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Don’t Feed the Beast: A Halloween Candy Tier List from Your Dentist

October 27, 2023

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A pack of cookie monster cookies that are out to hurt your sweet tooth

When you’re preparing for Halloween, it can be difficult to choose candies that are better for you and your dental health. This can be especially true for people who have a problem controlling their “sweet tooth.” Thankfully, there is a compromise so you can enjoy the festivities while making it harder to over-indulge. Just remember to brush your teeth!

Below is a tier list that ranks every type of candy by sugar content, and how good it is for your dental health. If you need some guidance on what to avoid for Halloween, continue reading.


How Are Dental Crowns Color-Matched to Teeth?

September 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — britesmiles @ 5:44 am
a closeup of a dental crown

Smiling is universal—people everywhere use their pearly whites to convey joy, confidence, and good health! And thanks to modern dentistry, everyone has access to a brighter, whither, and more functional smile. One such treatment that patients rely on is dental crowns; they can be used to restore a damaged, decayed, or otherwise compromised tooth with ease in terms of both functionality and appearance. But how do dentists go about color-matching these nifty restorations to the rest of your natural teeth? Keep reading to learn more!


3 Problems That May Prevent You From Getting Dental Implants

August 6, 2023

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3D render of a dental implant

Dental implants are often touted to be considerably stronger than other methods of tooth replacement owing to the security afforded by the jawbone. While the surgery involved in dental implants makes them durable, it can also be a little bit of a barrier to entry for some patients.

Generally speaking, the dental implant procedure is mild enough that most patients can get them eventually. However, there are some issues that you may have to deal with beforehand. Here are some examples.


Oral Hygiene 101: A Guide for Children with Special Needs

July 11, 2023

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a parent reading to their child

If your child has a physical or intellectual disability that makes keeping their smile healthy look a little different, you may have to search a little harder for techniques and products tailored just for them. Children with special needs may experience increased anxiety and fear of visiting their dentist as well as a higher risk of developing certain dental hygiene problems. To help keep your favorite smile healthy and happy, read below for helpful dental tips for children with special needs.


What to Expect During My First Month with Dentures

June 6, 2023

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person with dentures smiling

Are you experiencing gaps in your grin due to several missing pearly whites? Missing teeth can dent one’s confidence, but fortunately, dentures provide a solution. They offer a full, realistic look, replacing several teeth or an entire smile. If you’re new to wearing dentures or considering them, prepare for an adjustment period. Read on to learn about the first month of wearing dentures and discover tips for a smooth transition to your new smile.


Is It True That Root Canal Therapy Can Cause Cancer?

May 12, 2023

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a digital image of a tooth that needs a root canal

While going to the dentist normally isn’t at the top of everyone’s “fun” list, there are a few dental procedures that really cause dread. One of these is root canal therapy. This essential treatment removes the infected material inside of a tooth, then cleans and restores it. However, while root canal therapy keeps smiles whole and healthy, it still gets a bad rap due to several myths, including that it causes cancer. Read on to learn the truth about root canals and cancer, as well as why the procedure is essential.


How Many Hours Per Day Can You Wear Dentures?

April 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — britesmiles @ 6:26 am
A blurred figure holding a denture in one hand

If you’ve just gotten dentures, you’re likely eager to wear them. In fact, you may think it’s okay to keep them in your mouth 24/7! In truth, though, the prosthetic teeth aren’t designed for constant use. You must take them out regularly to ensure they benefit your life. Otherwise, they’ll just cause problems down the road. To learn more about the matter, let your local dentist explain. With that said, here are the risks of 24/7 denture use and how often to wear dentures.


Lip and Tongue Tie Treatment: What to Expect

March 14, 2023

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mother and baby smiling together

Many infants are diagnosed with tongue tie, which is a condition caused by a short or tight band of tissue that limits normal tongue movements. If your little one has been referred to a pediatric dentist to address this issue, you may have several questions about the process. Rest assured – a frenectomy is a very simple and minimally invasive procedure that will allow your child to grow and develop properly. For peace of mind, continue reading to learn what to expect from lip and tongue-tie treatment.


Dental Implants & Your Front Teeth

February 28, 2023

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an image of a dental implant replacing a missing front tooth

Dental implants are considered the gold standard out of all the possible tooth-loss solutions. In addition to giving you a natural-looking smile, they are also a long-lasting option for your missing teeth. Their durability comes from the fact that they replace the entire tooth structure, from root to crown. But are they even able to replace your front teeth? Your dentist in Doylestown has what you need to know about dental implants replacing even your most visible pearly whites.


Teeth Whitening or Veneers: Which Way Should You Brighten Your Smile?

January 31, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — britesmiles @ 5:46 pm

Just about everyone wishes their smile was a little bit whiter, but cutting out coffee and red wine can be a little bit of a tall order. You may wish there was a way to make your smile whiter overnight. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can give you the smile that you’re looking for in no time at all!

In fact, there are multiple procedures that can make your teeth considerably whiter, so much so that choosing between them can present a little bit of a challenge. Here’s a guide that might make choosing between teeth whitening and veneers a little easier.

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