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Dental Insurance: Use it or Lose it!

September 17, 2018

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A woman having a dental examination.  Fall is a magnificent time of year! The kids are back to school, the weather is cooling off, and the holidays are soon approaching. Did you know that it’s also the perfect time to call your dentist? It’s true! With the end of the year coming in a few months, now is the time to make sure you’ve scheduled both of your preventive visits and completed any outstanding treatment so you can make the most of your dental insurance.

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Dallas Dentist Dr. Vanderbrook Earns Fellowship Award from AGD!

August 12, 2018

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Dr. Vanderbrook after receiving his FAGD.

Many people aren’t quite familiar with the Texas Academy of General Dentistry (TAGD) and what they offer dentists, but Dr. Vanderbrook sure is! They’re an association that represents the needs and interests of dentists across the great state of Texas, including the general dentist right here at the practice.

It’s common, essential and necessary for dentists to continue their education. It’s the only way they can confirm to patients that the care they’re providing is up-to-date and as effective as possible. Keep reading to learn how Dr. Vanderbrook achieved this title!

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Is There a Viable Alternative to Braces? Your Dentist Says Yes!

July 5, 2018

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A woman pointing at her smile.When you get older, it’s understandable why you wouldn’t want to pursue orthodontic treatment, even if you really need it. When people see metal braces, their first thought typically goes to teenagers walking in hallways or even their own experience wearing braces as a child. This reason alone is enough to push people away from fixing their smile.

However, braces aren’t the only way to realign teeth, according to your dentist. That’s where Invisalign’s series of clear aligners come into play.

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Your Dentist Explains the Five Stages of Tooth Decay

June 4, 2018

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A woman holding a picture of an unhealthy smile over her face.If you think that tooth decay only appears when you feel yourself in pain, you need to read this post from your dentist. Tooth decay is a multi-staged process that takes a long period of time to fully develop. Each stage is distinctive, especially the first stage. If you catch the early signs of decay, either at home or during your dental visit, there’s still a chance to prevent damage and disease before it occurs.

Let’s take a closer look at the five stages.

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Your Dentist Offers 4 Tips to Help You Choose the Perfect Toothbrush

May 5, 2018

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man looking at toothbrushesIn one form or another, toothbrushes have been around for thousands of years. There is evidence that ancient peoples used “chew sticks” — little twigs with frayed ends — to clean their teeth. Thankfully, oral hygiene products have come a long way since then. All we have to do is head to the grocery store and choose from the dozens of toothbrush styles that are available. But which toothbrush is best for you? Your dentist is here to offer some handy guidance to help you find the ideal tooth-cleaning tool.

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Got a Stubborn Canker Sore? Your Dentist Can Help You Relieve Them

April 4, 2018

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A lip with canker sores on it.

Have you ever wondered what those weird white bumps on your inner and outer lip are? They seem to appear out of nowhere, but when you have them, they get in the way of completing the most basic tasks comfortably. Tasks like chewing and even speaking can be negatively affected if you have a canker sore. That’s why your dentist thought it would be worthwhile to explain what they are and how to treat the ones you have.

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What to Look for When Choosing a Dentist and Practice Near You

March 5, 2018

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A woman at her dental visit.At first glance, you’d think choosing a dentist would only mean searching for the closest one. However, the one that’s close by may not have the ability to provide the level or variety of care that you and your family deserves. The more time you invest in learning about your new dentist and about their practice, the more equipped you’ll be to make the right decision the first time.

When choosing your dentist, you’ll need to focus on your family’s needs, the dentist’s qualifications, and the values they portray on a regular basis. Keep reading to learn more about the process!

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February Is the Perfect Time to See Your Family Dentist

February 2, 2018

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girl at dentistFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month! It’s the time of year when parents are encouraged to pay special attention to their children’s pearly whites, focusing on promoting good habits that will last a lifetime. Would you like to get into the spirit of this special and important annual observance? Your family dentist offers a few tips that will benefit the smiles of every member of your household.

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Make Visits with Your Dentist Part of Your New Year Resolutions

January 16, 2018

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A smiling woman.As we jump right into the new year, it can be easy to get caught up on a specific resolution. Whether it’s exercising more or trying to eat healthier, you want to make sure you commit. A great way to improve your overall health is to keep your oral care habits in check.

One of the parts of oral care you may have forgotten is regular visits to your dentist. Learn why checkups and cleanings are key to keeping your mouth healthy.

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Do Your Gums Bleed? Call Your Dentist Right Away!

December 22, 2017

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Woman brushing her teethWhen rinsing your mouth after you have brushed your teeth, do you notice blood-tinged spit in the sink? If you are like most people, you probably do not put much thought into it. You believe that you were probably brushing too hard; however, this is rarely the case. In fact, it is a red flag that indicates a larger underlying issue—gum disease. Bleeding gums is often the first sign of an infection that can negatively impact your oral and overall health. At the first sign of blood, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to fix it before it becomes a major problem.
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