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Can I Brush My Dentures When They’re in My Mouth?

August 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 6:26 am
Close-up of senior dentures

Though it may sound surprising, your dentures need to be regularly cleaned. Even artificial teeth can gather harmful bacteria and other debris. As such, you may think cleaning them while they’re still in your mouth is okay. After all, isn’t that the most obvious method? Surely tooth replacements can handle brushing like the real deal. However, this sentiment isn’t true; you should take out your false teeth first. Read on to learn why cleaning dentures when they’re “in use” isn’t ideal.

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Do Digital Impressions Mean Better Restorations?

July 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 5:19 pm
Digital dentistry

Previously, you have probably become familiar with the process of undergoing orthodontic treatment or getting a restoration to keep your smile in good health. However, the portion of the treatment where you need to bite down on a gooey substance to get accurate impressions of your smile is often dreaded. The good news is that dental technology is always improving, so there is another option these days. Read on to learn about digital impression systems and their benefits.

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4 Things You Can Expect During an Emergency Dental Visit

April 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 9:11 pm
Man with toothache.

Dental emergencies can occur when you least expect them to, and they can often have serious implications! This means you must act quickly and schedule an emergency dental visit as soon as you’re able to. However, many people have no idea what to anticipate when they’re rushing to see their dentist with a fractured or missing tooth, oral trauma, or some other sort of problem. Here are four things you can expect when you find yourself in this situation.

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Dental Implants: Can They Help You Live Longer?

January 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 7:57 pm
dentist showing patient dental implant

Extensive tooth loss can affect more than just your appearance – it can negatively affect your overall health as well. Studies have revealed that severe tooth loss can reduce life expectancy by increasing the risk of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other medical conditions. Luckily, dental implants can not only rebuild your smile, but they can significantly minimize these risks. Read along to learn more about dental implants can help you live longer and enjoy a better quality of life overall.

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A Step-by-Step Guide on Flossing with Invisalign

November 10, 2021

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young woman flossing teeth

Thanks to Invisalign, you can achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted without the hassle of wearing metal wires and brackets. What’s more, there are no dietary restrictions while undergoing this modern orthodontic treatment! You must simply remove the clear aligners before eating or drinking anything that’s not water. Unfortunately, that means food can easily get trapped between teeth during treatment. That’s why practicing good oral hygiene, particularly flossing, is incredibly important! With that in mind, here’s what you should know about flossing with Invisalign.

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Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which One’s Best?

September 10, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 1:45 pm
young woman pointing to white smile

While flipping through old photos, you probably marvel at the beautiful, bright smile you used to have. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try to prevent it, your teeth will become dull and discolored over time for many reasons. The good news is there are many ways you can get a whiter grin! Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are two excellent options to consider – but how do you choose the right one for you? Your cosmetic dentist in Middleburg Heights explains their differences to help you decide.  

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Can You Use Invisalign If You’ve Already Had Braces?

June 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 8:26 pm
closeup of man smiling

After completing orthodontic treatment, you must be diligent about wearing your retainer every night to prevent your teeth from gradually moving back. Unfortunately, many patients either lose or stop wearing their retainer after their teenage years. As a result, they may have dental misalignment once again. It might even be just as bad as it was pre-treatment!

Are you currently in this situation? If you wore braces when you were younger, you might be considering Invisalign this time around to correct your misalignment. Here’s what you should know about repeating treatment with Invisalign.  

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Can Oral Hygiene Affect Metabolism?

April 25, 2021

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Oral hygiene products for better metabolismThe mouth is often referred to as the “gateway to your general health.” Although oral and overall health are often viewed separately, there is a direct connection between the two. Several oral health issues can affect your overall health and vice versa. While you might have heard dental problems can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory complications, those aren’t the only concerns. Recent research has found a connection between poor oral hygiene and metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions that can increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. Here’s how the health of your smile can influence your metabolism.

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Dangers of Sleep Apnea and Drowsy Driving

March 5, 2021

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Man in car experiencing drowsy driving.Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes a person to stop breathing frequently while sleeping. Although chronic snoring and fatigue are frequent symptoms of the condition, the complications don’t end there. Believe it or not, untreated sleep apnea significantly increases your risk of auto accidents because of drowsy driving. Failure to get a good night’s rest can lead to sleep deprivation, which can create a recipe for disaster if you get behind the wheel. Thankfully, your dentist has the solutions you need to treat your sleep apnea to improve your quality of life and lower your risk of accidents.

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So You’ve Chipped A Tooth – Now What?

January 26, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — yoursmileman @ 7:38 pm
man with a chipped tooth in cleveland

It’s a chilly but beautiful Spring afternoon, and you’ve decided to take the kids to the park to toss the football around. Everything is going wonderfully until you look away for a second to check on your child, but your other child has already hurled the ball towards you. The next thing you know, your mouth is in severe pain, and from what you can feel, there’s a part of your front tooth missing. This might not be your exact scenario, but there’s a good chance you or someone you know has experienced something similar. Keep reading to learn what your Middleburg Heights dentist has to share about next steps, should you find yourself with a chipped tooth.

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