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5 Facts About Dental Implants You Might Not Know

September 17, 2020

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Graphic of dental implant

Dental implants have come a long way since they were first crafted in ancient China. At the time, materials like bamboo pegs were used to replace missing teeth. Yikes! Fortunately, patients today can opt for safe, natural-looking alternatives that can replace everything from a single tooth to an entire arch of teeth. However, despite their popularity, there is still a lot of misinformation out there. With that in mind, here are five facts about dental implants in Temple!


Are You Using the Right Toothbrush for Your Mouth?

September 10, 2020

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Manual toothbrush next to an electric one

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease (second only to the common cold!). The good news is that it is largely preventable by visiting the dentist biannually for checkups and cleanings, limiting sugary beverages, and using the right toothbrush. But in an aisle filled with different shapes, colors, and specialties, the simple act of selecting a new toothbrush can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a dentist in Temple is here to help!


How to Take Care of Your Mouth After Dental Implant Surgery

August 31, 2020

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Woman practicing dental implant aftercare

Out of all the tooth replacement options out there, dental implants have become a favorite among patients and dentists alike. In fact, dental implants have already given over 3 million Americans their smile back! As advantageous as they are, you can’t just come out of your procedure and go on like you normally would. During the healing process, your dentist gives you special instructions to ensure that your implants have the greatest chance of being successful. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about dental implant aftercare.


How to Keep Up with Your Regular Dental Visits

August 16, 2020

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Patient at dental checkup

Regular dental checkups are necessary for your oral health and your overall wellbeing, but if you constantly have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to keep up with your visits. Whether your work schedule has you constantly distracted, or you are occupied with attending to the needs of your family, dentistry often gets put on the backburner. Fortunately, your dentist in Temple has a few tips that can help you keep up with your dental visits and put an end to this problem.


Creative Contact-Free Ways to Greet Your Dental Team

July 29, 2020

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Two people bumping feet

Normally when you come into the office, a friendly member of your dental team will say hello by giving you a hug or shaking your hand. Due to the current events going on in the world, these options are off limits until a safer time. Because of their close nature, you can easily spread illnesses or disease. In order to be safe, it’s important to practice social distancing as much as possible. Continue reading to learn about some fun ways that you can greet your dentist in Temple next time you come to the office.


5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Are So Popular

July 8, 2020

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Illustration of dental implants in Temple

If you’re one of the 178 million Americans who are missing teeth, you’ve probably considered your options when it comes to tooth replacement. Dental technology has come a long way so people who are suffering from tooth loss are able to restore the functionality of their smile. One of the ways they do this is through dental implants in Temple. Continue reading to learn about why implants are so popular and how they can benefit you.


Yellow Teeth: Causes and Treatment Options

June 30, 2020

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Woman smiling with teeth whitening in Temple
Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

June has come, and it is hot! The temperature combined with the humidity has you reaching for a cold glass of refreshing soda while cooling off on your porch. By July, you can see a noticeable difference in your teeth. Once white, they now have a yellow tinge and a few stains.

If this sounds familiar, then you are not alone. While aging and genetics both play a role in discoloration, everyday habits can also impact their brightness. Below are four common causes of yellow teeth and how teeth whitening in Temple can help restore your smile! 


How Your Dental Team Cleans Their Instruments

June 9, 2020

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Dentist in Temple cleaning tools

You were expecting a reminder about your summer dental appointment, but you didn’t anticipate the anxiety that would come with it. After all, when you scheduled this appointment at the start of 2020 there wasn’t a pandemic to consider. Now, there are stay-at-home orders in place and social distancing guidelines around every corner.

Fortunately, your dentist has practiced infection control guidelines set forth by the CDC and OHSA long before COVID-19. To ease your concerns about your upcoming appointment, your dentist in Temple is sharing how your dental team cleans their instruments.


6 Ways Your Dentist Prepares for Your Visit in COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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Temple dentist office and dental chair prepared for patient in COVID-19

In the past, your dentist and their team would wash their hands, put on a pair of clean gloves, and be ready for your appointment. However, much more goes into preparing for your visit during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, your dental team is working tirelessly to safeguard your health before you even arrive to the practice. Here’s what your Temple dentist is doing to prepare for your appointment during COVID-19.


Social Distancing at Dental Appointments: How It’s Possible

May 1, 2020

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People in line practicing social distancing as recommended by Temple dentist

After weeks in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is slowly beginning to reopen. However, it’s vital to keep in mind that even as stay-at-home orders are being lifted, social distancing is the best way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus. But how can you keep your distance from others when visiting your dentist? Here’s what your Temple dentist is doing to make social distancing a practical reality during your next appointment.

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