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5 Reasons Sedation Dentistry May Not Be the Best Fit for You

December 16, 2021

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Dentist and patient talking about sedation dentistry

In recent years, sedation dentistry has become more and more sought-after. With more than 50% of Americans struggling with mild to severe dental-related anxiety, it’s not hard to see why. While it’s certainly effective and safe, it’s not an ideal fit for everyone. That’s why your dentist will consider the following factors during your initial appointment to determine your candidacy!

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How to Recognize, Prevent, and Treat Pregnancy Gingivitis

November 26, 2021

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pregnant woman visiting her dentist to prevent pregnancy gingivitis

Ever since you found out you were pregnant, your health has been your top priority. You’ve been taking all of the recommended vitamins and staying away from anything that may harm the health of your unborn baby. However, one thing you may not have been aware of is that pregnancy comes with a higher risk of gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. Since gum disease has been linked to complications such as low birth weight or pre-term birth, you’ll want to avoid it at all costs. Keep reading to learn how you can recognize, prevent, and treat pregnancy gingivitis.

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5 Tips for Sleeping Through a Toothache at Night

November 8, 2021

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man using an ice pack for his toothache at night

Have you been tossing and turning all night because of an intense toothache? If so, you’re probably thinking that you should call your emergency dentist first thing in the morning when they open. That’s the smart thing to do – your dentist can target the source of your pain and bring you relief right away. But how can you get some shuteye in the meantime? These five tips may help you temporarily soothe the pain and fall asleep when you have a stubborn toothache at night.

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Oral Care Tips: How to Floss Around Your Dental Implants

October 6, 2021

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woman flossing dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients missing some or all of their teeth. They’re the most permanent method of tooth replacement, restoring the ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile with complete confidence once again. Your new smile can last for decades or even a lifetime, but only if you take proper care of them. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are crucial practices to extend the longevity of your implants. With that in mind, here are a few things you should know about flossing with dental implants.

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4 Non-Cosmetic Benefits of Invisalign

September 30, 2021

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Patient holding up their Invisalign clear aligners

Over the last two decades, Invisalign has helped more than 8 million patients achieve their smile goals, making it one of the most sought-after treatments. One of the most popular reasons patients choose Invisalign is because of the discreet aligners. After all, who doesn’t want to straighten their teeth without the metal? However, there are a few notable, non-cosmetic benefits of Invisalign to consider as well. To learn what they are, read on!

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Myth or Fact: Over-the-Counter Whitening Products Work

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 7:47 pm
Woman placing teeth whitening strips on teeth

All it takes is one quick Google search or look at TikTok to find a seemingly endless number of “tried-and-true” whitening products. But do they work and, more importantly, are they safe? After all, there is no room for error when it comes to your smile, and the last thing you want is to damage your enamel, resulting in further discoloration. With this in mind, keep reading to learn which teeth whitening products really work.

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What to Do If Your Veneer Falls Off

July 5, 2021

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Single porcelain veneer on a black, wet backdrop

Imagine you are relaxing after dinner and pop a chewy caramel into your mouth. As you chat with your family, your tooth suddenly begins to feel strange. A realization hits you: your veneer fell off! While porcelain veneers are generally quite durable, sometimes they can still break or fall off. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, here are some tips to follow until you can see your dentist.

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COVID-19 & Oral Health: Why Dentists Are Seeing a Spike in Patients with Cracked Teeth

April 30, 2021

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Patient visiting dentist about oral pain from cracked teeth

COVID-19 has come with a number of changes, including social distancing measures and face mask requirements. However, the stress of having our lives changed upside down has had an unexpected consequence: cracked teeth. In fact, one dentist shared that he has seen more tooth fractures in 2020 than the previous six years combined! Let’s dive into the link between the Coronavirus and oral health problems.

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Important COVID-19 Updates & Reminders

March 26, 2021

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Closeup of dentist wearing a mask in treatment room

In March of 2020, our lives were forever changed as the novel COVID-19 virus spread into a global pandemic. In response, our team implemented over 20 new dental safety protocols, taking our already high sanitation practices to the next level. While a lot has changed in the last 12 months, our commitment to providing high-quality, personalized dentistry in a safe environment certainly hasn’t. With this in mind, we would like to share a few important COVID-19 updates and reminders!

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4 Fast, Effective Ways to Ease New Aligner Discomfort

January 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoch @ 10:13 pm
Patient putting in new Invisalign trays

Over two decades ago, Invisalign came on the market and completely changed the field of orthodontics. Today, it has helped over 8 million patients around the world discreetly achieve the smile of their dreams. While their clear trays are innovative in many ways, one aspect is the same: the pressure they exert on your teeth can cause some discomfort. Fortunately, there are a few fast, effective ways you can relieve the soreness from your Invisalign in Cary. Read on to learn what they are!

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