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5 Ways to Take Care of Your Smile This Holiday Season

December 10, 2021

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family decorating Christmas tree

It’s officially that magical time of the year everyone looks forward to – the holiday season! Most people are excited to reconnect with loved ones and (of course) indulge in all their favorite seasonal meals and snacks. Although your belly may be satisfied during this time, you can put your oral health at risk if you’re not careful. That said, here are a few ways you can take better care of your smile while still enjoying your favorite holiday foods and drinks.

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Want to Save Money? Visit Your Dentist!

November 7, 2021

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Piggy bank atop model teeth represent how to save money

Everyone is always looking for ways to bulk up their savings and save money. When it comes to cutting unneeded expenses, some people are tempted to cancel their routine dental checkups and cleanings since their teeth look and feel fine. What they don’t know is that skipping these quick and relatively inexpensive visits can cost far more in the long run before you know it. Read on to discover how visiting your Putman dentist twice a year can save you money.

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Top 7 Reasons Why People Avoid the Dentist

October 13, 2021

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patient facing dental fear at dentist in Putnam

Though many patients know they’re supposed to visit the dentist biannually for checkups and cleanings, dental fear or anxiety prevents as much as 75% of people from doing so. Fortunately, advances in the oral health field and the right dentist can make getting through dental appointments a comfortable, stress-free experience. Read on as we go over the top seven reasons why people avoid visiting their dentist and how the right dentist in Putnam can help.

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5 Tips to Make Eating with Dentures Easier

September 27, 2021

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Man eating an apple with denturesDentures have been used for generations to treat significant tooth loss because they are affordable and convenient. Although they have a bad reputation, they’ve undergone several improvements over the decades to closely mimic your natural teeth. A good set of dentures won’t just restore a beautiful smile, but also boost your quality of life. If you’ve lived with missing teeth for some time, you’ve likely had to eliminate certain foods from your diet because they are too difficult to chew. You don’t need to struggle to eat meat or snack on a carrot anymore. You’ll be eating with dentures in no time using 5 tips to help you through the adjustment period.

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How Much Mouthwash Should I Be Using?

August 12, 2021

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Man holding mouthwash

Brushing and flossing should always be at the top of your list when it comes to oral hygiene. However, mouthwash is often overlooked or just saved for an occasion where you want extra fresh breath. But did you know that it is actually a great addition to your daily routine? There is much more to the bright-colored, minty substance than just masking odors. Here’s everything you need to know about using mouthwash, including how much you should be using.

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6 Tips to Combat Sugar Cravings

July 5, 2021

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Tips to avoid sugar cravingsEveryone loves a sweet treat occasionally, but if you give in to your sugar cravings frequently, you’re exposing your teeth to cavity-causing bacteria. Although cavities are preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 92% of adults have had one in a permanent tooth. If you have a difficult time resisting your sweet tooth, here are 6 tips to curve your sugar cravings to preserve your smile.

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Is the Summer Sun Good for Your Smile?

June 21, 2021

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Woman and man driving under summer sun and smiling

Summer is finally here again and the sun is shining! The hot weather may have you heading to the pool with friends or planning a family vacation to the beach. Either way, you should have plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun and maybe even get a little tan. However, did you know that spending time in the sun may also be beneficial for your smile? Your dentist in Putnam does! Discover how an extra boost of vitamin D from the summer sun can benefit your oral and overall health.

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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste for You

May 13, 2021

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blue toothpaste spilling out in the shape of a tooth

Have you ever made a quick trip to the store to pick up some toothpaste only to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available? There seems to be an endless variety of toothpastes, all of which claiming to be better than the others. So, how can you know which one is truly the best? The answer actually depends on the goals you have for your smile and dental health. Below, a dentist in Putnam provides tips on how to choose the toothpaste that’s right for you.

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5 Tips for Overcoming a Fear of Tooth Extractions

April 2, 2021

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Tooth being extracted

The day that you have been dreading is here. You need to have your tooth pulled. This can happen for a variety of different reasons. Whether it’s decayed, you experienced an injury, or you just don’t have enough room in your mouth, an extraction can prevent further issues for your oral health. However, many patients have a fear of tooth extractions. If this describes you, read on. Here are some tips that can help you to overcome your fear of tooth extractions.

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Is Gum Disease Linked to Severe COVID-19?

March 20, 2021

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Logo for COVID-19 with artist’s interpretation of virus

During the pandemic, it’s important to be aware of the different medical conditions that could put you in a high-risk group for COVID-19. Heart disease and asthma are already well-established to have a link to COVID-related death, but recent research has uncovered evidence that gum disease could also be a risk factor – which is worrisome when you realize that nearly half of American adults have some form of this condition. In this post, the connection between COVID-19 and gum disease will be explored, and you’ll find crucial tips for keeping yourself healthy and safe.

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