Tongue Tie Treatment: What to Expect Before, During, and After

September 11, 2023

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Happy baby sticking its tongue out

Tongue tie is a condition that develops while a baby is still in the womb; it is characterized by a short or thick piece of tissue (called a frenum or frenulum) that restricts the tongue’s movement. As a result, the child may find it difficult to breastfeed and be at a heightened risk of dental and speech problems later in life. Fortunately, tongue tie treatment is available. What can you expect before, during, and after this procedure? This blog post explains.


Exploring the History of Veneers

August 25, 2023

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Four veneers in a row on a black reflective surface

Nowadays, veneers are often the cosmetic treatment of choice for patients who are looking to transform their smiles by addressing multiple cosmetic flaws at once. However, many people don’t realize that when veneers were first introduced, they were quite different from how they are today. Here’s a quick look at the fascinating history of veneers and how far they’ve come.


Wondering How a Plant-Based Diet Impacts Your Oral Health? Read This!

July 27, 2023

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Vegetables, fruits, and sprouts in bowl and on cutting board

According to a study conducted in January of 2022, roughly 10% of American adults consider themselves vegan or vegetarian. Furthermore, a whopping 65% of people have opted for a plant-based meat alternative in the past year. With personal health and environmental benefits, it’s not hard to see why either! However, as with any diet, it’s important to consider how cutting out meat and animal byproducts will affect your smile. Fortunately, you can read on to learn how a plant-based diet impacts your oral health!


These Are the Only Times You Should Take Out Your Dentures  

June 13, 2023

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older woman sleeping

If you have dentures, you probably want to keep them in as much as possible. Who wants to face the world without their teeth? While this is perfectly reasonable, as many people rely on dentures to speak and eat every day, there are a few times when they absolutely need to come out. Knowing when to remove your dentures will not only help them last longer, but will also preserve your oral health over time as well!


The Stages of Sleep & Their Importance

May 18, 2023

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A man sleeping in bed

It should go without saying, but sleep is crucial to your overall health. Nightly snoozing gives your body the physical and mental perks it needs to function. Unfortunately, sleep apnea can disrupt this routine by interfering with the typical sleep stages. You’d then suffer a noticeable dip in your quality of life. As for the evidence of these claims, your Kittanning dentist can explain. Here, then, are the stages of sleep and how sleep apnea disrupts them.


How Soon Can You Fly After Getting Dental Implants?

April 15, 2023

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woman smiling on plane

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, people are flying more often than ever these days. Because of this, one of the questions that dentists hear all the time is, “When can I fly after getting dental implants?” While you won’t have to stay grounded for a long time following the procedure, it’s also not recommended to take to the skies the same day as your treatment. How long should you wait after receiving dental implants? It all comes down to the individual aspects of your procedure.


Why Lip & Tongue Ties Seem to Be More Common Now

March 15, 2023

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mother bottle feeding baby

Lip and tongue ties have been around for as long as people have been around (there are even mentions of them in Medieval manuscripts), but they seem to be much more common in children these days compared to past decades. Why is this the case? You don’t have to search very hard to find countless sites, message boards, and social media groups in which thousands of parents share their woes about having to deal with these conditions. Are more babies being born with these problems, or is something else going on? Thankfully for everyone involved, the answer is quite simple.


Choosing the Right Toothpaste for Veneers

February 16, 2023

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Close-up of squeezing toothpaste onto a toothbrush

Veneers usually last around 10 years. To prolong their lifespan as much as possible, you need to take proper care of them on a daily basis. One of the most important steps is to brush your veneers the same way you brush your natural teeth. But what kind of toothpaste is right for the job? Here are some important facts that can help you choose the right oral hygiene products after getting veneers.


Why You Should Visit Your Dentist Early in the New Year

December 14, 2022

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Dental patient sitting and smiling after a checkup and cleaning

With 2023 fast approaching, now is a good time to stop and think about your oral health. Do you feel like you could be doing a better job of taking care of your smile? If so, the new year can be an excellent opportunity to start making improvements to your oral health care. One of the first things you can do is schedule a visit to your dentist as soon as possible. Below are a few of the benefits of having a dental checkup and cleaning performed early in the year.


How to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits: 4 Simple Tips

November 23, 2022

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Green key on keyboard labeled “dental insurance”

Are you getting the most out of your dental insurance plan? According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only about 2.8% of people manage to reach their annual maximum. If you don’t want to lose the benefits that you’ve paid for, then you need to be proactive about using your coverage before the end of your plan’s 12-month period. Below are 4 tips that can help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.

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