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Wisdom Tooth Woes: What’s to Blame for the Pain?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 4:29 pm
Patient holding their cheek due to wisdom tooth pain

Ouch! Why does your wisdom tooth hurt so much? Unfortunately, it’s a complex question with many answers. Wisdom teeth often cause discomfort and pain as they emerge, but that’s not the only reason you could be feeling the sting. Understanding the reasons behind the pain can help you manage and alleviate it more effectively. So, if you’re curious, read to look at what causes wisdom tooth pain and how to find relief.


Oral Health and Dating: Could Your Smile be a Red Flag?

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 7:22 pm
Couple with good oral health on a date

When it comes to relationships, the focus often goes to shared interests and chemistry. But have you ever considered the role your smile plays in your love life? Research performed by dating and lifestyle platforms like Match and shows that oral health can absolutely affect romantic relationships! If you’re curious how much of an impact this aspect of your hygiene has, continue reading.


How Can I Find an Emergency Dentist When I Need One Immediately?

December 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 10:01 pm
Man has tooth pain

Severe toothaches, fractures, and dislodged teeth are crisis situations that require immediate care to prevent further damage. Dental emergencies can be painful, stressful, and shocking, but they are never convenient. In fact, they always seem to happen at the worst possible time, and they can be made even worse if you don’t know how to get the care you need. Here are a few tips for finding an emergency dentist and scheduling an appointment when you need one most.


Genetic Imprints: Can Tooth Stains Run in the Family?

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwardlaw @ 11:57 pm
A person with genetically yellow teeth thinking about a teeth whitening treatment

If your smile has ever been a source of insecurity for you, you’re not alone. According to research done by the American Association of Orthodontics, more than one-third of American Adults are unhappy with their smiles. For some, even whitening kits may not be enough to turn their yellow grins white. In fact, for some patients, their tooth discoloration may be genetic.

Continue reading to learn more about the genetic factors that can influence the color of your teeth.


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!

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