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Here’s a Helpful Sleep Calculator to Improve Your Rest

October 30, 2017

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couple embracingThere are some things you’re just never too old for, like birthday parties, a good clean joke, and bedtime. Wait — what? If you think you ditched bedtime around the time you started picking out your own outfits for the day, think again. Setting a specific time to go to sleep will help to ensure you get the rest you need to function well and feel great. And having a bedtime routine can be especially helpful for people who have sleep apnea in Longview.


The Side Effects of Bad Sleep Can Be Fatal

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man who can't sleep in bedDo you frequently snore and/or feel more exhausted when you wake up than you did when you went to bed? The ramifications of poor sleep can be serious — or even fatal. Earlier in the summer, The Los Angeles Times reported that one of the causes of the death of Carrie Fisher, whom you know as Star Wars’ Princess Leia, was sleep apnea. The condition causes chronic snoring and interrupted sleep, and over a span of several years, sleep apnea in Longview can take a significant — or deadly — toll.


Have Big Tonsils? Then You May Have Sleep Apnea, Too

September 18, 2017

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diagram of obstructed airwaysA formal diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea—the medical condition that temporarily halts breathing during sleep because the upper airway is blocked—requires a sleep study either in the lab or at home. However, there is now research to show that the anatomy of your throat and mouth may be indicative of the condition. Read on to find out how your tonsils, your tongue and uvula may tell your dentist that a sleep study should be scheduled.


4 Dangers of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

September 8, 2017

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attractive woman smilingIt seems like an easy solution for stained teeth: pop into the pharmacy or grocery store after work for one of those one-size-fits-all teeth whitening treatments that promise dazzling smiles in 7 to 14 days. If you’ve done it, you’re certainly not alone. Many adults choose over-the-counter bleaching kits without consulting their dentist first. Unfortunately, we’ve seen the dangers not seeking a professional opinion can have — there are 4 in particular.


What is Dental Implant Placement Like?

August 25, 2017

Relaxed woman during dental implant placement When you’re missing one or more teeth or you receive the news that you need to have a tooth extracted, you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of planning for tooth replacement. Adding an additional surgical procedure like dental implant placement into this mix, can take overwhelmed to completely stressed. If you’re thinking about replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implant supported tooth replacement, take a deep breath. This may seem like a complex treatment option, but let’s take it one step at a time.

Who Should Consider Dental Implants?

August 5, 2017

Senior woman with flawless smileDental implants are not necessarily the right treatment for every patient. Though they offer restoration for a versatile array of tooth replacement issues, every patient is unique and their treatment plan should be too. Whether you’re in need of a replacement for one tooth or a complete row of teeth, you should consider all of your, including dental implants, before you begin your treatment plan.

Your Dentist Reveals the Truth Behind Misconceptions About Dental Health

July 15, 2017

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woman flossing teethYou know your dental health is important, but you might not know how best to give your teeth and gums the love they deserve. Misinformation is always floating around, and it might affect your attitude toward dentistry. Your Longview dentist is here to set the record straight and give you the information you need. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about dental health and the truth behind them.


Your Dentist Explains the Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health

July 12, 2017

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healthy smileStaying on top of your oral health means you can have an attractive smile and that you can enjoy all of your favorite foods. However, keeping your teeth and gums in good shape does so much more than boost your confidence and help you satisfy your appetite. As your dentist in Longview explains, your oral health has a strong link to your overall health.


Spotlight on Vaca & Kirby Hygienists

October 19, 2015

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We have two wonderful hygienists here at Vaca & Kirby Dental Group and since it’s National Dental Hygiene Month, we’d like to introduce you to them.

Our Very Own Survivor

October 15, 2015

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Mrs. Betty Kirby is our sweet and spunky business woman. She is so dedicated to Vaca & Kirby Dental Group and our patients. She is very close to our heart and since it’s breast cancer awareness month, we asked her to share her personal survivor story with you.

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