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“Will My Dental Filling Last Forever?” - “Will it hurt?” “How long will it take?” “What should I expect when getting a filling?” These are all questions we typically get asked before filling a cavity for a patient. And while they’re great questions, there’s one we wish we’d get to answer more and it’s, “Will the filling last forever?” So all of us our Memphis dental office figured we’d ask it and answer it all in one place for everyone. Dental fillings are a great way to keep your natural teeth healthy by closing in and protecting any decay that may have occurred. There are several types of fillings that are made out of different materials. It’s these materials that determine how long your cavity filling should last. And unfortunately, no, it’s not forever. White FillingsMore commonly becoming the preferred treatment for cavities, white fillings, also known as tooth-colored or composite fillings, are a great way to make your restorations virtually invisible. Your dentist in Memphis will closely

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What to Eat (and not to eat) This Easter - Easter is a holiday when we tend to overload on sugary sweets and ranks second among all holidays in total candy consumption, falling only to Halloween. In fact, Americans buy over 120 million pounds of candy each and every Easter. At our Memphis dental office, we want our patients to know that not all candy is bad for grins. But which ones should you eat and which should be avoided?Eat: Hollow ChocolatesHollow chocolates cut calories and limit sugar so you can indulge in chocolaty goodness while keeping your teeth, and your waistline, in tip-top shape. It doesn’t get much better than that! Whether it’s molded into a bunny, duck, or egg, hollow chocolate and its lower sugar content decreases the chance for dental decay. Want to make it even better? Use dark chocolate instead of milk. Dark chocolate has antioxidants which are good for the whole body. Avoid: Gooey, Chewy, Sticky StuffWhether it’s gummies, caramels, or taffy, sticky sweets are some of the worst for teeth. They’re

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5 Vitamins & Minerals for a Healthy Smile - Vitamins and minerals are essential for a healthy body. But did you know that some are more important for your dental health than others? At our Memphis dental office, we want to make sure all of our patients know which vitamins and minerals are needed to ensure healthy gums and teeth. Vitamin A. This vitamin helps build a strong immune system, so it’s obvious why it’s important to whole-body health. When it comes to its importance in oral health, our focus is more on its ability to support saliva production. Saliva helps rid the mouth of bacteria and wash it away. Some foods rich in vitamin A include fish, egg yolks, and orange and yellow foods. B Vitamins. Found mostly in meat, poultry, and green vegetables, B vitamins help reduce inflammation. An adequate amount of B vitamins can aid in keeping canker sores away. Vitamin C. Also a immune system supporter, vitamin C keeps gums healthy. Not getting enough of it can lead to bleeding or inflammation of the gum tissue. Those who may

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How Smiling Can Make You More Attractive - You look across the room and notice someone. Your eyes meet. You smile. Suddenly it seems as if light and warmth has filled the room. At our dental office in Memphis, we know that smiles really are great connectors and communicators, and they also make us more attractive and – bonus! – improve our health. We’d like to share that with you. Smiling and AttractionResearchers have discovered that people respond more positively smiling people. Try it for yourself on your way home: Smile and look people in the eye and see how they respond! When you smile, your face relaxes. Frown lines disappear. You may even be perceived as more reliable! The truth is that much of our communication happens non verbally with the language of the face and the body. Standing straight, making eye contact, and smiling all give the appearance of confidence and health, something most people find endlessly attractive. Smiling even activates the part of your brain that process sensory rewards. Every time you g

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Top 5 Tips to Get Kissably Fresh Breath - Who doesn’t love kissing? It is a wonderful way to connect and show love to your special someone. Unfortunately, when bad breath is part of the scenario, the fun can just go away. Bad breath affects your confidence and your attractiveness. Don’t let bad breath stand in the way of a kiss! Follow these simple tips and you will be ready to pucker up in no time!Keep it CleanDedicate at least two minutes morning and night to brushing your teeth, and another minute or so to flossing. Five or six minutes a day really isn’t much when you consider the benefits to your health – and your smooch. And don’t forget to schedule a professional cleaning at our dental office in Memphis at least twice a year. It ensures that odor-causing plaque is cleared away and lets us keep an eye on your oral health. Brush and Scrape Your TongueYour tongue is a rugged terrain. Food particles and bacteria get caught between tastebuds and in cracks, and when they stay there, lead to some interesting odors. I

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What’s Your Smile Say About You as a Professional? - Almost every job requires a bit of face-to-face interaction. And your smile is the first thing others notice about you. Unfortunately, this could inadvertently lead to a misconception of who you are and could affect your career. Everyone at our Memphis dental office would like to talk a bit about the unfortunate truth about what your smile may be saying about you.  It’s Not All About the Resume When we apply for a jobs, we’d like to be taken seriously and let our resumes do the talking. However, no matter how good you look on paper, the reality is when you’re brought in for a face-to-face interview, the interviewee subconsciously makes judgements based on how you look. While this sounds incredibly shallow, it’s true. Your Smile Says A Lot Research has shown that nearly 75% of Americans trust those with a great smile over someone who wears expensive clothes or drives a luxury car. When we’re talking about a job, trust is one of the top qualities employers look for. Even more

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New Year, New Smile: Top Resolutions for Healthier Teeth - This time every year, people begin making resolutions to eat better, lose weight, or quit smoking. These resolutions that pop up every year typically mean well, but the truth is, not even half are kept longer than six months. At our Memphis dental office, we want you to resolve to make small changes for a healthier smile, not just for the next six months, but for the rest of your life. Resolve to… Brush and floss every day. We mean it. Every. Single. Day. Following an at-home oral health routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once is the best way to get, and keep, your smile healthy. Brush in the morning to rid your mouth of all the bacteria that piled up overnight. Brush before bed to remove the day’s lingering food particles and bacteria. And prior to one of those brushings, sling some floss around your fingers and get in between each and every tooth. Resolve to… Drink water. And lots of it. Our bodies are about 60% water. We need it to function, yet many people don’t

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This Year, Get Serious About Your Dental Health - Everybody is thinking about their New Year’s resolutions – get in shape, read more, take more time with the family – but have you thought about adding your smile to that list? 2016 might be a great year to take better care of your smile: It could improve your health too! Here are 4 great ways to improve your smile, your health, and your confidence!Keep your regularly scheduled dental appointments. Not only do those regular cleanings keep your teeth and gums clean and sparkly, it gives our dental office in Memphis more opportunities to keep an eye on your oral health. That means we can catch problems earlier for much less expensive repairs and a longer-lasting smile.Be vigilant about your oral hygiene routine. Your smile doesn’t only allow you to talk and chew. It is connected to the rest of your body and is a direct link for bacteria from gum disease to enter your bloodstream. Because of this, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to everything from heart attacks and cance

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Protecting Teeth While You Sleep – Nightguard Knowledge - You know you need a mouthguard when you play a sport like hockey or football, but when you are sleeping? Really? What in the world is there to protect your teeth from while you are snug in your bed, cushioned everywhere by pillows and blankets?You need to protect your teeth from yourself!Many patients at our dental office in Memphis come to us because their teeth are cracked, chipped, or worn down and they have no idea why. And when we tell them, they have a difficult time understanding how they could have no memory of doing it. They are suffering from bruxism, an unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth, and their smiles are showing the telltale signs.Could You Have Bruxism?The primary symptoms of bruxism are: Worn, chipped, broken teethFlattened tooth surfacesExposure of tooth layers and loss of enamelTooth sensitivityJaw pain Headache and facial painEarache from jaw muscle tension and contractionA scalloped tongue or irregular tongue edgesDamaged mouth tissueIf you have any o

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Top 4 Denture Care Tips - Memphis Dental - Avery & Meadows - At our Memphis dental office, we want our denture patients to get the most out of their dentures, which is where proper care comes into play....
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