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It’s Been a While Since I’ve Last Seen a Dentist; Will My Cleaning Hurt?

September 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 10:21 pm
Woman has curious expression

If you’ve been away from the dentist for a while, you might be concerned about whether your upcoming appointment will hurt. While cleaning healthy teeth should cause the patient no pain, there can be factors that complicate the process. Tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues can make your mouth more sensitive, causing a cleaning to be more uncomfortable than it should be. Here are some tips to help you stay comfortable in the dentist’s chair after some time away.


What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning Appointment

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 7:26 pm
A dental hygienist performing a teeth cleaning for a patient

Has it been a while since you’ve been to the dentist? You may wonder what to expect, especially if you haven’t been taking proper care of your oral health. Even if you have, the thought of having someone else clean your teeth can be enough to set your teeth on edge.

Continue reading to learn more about dental screenings and dental hygienists who perform teeth cleanings.


3 Types of Tooth Stains and How to Remove Them

January 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 6:04 pm
person checking their teeth in a mirror

Everyone is different. From our eyes to our ears to the shape of our noses, we all have something unique about us. Smiles are no exception. Even though the uniqueness of our pearly whites makes each of us special, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a smile that you don’t love. Stained teeth can make you feel insecure and unwilling to smile in social situations. But what causes dental discoloration in the first place? Read on to learn about three types of tooth stains and how your dentist can help you remove them with cosmetic dentistry.


Can Vaping Cause Gum Disease?

November 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 1:58 pm
woman vaping on a bridge

If you regularly struggle with stress or anxiety, you may be considering vaping CBD oil to help ease your mind. With so many studies indicating that CBD oil offers a range of health benefits, it’s worth a try, right? As it turns out, vaping CBD may actually hurt your oral health. Some research suggests that it may even lead to gum disease. Read on to learn more about the connection between vaping and gum disease as well as what you can do to keep your smile as healthy as possible.


Can My Gums Grow Back After Gum Disease?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 7:05 pm
woman with puzzled expression

Gum disease is a quite common issue – more prevalent than most people realize. In fact, it is estimated that more than half of the American population has some form of bacterial infection in their gums.

The earliest stage, gingivitis, is treatable through gum disease therapy. But if it progresses into advanced periodontitis, treatment could require dental surgery. Gum disease results in swollen gums and bad breath, plus it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in America.

One of the first signs of this, also known as periodontal disease, is receding gums. Even if you get treatment for gum disease, can your gums grow back? Keep reading to find out.


Sleep Apnea in Women and Cancer Risks

September 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 2:00 am

Woman holding pink breast cancer ribbonAccording to the Sleep Apnea Foundation, 2-9% of adults in the United States have sleep apnea; however, most people are undiagnosed. Typically, it’s a condition that’s thought to only affect men, but women aren’t immune to it. The Society for Women’s Health Research reports 1 in 5 women have sleep apnea. Although it can have potentially deadly complications, it can be managed and controlled using a CPAP or oral appliance. A good night’s rest is crucial to your physical and mental health, as well as your quality of life, but there’s another reason to see a sleep dentist for treatment. Research shows untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of cancer in women.


Struggling to Adjust to Your Oral Appliance? Try This!

August 28, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 11:34 am
custom oral appliance for sleep apnea

A custom oral appliance is a convenient alternative to using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea, but it still takes some time to get used to. While it may seem a little uncomfortable at first, this is just temporary. Furthermore, there are ways to adjust to your new appliance and get the restful sleep that you need. Continue reading to get the full details!


Do Over-the-Counter Whitening Products Work?

July 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 7:29 pm
girl pointing to white smile

The desire for a perfect, white smile is widespread. Shelves at local stores are stocked with various teeth whitening products, making it easier than ever to brighten your pearly whites. They promise dramatic results in what seems like no time at all – but do they really work? Read on as we discuss why over-the-counter products aren’t an ideal solution and why leaving teeth whitening to a professional is your best bet.


4 Signs Your Dental Crown Needs Replacement

June 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 8:31 pm
woman getting dental crown color-matched

Dental crowns are sturdy, tooth-shaped caps used to restore decayed, cracked, or damaged teeth. They’re very durable but can still experience wear and tear since they’re designed to act like natural teeth. With proper care, they can last several years—but they will still need replacement eventually.  

Your dentist can determine whether you need a new crown earlier or later than the average timeframe of 10-15 years. That’s why it’s important to visit them regularly for checkups. However, you should be aware of the signs that indicate you need a dental crown replacement. Read along for four signs to look out for.


4 Facts You Might Not Have Heard About Same-Day Dental Crowns

May 13, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — secondlinefamilydentistry @ 6:22 pm
dentist designing a same-day dental crown for a patient

When you have a broken or decayed tooth, the few weeks it takes to get a dental crown can feel interminable. Not to mention, you have to take time out of your busy schedule for two separate appointments with your dentist. Thanks to CEREC technology, your dentist can design, create, and place your dental crown in a single appointment! As innovative and convenient as same-day dental crowns are, not many people know much about them. Here are four surprising facts you should know about CEREC crowns.

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