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Summer Activities That Can Be Dangerous for Your Smile

July 2, 2021

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Denton Dental Smile wants nothing more than for patients to get vaccinated and get outside this summer! With things finally achieving a level of normalcy that looks far more familiar, Dr. Balington encourages you to be active outdoors and take advantage of the warmer months.

With that said, if there’s one thing that no one wants to experience, especially following the pandemic, it’s an emergency. Depending on what activity you’re participating in, you may be at higher risk of having a dental emergency in particular!

That’s why today, the practice is happy to explain what you can do to make sure you don’t have to cut your summer outing (or vacation) short.

Is Your Smile Protected from Bad Falls?

While many dental emergencies occur due to untreated tooth decay, one of the most common causes also involves physical injury while playing sports.

Does your child enjoy baseball, biking, skateboarding, karate, flag football, or another sport where the risk for impact is high? If you answered yes to one or more, your child is far more at risk of walking away with a damaged tooth.

That’s where custom-made sportsguards come in. Not only are they designed to fit inside the mouth exactly, but they offer better protection and longevity as a result! That’s certainly not something you can say for boil-and-bite mouthguards at your local sporting goods store. Additionally, your child will actually want to use their mouthguard when they’re active (rather than “forgetting” it at home when it’s time to go out!)

Enjoy Cold Treats But Hate Sensitive Teeth?

Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional ice cream or frozen fruit bar? Unfortunately, it’s rare that your teeth do, even if your tongue does! If you’ve ever eaten frozen treats before, chances are you’ve run into tooth sensitivity along the way. Teeth sensitivity can happen for many reasons, but extreme temperature changes are one of the most common.

Even worse, sensitivity could be a sign of an untreated cavity or exposed tooth roots. If your tooth sensitivity doesn’t go away shortly after you stop eating your frozen treat, you should call our office. Furthermore, if you have not been treated for a dental issue that you know you have, such as a cracked or damaged tooth, it’s likely the cause of your sensitivity.

In the meantime, here are a few of the best ways to avoid tooth sensitivity:

  • Switch to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth (and avoid whitening toothpastes)
  • Never use hard-bristled toothbrushes to brush your teeth
  • Don’t brush too hard (or for too long, two minutes is fine)

Stay Hydrated Without the Sugar

Hydration is crucial not only during the summer, but all year-round, especially for your smile. Water keeps the mouth moist and improves saliva production, which is a crucial component of washing away food debris and harmful cavity-causing bacteria. Of course, the benefits quickly dwindle when you opt for beverages that contain high amounts of sugar, including sports drinks, sweet tea, soda, and lemonade.

While we recommend cutting these drinks out entirely, a good way to indulge responsibly is to only have them with meals (when saliva production is high) and drink water afterwards to prevent them from sticking to teeth for too long. Avoid sipping them throughout the day too!

We hope you find these summer tips helpful and make time this season to visit Denton Dental Center for your regular checkups. We’re open, safer than ever, and can’t wait to see you again for your routine professional care!

Dental Veneers or Bonding – Which One Should You Get?

May 2, 2021

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Woman smiling with veneers

Dental bonding and veneers are both ways to enhance the attractive traits of your smile by masking imperfections. Whether you are dealing with teeth that are chipped, gapped, cracked, misshapen, or stained, these are both effective for making corrections. However, before you can pick one, you should understand the difference between veneers and bonding. Read on to learn about the two as well as some factors to consider when making the decision.

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Have a Special Event Coming Up? Here’s When to Start Whitening Your Teeth

April 20, 2021

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Woman looking at her teeth in the mirror

Do you have an upcoming milestone event, special celebration, or important job interview? One of the biggest influences on your confidence and the first impression you make is your smile. If a few too many morning cups of coffee or evening glasses of wine have left your teeth looking stained and discolored, then it is time to talk to your dentist about a professional whitening treatment. But how close to an event should you begin whitening your teeth? Here’s the answer!

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Foods That Will Keep Your Teeth White

March 29, 2021

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Woman with white teeth smiling while eating an apple

Heavy stains and stubborn discoloration can take a serious toll on your self-confidence. So, it makes sense that after undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment you want to maintain your bright, beautiful results for as long as possible! While implementing a solid oral hygiene routine and avoiding poor dental habits, like smoking, is important, so is eating the right foods. Here are a few that will keep your teeth nice and white.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentist!

February 21, 2021

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Woman smiling in dental chair while looking at dentist

If you want to upgrade the appearance of your smile, you’re probably on the hunt for a cosmetic dentist. Because the American Dental Association doesn’t recognize their type of care as a true specialty, any dentist can claim they are a cosmetic dentist. So how do you know you’ve found a true expert? To make your search easier, here are the top 5 factors to keep in mind when looking for a cosmetic dentist!

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Can You Whiten Your Porcelain Veneers?

February 17, 2021

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Woman with porcelain veneers in Denton smiling

One of the great things about porcelain veneers in Denton is the fact that they do not becomes stained nearly as quickly as your natural tooth enamel. This is because the material that veneers are made from are not porous, like the natural surface of your teeth. However, they aren’t 100% resistant to discoloration over longer periods of time. If you are looking to brighten up your veneers, the process is a bit different from regular teeth whitening. A cosmetic dentist in Denton explains what your options are.

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Do Dental Implants Really Make a Difference?

January 25, 2021

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Digital model of implant-retained dentures in Denton.If you’ve lost all your natural teeth, you’ve likely given a traditional denture a try. Although you had high expectations, you might have been left disappointed with the results. To resolve the disadvantages of traditional dentures, many patients are choosing the security of dental implants. You’ve heard about their benefits, but do implant-retained dentures in Denton really make a difference? Yes! Here’s what you can expect when choosing dental implants to stabilize your denture.

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When Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?

December 8, 2020

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A new toothbrush and a used toothbrush in a glass

When was the last time you bought a new toothbrush or replaced your electric toothbrush head? Some are slow to replace their toothbrushes in a timely manner because they’re not sure what kind they need, while others just don’t see why changing them within a specific timeframe is important. Keep reading to learn when you should make the change, why it’s important to your oral health and how your dentist in Denton can help.

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Find the Right Emergency Dentist Ahead of Time

November 23, 2020

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If you or one of your family members experienced a dental emergency today, would you have your local emergency dentist’s phone number on speed dial? Even though the plan is to protect your teeth in order to avoid unexpected accidents, it’s always best to be prepared for anything, and knowing who to call as soon as possible is key. Here is a list of important things to consider when choosing your emergency dentist in Denton for unexpected dental needs.

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Are Dental Implants Worth the Cost?

October 30, 2020

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Dentist and patient looking at model of dental implant

Is your smile, bite, or speech negatively impacted by one or more missing teeth? You’re not alone. Fortunately, the latest innovations in technology and dentistry allow patients today to fill in the gaps for good with a number of tooth replacement options. With that in mind, you may wonder if dental implants in Denton are really worth the extra cost. If you have asked yourself something similar, then read on!

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