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Why Visit Your Dentist for TMJ Pain?

July 21, 2022

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Man outside suffering from TMJ pain

Chronic pain in your jaw is often a result of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If you find yourself suffering from such discomfort, your immediate instinct might be to call your regular physician. But what you may not realize is that in many cases, your dentist is the best choice for diagnosing and treating problems with your TMJ. The following post goes into more detail about what a TMJ disorder is and why you should see your dentist for TMJ pain.


How Getting Botox Can Help Relieve Jaw Pain

May 7, 2022

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woman wincing with jaw pain

You probably know that Botox is a common treatment for smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in your face, but are you aware that it has a number of other applications – including helping to relieve chronic jaw pain? Research has consistently shown that Botox can significantly improve discomfort in the jaw caused by TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (commonly called TMJ). Keep reading to learn more about how Botox works as TMJ therapy and whether or not it may be right for you. 


The Surprisingly Interesting History of Botox

April 27, 2022

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woman getting botox injection in forehead

Botox is one of the most widely known methods for reducing or preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a method that relies on the injection of a special substance (botulinum toxin) that, once beneath the surface of the skin, freezes the muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. In addition to providing a more youthful appearance, Botox is also used to treat migraines, eye twitching, excessive sweating, and more.

So you know a little bit about Botox, but what about its origin story? It’s surprisingly interesting. Keep reading to learn more about how this favorite little cosmetic procedure came to be. 


6 Reasons to Choose Smart Moves

April 23, 2022

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Woman holding clear alignerAre you embarrassed by overcrowded or gapped teeth? It’s never too late to invest in a straight smile. You don’t have to worry about brackets or wires because there’s a nearly invisible solution to move your teeth. Smart Moves uses a series of clear plastic aligners worn over your teeth to move them gradually. A discreet appearance isn’t the only benefit. Here are 6 freedoms of Smart Moves that aren’t possible with metal braces. 


What to Expect While Adjusting to Implant Dentures

February 8, 2022

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man smiling and pointing to implant dentures

Dentures are one of the most traditional ways to replace missing teeth. Although they’re certainly effective, they’re no longer your only method of tooth replacement. Nowadays, you can rebuild your smile with implant dentures. They’ll give you a set of pearly whites that looks, feels, and acts just like your old one! Of course, you’ll need to take some time to adjust them. Read on to learn what to expect while adjusting to implant dentures.


Here’s What to Do If Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

January 19, 2022

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Closeup of a tooth in child’s hand.

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, and they often happen in the most inopportune of times! They can also affect your children, and when that happens, the world can suddenly come to a screeching halt. However, there’s no need to panic and scramble for a solution; it’s important to keep your cool and contact your dentist immediately. That said, in the moment there can still be quite a bit to process, and you might feel overwhelmed. Keep reading to learn more about what steps you should take if your child knocks out a tooth.


Should I See an Emergency Dentist for Facial Swelling?

January 4, 2022

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You’ve been out walking the dog on hiking trails in your neighborhood, but as you returned the lady next door sure was looking at you strangely. Come to think of it, your face is feeling weird and uncomfortable. When you get inside, a look in the mirror brings panic upon seeing that your face is really puffy! Do you need an emergency dentist for facial swelling? Keep reading as your emergency dentist in Loveland discusses potential causes and how you should react.


Smart Moves: 6 Things to Know Before Getting This Invisalign Alternative

December 16, 2021

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Patient holding Invisalign alternative

Do you want to straighten your teeth but want to avoid a mouth full of metal? Thankfully, you can! Over the last few decades, clear aligners have skyrocketed in popularity. With their discreet appearance, removable trays, and quicker treatment timelines, it’s not hard to see why. However, there are a few things you should know before getting Smart Moves (a popular Invisalign alternative). To learn more, read on!


5 Ways to Fully Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits Before 2022

November 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — geromeandpatrice @ 2:22 am
Dental insurance form

Dental insurance is a great investment to have because it can help you save when it comes to your oral healthcare. By looking after your smile, you are contributing to the health of your entire body. However, dental insurance doesn’t work exactly like the health insurance plan that you’re used to, so it may seem confusing to navigate at first. Here are some tips to help you maximize your dental insurance benefits and get the most out of your plan.


How Can Good Denture Care Reduce My Cancer Risk?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — geromeandpatrice @ 8:23 pm
woman with puzzled expression

Unfortunately, oral cancer affects more than 50,000 Americans each year with approximately 10,000 deaths. These figures have not changed much in recent decades. It may be surprising to learn that poorly fitting dentures are a significant risk factor in this regard!

While they can’t cause cancer, when you have slipping dentures due to poor fit in conjunction with inadequate oral care, the irritation that develops can cause cells in your mouth to become cancerous. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as there are plenty of warning signs to let you know it’s time to either reline your dentures, replace them, or switch over to implant dentures.

Keep reading to learn the signs you can see and some that you can’t.

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