When we see our own smile in the mirror, we can get caught up in its imperfections. We’re all beautiful when we smile, but in many cases, improving our smile does wonders to help boost our self-confidence. Have you noticed any tiny white spots on your teeth? That’s an imperfection that bothers many people all…

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They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but a smile does a lot more to communicate your confidence and personality. Smiling is a key way that people relate to each other, from beaming grins of movie stars to sweet smiles on a first date. We smile to express confidence, agreement, or just…

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Why Teeth Whitening Isn't Just a Luxury Anymore

Your smile is a physical feature that holds significant weight on how you see yourself as much as how others see you. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that 48% of adults hold the opinion that a smile is the most memorable feature when first meeting someone. Thus, there is…

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Eight Reasons To Consider Dental Implants

A great smile is a great asset that bolsters confidence and makes a positive impression on others. Unfortunately, the older you get, the more likely you are to experience natural deterioration that causes lost teeth or even lose teeth from an accident or injury. These things happen, but fortunately, due to modern dental techniques there…

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Is It Time For A Checkup? What You Should Know

Just as an automobile needs regular oil changes and routine maintenance, your teeth need regular care. This includes not only good brushing and flossing habits but also a checkup consisting of a professional examination and dental cleaning every 6 months. A checkup can catch problems early when they’re still relatively easy and inexpensive to treat.…

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Smile Makeovers: 5 Things You Need To Know

When a person doesn’t smile much for photos or in person, we often make an assumption about the individual’s personality. What we often don’t consider is that a lot of people who resist smiling simply don’t like the way their smiles look and don’t feel confident sharing them with the world. You might have had…

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What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Ever look at a photo of yourself from only a few years ago and ask yourself, “Huh, were my teeth looked a bit brighter back then?” We definitely do. Coffee and red wine usually get the blame for teeth discoloration, but several other causes may be the culprit.   Common Reasons for Tooth Discoloration •…

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Seeing some red in the sink after brushing or flossing may raise an eyebrow or two. It may seem like your gums are bleeding for no reason. But before you venture down the rabbit hole of what-ifs, consider these common causes of gum bleeding.   Common Causes of Bleeding Gums • Vigorous Toothbrushing The extra…

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Protect Yourself Against Oral Cancer

If there were a quick and painless way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is, as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word “cancer,” thinking about it, and thus detecting it…

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Dental X-rays

“Are Dental X-Rays Safe?” and Other Questions about Dental X-Rays Some of the most common questions we get at Carrie Muzny, DDS have to do with dental x-rays: Are they safe? Why do I or my kids need them? And how often should I get them? These are great questions (and we love how much…

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

Let’s say you sprained an ankle. What are your first steps? Most of us probably would say something along the lines of plop down on the nearest couch, ice the ankle, elevate it, add some compression, and see a doctor if it’s a bad sprain.   But what about a dental emergency, like a broken…

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Flossing Tips

Of all the things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth, flossing has got to be the least expensive! But many patients don’t take the time to floss. And if you do, you might not be doing it correctly! Welcome to Flossing 101…   Why should you floss? Your toothbrush isn’t enough to brush…

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Reasons You May Have Dry Mouth

We all know drinking enough water is good for our health. And when you’re feeling parched, there’s nothing better than a tall drink of ice-cold water to dampen that dry mouth of yours. But what do you do when you find yourself constantly needing to wet your whistle? There are numerous reasons you could be…

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5 Stages of Tooth Decay

Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And, that in the first stage of decay, you can actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stage of decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via fluoride treatments, your…

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Proper Brushing FAQ

Mouth open or mouth closed? After lunch or after dinner? Flat or at an angle?   We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush and get to work, right?   Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of…

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