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4 Common Problems Dentists Can Fix with Dental Bonding

August 22, 2022

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Woman checking her smile in the mirror after dental bonding

Are you unhappy with how your smile looks but don’t want to have to undergo a costly, complicated dental procedure to improve it? Dental bonding may be the answer you’re looking for! This treatment involves placing a small amount of composite resin on the tooth to address all kinds of problems. Below are 4 common cosmetic issues that dental bonding can help you overcome.


5 Ways That Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Career Success

May 4, 2022

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Man impressing his coworkers after receiving cosmetic treatment.

If you have an important interview or a big presentation coming up at your job, then you’re probably thinking about what you can do to ensure that things go smoothly. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference—dressing nicely, showing up on time, and of course, remembering to smile! But perhaps you’re not satisfied with the state of your teeth, and you’re worried that it might cost you a shot to climb the ladder at work. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can offer many different solutions that are sure to get your smile back on track and help you out. Keep reading to learn more about five different ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your career success!


4 Tips to Protect Your Children’s Smile This Halloween

October 20, 2021

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Children walking in costumes after practicing Halloween oral health tips

Who doesn’t love to bite into a candy bar when Halloween is just around the corner? While we’re sure your kids (and even yourself) are looking forward to knocking doors and saying the magic words for a sweet treat, the last thing you want to happen is for cavities to develop before the holidays. Thankfully, keeping a few Halloween oral health tips in mind can make all the difference. Read them from a dentist today to ensure your child’s oral health remains protected even through the sweetest season of the year!

Skip the Biggest Offenders of Tooth Decay

While all candy can harm oral health, some candies are worse than others. For example, the worst offenders would be anything that is considered hard, sticky, gummy, or chewy. Keep in mind:

  • Hard candies not only stay in the mouth for long periods of time, but they can potentially crack and chip teeth.
  • Sticky candies can stay on teeth very easily, making them difficult to remove during brushing and flossing.
  • Gummy candies can get caught in the deep pits and fissures of teeth, especially the molars and premolars.
  • Chewy candies can easily stay in the mouth for an extended period of time and put stress on the jaw joints.

Keep a Strict Oral Care Regimen

It’s important to maintain a strict oral care routine at home regardless of the season, but doing so around Halloween makes it even more important. For starters, make sure your family is brushing for at least two minutes at a time twice a day. They should be flossing at least once a day as well. It’s best to practice oral care about 30 minutes after having a meal or any candy.

Moderate Candy Consumption

Eating large amounts of candy in one sitting is sure to increase your risk for cavities, but eating small amounts throughout the day can be even more harmful. The more frequently you expose your mouth to sugar, the more consistently oral bacteria has food to consume and then produce plaque acids that attack teeth.

To moderate your child’s candy consumption, make sure to hold on to their candy stash after they finish their trick-or-treating. Only let them have candy after they’ve had their lunch or dinner. Saliva production is much higher after eating meals, and saliva plays a major role in reducing the risk of cavity development.

Stay On Top of Routine Checkups

Finally, you’ll want to make sure your family has their routine dental checkups and exams scheduled. After the Halloween season is over, it can be reassuring to know that no underlying issues have developed as a result. You can also confirm their brushing and flossing are working as intended.

Get in touch with a dentist today to not only protect your family’s oral health, but get other tips for a cavity-free Halloween!

About the Author

Dr. Sikes is dedicated to providing many dental services all under one roof and serves patients of all ages. Whether you’re visiting for a routine checkup ahead of the holidays or looking to have restorative or other treatments completed, you can expect a professional that listens to your needs and provides helpful advice whenever you ask for it. To schedule an appointment, you can contact him through his website.

Do You Chew on Ice? Here’s Why It’s a Dangerous Habit

August 9, 2021

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woman eating ice cube

It’s summertime! After finishing a drink, some people mindlessly munch on leftover ice cubes as a cold treat during hot weather. Even though it’s satisfying, the seemingly harmless habit can damage your teeth, enamel, and gums. Are you guilty of chewing on ice? Read on to find out how it can harm your smile and a few alternatives so you can safely get your fix.


Which Summer Foods Are Fine to Eat with Dental Implants?

June 22, 2021

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an older woman preparing to eat a salad while wearing dental implants

With so many backyard barbecues and pool parties happening over the next several months, you may be wondering which summer foods are best to eat while wearing dental implants. Yes, they give you a greater bite force and chewing power and are capable of withstanding more pressure than regular dentures or dental bridges, but are there foods that are better to consume than others? To help you prepare for your next family or social gathering, here are 4 foods you can eat without worry when living with dental implants.


The Basics of Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

April 12, 2021

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dentist explaining the basics of dental implants to a patient

Have you recently had to get one or more teeth removed? Are you frustrated with the limitations of your dentures? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then dental implants might be just the solution you need. Maybe you’ve heard of this tooth loss solution, but you’re not exactly sure what dental implants are. If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn the basics of dental implants and why they’re the best way to replace missing teeth.


Why Should You Schedule Your Dental Checkup Early in the Year?

January 4, 2021

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Calendar with reminder to visit Mt. Pleasant dentist

The start of a new year is a busy season for many of us. Whether you’re taking steps in improve your health or filling up your calendar, you probably have a lot on your mind. As you plan out the upcoming year, don’t forget to make time for your smile! Oral health may not be the most pressing matter on your mind at the moment, but now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your Mt. Pleasant dentist. Here are three very important reasons you should start the new year off with a dental checkup.


5 Reasons Smiling is Good for Your Health

December 14, 2020

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Woman with brown hair wearing a white sweater smiling

There is a lot of power in a bright, healthy smile. A beautiful grin can help you win that new client or improve someone else’s mood. But if you are self-conscious about your teeth, getting veneers in Mount Pleasant can help you feel more confident so you can smile as much as you’d like.  Studies show that a cheerful grin can do more than just affect your mood. Read on to learn 5 reasons smiling is good for your health.


Show Your Teeth Some Appreciation This Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

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Savory food, family and friends, and great memories are the best parts of Thanksgiving. While you’re most likely thankful for all of these things, have you considered adding your teeth to the list? Having a healthy smile does more for you than provide a great photo to post on social media. Your teeth work hard for you every day and even harder at Thanksgiving. Holiday oral health is important, and your dentist in Mount Pleasant has some simple tips to share that can help you show your teeth some appreciation this holiday season.


What Are Dental Crowns Made Of?

August 10, 2020

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Several different types of dental crowns in Mt Pleasant

Every day, your teeth are exposed to an onslaught of factors that can permanently damage them. That’s why when you’re choosing to repair a broken or weakened tooth with a dental crown, it’s important that it’s made from the proper materials. Thankfully, dental crowns in Mt Pleasant come in a variety of options depending on its placement and your unique preferences. Here’s what you need to know about what these popular restorations are made of and which one is right for you.  

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