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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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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.


3 Questions to Ask During Your Cosmetic Dental Consultation

April 4, 2022

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Patient being attended in medical consultation

So, you’ve taken your first step to a better smile and scheduled a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. Do you know what to ask about during the appointment? You won’t know the best way to improve your smile otherwise, and a poor decision on treatment can have lasting consequences.

If you find yourself at a loss over what to bring up, don’t panic: Here’s a summary of three essential questions to ask during your cosmetic dental consultation and why you should do so.


Dental Instruments: What Are They, and What Do They Do?

March 29, 2022

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Dental tools.

You’re sitting at the dentist’s office, wearing a bib and twiddling your thumbs, when the chair begins to recline—showtime! As the dentist wheels his chair over to begin cleaning your teeth, without moving your head you steal a quick glance at what he’s holding; it’s small, metal, and sharp, and it immediately makes you uncomfortable. You look away, diverting your glance down towards the tray that is neatly lined with similar metal tools. You recognize one that resembles a small mirror, but the rest look like they could be straight out of a horror film. These tools, as scary as they might be, when wielded in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist can help give you a dazzling smile. Here are a few of the most common instruments and what they are used for:


Can I Get Dental Implants When I’m Pregnant?

February 4, 2022

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pregnant woman puzzled expression

Even missing one tooth can make it tough to speak clearly, chew properly, and smile confidently, as the more than 170 million Americans who are dealing with tooth loss have learned. If those issues sound familiar to you, perhaps you’ve been considering dental implants. And why wouldn’t you? They last for 30 years or more, look natural, and are the only tooth replacement option that preserves your jawbone. In your case, the catch is that you’re pregnant. Can you get dental implants during pregnancy? Keep reading to find out from your implant dentist in Plano.


What to Expect When Adjusting to Implant Dentures

January 3, 2022

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woman smiling and adjusting to implant dentures in Plano

You’ve decided to go with implant dentures for your new set of teeth and you might be wondering what you’ll experience after you get them. They’ll definitely restore your appearance and natural dental functions, but you want to know what’s involved in the adjustment time. Your local dentist can explain what to expect when adjusting to your new implant dentures in Plano.


How Cranberries Benefit Oral Health

December 15, 2021

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fresh cranberry sauce in Plano

During this time of year, many people are preparing to gorge on a holiday feast. Cranberry sauce is a common side dish that adds a bit of tart sweetness. Though cranberry sauce is a tasty addition to any holiday meal, how does it impact your oral health? Read on to learn how cranberries can impact your oral health and if you should incorporate them into your diet for a stronger, more beautiful smile.


5 Things You Can’t Do Without Your Teeth

November 17, 2021

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smiling man with good oral health in Plano

Keeping your teeth healthy is an important part of having a bright, youthful smile, but they do a lot more than just look good. You know that eating your favorite foods would be a challenge without your teeth, but what other tasks would be a challenge without your pearly whites? Read on to learn more about 5 normal functions that would be more difficult without our teeth.

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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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