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Do I Need to Take Antibiotics Before a Dental Visit?

August 11, 2023

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During routine dental appointments or common procedures, oral bacteria can theoretically be introduced to the bloodstream. While a healthy immune system should be expected to eliminate these intruders, certain health conditions can make it advisable to take antibiotics before a dental appointment. Read on to learn about what conditions and procedures can require a patient to take antibiotics before arriving at the dentist’s office.


Safeguarding Your Smile from Oral Cancer

April 2, 2023

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Oral cancer is quite a serious issue—it’s estimated that each year, around 54,000 cases are diagnosed, with around 40% of those cases having a pretty dismal outlook. But fortunately, as deadly as the disease may be, it’s also among the most preventable types of cancer out there. Here’s more from your dentist about this type of cancer, some of its warning signs, and some ways to safeguard your smile from it.


The “Best” & “Worst” Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Smile

February 2, 2023

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you’re a big fan of celebrating or think it’s nothing more than a Hallmark holiday, you may find yourself indulging in some chocolate and other sweet treats come the 14th. After all, what says “love” like sugar? While you certainly don’t have to refrain entirely for the sake of your oral health, it can be helpful to learn the “best” and “worst” treats for your smile. With this in mind, read on!


4 Celebrities Who Used Invisalign

December 9, 2022

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Celebrities are often viewed as glamorous beings who spend their days attending magnificent events and planning over-the-top vacations. In reality, they go to the grocery store, pump gas, and pick their kids up from school too! Another way they are similar to the “average person” is that they don’t have to straighten their teeth with metal brackets and wires. Fortunately, that’s where Invisalign comes in. Keep reading to learn four celebrities who used Invisalign.


Did you Know? Your Child’s Oral Health Could Affect their Grades!

October 9, 2022

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As a parent, you and your children are all busy. Amid all the chaos, it can be pretty difficult to find time to get your child to the dentist’s office for routine care.

However, teeth factor heavily in every part of our lives, and not taking care of them can produce serious negative results for your family. For example, did you know that children with poor oral health can see their grades start to suffer as a result? If you want to learn more about that, here’s some information about the link between dental health and academic performance.


When to Start Whitening Your Teeth Before a Special Event

August 8, 2022

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So, you have a special event coming up. Whether it’s a wedding, graduation, or a party for someone special, you want to make sure you look your best. That’s why you’re planning on having your teeth whitened. You want to make sure that your smile looks as good as possible on the big day, so when should you start? Read on to learn when you should begin teeth whitening treatment, the different options available, and how to keep your teeth looking bright, white, and beautiful.


Look Out for These Sneaky Signs of Dehydration

July 13, 2022

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Most of the U.S. seems caught up in a massive heatwave this summer. Even here in Connecticut, temperatures are several degrees above the average! Needless to say, the season is putting many Americans at increased risk of dehydration. However, you’d be surprised at how subtle the condition’s signs can be. It can sneak up on you and harm your physical and oral health if you’re not careful. To learn more, here are three sneaky signs of dehydration, how fluid loss hurts oral health, and tips for hydrating this season.


Is It Safe to Fly After a Tooth Extraction?

June 25, 2022

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Picture this: You have a trip planned, and you already have your plane tickets, but your dentist says you need an extraction. Can you still fly? For some, flying after tooth extraction can be quite an uncomfortable experience. To better understand how your procedure could affect your trip, you’ll want to keep reading about the potential risks that come with flying after a tooth extraction and how to promote healing as much as possible.


5 Tips to Enjoy the Holidays Without Ruining Your Teeth

November 7, 2021

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Santa looking at dental X-rays with his Glastonbury dentist

Between the office candy jar, making sugar cookies at home, and planning delicious family dinners, this time of year can be quite hard on your teeth. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself in the new year with tooth discoloration and cavities! Thankfully, keeping your oral health on track doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your favorite seasonal traditions or treats. Read on as your Glastonbury dentist shares five tips for enjoying the holidays without ruining your teeth.


Ditch These Bad Habits to Benefit Your Dental Implants

October 4, 2021

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anatomy of healthy teeth and dental implant illustration

You wouldn’t buy a new microwave and then warm up some chili with a metal spoon in the bowl. Why, because the microwave is an investment, and you want it to last. Well, also because you don’t want to eat cold chili.

Your dental implants are like that microwave except they are a much more significant investment that directly impacts your oral health. It makes all the sense in the world that you would want to take good care of them so they last many years.

On that note, there are things you really want to refrain from doing to ensure their lifespan. Here are bad habits to avoid from a dentist in order to protect your dental implants in Glastonbury.

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