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What to Expect from Whitening at Our Gretna Dental Practice

Teeth whitening | Gretna, LA

Wanting a white smile well into your adult years is expected, especially with the existence of social media and online photographs that will follow you forever. Having a bright smile makes a great first impression and projects the image of health and confidence.

We offer professional teeth whitening in our Gretna, LA dental office, and here is what you can expect.

Consultation and Check-Up

Whether you are a new patient or an existing patient who would like to whiten your teeth, Dr. Russell Schafer will make sure that you are healthy enough for teeth whitening and what type of product will work best for you.

It’s also a good idea to start your ...

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Want to Save Money on Your Dental Care - It's as Simple as Prevention

Family Dentistry Gretna, LA

Healthcare costs are rising and saving money is essential to most modern families. We all have to live on a budget. As your family dentistry practice in Gretna, LA, we want to tell you the secret to save money at the dentist.

Focus on Prevention

Many people avoid dental care because they don’t see the need for a dental cleaning and exam when their teeth and gums feel fine. This is a common misconception that makes perfect sense until you realize that dental conditions almost never hurt until they are in their very late stages of advancement.

Here is a scenario to consider:

You have a small cavity on a molar that you can’t ...

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The Long-Term Consequences of Tooth Loss

Older Couple | Tooth Loss Gretna LA

If you ask any dentist in the 70056 area of Louisiana about how tooth loss impacts patients, they will likely have a lot to say about why it is essential to save teeth whenever possible. They will likely also mention how important it is to replace missing teeth with a bridge, dental implant, or denture to protect the oral health of the patient.

Consequences of Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth or multiple teeth has a bigger impact than just leaving gaps in your smile. While the appearance of your smile can cause negative feelings about how you look or can impact your self-esteem, the health consequences are also something to consider.

Bone loss ...

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3 Ways Fillings Stabilize Your Teeth after a Cavity

Dental decay is one of the most common diseases in adults and children. While it is preventable, today’s sugary diets combined with inadequate dental care still means that most people will need a filling in our Gretna, LA dental office at some point during their lives.

Dental fillings stabilize your teeth in a few ways.

Fillings Stop Decay in Its Tracks

When you choose not to treat dental decay, it will continue to break down the tooth. Decay does not heal on its own and will not go away without professional dental treatment.

Dr. Russell Schafer will remove all signs of decay and sterilize the tooth before placing a dental filling. Of course, you ...

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Do You Know What's Causing Your Cavities?

Cavities | dental fillings gretna la

The existence of cavities has plagued humans since the beginning of history. While we understand some of what causes them, recent research uncovers more about the actual microbes that contribute to decay – primarily, fungus and bacteria. When we eat, microbes form on the teeth, and the food particles left behind from food and drinks feeds the microbes and promotes their reproduction. The plaque that forms in between brushing also provides a nice, moist place for bacteria to live.

When you skip brushing your teeth, it gives the bacteria a chance to reproduce rapidly. When you miss brushing too often, bacteria can soften the enamel of your teeth and cause decay. 

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3 Tips to Choose the Right Dentist in Gretna

Family | Dentist in Gretna LA

When searching for a dentist for yourself or your family, it can feel like a big decision, and it is! Your dentist is an important member of your healthcare team. With so many choices, how do you choose someone who will give you the best care and that you can trust?

Here are 3 tips to choose the right dentist in Gretna:

Experience and a Great Reputation

Ask around. Choose your friends who prioritize their dental health and have beautiful smiles. Ask those friends who they trust with their family’s dental care and why they stay with that particular dentist. 

Experience is also important. The number of years in practice may be a factor, ...

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Is It Time for Your Child's First Appointment?

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It’s tough to imagine that your little one-year-old requires a trip to the dental office, but this is an important step in developing a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry backs this recommendation. Early exams rule out any early dental problems, and also give us an opportunity to help your little one grow accustomed to the dental office and all of the funny sounds they will hear while they are with us.

Preventive Children’s Dentistry in Gretna, LA

Dr. Russell Schafer is a general dentist and welcomes families. He takes a particular interest in treating patients who are often overlooked in society – patients with tooth ...

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