Fossum Family Dental Blog

3 Ways That Visiting the Dentist Saves You Money

October 6, 2022

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Woman smiling during her dental visit because she’s saving money

Whether you’re there for preventive, cosmetic, or restorative care, a visit to your dentist in Temple often results in good things for your pearly whites! But did you know that regular preventive dental care can also greatly benefit your wallet? Here are three ways that visiting the dentist can actually save you money in the long run, especially if you have dental insurance.


4 Tips to Keep Your Smile from Looking Scary This Halloween

October 3, 2022

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Jack O Lanterns during Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s hard to not be excited about this time of the year! But amidst all of your fun, it might be easy to accidentally neglect your oral health and end up with an unintentionally scary smile! Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep your pearly whites looking their best this spooky season. Here are four helpful tips from your dentist in Temple.


5 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Smile Makeover

September 21, 2022

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patient speaking with a dentist in Temple

Most people wish they could show off a perfect smile. If this is something you’re interested in achieving, you might be considering undergoing a smile makeover. Depending on your situation and dental needs, your dentist in Temple can combine restorative and cosmetic treatments to effectively enhance your pearly whites! Before committing to any procedures, here are five important questions you should ask about your smile makeover.


How Frequently Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

September 12, 2022

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example of toothbrushes recommended by a dentist in Temple

If you want to preserve healthy teeth and gums, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene every day. While this typically involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you’ll also want to pay attention to the condition of your toothbrush. Should you use the same one for too long, you can end up putting yourself at risk of developing cavities or gum disease! You’ll want to change it out eventually, but how often should you replace it? Read on to learn how frequently your dentist in Temple suggests you should switch to a new toothbrush.


5 Common Teeth-Cleaning Mistakes That Make Your Dentist Cringe!

August 2, 2022

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Woman brushing her teeth and looking at her reflection.

Your oral health matters greatly and maintaining a clean and healthy smile will go a long way toward your overall health and happiness. But when it comes to practicing oral hygiene, there are some critical mistakes that you should be certain to avoid! Here’s more from your dentist in Temple about five common mistakes that people make when caring for their teeth, and how to go about things the correct way.


How Good Oral Health Will Help Your Child’s Academic Performance

August 1, 2022

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Student smiling in the classroom.

Back-to-school season is finally upon us, and you’re probably thinking about how you can contribute to your child’s academic success this year. Your child’s education matters, and their oral health actually plays a large role in their performance in the classroom! But how is oral health linked with a child’s education? Keep reading to learn more from your dentist in Temple about this connection and some tips to set your child up for a successful school year.


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.


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.


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.


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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