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Fact or Myth: Is Ice Cream Really Bad for Your Teeth?

July 12, 2023

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Four ice cream cones sitting in a stand. From left to right: vanilla, strawberry, cookies and cream, chocolate. An ice cream scoop, waffle cone, and some toppings are in the background.

What better way to cool off this summer than to enjoy your favorite frozen treat? Although delicious and refreshing, ice cream can actually negatively impact your oral health. So, before you make a trip to the store or queue up for long ice cream shop lines, take your smile into consideration. Here is the inside scoop on why ice cream is bad for your teeth and how you can minimize the effect it has on your smile.


Tips for Recovering From a Full Mouth Reconstruction

May 11, 2023

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dentists looking at an x-ray and pointing at a model of teeth

If your oral health is in a tough spot, your dentist may recommend that you get what’s called a full mouth reconstruction. This is a combination of several restorative treatments—fillings, crowns, gum disease treatment, etc.—used to get people with severe oral health problems back on track.

As you may imagine, recovering from a full mouth reconstruction can take a little bit of time. If you’re wondering how to make that a little bit easier, here are some things you can try.


Will My Diet Change With Veneers?

March 23, 2023

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Man eating breakfast foodsIf you’re ready to turn the smile of your dreams into reality, veneers can be the solution for you. Porcelain allows veneers to be thinner than ever before while creating results that look natural. After just 2 appointments, you can say goodbye to stains, gaps, and other imperfections using a quick, minimally invasive method. Your dazzling new smile can last for 10 or more years with the right care. Although brushing and flossing are important for protecting your investment, your cosmetic dentist will recommend watching what you eat. Here’s what you should avoid to safeguard your pearly whites.


Over 40? You Can Still Get a Straight Smile!

December 30, 2022

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an older woman enjoying her straighter smile after Invisalign

Have you always wanted straighter teeth, but didn’t want to wear the clunky metal wires and brackets of traditional braces? The good news is that modern orthodontics have now made that possible! Invisalign is a discreet and reliable way to get the aligned smile you’ve always wanted. It uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gently move your teeth into the desired place. It’s the perfect solution to correct your pearly whites while still maintaining a professional appearance and without causing a major overhaul to your life. Here are four great reasons why Invisalign may be right for you!


Are Instant Orthodontics Right for You?

December 13, 2022

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Smiling woman with gapped front teethFew people are born with naturally straight teeth. Bite and alignment problems can vary significantly and result from multiple factors, like genetics. Some people may need extensive tooth movements, while others may only have slight gaps. If you’re one of the lucky few who have mostly straight teeth, you don’t have to spend months wearing braces to fix your smile. You may be a candidate for instant orthodontics using porcelain veneers.


Popcorn and Oral Health: Can It Harm Your Smile?

October 4, 2022

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bowl of popcorn

When it comes to classic movie snacks, popcorn is often the first one to come to mind. Whether you eat it with dessert toppings or classic salt and butter, there’s an endless number of ways to enjoy this treat. As tasty as popcorn is, it can unfortunately have some unsavory effects on your smile. Continue reading to learn about the link between popcorn and oral health.


How to Choose a Desensitizing Toothpaste

September 10, 2022

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how-does-desensitizing-toothpaste-workDoes drinking a glass of ice water make your lips? Maybe a hot cup of coffee causes a sudden twinge of pain? You may be dealing with sensitive teeth. It’s normal to have some tooth sensitivity after certain dental treatments, but if the problem is persistent, there may be an underlying issue, like a cavity, gum disease, or weakened enamel. No matter the reason, you don’t have to avoid hot and cold foods or drinks. Desensitizing toothpaste can provide you with the relief you need until seeing your dentist.


5 Back-to-School Tips to Prevent Dental Emergencies

August 17, 2022

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group of kids smiling

For many kids around the country, summer vacation is drawing to a close. This means getting ready to head back to the classroom by purchasing a new wardrobe, new school supplies, and finishing summer projects. Though it’s important for your little one to focus on having the best school year they can, that doesn’t mean that your work helping them maintain a healthy smile is over. Read on to learn five tips that will help your child keep their oral health in good standing and prevent dental emergencies as they prepare to head back to school.


How to Pull Out a Child’s Loose Tooth

July 28, 2022

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Young boy with a missing toothNothing is more precious than watching your child’s first tooth break through the gum tissue; however, their first visit from the Tooth Fairy is equally exciting. Between the ages of 6 to 7, most children have their first loose tooth. Until then, the baby teeth act as placeholders for their permanent set, while also allowing them to learn how to eat and speak. Losing a primary tooth too soon can have lasting consequences for their smile. Here’s how to pull your child’s tooth safely.


Veneers: The Secret to a Beach-Ready Smile

June 14, 2022

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person smiling on beach

When it comes to summer vacation, taking tons of photos is a great way to capture memories so you can look back on them in the future. Since a smile says a thousand words, it’s important to make sure yours is saying the right things. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can help. Read on to learn how this cosmetic procedure can give you the beach-ready beam you’ve always wanted.

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Meet the Dentist Shannon Stokes, D.D.S.

In 1996, Dr. Shannon Stokes earned his D.D.S. from the Baylor College of Dentistry, hailed as one of the country's best dental school. Since then, he has completed a variety of post-graduate courses in different dental fields, and he has experience in a range of areas, from cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry to surgical care and root canal therapy.

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