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September 8, 2022

4 Ways Popcorn Can Damage Your Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 1:43 am
bowl of popcorn

Popcorn is a popular snack for those going to the movies, on picnics, or just curling up at home with a good book. This salty, buttery treat can even be relatively healthy if you use the right ingredients. As much as people love popcorn, it isn’t the best option for your smile. Read on to learn about four ways that popcorn can negatively affect your oral health and what you can do to prevent them.

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August 9, 2022

Alcohol Consumption & Your Risk of Gum Disease

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 11:47 pm
person who drinks alcohol covering mouth

As you may already know, drinking too much alcohol is bad for your overall health. It can lead to serious health conditions like liver disease and high blood pressure. This bad habit can also put your teeth and gums at risk of oral health issues. To help you maintain a healthy smile, read on to learn more about how overdoing it with alcohol may result in an unhealthy smile.

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July 29, 2022

Is Gingivitis Contagious?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — dr_metzger @ 3:00 am

Model of patient with gingivitisDid you know cavities aren’t the only threat to your smile? Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 50% of adults have gum disease. Thankfully, the infection is easy to treat without causing any long-term damage to your smile when caught in the earliest stage, called gingivitis. Without any treatment, it can be detrimental to your dental health, but the American Dental Association considers it contagious. Here’s what you need to know to restore your gum health. 

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June 8, 2022

3 Excellent Reasons to Begin Invisalign Treatment This Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 10:36 am
Woman holding Invisalign aligning tray

So, let’s say you’ve decided to get straighter teeth with an Invisalign treatment. Have you figured out the best time to begin? The aligning process can last a while, after all. Finding a good start-point will make it easier for you to adjust in the long run.

As it happens, summer is a great time to begin Invisalign. To learn more, here are three advantages to starting your teeth-straightening journey this season!

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May 4, 2022

You Shouldn’t Do These Things If You Have TMJ Disorder

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 11:09 pm
Woman with a TMJ disorder.

If you struggle from TMJ disorder, you know how painful the condition can be. TMD (temporomandibular disorder) impacts your daily life, making chewing and talking more difficult. That’s because it affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to your skull. When the joint is displaced, slipping and sliding causes pain in the muscles and joints around your face. If you want to help alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorder, here are things you shouldn’t do.

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April 7, 2022

5 Key Dental Implant Facts

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 9:52 am
Cartoon tooth with light-bulb indicating an idea

Just what advantages do dental implants offer patients? You may know that they replace missing teeth, but their other benefits may not be apparent. How do they differ from dentures? How well do they work on a day-to-day basis?

To help answer these questions, here’s a summary of five key facts about dental implants. Hopefully, it’ll help you see that implants are a great treatment that you might pursue in the future.

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March 17, 2022

The Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 1:58 pm
Woman using DIY teeth whitening tray

With the rise of DIY projects, people are really taking to heart an old, famous saying: If you want something done right, do it yourself. This even applies to dentistry, with some of us trying methods to whiten our teeth ourselves.  DIY projects are possible for all sorts of things, the thinking goes, so why not whitening?  It’s cheaper, faster, and more convenient than visiting a cosmetic dentist!

As great as the promises of self-whitening sound, however, they’re generally false advertising. Contrary to popular belief, DIY whitening is quite dangerous, and can have negative effects on your teeth. To avoid hurting your smile in an attempt to help it, listed below is a guide to DIY whitening dangers and why dentists are the better option.

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February 4, 2022

What Are Tips to Take Care of My Invisalign Aligners?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 12:08 am
smiling woman holding Invisalign

Gone are the days of traditional braces being the only solution to align your teeth. Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that can quickly and discreetly straighten your smile. Each removable, clear, plastic tray is worn for a predetermined amount of time, gradually shifting your teeth. Although you will only wear each set for a short period, you need to care for them properly to assure optimal results. Read on for tips from your dentist in Farmington on how to maintain your clear aligners.

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January 5, 2022

How Do Dentists Color-Match Dental Crowns?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 7:32 pm
dentist speaking to patient about color-matching dental crowns

When you picture a dentist, the image your brain comes up with me be that of an expert of all things related to the oral cavity. If that’s the case, it may surprise you to learn that dentists think of themselves as artists as much as dental health professionals. The field of dentistry is a perfect blend of art and science, especially where repairing decayed or broken teeth with a dental crown is concerned. Picking the right shade for your restoration requires the use of several techniques and a keen eye to ensure that your smile looks healthy and uniform. Read on to learn why teeth are different colors and about the science behind the process of color-matching your dental crowns.

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December 4, 2021

What’s the Difference Between Store-Bought and Take-Home Teeth Whitening Products?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_metzger @ 7:30 pm
teeth whitening kit

Discoloration of your teeth can have many culprits – tobacco products, pigmented beverages, aging, and more. It’s natural in some cases and something you can control in other instances, but the good news is that there are teeth whitening products to help you.

Should you seek out a take-home whitening kit from your dentist or just go to the pharmacy for a store-bought kit? Well, the American Dental Association (ADA) believes there is a clear choice. Keep reading to learn more on the matter from your dentist in Farmington.

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