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Dealing with Dental Anxiety
Dealing with Dental Anxiety

“We cater to cowards” is a common tagline that some dental practices use in their advertising to reassure those who have dental anxiety that their dentist treats such patients with compassion and understanding. However easily recognized that tagline may be, our NK Family Dental team knows that “coward” isn’t a good word. There is nothing…

What is Edentulism?

We all experienced tooth loss when we were children. It’s easy to remember the initial shock and feeling of that first wiggly tooth, the days of waiting for it to fall out, and the excitement of receiving money from the Tooth Fairy. While losing teeth in childhood wasn’t scary, the same isn’t true when it…

Why You May Need Oral Surgery
Why You May Need Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is an umbrella term that includes any operation performed on your teeth, gums, jaw or surrounding facial and oral structures. It includes an extensive range of procedures — including wisdom tooth extractions, dental bone grafts, periodontal grafts and corrective jaw surgery. According to Cleveland Clinic, “Your teeth, gums and jaw joints all work…

Should You Use Charcoal Toothpaste?
Should You Use Charcoal Toothpaste?

Activated charcoal has emerged as a major trend in the skincare world — and is quickly doing likewise in the toothpaste market, based on its reputation for whitening teeth and neutralizing bacteria. Once a boutique product with limited availability, charcoal toothpaste has gone mainstream, being produced by major brands and sold on the oral care…

How Smoking Affects Your Oral Health
How Smoking Affects Your Oral Health

By now, it’s common knowledge that smoking — as well as any type of tobacco use — has a devastating effect on health. According to a 2020 Surgeon General’s report, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that smoking causes cancer,…

What You Need to Know About a Root Canal
What You Need to Know About a Root Canal

Root canal treatment is probably the dental procedure that people dread the most. In fact, it’s the standard reference for an unpleasant experience, as in, “I’d rather have a root canal than (fill in the blank).” If you’ve never had a root canal, the procedure’s bad reputation could make you so anxious that you don’t…

Implants or Dentures? Which is Right for You?
Implants or Dentures? Which is Right for You?

The quest to restore missing teeth is almost as old as history itself. Archeological excavations have unearthed dentures dating back to 700 BCE, when the Etruscans created crude initial forms of dentures using ivory as a base, into which animal and human teeth were fastened. In fact, despite the persistent myth that George Washington had…

Diabetes and Oral Health

If you are among the more than 37 million Americans living with diabetes, you already know the risk for medical complications in such areas as your heart, kidneys, eyes and skin. But did you also know that diabetes can affect your oral health? According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes and oral health complications are…

How to Instill Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Your Child
How to Instill Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Your Child

Parents have a great deal of responsibility in teaching their children the values and behaviors they’ll need to become responsible adults themselves. Although it may not immediately come to mind, instilling good oral hygiene habits in your child is a process that’s essential to establishing good oral health for a lifetime! Knowing the right time…

How to Care for Your Teeth During the Holiday Season
How to Care for Your Teeth During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here! Actually, it seems the season becomes longer every year, with Christmas décor decking the halls of stores starting in September. From October through December, candy, treats, holiday meals and party foods (and adult beverages) are in abundant supply, all tempting us to not only overindulge, but to neglect our oral…

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