If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you probably already know that dental implants are a fantastic replacement option. Simply put, they look, feel and function more like your own teeth than other choices like bridges and dentures. While there’s no question that dental implants in Longview are a wonderful investment, one of the first questions many people have is, “How long do they last?” In this blog, you’ll learn about the lifespan of implants and how you can maintain them for as long as possible. Find out more below!(more…)
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January 14, 2019
December 7, 2018
Flossing. It’s annoying, and does it really do that much? Yet you know your family dentist in Longview is going to remind and encourage you to floss daily. But why is flossing so important? Here are 5 reasons that you really should add flossing to your daily routine.(more…)
November 28, 2018
Flossing is essential for everyone. It helps to clear away bacteria and plaque that get trapped between the teeth, thereby reducing the risk of gum disease, bad breath, and other unpleasant consequences. Even people who have dental implants in Longview aren’t exempt from the need to floss; in fact, oral hygiene is especially important if you have implants. However, you may have to tweak your flossing routine a bit in order to make sure that your new teeth stay healthy and strong. Let’s talk about how you can floss in a way that won’t endanger your smile’s long-term well-being.
October 23, 2018
An implant supported bridge in Longview is similar to a traditional bridge except that it’s supported by a set of titanium dental implants. This approach offers all the benefits of bridge therapy along with the added durability and usability of implant dentistry. It’s a great option for restoring multiple teeth at the same time.
June 7, 2018
Also known as cardiovascular disease, this condition comes in many forms. Damage to the heart’s major blood vessels, cardiac arrest, and stroke can cause sudden death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 610,000 people die from heart disease in the U.S. every year, equating to 25 percent of all deaths annually. This makes it the leading cause of death in both men and women.
To reduce your risk of heart disease, read the final part of our four-part series from your dentist in Longview.
June 1, 2018
Pancreatic cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the pancreas, which is located behind the lower part of the stomach. Like many cancers, it’s often discovered late and spreads quickly, making it difficult to treat in the late stages. It also carries no early symptoms, making it even more difficult to catch and treat.
May 13, 2018
When people think of oral health, they rarely think about Alzheimer’s as well. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that causes brain cells and their connections to degenerate and eventually die. This causes multiple mental functions, such as memory, to deteriorate. To this day, no cure exists and there are more than 3 million cases reported in the U.S. every year.
May 6, 2018
Oral hygiene is key to preventing dental plaque, gum disease, and bad breath, but did you know there was even more at stake when it comes to your overall health? For decades, dentists and other medical professionals have been researching the link tying the health of the mouth and the health of the body. Turns out, having an unhealthy oral cavity can put patients at risk of many other systemic diseases.
In this 4-part series, your dentist in Longview will discuss in detail the links between oral health and 3 dangerous conditions.
April 3, 2018
If you’ve ever had an accident—no matter what kind—there’s the first reaction of shock, then you have to snap into action to address the problem. This is no different when you experience a dental accident. However, there are many patients who may stay in that moment of shock for too long, not realizing that they are wasting vital time that could be used to save their smile.
To help patients stay prepared for all situations, your dentist in Longview has put together this quick blog post to help address dental emergencies properly.
March 3, 2018
For many years, patients were told that tooth-colored fillings were a purely cosmetic option and that they may not be as effective in repairing damaged teeth. Today, we know this is simply not the case. In fact, for many patients, amalgam metal fillings have negatively impacted their oral and overall health and caused further damage to teeth. While dentists may not always recommend that you have your metal fillings removed right away, you should consider replacing them with tooth-colored fillings at some point. These biocompatible, natural looking restorations offer numerous benefits when compared with amalgam metal fillings.