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What Is Dry Socket and How Can I Prevent It?

May 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — hermendental @ 8:23 pm
Man has oral pain

While most people won’t experience any complications after having their wisdom teeth or any other tooth removed, about 3% of tooth extractions lead to dry socket. This severely painful condition results when a blood clot fails to form over or is dislodged from the removed tooth’s empty socket, resulting in the nerves, bone structure, and soft tissues therein being exposed to the stresses of the oral environment. Here’s what you should know about dry socket and how you can avoid it.


How to Make Eating with Dentures Easy

April 10, 2024

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Someone eating an apple

When people first get their dentures, there’s an adjustment phase that every patient will go through. While this prosthetic will make it much easier to do everything in your life, from eating to talking, but relearning how to do these things effortlessly will take a little bit of time.

Of course, being able to eat with your prosthetic isn’t necessarily something you can wait on; you’ll need have some food eventually, so it’s important that you learn how to do that. Here are a few tips that could potentially help you adjust a bit faster.


Can Dentures Affect My Nutrition?

March 13, 2024

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Traditional dentures have allowed many people to enjoy complete smiles after extensive tooth loss. While chewing food with dentures is much easier than chewing food without teeth, these appliances can have a lot of trouble with tougher or harder foods like steak, nuts, or crunchy veggies. Here’s how wearing dentures can affect your nutritional intake as well as how dental implants can help.


Is Cosmetic Dentistry Possible for Seniors?

February 27, 2024

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Senior with a nice smile

You might have heard about cosmetic dentistry, an expansive field that can do incredible things for patients that are unhappy with their smile. If you have some kind of issue with the way your teeth look, there’s likely a cosmetic treatment out there that could help you get a smile you could take real pride in.

However, patients on the older side are sometimes nervous about the procedure, wondering whether their age could cause complications for the procedure. If you’re curious, here’s what you should know about the prospect of getting cosmetic dentistry as a senior.


3 Common Cosmetic Dental Problems and the Treatments to Address Them

February 8, 2024

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Someone with a nice smile

There’s no shortage of ways that someone can be unhappy with their smile. Even if your smile is technically healthy, you still might not be all that happy with what you see in the mirror each day. Thankfully, there are also a variety of cosmetic dental procedures out there. They can be used to deal with just about any issue that you could have with your smile, giving you teeth that you can take true pride in.

Here are some of the most common issues that people often have with their teeth, along with the cosmetic treatments that can be used to address them.


Are Veneers or Crowns the Best Option for Me?

December 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — hermendental @ 8:19 pm
Woman shows off pretty smile

Many people have teeth with extensive flaws or damage, and many of them might be interested in what dentists can do to help them have a prettier smile. Veneers and dental crowns can both enhance your smile’s appearance by covering unsightly teeth, but one treatment or the other may be better depending on the patient’s unique situation. Here are the differences between dental crowns and veneers and a few reasons why one might be a better treatment.


What Effect Do Cranberries Have on My Oral Health

December 13, 2023

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Cranberries are enjoyed as juices, jams, sauces, capsules, chewing gum, and dried fruit, and they have numerous overall health benefits. They have long been known to be good for the urinary tract and may provide important nutritional support against infectious diseases as well as serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Cranberries also have interesting effects on dental health. Here are the pros and cons of cranberries for your smile as well as some tips for maximizing the pros while minimizing the cons.


How Can You Avoid Red Wine Stains on Your Teeth During the Holidays?

November 16, 2023

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You’re at a holiday party, and red wine is being served. It can be all too tempting to simply take a sip without a second thought. But before you indulge in your drink, it’s important to remember that red wine is rather infamous for staining teeth. As such, you may want to take some precautions so that you can enjoy your beverage without having to worry about what your smile will look like afterward. Here’s a quick overview from your dentist on what you need to know about red wine and dental stains.


Prepare for the Thanksgiving Feast: Why Saliva Is Wonderful When Eating

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — hermendental @ 10:20 pm
Thanksgiving turkey

Every year, the family gathers around the table in November to enjoy a Thanksgiving spread. While some households are more traditional about the foods on the table than others, most families will take some time before eating to list what they are thankful for. When your friends and family members are listing things like health, family, shelter, and all those other wonderful things, take some time to appreciate the wonders of saliva. Here’s why you should be especially grateful for everything saliva does for your dental and overall health when you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving feast.


Oral Care Habits for Dental Hygiene Month

October 4, 2023

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Close up of a woman holding a toothbrushOctober is Dental Hygiene Month, which focuses on raising awareness about the importance of good brushing and flossing habits. Your teeth are supposed to last for a lifetime, but 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss is often caused by preventable issues, like cavities and gum disease. Not to mention, your overall health relies on a healthy mouth. Here are 3 ways you can achieve better oral health and wellness by keeping your mouth clean.


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