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5 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Dentist or Hygienist

June 17, 2020

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Patient asking her West Hartford dentist about oral hygiene and health

Did you know that your regular dental checkups are about a lot more than just keeping your teeth clean? These biannual visits are an excellent opportunity to learn more about your own oral health and how to best take care of it. To stay up to date on the health of your smile, there are several important questions you should be asking yourself and your dental team. Here are five questions you should ask your West Hartford dentist or hygienist every time you visit them.


9 Healthy Hellos to Stay Safe While Greeting Others in COVID-19

June 1, 2020

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Smiling woman waves to her West Hartford dentist in COVID-19

Nearly every aspect of our lives has changed in some way due to COVID-19, including how we say hello. Even as the country begins to reopen, it’s essential to remember that the threat of COVID-19 hasn’t passed, and we need to continue to practice social distancing. However, saying hello these days may seem strange if you’re used to giving out handshakes or hugs. Dental safety starts with a healthy hello, so try one of these nine no-touch greetings from your West Hartford dentist instead!


How Your Dentist Can Protect Your Whole Body

May 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 5:00 am
A dentist examines a patient’s mouth for signs of disease.

A routine dental exam is great for more than just finding signs of cavities and tooth decay. Many diseases have noticeable effects on the quality of your oral health. These effects become obvious to your dentist when they are inspecting your teeth and gums. What follows are just some of the problems they can warn you about during your next preventive care visit.


What To Think About When You Have A Dental Emergency

May 21, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 5:45 pm
Man is in pain because he has a dental emergency.

When you scroll through the list of contacts on your phone, do you see a number for an emergency dentist? If you don’t, you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to pain and frustration in the event of a dental emergency. A simple search for an emergency dentist online can yield hundreds of results, so how do you know which one is going to provide the best care? You should consider these five factors when choosing someone to assist you with an urgent dental problem.


Leave It to the Professionals: The Dangers of DIY Braces

April 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 7:44 pm
Person receiving clear aligners from dentist

These days, it seems like you can’t turn on the TV without seeing an advertisement for some form of DIY clear aligners. They promise to do the same job as traditional orthodontics or Invisalign with a dentist at a fraction of the cost. They pepper in some pictures and testimonials to try and establish their legitimacy.

Even worse, there is an online trend of vloggers teaching people how to make their own braces out of household supplies. While the prospect of saving some money might be tempting, these DIY options come with substantial physical and financial risks.


Keeping it Together: Everyday Tips to Maintain Your Smile

April 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 7:38 pm
Woman with chipped tooth at dentist

A warm, inviting smile can tell others that you’re approachable and friendly. Unfortunately, even if you brush and floss every day and make regular visits to the dentist, simple things that you do routinely can put your smile at risk. The two biggest daily risks to your teeth are chipping and staining. However, a little bit of common sense can keep you smiling and save you from a trip to the dentist.


Why Does My Tooth Hurt? Top 10 Reasons from a Dentist

March 18, 2020

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woman with toothache talking to dentist

Lately, have you found yourself asking, “why does my tooth hurt?” If so, you’re not alone. Toothaches are a fairly common problem and wanting to know the reason behind your pain is quite understandable. That’s why a dentist has written this guide on the ten most common reasons why you might have tooth pain.


3 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Confidence

March 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 2:09 pm
woman in gray sweater smiling after seeing cosmetic dentist

Maybe you’ve succeeded so far in one of your 2020 New Year’s resolution to exercise more often. But what about your other resolution to be a more self-confident person? Going to the gym has certainly helped a little, but you could always be more confident. One easy way to boost your self-esteem is to visit your cosmetic dentist to improve the appearance of your smile. Keep reading to learn how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you.


Why and How You Should Clean Your Tongue

February 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 3:35 pm
person sticking out their tongue

Do you ever have bad breath, even though you just diligently brushed and flossed your teeth? More often than not, the problem doesn’t lie with your brushing technique, but with the fact that you may not be properly cleaning your tongue. Since your tongue makes up a large portion of your mouth, it’s important that you keep it clean. Luckily, a dentist is here with some advice on how and why you should clean your tongue.


How Does Gum Disease Affect Your Heart?

February 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — westhartford @ 2:46 pm
young couple in gray sweaters holding red heart

The month of February is often associated with the color red, from bouquets of roses to heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. One red thing that we don’t often think of in February is red gums caused by gum disease. Because February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, as well as the month of love, now seems like the perfect time to talk about the established connection between gum disease and the health of your heart. Read on as a dentist explains the link, and how you can save your heart by taking good care of your gums.

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