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Debunking the Myths Associated with Root Canals

June 15, 2020

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Digital image of a root canal being performed on a tooth located on the bottom row of teethWhen it comes to root canals in Phoenix, there is much misinformation associated with this common practice. For decades, people have mistakenly blamed the actual procedure for the pain that is caused by an infected tooth, making it much harder for dentists to convey the benefits and advantages of this method of treatment. To give patients like yourself greater peace of mind should you ever be faced with an infected tooth, your dentist is dispelling and debunking the most common myths about root canals.

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Extractions and Roots Canals: What Are the Pros and Cons?

June 6, 2020

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the inside of a tooth showing the canals and root system with dental instruments laying nearbyContemplating whether root canals or extractions in Phoenix is better? After all, you can always replace a tooth, right? While this mindset is not untrue, there are some disadvantages to removing what can potentially be saved. When faced with an infection that lies deep within the innermost layer of a tooth’s structure, your dentist will likely do whatever is possible to try and keep it in place, but what are the advantages of this? Spend a few minutes learning more about the pros and cons associated with these two types of dental procedures.

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Good Personal Hygiene: Why It Is Important Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 16, 2020

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a dental in Phoenix washing their hands before offering care to a patientFor dental teams across the country, personal hygiene is more than just keeping hands clean. It involves maintaining healthy teeth and gums, protecting areas of the body that are easily exposed to bacteria and germs, and making sure these same potentially harmful pathogens do not leave the office. If you are wondering exactly what your dentist in Phoenix is doing to ensure staff members practice good hygiene, spend some time learning why it is important in the first place and how it is being accomplished.

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4 Ways Your Dentist is Protecting Themselves and You During the COVID-19 Outbreak

May 9, 2020

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a female dentist in Phoenix wearing a face mask before seeing a patientIn the past, it was not uncommon to see someone wearing a face mask while waiting in the lobby of the emergency room or while on an airplane. Nowadays, you may not be able to recognize your neighbor or friend at the grocery store because all you can see is their eyes. This piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the most commonly used item by individuals and healthcare providers, but what else is your dentist in Phoenix using to keep themselves and others safe during an appointment? Read on to find out about the 4 most important items your dental team will be wearing at your next visit.

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Dental Offices and COVID-19: What Safety Protocols Are Keeping You Safe?

April 15, 2020

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An empty dental treatment room awaiting an upcoming patientTrying not to panic when experiencing a dental emergency is hard enough. Add the realization of going to a dentist’s office to receive care amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and you may be tempted to just stay at home. The reality, however, is that dental offices throughout the country are going beyond the standard sanitizing guidelines they must follow day-to-day and are adhering to additional protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other healthcare organizations. If you are wondering how dental offices are staying safe and clean during the COVID-19 pandemic, read on to find out.

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How Can I Keep My Smile Healthy During Quarantine?

April 3, 2020

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a young woman flossing her teeth while standing in front of a mirror With COVID-19 continuing to keep people at home, you may be wondering what to do with all the extra time. Embracing a new hobby, stepping outside into nature (while practicing social distancing of course), and reading a book might be a few things you are considering. But have you also thought about ways you can improve your oral hygiene routine? With dental offices closed throughout the country, you will not be able to get in for your regular dental cleaning during quarantine. So take some time to consider the following tips. After all, you may notice a significant improvement in your smile!

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What Constitutes a Dental Emergency During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

March 15, 2020

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a middle-aged man wearing a gray shirt and holding his cheek in pain because of a dental emergency When faced with a dental injury, you want immediate help. Most dental offices offer same-day appointments or will work to try and get you scheduled as soon as possible, but when a crisis at home occurs while the world is facing a global pandemic, what constitutes a dental emergency? Hear what the American Dental Association (ADA) and your local dentist have to say that will help you make the right decision about your health and safety.

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Can Vaping Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

February 6, 2020

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a person using a vaping device to smoke Forget the cigarettes and cigars. Vaping is now considered the “cool” and more popular way to smoke. With devices that range in all sizes, you can fill your vape pen will every flavor you can imagine. But do not be fooled by the “Fruit Loop” or “Blue Razzberry” taste. This alternative method of smoking can do more harm than you think. Not only are your lungs and body reaping the consequences of inhaled nicotine, but if you have sleep apnea, your habit is likely contributing to your inability to get a restful night’s sleep. So, to answer the question, “Can vaping make sleep apnea worse,” let a local dentist share some insight on the topic.

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Could Your Chronic Jaw Pain Be Related to Other Inflammatory Conditions?

December 6, 2019

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a woman holding her jaw in painDo you suffer from chronic jaw pain? Is it difficult to open and close your mouth? If you notice these symptoms, it is very likely that you have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. But what about the rest of your body? Are you noticing additional problems in your joints elsewhere? If you are wondering whether chronic jaw pain could be related to other inflammatory conditions, spend some time reviewing this article to find out.

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Chronic Jaw Pain? Find Out if TMJ Can Go Away on Its Own

November 8, 2019

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woman experiencing pain in her jawLately, you have been noticing pain developing throughout your jaw each time you try to eat, speak, chew, or even smile. It is beginning to make a popping sound, and it hurts to just open or close your mouth. Choosing to avoid your symptoms, you assume it will get better, but with signs that point to TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), you might be asking yourself, “Can TMJ go away on its own?” Read on to find out if it is true or if you should seek the help of a dental professional sooner rather than later.
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