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Nail Biter? Here’s Another Reason You Should Stop - Nail biting is a common habit that affects a number of Americans including an estimated 60% of kids, 45% of teenagers, and 30% of adults. While the likelihood of being a nail biter decreases as we get older, the truth is it is a habit that can be difficult to break and can follow you into adulthood, and not without risk. If you do still bite your nails,

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What is Gum Charting? - Gum, or periodontal, charting is when your Asheville dentist measures the pockets around each tooth to help evaluate oral health. It’s an important step in diagnosing gum disease and determining how advanced it may be. Periodontal charting can also assist your dental team in recommending an appropriate treatment plan. How is Periodontal Charting Done? The process is pretty simple and usually pretty painless, too. The team at our

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The Oral Health Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco - April is recognized as Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and while many people know the risks associated with smoking tobacco, the team at our dental office in Asheville want to make sure our patients and neighbors know that just because smokeless tobacco is, well, smokeless, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own fair share of risks. Oral Cancer The most serious concern associated with smokeless tobacco use is oral

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Your Frenectomy Questions Answered - At our dental office in Asheville, we know our patients have questions about all things related to their oral health and the appearance of their smiles. Frenectomies are no different. What exactly is a frenectomy? Why would we ever recommend one? Can it really be beneficial? Not to worry, we’re here to answer all of your frenectomy questions. A Bit of Background We’d have a little trouble answering

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Words of Wisdom on Wisdom Teeth - Getting your wisdom teeth taken out is such a common procedure that over 90% of Americans undergo the surgery. But why is it important that these late-blooming teeth come out? Can’t they just stay in there? Well, sometimes they can, but if it’s recommended that they be removed, it’s to keep you from additional problems. At our dental office in Asheville, we want to make sure all of

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Top 4 Causes of Tooth Sensitivity - Having sensitive teeth can be brutal. The sharp, shooting pain that often accompanies tooth sensitivity can put a damper on enjoying favorite foods. At our dental office in Asheville, we don’t want any of our patients to suffer from sensitive teeth, but we understand that a lot of them do. We’d like to explain some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity and talk about some possible

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“Why Do I Bite My Lip All The Time?” - Whether it’s your lip, your cheeks, or your tongue, biting the tissues in and around your mouth is a troublesome habit for many. Mostly brought on by stress or as a nervous habit, cheek or lip biting can be hard to break. At our dental office in Asheville, we’d like our patients to know just how harmful this habit can actually be and provide them tips on how

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The American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics has nominated Dr. Douglas B. Phillips for Treasurer and Secretary for Guests. - Dr. Douglas Phillips graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1979 with honors.  After completing a general practice residency in the USAF at Eglin Air Force Base in 1980, he completed his active tour of duty at England AFB in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 1980-1982. In addition to providing dental services, he had additional duties as the Prosthodontic Lab Officer and the Dental Supply and Equipment Officer.  He continued

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Simple Ways to Limit Your Exposure to Sugar - There’s nothing wrong with a little sugar indulgence every now and then. We get it, sometimes you just need a little fix with a sweet treat. But as most people know, sugar is something every dentist really doesn’t like. And with good reason (more on that in a bit). At our dental office in Asheville, we want to help our patients limit how much sugar they consume with

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Why Are There So Many Different Types of Mouthwash? - As you probably already know, there are several types of mouthwash available some minty, some a bit fruity, some that claim to kill germs, and some that protect against gum disease and gingivitis. But do we really need so many? At our dental office in Asheville, we know choosing a mouthwash can be overwhelming, which is why we’d like to explain the differences between them so you
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