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Welcome to Our New Website

Fusion Dentistry is a unique approach we developed that combines world-class dentistry and five-star silver tray service. The combination of leading-edge technology, extraordinary patient care, luxury amenities, and unparalleled service foster a nurturing atmosphere that builds relationships based on mutual trust and respect.

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How to Stop Touching Your Face

You touch your face 23 times an hour- Here are 3 ways to curb the habit, according to a behavioral psychologist.I touched my face 12 times before my morning meeting. Oh wait, that’s a lie—I should say 12 times in the hour between arriving at work and my first meeting of the day. I know health officials are recommending we keep our paws off our faces in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and yet… must… scratch…

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5 Last Minute Turkey Alternatives

I moved to Texas in January 2019, and have spent most holidays either alone or with friends. But for Thanksgiving this year, my parents are dropping off their favorite child for me to babysit indefinitely. Yes, my younger sister is moving in with me, and her drive down here is being guided by what may as well be the familial motorcade. Sibling rivalry aside, I'm very excited to cram my sister and parents into my tiny one-bedroom apartment for 4 days. It'll be a great reminder of why I love living alone!

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What Can You Expect with Dental Implant Treatment?

Dental implants are growing in popularity every year and many are requesting them over traditional dentures and bridges. A dental implant replaces the entire tooth from root to crown with a permanent restoration that looks and feels natural.

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8 FAQs About Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic care is a crucial part of maintaining the health, beauty, and function of your smile. Besides the aesthetic concerns, crooked teeth are more challenging to keep clean. This can increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

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All About Water Flossing

The chances are high that your dentist or dental hygienist has been pushing you to floss daily every time you visit. If you’re like most people, however, you probably don’t manage to floss every day. You might not even floss at all.

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How Can Dental Veneers Improve Your Smile?

When looking in the mirror, does your smile give you confidence? Is your smile healthy, but you still have multiple things about it you’d like to change? With today’s popular cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers, you can fix a variety of aesthetic concerns an achieve a radiant smile you’ll be excited to share.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone loves to have a radiant smile, but that doesn’t always happen naturally. If you lack confidence in your dental aesthetics, quality cosmetic services can help you achieve your picture-perfect smile. Whether you are looking to replace an old, damaged restoration or want a complete smile makeover, finding the best procedure is key to optimizing your oral health and self-confidence.

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How to Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can occur at any time, and whether your child has broken a tooth playing sports or you have a damaged restoration, it is best to be prepared. Delaying treatment can lead to further complications and can turn a small issue into a major problem. Take the time to prepare by creating an emergency kit, reviewing some basic care strategies, and collecting the contact information you may need.

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Tips for Creating Effective Hygiene Routines for Kids

It can sometimes be difficult for children to follow new rules as they grow older, especially as their baby and permanent teeth develop. As babies, kids had help from mommy and daddy to keep their teeth clean, but when they’re older, the responsibility is theirs. Young kids may not look forward to keeping up with dental hygiene twice a day. From bedtime routines to games, here are some tips to encourage your child to take care of their smile.

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Seal the Deal with Dental Sealants

Before today... no, further back, before you became an adult, did you know what dental sealants were? I didn't know what they were until recently and I'm almost 30... Oh wow, I'm almost 30... Existential crisis aside, I hadn't heard about sealants until I'd been working at a dental practice for 8 months. So, dental sealants are an extra tool in our arsenal to protect our teeth from cavities. They're easy to apply and they're pretty common.

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How Dental Care Helps Sleep Apnea

If you are one of the many adults diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can help you enjoy better sleep through personalized dental treatment. Using innovative treatment such as specialized dental appliances, you can finally get the quality rest you need.

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How Teeth Whitening Works

A smile can make a great first impression, but not if stains and discoloration diminish its impact. You acquire most stains from eating and drinking highly pigmented food products and engaging in bad habits. Whatever the cause of discoloration, there is a way your dental professional can help. A professional whitening treatment can remove years of staining in as little as one session.

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The Complete Guide to Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is a critical field of dentistry for both the beauty and health of the smile. Misaligned teeth create areas that are difficult to reach with your toothbrush, so tooth decay and gum disease are much more likely to develop. Teeth that are on aligned properly also present problems regarding biting and chewing food, which can negatively affect digestion.

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Get a Straighter Smile with Invisalign

Orthodontic treatment is sometimes necessary for optimal oral health. Still, you may not want to commit to months of metal in your mouth, difficult oral hygiene, and constant poking and scraping against your cheeks. Thankfully, with modern technological advances, you may be a candidate for Invisalign, a clear solution for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.

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Preparing for Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can come up out of nowhere, causing pain, damage, and financial headaches. The best way to prepare for a dental emergency is to plan ahead so that if something happens, you can act immediately. Having a plan will reduce stress and could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Here are some most common dental emergencies, as well as tips for how to handle them.

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Have You Cleaned Your Tongue Lately?

New information continues to make the connection between the health of our mouths and the rest of the body very clear. As a result, taking care of your teeth and gums moves higher on the self-care priority list. But what about your tongue?

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How Lasers Assist in Periodontal Care

Healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile, but many Americans experience symptoms of gum disease at some point in their lives. Traditional methods of treating gum disease can be intimidating, and not many people look forward to visiting a dentist for cleanings.

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All About Sports Mouthguards

Mouthguards are designed to protect your mouth and teeth from damage. They are highly favored by professional athletes and anyone who participates in physical activities. If you have been thinking about investing in this type of dental appliance, you likely want to know whether you need it, what different types are there, and when it is time for a replacement.

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Dental Implants

If your smile is missing a tooth or two, it may be more than just a hit on your confidence. Gaps between your teeth may degrade the jaw bone and affect the overall shape of your face. If you're looking to fill holes in your smile, dental implants may be a great option.

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All About Endodontics

The Greek meaning of endodontics (“endo” means inside, and “odont” means tooth) translates to “inside the tooth.” Endodontic problems may result in any situation where the inside of the tooth has been diseased or injured. When tooth decay goes untreated for too long, it can reach the pulp of the tooth. This is when it is a good idea to see your dentist, who may refer you to an endodontic specialist.

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It’s More Than “Just” a Cavity

As one of the most common dental issues out there, it may be easy to dismiss a cavity as not serious. There is often very little sense of urgency when someone talks about dental cavities. You may hear people say, “It’s JUST a cavity” or “It’s JUST a filling.” The reality is, repairing dental cavities (caused by a disease called caries) is just as important as any other dental treatment. Perhaps more so, since you are able to catch the decay before it grows into something more.

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Preventing Tooth Decay in Children

As a parent, you want the best for your child, and that includes their dental health. Although baby teeth are temporary and will eventually be replaced with permanent teeth, it is still essential to keep teeth and gums clean and free of decay.

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All About Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign

Modern orthodontic care primarily offers two options: traditional braces that use metal brackets and clear aligners like Invisalign. Removable orthodontic aligners are the treatment of choice for many, especially teens and adults. While children are glad to join their peers who have metal braces, those with professional jobs or highly conscious of their appearance prefer the more discreet options available with Invisalign.

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The Ultimate Guide to Flossing

One of the most critical parts of oral hygiene is flossing. Flossing prevents plaque buildup, which ultimately decreases the chance of periodontal disease. Removing as much bacteria as possible can help prevent bad breath, cavities, and possible tooth loss. Flossing once-a-day or more will help preserve the health and life of your teeth. In addition to brushing twice a day, flossing can help you keep your smile beautiful for years to come.

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The Oral Systemic Connection

Research has shown that there are connections between oral health and overall health. Your body and your dental health influence each other, which is why it is so important to maintain a routine that keeps teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Oral health can play a role in the status of other diseases and conditions, including arthritis and diabetes.

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Recognizing and Treating Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common problem—more than most people realize. Many American adults have sleep apnea but haven’t been diagnosed, and therefore don’t get treatment. Lack of sleep can lead to poor health, increased accident risk, and other serious issues. It’s important to understand the risks and realities of life with sleep apnea and to seek diagnosis and treatment if you think you might be affected.

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What You Can Do To Maintain Your Oral Health

Many people seek natural health solutions to achieve improved well-being naturally. Avoiding the chemicals and unnatural ingredients found in many over the counter products and plenty of foods can help your entire body, especially in regards to oral health. A naturally healthy smile acts as a shield against bodily infection and is more resistant to decay. Consider these holistic products and care habits when looking to improve your oral health.

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FAQs of Dental Implants

Many people take a simple dental function like being able to bite and chew for granted. But when you have missing teeth that prevent you from doing these simple and essential things, you quickly realize how important it is to have a healthy smile.

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Glossary of Kid-Friendly Dental Terms

Dental anxieties often develop in children after negative experiences or inherited from equally anxious parents. If you have toddlers or young children, here are some alternative phrases you can use at home when talking about the dental office.

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All About Preventive Dental Care

While taking good care of your teeth and gums at home is essential, an effective oral health care routine also involves visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled professional cleanings and examinations. Aside from the many oral and overall health benefits this preventive care can provide, they can also detect and diagnose problems early, saving you time and money.

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Dental Veneers vs. Lumineers

Porcelain dental veneers and Lumineers can seem almost interchangeable, but these treatments do possess important differences. If you’re looking for a smile makeover and you are considering dental veneers or Lumineers, it’s important to evaluate the pros and cons of both options.

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How Periodontal Disease Affects the Body

Gum disease can have far-reaching effects on your oral health and appearance. However, many individuals develop the condition without knowing it and the initial warning signs such as gum-tissue inflammation and occasional bleeding are ignored. Even if you have these symptoms, don’t give up! When caught early, gum disease can be prevented, and the damage repaired.

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5 Things You Can Do to Combat the Coronavirus

Coronavirus is here. It has landed on American soil and has spread across the virus and at the time of writing has reached nearly every state. It’s pierced all the way through to even our great city of Houston, with over 15 confirmed cases and a whole rodeo being canceled as Houston and Harris counties declare a health emergency. This comes on the same day the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Causes and Treatments

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is in use more than any other joint in the whole body, which makes it an easy target for health issues. When these problems cause chronic pain and affect the overall function of the jaw, they are collectively known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).

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What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Kid’s Teeth

Prevention and early treatment are the best ways to help your children achieve and maintain optimal oral health. It is much easier to prevent an issue than treat one, which is why it is essential to monitor them as soon as their first tooth appears.

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Achy Breaky Hearts

I'm sure if you went outside and asked a bunch of random strangers what a heart attack is, most of them would give you very similar answers. Heart attacks - their general symptoms and causes - are nothing new to the modern zeitgeist. But let's be real: for most of us, what we think of as heart attacks is ripped straight out of movies and telenovelas (I'm looking at you Mom... and Dad).

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Should You Replace Your Amalgam Fillings?

Metal was once the most commonly used dental material used to fill cavities and repair damage. However, amalgam fillings are less popular than they used to be for a variety of reasons. If you currently have fillings that contain amalgam, you may have been told you should have them removed and replaced with newer composites. The reality is, there are several important factors to consider before deciding which material to use.

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How Oral Surgery is Used to Benefit Your Long-Term Oral Health

Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

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Open Mouth, Insert Heart

Let's get real: most of us could probably do with a few healthier habits to help take care of our hearts. Cutting back on junk food and alcohol while adding a few minutes of or exercise each day can help the old ticker keep on tickin'. But before you try duel-wielding shake weights, you might want to take a closer look at how you wield your toothbrush.

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Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea

For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don’t realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study.

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Three Steps to a Healthier Smile

Everyone wants their smile to last, but sometimes we fall into bad habits and risk permanent damage to our teeth. Following some simple rules and avoiding bad habits can help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.

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5 Easy Tips for Taking Good Care of Your Dental Prosthetics

Whether you have dentures or dental implants, you want your custom dental prosthetic to stay in good condition. Maintaining your prosthetics does require some diligence on your part, but with a little effort, you can enjoy them for years, even decades to come. Just follow these five simple tips to keep your prosthetics in top shape!

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Cosmetic Dental Care Can Improve Oral Health

For many of us, improving the way we look helps us go through life with more confidence. Cosmetic dental care is usually associated with superficial or unnecessary treatments that only have an aesthetic value. The truth is, these services do much more than that. Some procedures do double duty as both restorative and cosmetic. When you are proud of your smile, you are more motivated to take care of your teeth, which promotes overall oral health.

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Vote for Us! Living Magazine's 'Best of' Awards!

Every year, Living Magazine hosts its 'best of' Reader's Choice Awards, where you can vote for the best local business. Winners are featured in their special "best of" issue later in the year, giving your favorites a chance to become other people's favorites as well!

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Benefits of Composite Resin Over Amalgam Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used amalgam to fill cavities and for over 150 years, this mixture of metals has been used to restore oral health and prevent further decay. More recently, however, dental practices have transitioned into using composite resin for the increased health benefits as well as the aesthetic appeal of the natural colored material.

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5 Signs of Gum Disease

We often don’t think about oral health beyond our teeth, yet nearly half of all adults suffer from some form of gum disease. What most fail to realize is that if gum disease is left untreated, it can negatively impact your oral health resulting in infections, gum recession, and even tooth loss.

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How To Save Money On Your Power Bill

Last December I moved into a new apartment. In fact, it’s my first apartment. It’s pretty exciting! No longer am I subject to the rules and regulations of my parents or other such overlords. No, I’m free to experience life as intended! I have my living room with my couch I can eat on! No elbows on the dinner table? Hah!

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How to Make Your Dental Appointments More Comfortable

Many people are afraid to get dental care. They don’t like the sound of dental instruments, the discomfort of examinations, or even the general atmosphere of the dental office. Additionally, it’s easy to associate dentistry with pain, as procedures can cause discomfort.

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Sleep Apnea Appliances

Sleep is crucial to maintaining good health, but many people tolerate restless nights because they are used to it. Sleep apnea is a common condition that interrupts nighttime breathing, causing people to toss and turn. If you feel exhausted during the day, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

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How to Make the Most of Your Life with Dentures

Dentures provide an invaluable improvement to quality of life for people missing multiple teeth. When you first start wearing dentures, it may require an adjustment period as you settle into your new prosthetic. With a little time and some helpful tips, you can enjoy a full, positive life using dentures. Here’s what you need to know about your life with full and partial dentures.

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Dental Tips for the Holidays

When the holiday season approaches, most of the festivities will include an array of sweet beverages, baked goods, and candies. While these festive foods can be tempting, the sugar content can increase your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of avoiding the fun altogether, here are some helpful recommendations on how to effectively protect your teeth against the most common harmful holiday activities.

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CDA's Favorite Things

It seems like just yesterday you were hosting a relaxing BBQ in your backyard for friends and family. You grilled various meat and/or plant products, and complained about the heat while cracking open a cold one with the boys. Oops, looks like you burned one of Steve’s organic free-range turkey bratwursts. That’s ok, Steve’s a good sport.

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The Stages of Dental Health

It’s essential to understand the many stages of dental care to prepare for upcoming years and protect your teeth for a lifetime. Here’s a breakdown of the general phases of dental care, from early childhood to retirement.

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Thanksgiving Fried Turkey

It’s the flavorful fowl. The appetizing avian. The enticing entree. The beautifully baked big bird on everyone's mind this season: The Thanksgiving Turkey.

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11 Facts About Invisalign® treatments

Do your teeth need straightening? Have you been considering braces or another similar treatment to get them back into line to improve your smile? Invisalign is one of the best options on the market for fixing misaligned teeth, but you may have a lot of questions about it.

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Maintaining Oral Hygiene at Home

Taking care of your teeth at home takes daily work. You can’t just go to your routine cleanings every six months and expect to have a healthy smile. Going to the dentist is essential but taking care of your teeth at home is a critical component of optimal oral health.

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Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

A couple of years ago, a family friend sent my mom a bowl of her homemade sweet potato casserole for us to enjoy at Thanksgiving dinner. Up to that point my family’s only experience with sweet potatoes was in french fry form. To us, those fries where only ever alright; not enough to dethrone the regular potato as King of Fries. So you can excuse our lack of excitement when my mom placed the hefty glass bowl of nut topped orange goop among the smorgasbord of our traditional tasty Thanksgiving treats.

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The Many Benefits Of Wearing A Retainer

Braces are a significant investment for anyone. They cost a lot of money and need to be worn for a long time to reach their full effect. Retainers help preserve that investment and ensure that your shiny and smooth new smile lasts as long as possible.

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How Sugar Affects Your Teeth and Gums

We all know that sugar is bad for us, yet we continue to eat it. Perhaps it’s an addiction, or maybe we lack self-control. While sugar has many adverse effects on our overall health, there are many ways that sugar affects your teeth and gums. Your overall health is connected to your dental health, so it is essential to do everything you can to maintain and restore oral health.

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Rubber Bands For Braces: Helpful Tips And Tricks

Rubber bands for braces are also known as elastics. These unique bands are tiny and come in lots of different colors. They serve a valuable function and help your brackets and wires do their job more effectively. These bands stay in that place for the entire treatment time frame and only taken out by your orthodontist when they adjusted your braces during appointments.

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What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, you could be experiencing discomfort due to decay, genetics, age, or even over-brushing! When bacteria build up along the gum-line the dentin becomes exposed, and the microscopic pores that lead to the nerve of the tooth are left unprotected.

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Advanced Oral Health Care with Laser Technology

Many dental offices today are adopting innovations that improve the variety and accuracy of procedures they can provide. One of the latest technologies available to aid in soft and hard tissue procedures is dental lasers, which are growing in popularity and functionality. With the ability to provide a wide variety of treatments from gum re-contouring to whitening, lasers can make your dental appointments faster, safer, and less painful.

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What is a Bone Graft?

Bone grafting is the surgical procedure that improves areas of the smile deficient in natural bone and involves taking material from another source. The contributing materials can be taken from the patient’s chin or hip or can be outsourced synthetically.

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10 Ways to Help Prevent Cavities and Promote Optimal Oral Health

Everyone knows that dental hygiene is crucially important for a number of reasons, yet most of us fail to take adequate care of our teeth and end up developing cavities at some point in our life. Usually, if we floss our teeth regularly, brush a couple of times each day, and get regular cleanings at the dentist’s office, we can manage to keep our gums and teeth relatively healthy.

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Does Your Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Most orthodontic treatment starts in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in, and the results are more predictable. However, some young children need early intervention or Phase One treatment. This evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean orthodontics are needed right away.

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Effective Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

If your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be, or even as white as you would like them to be, there are numerous ways to whiten them. The dental whitening market can be a bit overwhelming and confusing, so here are some of your options to help you determine which could work for you and your budget.

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Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety-Free Dental Care

Over 30% of the population avoids going to the dentist due to anxiety and fear. Dental phobia prevents you from receiving the routine treatment you need to maintain the health and functionality of your smile.

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Natural Remedies to Fight Cavities

While visiting the dentist to have a cavity properly treated is effective, there are a few additional steps you can take to help slow the growth of cavities to prevent them from becoming deep or painful. A cavity that is left without proper treatment can get worse and eventually grow deeper into the tooth, reach the nerve and causing great pain and even more significant damage. These remedies can help to provide some relief and support your oral health.

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Does Pacifier Use Affect a Baby’s Dental Development?

Pacifier use and thumb sucking are heavily ingrained in our culture, and in most cultures around the world throughout history. As a result, most of us don’t think much about it. However, a lot of people have recently started taking a closer look at this common practice and wondered just how healthy it actually is.

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