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How implants can fit into your mouth and into your life!

Dental implants in Gretna, LA

Dentures are a double edge sword in that I can make them look good as teeth but it’s difficult to make them feel as good as teeth.  Most people who have never worn dentures don’t understand this fully, but I’m sure any of my readers who are currently wearing a set of dentures know what I’m talking about.  The reason for this dichotomy is that dentures are essentially plastic that is shaped and colored to look like teeth and gums.  If Hollywood special effects artists can make an actor look like an alien with realistic in photos with costumes, makeup, and latex masks, it’s certainly possible for a dentist to ...

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Choosing a toothpaste

Choosing toothpaste general dentistry gretna LA

Probably one of the most common questions that I get asked is “What is the best toothpaste to use?”  This question makes sense as almost everyone believes that brushing with toothpaste is an important part of preventing cavities and other dental problems.  However, a quick Google search of toothpaste finds ten plus pages of brands and types from the common Crest to the less well known such as clay toothpastes.  I’m pretty confident that I haven’t heard of even half of the different types of toothpastes on the market today.  However, when I’m buying a toothpaste, I consider three things: is it for kids or adults, what does it do ...

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Other ways to stop cavities besides flossing and brushing!

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So for the past two blogs, I’ve discussed what causes cavities which is bacteria producing acid after eating carbohydrates. In this article, I wanted to discuss how to prevent cavities. As the old axiom goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure, prevention of cavities is much cheaper than actually fixing cavities. Most people understand the importance of brushing and flossing, and there have been plenty of articles written about fluoride. I wanted to focus on three lesser known yet useful cavity preventions. The first is the natural saliva your mouth produces, the second is xylitol which is sugar from birch trees, and the third is ...

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A Few Secrets about Sugar your dentist wants you to know!

Sugar Secrets from Gretna LA dentist

As a continuation of my series on cavities, today I want to talk about sugar. Many people know that sugar causes cavities. Sugar is the food that the bugs eat and is turned into acid which causes cavities. Sugar is to cavities what gas is to fire: it fuels cavities and allows them to cause more damage. The biggest and most obvious problem with stopping sugar is that it tastes great. When I meet patients who have suffered from many cavities over the years, my first question that I ask them ...

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What causes cavities? Three secrets your dentist WANTS you to know!

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I believe that most doctors are in the business of putting themselves out of business. We want to see our patients healthy and happy. I enjoy telling my patients that their teeth look good and that they can see me for their next cleaning (whenever is appropriate). Still though, I see patients who get cavities on a regular basis. What many people do not know though is that cavities are completely preventable. Bacteria digests carbohydrates present in the mouth from eating and produces acid strong enough to eat through the teeth ...

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How often SHOULD you get your teeth cleaned?

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How often do you get a teeth cleaning?

You probably know that you should see a dentist every six months for a check up and cleaning.  At these appointments your teeth are cleaned and polished, maybe some x-ray films are taken, and a dentist does an exam.  Then the dentist or hygienist usually gives a lecture saying that you should floss more often unless you lie and say that you floss every day.  However, do these six month cleanings actually do you much good?  The popularity of the six month visit is actually not from dentists but rather from dental toothpaste advertising agencies.  Probably the most popular brand ...

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The Real Reasons I Love Making Fake Teeth

Older woman holding phone | Dentures in Gretna LA

One thing that all patients with false teeth have in common with dentists is a conflicted relationship with dentures. For both groups, the first experiences with these glorified pieces of plastic are usually not very good. Many dental students curse having to make dentures much like many new denture wearers curse their first set initially. Some dentists are so turned off by dentures that they never make another set after dental school just as many people with plates put their dentures in the bathroom drawer rather than in their mouth.. Most dentists and denture wearers accept dentures as a “necessary evil” in that dentures are required but difficult. ...

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