Managing Dental Anxiety

Many people are uncomfortable in the dentist’s chair, and sometimes that discomfort can lead to infrequent (and thus insufficient) dental care. If anxiety or discomfort is keeping you from seeing Dr. Halsema, try these techniques to make things a little … Continue reading

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Brushing Your Teeth at the Campsite: Maintaining Oral Health without Damaging the Environment

Summer is coming to a close, which means it’s a perfect time to go camping; the temperatures are dropping, the campgrounds aren’t as busy, and everything’s just a bit quieter. But going on vacation isn’t an excuse to stop caring … Continue reading

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Teeth Whitening 301: Professional, DIY, and DIWHY

Everyone has a “natural remedy” for stained teeth. This article breaks down what works, what doesn’t, and what’s just dumb. People care about how their teeth look, but they don’t always know how to keep them bright. Good looking teeth … Continue reading

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If You’re Using These Medicines, Visit Your Dentist More Often

Sometimes dental care can be complicated. On top of brushing, flossing, and the frequency of your dental visits, it’s important to pay attention to how the medication you take can interact with your oral health. Some medications can change how … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Bonded Retainers

Wearing a retainer isn’t fun, especially when you’re young and you don’t want to listen to your dentist. Consistently using your retainer, however, is a really important part of maintaining tooth alignment after adjustment. Without it, your teeth will drift … Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

It’s easy to think that using your toothbrush is enough to keep it clean (after all, it cleans your teeth), but dirty toothbrushes are more common than you’d think. If you’re keeping your toothbrush in a cup by your sink, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an old practice that’s gained recent publicity. But does oil pulling actually work? It turns out that it isn’t as simple as it sounds. We’ve looked at the recent studies about oil pulling and what it means … Continue reading

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Dental Implants 101

Dental implants can sound scary, but they’re one of the most versatile forms of dental cosmetics around. Implants are the backbone of tooth replacement procedures, and they can be used to support single teeth, bridges, or even full dentures. Dental … Continue reading

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Adult Braces Aren’t as Scary As You’d Think

Kids hate braces, primarily because of when they get them. But that doesn’t mean that braces are bad. If you’re dissatisfied with your tooth alignment and want to improve your smile, or improve your oral health and comfort in general … Continue reading

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What You Need To Know About Abrasive Toothpastes

  Toothpaste is an important part of dental care, but there’s more to toothpaste selection than meets the eye. For most people, any ADA-approved toothpaste is adequate under normal situations. Some toothpastes, however, are significantly more abrasive than others, which … Continue reading

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