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Westlake Hills Dental Arts Blog

Get the Facts: Autoimmune Diseases & Your Oral Health

February 17, 2024

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Words related to autoimmune diseasesYou might have heard that your oral health and overall wellness are connected. Researchers have linked various dental problems to an increased risk of certain health issues, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. However, a new study has found a link between autoimmune diseases and dental health. Here’s what you need to know to keep your mouth and body healthy.

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Facts on Fluoride: How it Affects Dental Wellness

January 12, 2024

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Woman getting fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a powerhouse in the realm of dental care and can play a big role in fortifying your teeth. Its origins as a tooth protectant date back to the early 1900s. Dentist Frederick McKay discovered the mineral in Colorado’s drinking water and eventually helped to bring it to the masses. But what is it exactly, and how does it help your teeth? If you’re curious to know the answers, continue reading.

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Can a Gap Between My Two Front Teeth Be Treated?

December 6, 2023

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closeup of a smile with diastema

Having a gap between your pearly whites is a common concern for many people. If you aren’t a fan of spaces between your pearly whites, cosmetic dentists can help improve the aesthetics of your beam by offering a range of solutions. But can dental bonding fix a gapped grin? Keep reading to whether a cosmetic dentist can help you achieve a gap-free smile using dental bonding.

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Help Them Help You: 3 Tips for an Easy Dental Checkup

November 28, 2023

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Woman with blue eyes in dentist's chair having an examination

You probably already know that brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is essential to prevent dental problems. While you might think your daily hygiene routine is enough to keep your smile happy, you could be missing an important factor.

Another key aspect to maintaining your oral health is visiting your dentist once every 6 months for a routine checkup and cleaning. They have the specialized training and instruments necessary to professionally examine your teeth for signs of issues like tooth decay or gum disease that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you’re anxious about your next appointment, keep reading to learn 3 helpful tips that will help you ace your dental exam.

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5 Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving Treats

November 16, 2023

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Side dishes surrounding turkey on Thanksgiving table

Are you concerned that indulging in blueberry pie will stain your teeth? Are you contemplating skipping the stuffing because you’re worried about cavities? Don’t worry – you can enjoy all of these delicious dishes and more in moderation. Plus, there are several tooth-friendly Thanksgiving treats that are actually good for your smile! To learn what they are, read on.

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3 Ways to Maximize Your Dental Insurance Before the Year Ends

October 1, 2023

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a patient paying their dental bill

As the year comes to a close, many people are focused on holiday preparations in New Year’s resolutions; however, it’s also the perfect time to asses your dental insurance benefits and make the most out of your coverage. Dental insurance is by far one of the best ways you can protect your smile, and by proxy, your general wellness—but it’s estimated that only a small portion of people with PPO plans reach or exceed their annual maximum! To ensure you don’t fall into this category, here are a few things to keep in mind to help you maximize your benefits.

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I Have Metal Fillings. Should I Have Them Replaced?

September 13, 2023

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Woman has curious expression

Traditional dental fillings are made with amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and zinc. While they have been used to restore teeth for more than a century, mercury represents about half of their overall weight. A study in 2016 found that people with more than eight amalgam fillings are at risk for higher mercury levels in their blood. Amalgam fillings usually need replacement after about fifteen years, so here are a few reasons you should consider having your amalgam restorations replaced with tooth-colored fillings.

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Professional or OTC Nightguards: Which is Best?

August 5, 2023

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closeup of a nightguard

If you have bruxism, your dentist may have recommended that you get a nightguard to protect your teeth. This prevents long-term damage to the teeth. Most of the time, this dentist will also offer to make this nightguard for you—however, many patients are tempted by the much cheaper over-the-counter nightguards that are readily available.

If you’re currently facing this choice, there are a few things that may be on your mind. This blog aims to outline the differences between the two, and what you should consider if you’re making that choice. 

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Packing a Dental Kit for College: 5 Essential Items to Include

July 19, 2023

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Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss

Living on your own at a college dorm naturally comes with a lot of freedom, but it also comes with a significant amount of responsibility. You need to be mindful about making the right choices for your overall health. One important step you can take is to put together a dental kit to ensure that you can properly care for your smile. Below are 5 essential items that your dentist recommends putting in your dental kit before you head off for college.

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How Often Should You Have Your Teeth Cleaned at the Dentist’s Office?

June 21, 2023

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Close-up of dentist examining and cleaning patient’s teeth

How often do you need to see your dentist for a cleaning? For many people, the answer is “twice a year.” However, not all smiles are the same; some people might need to visit their dentists more often than that for the sake of their oral hygiene. Why are regular dental cleanings so important, and how many will you need in a 12-month period? Your dentist has provided the answers below.

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