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Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?

April 24, 2022

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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.


Tips on Investing Your Tax Refund to Improve Your Oral Health

April 4, 2022

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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!


5 Tips to Give Your Smile a Spring Cleaning

March 26, 2022

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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.


Can “Bad Teeth” Be Genetic?

March 4, 2022

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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.


5 Dental Gifts You Can Gift Yourself for Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2022

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woman smiling for Valentine’s Day dental gifts in Temple

It’s the month of love and you’re looking to make the most of the time. Whether it’s to impress your crush or to spice up date night with your love of years, you probably want to up your game with a look that makes them say, “Wow!” If this is something you’re looking for, why not look into having a great smile? Read on to find out five special Valentine’s Day dental gifts in Temple you can give yourself to show your smile some love!


The Relationship Between Oral and Heart Health

February 9, 2022

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Though many people associate February with Valentine’s Day, it’s also American Heart Health Month! This is a time dedicated to focusing on your cardiovascular health and learning how you can take better care of your heart. Eating well, exercising, and reducing stress are all ways to keep your heart in good condition, but how does your smile affect your cardiovascular health? Read on to learn how not maintaining good oral health and developing issues like gum disease can hurt your heart.


4 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

January 28, 2022

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Are you satisfied with your smile? According to a study done by The Journal of the Indian Prosthodontic Society, only about 58 % of people are highly satisfied with their smiles. If you’re part of the 42% that think their pearly whites could use some work, why not make a New Year’s resolution to get a healthy smile? If you need help coming up with a place to start, read on to learn about four resolutions that will have you ending the year with a healthier, more confident smile.


3 Diet Trends That Can Harm Your Oral Health

January 18, 2022

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It’s the beginning of the year, and that means many people are getting started on their resolutions. If you decided to make this the year that you finally take your health seriously, you may be trying to switch up your diet. This may involve looking into new trendy diets to see if you can find one that fits you. unfortunately, many of these diets mean bad news for your pearly whites. Read on to learn about three diet trends and how they can harm your smile.


Give the Gift of Oral Health This Holiday Season

December 14, 2021

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What does Christmas morning success look like as a parent? Well, one answer doesn’t cover all parents, but it could be argued that seeing that look of excitement in your child’s eye after they tear the wrapping paper off a present or examine the goodies in their stocking means “Santa” did an excellent job!

When you select a gift they enjoy that helps keep them healthy, you both win. Read on to discover some ideas from your dentist in Temple for stocking stuffers that encourage kids to take good care of their teeth, plus some suggestions for their oral hygiene routine.


How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?

December 4, 2021

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Bad breath is about as much fun as going to a concert for a genre of music you can’t stand. You simply would choose not to go, so you should make the decision not to put up with bad breath, either.

It is mostly thought of as unpleasant for others to be around, yet more importantly, when you have bad breath it is typically caused by bacteria being present on your teeth and debris on your tongue. Essentially, unless it’s from something you ate like onions or garlic, bad breath is a sign the environment in your mouth is not currently a positive one.

Keep reading to learn tips from your dentist in Temple about how to keep bad breath at bay.

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