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Halloween Candy: The Best & Worst Treats For Your Child’s Teeth

October 12, 2021

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Mom sharing Halloween candy with kids in costumes

Spooky season has arrived! Like most children, your little one may be counting down the days until they can dress up in their costume, go door to door, say “trick-or-treat,” and add more candy to their stash. While indulging in a sweet treat or two is part of the fun, it’s important to protect their smiles from cavities after Halloween, especially since the average child eats up to three cups of sugar on October 31st alone. Yikes! To help keep their teeth happy and healthy, here is a list of the best and worst candies when it comes to their oral health.

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3 Ways to Beautify Your Smile This Summer

July 9, 2021

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a young girl pointing to her smile after seeing her cosmetic dentist in Lakewood

Summer is a time for getting together with family and friends. It’s an opportunity to spend the next several months enjoying the warm weather, going on vacation, and spending your days lounging by the pool or lake. If you want to make lasting memories that don’t leave you feeling embarrassed by your smile, a cosmetic dentist in Lakewood shares 3 unique treatments that will give you the confidence you need to look and feel your best.

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4 Invisalign Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Orthodontic Journey

June 6, 2021

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an up-close view of a person inserting a clear aligner after having their Invisalign questions in Dallas answered

As a busy professional, choosing between traditional metal braces and clear aligners might seem like a no-brainer. A more discreet solution that can produce quicker results is a win-win situation for most adults, but if you are weighing all your options to determine which orthodontic solution will ensure better oral health and aesthetics, it’s important that you be unafraid to discuss with your dental professional and get all the information you need to make a well-informed, confident decision. In this article, we will look at 4 Invisalign questions you should ask when meeting with your dentist.

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3 Foods and Beverages That Can Cause Cavities

April 9, 2021

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an up-close look at a cavity that has formed in a patient’s molar

When you think about cavities forming as the result of a poor diet, you might assume that only candy and sodas are to blame. The truth is that there are far more foods that can cause tooth decay, resulting in a visit to the dentist for restorative treatment. A local dental expert explains which cavity-causing foods can cause significant damage to your teeth and what you can do to ensure a healthier, more beautiful smile.

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5 Myths About Dental Sedation, Debunked

March 19, 2021

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a person drawing two arrows, one that says "myths" and one that says "facts"

Dental phobia or anxiety and nervousness surrounding visiting your dentist is incredibly common among adults. Bad past experiences, a fear of receiving bad news, and overstimulation caused by the sights and sounds of the dental office can all cause adverse reactions to visiting the dentist, but you’re not alone. Dentists want patients to be able to visit them without fear of emotional and mental repercussions, which is why they offer dental sedation. However, there are countless myths out there that may act to sway your decision about receiving this service. Read on to debunk five of the most common myths about dental sedation.

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No One Can See My Missing Tooth — Do I Really Need to Replace It?

January 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_vanderbrook @ 6:29 pm
Woman with jaw pain, considering dental implants in Lakewood, Dallas

If you lost one of your front teeth, you would probably be quick to think about getting it replaced. After all, a gap in the center of your smile is easy for onlookers to notice. But if one of your back teeth goes missing, you might not be so eager to get it replaced. If you can still chew your food comfortably and no one can see that you lost a tooth, it might not seem logical to spend time and money on getting it replaced. However, there are big reasons why people with missing back teeth should consider replacing them with dental implants in Lakewood. Let’s talk about some of those reasons.

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Here’s Why Your Teeth Might Hurt When You Exercise

November 19, 2020

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Closeup of woman running outside

Whether you’ve been a workout enthusiast for years or are recently starting your healthy lifestyle journey, there may be one unexpected thing holding you back: tooth pain. After all, you expect to feel your muscles burning during your workout and soreness the day or two after, but discomfort stemming from your mouth can be extremely unpleasant. Read on as an emergency dentist in Lakewood Dallas shares four potential reasons why it may be happening to you.

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How Much Mouthwash Should I Use?

October 15, 2020

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Woman smiling while pouring mouthwash into cap

Mouthwash is a powerful oral care product that has been a staple of keeping our teeth and gums healthy since the late 1800s. So, if you only use it before an interview or first date, then you should know it can do much more than just give you minty-fresh breath. In fact, it can prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis – but it has to be used correctly! Fortunately, a dentist in Lakewood Dallas is sharing everything you need to know about mouthwash, including how much to use and how your dentist can help!

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Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for My Child?

July 7, 2020

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Young girl high-fives Lake Dallas sedation dentist

Not many children are thrilled about going to the dentist. However, if your son or daughter gets extremely anxious about dental work, getting a regular checkup or simple filling can be an overwhelming experience for you both. On the other hand, pleasant dental appointments can encourage your child to continue taking care of their oral health for years to come. Read on to find out how your Lakewood Dallas sedation dentist can help keep your little one safe and calm while caring for their precious smile.

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How Dentists Are Using Personal Protective Equipment to Keep You Safe

May 10, 2020

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a male emergency dentist in Lake Dallas wearing PPE while caring for a patient

Before COVID-19, the term “personal protective equipment (PPE),” was likely only used among healthcare workers. Now, regular citizens are fully aware of what they are and why they’re important in keeping the virus from spreading from person-to-person. While you might assume that it would be normal for these items to be found in a hospital or doctor’s office, it should come as no surprise that they, too, are necessary when seeing your emergency dentist in Lakewood Dallas. As you prepare for your first dental appointment after the office reopens, check out the four most important PPE your dentist will be wearing to better protect both of you.

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