to slow down and take things one step at a time. There are people who can help — you just need to make an emergency dental appointment. If you don’t know how, here’s a guide that can help you.

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4 Things to Keep Out of Your Mouth

August 23, 2022

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Woman biting her fingernails Your dental health is important for more than just a beautiful smile. Research has found several connections between oral and general health. Issues with your teeth and gums can increase your risk of various health problems, including heart attack and nutritional deficiencies. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments can keep your smile healthy; however, multiple factors affect your oral health, like the foods you eat and certain habits. Don’t let simple mistakes compromise your pearly whites. Here are 4 things your dentist recommends you keep out of your mouth to prevent a dental emergency.

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What Are Tips to Prevent Cavities If I Have a Sweet Tooth?

January 4, 2022

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woman eating candy

You know that sugary foods and beverages cause cavities, but many of us still have quite a craving for them daily. However, just because you like sweets doesn’t mean you should put up with a mouthful of cavities and new fillings every six months. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to decrease your chances of tooth decay in the future. Continue reading to learn helpful tips to prevent cavities from your dentist in Waverly.

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What to Expect When Recovering from All-on-4 Surgery

December 16, 2021

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All-on-4 dental implants in Waverly

If you’re tired of dealing with a denture that always shifts around, you may have considered upgrading your denture with dental implants. Not only can implants give you strong teeth that stay in place, but with a treatment called All-on-4, you can get your prosthetic teeth on the very same day! That being said, All-on-4 dental implants in Waverly require oral surgery, so you might have some questions about the healing process. Read on as a dentist shares what you can expect when recovering from All-on-4 surgery.

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Can Dental Implants Increase My Life Expectancy?

November 4, 2021

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mature couple smiling outdoors

If you’ve heard that dental implants look great as an option for tooth replacement, you heard right. But there’s also the benefit of a tremendous smile for more years – as in living longer!

Tooth loss opens the door to an array of health problems. That’s why it’s important to decide on a tooth replacement method and act as soon as possible.

Keep reading to learn how choosing dental implants in Waverly can raise your life expectancy and make sure you look your best as you enjoy the ride.

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Tips for Adjusting to Implant Dentures in Waverly

September 2, 2021

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smiling woman with implant dentures in Waverly

As the tooth replacement of choice each year for about 15% of the edentulous population (those with no teeth), dentures are among the most popular ways of completing one’s smile. While traditional dentures can take a notoriously long time to get used to, adjusting to implant dentures is a much quicker process. Here are a few tips to help you get used to your new teeth. 

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What You Need to Know About the Two Stages of Gum Disease

May 28, 2021

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infographic of the two stages of gum disease in Waverly

Most of us are familiar with the sinking feeling of hearing your dentist say that you have a cavity. However, there are two other words that you never want to hear your dentist say at your checkup: “gingivitis” and “periodontitis.” These words certainly sound scary, but what exactly do they mean? They’re actually the two stages of gum disease. Knowing the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis, and seeking treatment right away, can save your smile. Here’s what you should know about gum disease in Waverly.

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Can Beer Affect Your Oral Health?

April 27, 2021

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five beers sitting on a wood table

For some people, the craft beer scene is truly a lifestyle. Exploring new breweries, or during the pandemic, getting to-go growlers, and trying the new seasonal beers is a fun hobby. The last thing you’re probably thinking about when you’re sipping on a foamy brew is whether it’s affecting your oral health. Read on to learn about how beer can have both a negative and positive impact on your teeth and gums, and what you can do to protect them.

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