10 Dental New Year's Resolutions

January 8, 2022 By Downey Dental Center

10 Dental New Year's Resolutions

‘Tis the season for reflection and resolutions. Of course, you can improve your oral hygiene any time of year, but there’s something about looking ahead that makes it seem not only possible but probable. Here are our top 10 Dental Resolutions – take any or all of them into 2022! 1. Floss Regularly We know we’re supposed to floss every day, but many people (maybe even most) don’t. There’s always a good ...

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5 Tips to Protect Your Teeth During the Holidays

December 7, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

5 Tips to Protect Your Teeth During the Holidays

There’s nothing like an unexpected trip to the dentist to derail the most wonderful time of the year. To ensure your teeth stay healthy through the holidays and beyond, follow these tips: 1. Teeth aren’t present-openers or nutcrackers This sounds like a no-brainer, but when an impatient child hands you a toy double sealed in Teflon-strength packaging, your instinct might be to do whatever you can to rip it open. Do yourself a ...

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5 Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

November 1, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

5 Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

There are some things those of us over a certain age know all too well, like minivans without screens, phones attached to cords, and silver dental fillings. We’re now reaping the rewards of advancing technology (for the most part). Road trips are quieter thanks to mobile entertainment systems, phones are everywhere (usually in our hands), and metal amalgam fillings are no longer the only option. Today, dental practitioners can place composite resins, also known ...

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Implants vs. Dentures: Which is Right for You?

October 4, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

Implants vs. Dentures: Which is Right for You?

If you’re dealing with tooth loss, you’re not alone. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 178 million Americans are affected by this serious problem. We understand the significant role a healthy smile plays in self-confidence and the far reaching-impact tooth loss can have on a patient’s quality of life. We know there are many restorative options available and believe patient education is the key to choosing the right treatments. Dentures and ...

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How Do Teeth Become Stained?

August 30, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

How Do Teeth Become Stained?

There’s no shortage of teeth whitening solutions. From in-office lasers to at-home whitening kits and snap-on veneers, there have never been more ways to achieve a white smile! But, before you order a custom kit or hit up the drugstore for whitening strips, there’s more you should know about teeth discoloration. Not all stains are created equal, and the cause of yours needs to be taken into consideration when selecting a whitening solution ...

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What is the Best Way to Treat Receding Gums?

July 29, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

What is the Best Way to Treat Receding Gums?

It’s easy to get complacent with our oral hygiene - especially if we’ve never experienced issues. When our days are scheduled down to the minute, sticking to a dental care routine can feel like trying to fit in one more thing. And does it really matter if we skip flossing every now and then? In recent years, we’ve gotten used to most dental issues being correctable. From fluoride treatments to implants, it seems ...

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Who Needs Full Mouth Reconstruction?

June 28, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

Who Needs Full Mouth Reconstruction?

If full mouth reconstruction has been suggested as a treatment option, you might be wondering if you really need it. Extensive dental work can be intimidating, but the results can also be life-changing.  What is full mouth reconstruction? Full mouth reconstruction involves a combination of dental treatments to rebuild or restore your teeth, gums, and jaw function.  While cosmetic elements, such as teeth whitening, may be a component in the process, it’s important to ...

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5 Tips for Getting Through Your First Week with Braces

May 28, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

5 Tips for Getting Through Your First Week with Braces

Getting braces is exciting and nerve-wracking. Many patients come in feeling a bit anxious because they’re unsure of what to expect. While everyone is different, most patients report that getting through the first week is the hardest, but once you’ve adapted, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful smile. Tips to help you through the initial adjustment period of having braces: 1) Don’t leave the office with questions. Our ...

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Spring Means Blooms, Sunshine & Oral Cancer Screenings

April 29, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

Spring Means Blooms, Sunshine & Oral Cancer Screenings

April is oral cancer awareness month. While not as delightful as the other signs of spring – blooming trees and longer days – a focus on early detection is a beautiful thing. While oral cancer (oral cavity and oropharynx cancers collectively) accounts for almost 3% of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, it is responsible for 1.8% of all cancer deaths. The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high because it is ...

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5 Ways to Deal With Dental Anxiety

March 29, 2021 By Downey Dental Center

5 Ways to Deal With Dental Anxiety

We know that a trip to the dentist isn’t on anyone’s list of favorite things, but if you find yourself avoiding regular dental visits or putting off needed dental work, you might be one of the estimated 50-80% of adults with dental anxiety. Our team understands that while a procedure might be “routine” for us, it likely is not for our patients. That’s why we work hard to make sure patients are ...

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