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4 Popular Trends That Are Bad News for Teeth

July 26, 2022

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Kombucha, a trend that is bad for your teeth

People today will use social media to promote popular health trends. You’ll hear about methods, products, and activities that can seemingly strengthen your body overnight. This online information, though, is something to take with a grain of salt. These trends are often ineffective at best and harmful at worst. In fact, some of them can be damaging to oral health. To prove it, here’s a summary of four popular trends that are bad for your teeth.

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Look Out for These 3 Signs of Dehydration

July 21, 2022

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Man experiencing signs of dehydration

This year’s summer is one of the hottest Texas has seen in a while. Many counties have been sending out Heat Advisories since June. Meanwhile, July alone has seen record-high temperatures in multiple Southwest cities. Basically, it’s an absolute scorcher putting you at risk of dehydration. That’s bad news for your body, and not just because being dehydrated makes you thirsty — it can also harm your teeth. Read on to learn three sneaky signs of dehydration, its impact on oral health, and tips on keeping hydrated this summer.

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Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard?

June 23, 2022

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person brushing teeth

Everyone knows that brushing their teeth twice per day is key to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. However, if you use the incorrect technique, this can do more harm than good. Brushing too vigorously or using the wrong type of toothbrush can negatively affect your smile as well as increase your risk of oral health issues and other complications. Read on to learn signs that you’re brushing your teeth too hard, the impacts of doing so, and the right way to clean your smile.

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How to Handle a Dental Emergency on Summer Vacation

June 8, 2022

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person experiencing dental emergency holding cheek

After months of planning, making reservations, and saving up PTO, it’s finally time to go on the summer vacation you’ve been looking forward to all year long! Whether you travel near or far, the last thing you want to deal with while taking some time to recharge is an emergency, unfortunately, they strike when we least expect them. If you ever encounter a dental emergency during summer vacation, read on to learn what you should do.

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The 4 Most Surprising Cavity-Causing Foods

May 15, 2022

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Woman experiencing tooth pain from a cavity.

When most people think about the foods they should avoid for the sake of their oral health, sugary sweets and candies come to mind. However, these aren’t the only items that are capable of causing cavities! In fact, there are many foods out there that can be potentially problematic for your mouth. Knowing what’s okay to eat and what you should avoid can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing tooth decay and other oral health concerns. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about 4 of the most surprising cavity-causing foods out there.

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3 Cosmetic Treatments That Are Perfect for Summertime

May 1, 2022

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Woman smiling on the beach during summertime.

Summertime is finally upon us! Get ready for warmer weather, poolside shenanigans, and fun-filled days that will leave you smiling. But when is the last time that you thought about seeking cosmetic treatment to enhance your smile? Summertime is the perfect time to upgrade those pearly whites, and your dentist in Temple has plenty of available treatment options that are sure to give you a smile you’ll be excited to show off all summer long. Keep reading to learn more about three of these exciting treatments.

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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

April 24, 2022

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concerned patient talking to dentist

Regardless of where it’s discussed, cancer is always to be taken seriously when it’s in reference to your health. Those talks might generally take place in a doctor’s office but don’t rule out your dentist’s office, either. One person dies from oral cancer in the U.S. every hour on average, according to the American Cancer Society. While that statistic is worrisome, it is important to remember an early diagnosis and prompt treatment can improve your chances of survival. With that in mind, read on as your dentist in Temple shares the signs, risk factors, and prevention tactics.

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Tips on Investing Your Tax Refund to Improve Your Oral Health

April 4, 2022

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person holding wallet of money

The federal tax-filing deadline will be here before you know it! When you receive a tax refund, you probably get excited to see some extra cash on hand that doesn’t need to go to your normal expenditures. There are all sorts of things you could spend it on, but many people tend to blow it on items they don’t really need. One option you could definitely benefit from is investing in your oral health. Continue reading to learn from your dentist in Temple a few reasons why you should put your tax refund into your smile!

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5 Tips to Give Your Smile a Spring Cleaning

March 26, 2022

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Woman smiling outside

Winter has come to an end, and the warmer weather is beginning to take hold. It’s the perfect time to begin your annual spring cleaning to clear away all that clutter that’s accumulated in your home over the past year. While you’re focused on your living space, you might as well take care of your smile while you’re at it! Your pearly whites need some attention too. Here are some spring cleaning tips to freshen your smile.

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Can “Bad Teeth” Be Genetic?

March 4, 2022

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Family tree

Do you feel as if you are always dealing with some sort of dental issue? You might even feel like it doesn’t have much to do with your oral hygiene anymore – you just have “bad teeth.” While genetics and family life do play a role when it comes to your oral health, this doesn’t mean that you need to put up with dental issues your whole life. Here’s what you need to know about oral health and how heredity plays a role.

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