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Sunny Fun & Oral Dangers: 4 Summer Activities Risky for Smiles

June 11, 2024

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A family flying a kite on a beach

If you haven’t had it already, you’ll likely have your summer vacation soon. The weather at the popular trip spots is getting hot and sunny now! That said, be careful while you’re out having fun. The fact is that various summer pastimes are risky for your grin. Without the right precautions, your vacation could cause severe oral issues. Luckily, your Temple dentist is here to provide helpful guidance. Here are four summer activities risky for smiles and ways to make them safer.


How Can You Avoid a Dental Emergency on Your Summer Vacation?

May 21, 2024

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A woman having a dental emergency in a public park

Memorial Day is in less than a week, so there’s no question that capital-S Summer is back. You’re likely pumped by now to have some much-needed fun in the sun! Even so, try not to forget your smile as you plan your seasonal getaway. Unless you take the proper steps, an urgent oral issue could easily ruin your trip. Luckily, your Temple dentist knows these steps and will share them with you. Here are four great ways to avoid a dental emergency on your summer vacation.


Bad Beverage Choices: 4 Popular Drinks That Can Hurt Your Teeth

May 9, 2024

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A man and a woman holding glasses of cola

You likely have some sense that your meals affect your oral health. Based on their ingredients and makeup, they could harm your mouth or make it even stronger. Still, do you know the popular drinks that can hurt your teeth? It’s helpful to grasp them so you can take steps to protect your whole smile. Well, your Temple dentist can share a few big ones with you. Here are four well-known beverages that damage your grin over time.


Taking a Closer Look: How Your Dentist Conducts an Oral Cancer Screening

April 11, 2024

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A dentist performing an oral cancer screening on a woman

You may not have known, but April is (among other things) Oral Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to note the severe dangers of cancer in your mouth and throat. So, you’d do well to consider how your dentist conducts an oral cancer screening. Their efforts keep cancerous tissue from greatly harming your oral and physical health. Of course, your Temple dental practice is happy to help out. Read on to learn about oral cancer screenings, why they’re done, and how each screening works.


Making Gums Great: Can Your Dentist Cure Gum Disease?

March 6, 2024

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As widespread as it is, gum disease has some nasty effects. The condition can greatly damage your oral health if it’s allowed to spread. This can make you wonder if gum disease is even curable. Well, the truth is that it’s reversible when you get treatment early. Let your Temple dental practice explain how your dentist can cure gum disease and some ways to prevent it.


5 Lesser-Known Ways That Smiling Benefits Your Health

February 15, 2024

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A young man smiling while in a dentist’s officer

If you seek out cosmetic dentistry, it’s almost certainly because you want a pretty smile. The field’s treatments are made to brighten your teeth, hide damage, and more. Even so, cosmetic dental work can help your body in other ways – making a habit of smiling benefits your health! As a result, a procedure that leads to a confidence-inspiring grin will prompt a healthier life. Here are five ways that smiling strengthens you.


Look into Your Smile: What Tooth Color Says About You

January 18, 2024

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A dentist closely examining a patient’s smile

Along with others, you likely grew up thinking good teeth are always white. The idea is often promoted by media and pop culture. Truthfully, though, your smile’s shade naturally changes with age. That means your tooth color can point to where you are in life. If you’d like to learn more, here’s a primer on what the color of your teeth says about you.


4 Great New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

January 11, 2024

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A closeup of a New Year’s resolutions notebook

Well, there’s no denying it now – 2024 is finally here! A new year has started with new goals to achieve. That said, don’t just focus on weight loss or career prospects. Now is a great time to form New Year’s resolutions for a healthier smile. That way, your grin will thrive these next twelve months. If you’d like, your Temple dentist will even offer a few. Read on to learn four great resolutions that lead to clean teeth and gums.


The Gift of Healthy Grins: 4 Stocking Stuffers That Help Teeth

December 22, 2023

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Stockings hanging on a mantle

As you might know, the winter holidays (Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, etc.) are nearly here. There’s only so much time to finish your last-minute gift shopping. So, get some presents for your loved ones’ grins while you still can. That way, your family will celebrate this season with stunning and clean smiles! If you need any ideas, your local Temple dentist will gladly share a few. Read on to learn four great smile-friendly stocking stuffers that help teeth.


Cringy Dental Care: 4 Teeth Cleaning Mistakes You Should Stop

December 20, 2023

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A frowning woman brushing her teeth

If you’re like most, you probably think teeth-cleaning is easy. That’s only natural – brushing and flossing usually seem simple. However, getting clean chompers is often tricky. There are a wide range of mistakes you might make in the process. Left untended, these errors will raise your risk of cavities and gum disease. Still, your Temple dentist can help you out a bit. Here are four common teeth-cleaning mistakes and how best to avoid them.

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