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Is Drinking Through a Straw Better for Your Teeth?

August 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 10:50 pm
person drinking through a straw

In a world where style and convenience converge, straws have become delightful companions, transforming ordinary sips into extraordinary experiences. From the invigorating kick of iced coffee to the comforting warmth of a fine glass of red wine, everyday beverages offer a flavorful escape. However, amid these moments of enjoyment, our smiles can sometimes pay the price. While the taste is exquisite, the impact on our teeth can be concerning. The great news is that you can savor your drinks and protect your smile by choosing to use a straw. Let’s delve into the advantages of using a straw to maintain your radiant grin.


A Diet To Support Your Dental Implants

June 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 12:27 am
closeup of someone eating an apple

Dental implants have many merits, and if you’ve been looking into them recently you’ve probably heard plenty of them. One that doesn’t get mentioned enough is just how natural dental implants feel—they merge with the jawbone so seamlessly that they function almost like just another part of your body.

In fact, just like the rest of your body, there are changes that you can make to your diet that will provide your dental implants with additional strength and support. Here are some aspects of nutrition that may change how it feels to eat with your dental implant.


3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Your Dentures Around the Clock

April 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 11:08 pm
a woman taking her dentures out after a certain amount of time

Whether you need to replace several teeth or an entire arch, dentures are a reliable option for restoring your smile. They can return the confidence that comes with having a complete set of natural-looking teeth. Additionally, they give you back the ability to speak and eat with ease. And you can also count on your prosthetic to last up to 10 years or more!  However, despite all these benefits, it’s important to not wear your dentures 24 hours a day. Read on to learn the reasons why and discover the optimal wear time for your prosthetic.


What to Do If Your Dental Bridge Falls Out  

February 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 4:35 pm
person whose dental bridge fell out covering their mouth

In the United States, 120 million people are missing at least one of their pearly whites. This means that millions of people are walking around with gaps in their grins. If you’re one of them, you may have a dental bridge to fill in the gaps. These restorations can be used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth and consist of a dental crown between two abutment teeth or implants. as useful as bridges can be to your beam, what do you do if yours falls out? Keep reading to learn about potential causes as well as what to do if your dental bridge falls out.


Teeth Whitening or Veneers: Which Is Right for You?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 11:45 pm
person at dentist having teeth whitened

Having stained teeth can make it difficult to love your smile. Discoloration can make a once-gorgeous grin look dull and uneven. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers solutions through treatments like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Though both of these are excellent treatment options, how can you know which one is the best choice for you? Read on to learn about these treatments so you can determine which one is better for your smile.


4 Tips for Selecting the Right Cosmetic Dentist

August 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 4:17 pm
woman chatting with her cosmetic dentist

If you’d like to make those pesky flaws in your teeth vanish, there’s no better solution than visiting a cosmetic dentist. Of course, no two dentists are exactly alike, and you’ll need to choose the one who will best meet your specific needs. Since the American Dental Association (ADA) doesn’t recognize cosmetic dentistry as an official specialty, any dentist can claim that they’re a cosmetic dentist. This can make your search difficult, but not impossible. Keep these four tips in mind, and you should have no problem selecting the perfect cosmetic dentist for your unique smile!


Is It Painful to Get a Dental Crown?

July 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 10:54 pm
3D illustration of a dental crown

There are certainly benefits to getting a dental crown, so it may be an option you are considering to perk up your smile. Among other things, you are wondering if the procedure is painful. Considering that a crown not only benefits your appearance but also protects a tooth that used to be damaged, you decide it’s worth investigating. Keep reading to learn more about this beneficial oral health addition from your dentist in Arlington.


Is Wisdom Tooth Pain a Dental Emergency?

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 7:08 pm
man suffering from toothache

It feels like a jackhammer is drilling into your jaw. Wisdom tooth pain in Arlington is no joke. But is it a dental emergency?

When wisdom teeth are horizontally aligned or angled, they are known as impacted. They can push on your other teeth or roots, which can be painful and even shift your teeth.

Keep reading to learn potential signs of impacted wisdom teeth, problems that can arise if you don’t remove them, and what to expect during an emergency tooth extraction.


What to Expect During Wisdom Tooth Recovery

September 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 6:44 pm
young man holding ice pack to jaw

Millions of Americans get their wisdom teeth pulled every year. They’re the third set of molars that grow at the very back of the mouth, typically erupting between ages 17 and 25. However, some people may never get them at all! Since there’s not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, most cases require extraction. Although the recovery time can vary from person to person, here’s a basic idea of what you can expect during wisdom tooth recovery.


Deductibles for Dental Insurance: A Basic Guide

July 20, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 2:18 pm
“Insurance deductible” key for dental insurance in Arlington

At this time of year, many people are thinking about how they can use their dental insurance in Arlington before it expires at the end of December. Would you like to get as much value as possible out of your insurance? One of the most important steps you can take in order to do that is review and understand your benefits.  As you strive to do so, you might come across some terms that you’re unfamiliar with. In this blog post, we explain everything you need to know about one of those terms — “deductible.”

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