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4 Tips to Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day Without Damaging Your Smile

March 4, 2022

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Green beer

Are you eager for St. Paddy’s Day to come around this year? Now that March is in bloom, this special holiday will be here before you know it. It’s the perfect excuse to get together with your friends and family to enjoy a good time over a couple drinks. However, we can’t avoid the fact that it may not be the best day of year for your teeth. Continue reading to learn about some tips that can help you have fun on St. Patrick’s Day without inducing a dental emergency.

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How Do I Help My Child End Their Thumb-Sucking Habit?

February 4, 2022

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little girl sucking her thumb

When a child sucks a pacifier or their thumb, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, these are great coping mechanisms for infants to comfort themselves. Once a child reaches a certain age, however, problems begin to arise as their oral cavity is developing and teeth are growing in. During Children’s Dental Health Month, keep reading to learn from your children’s dentist in Belchertown about how thumb-sucking can affect your child and what you can do to help them stop.

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5 Common Questions About Dental Sealants

January 11, 2022

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child smiling at appointment after getting dental sealants

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children between the ages of two to 11 have had cavities in their primary teeth. Dental issues like this can negatively affect the appearance and function of their teeth. Brushing twice and flossing once per day is a key part of preventing decay, but your child may need some extra help keeping their smile in good shape. That’s where dental sealants come in! Read on to learn the answers to five frequently asked questions about this preventive treatment.

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How to Handle a Lost Dental Filling

December 15, 2021

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Woman with lost dental filling with hand to faceThe biggest threat to your dental health is tooth decay. Despite being preventable, 92% of adults have had at least one in a permanent tooth. If you’ve had a cavity or two over the years, your dentist likely used dental fillings. Whether amalgam or composite, a filling is effective in treating the early stages of decay. Although they are durable, they can lose their bond with the tooth over time. If you’ve lost a dental filling, don’t panic. Here are 5 things you should do until you can see your emergency dentist.

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Don’t Let Pregnancy Harm Your Smile

November 2, 2021

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Pregnant woman holding her bellyNothing is more exciting than awaiting the arrival of your little bundle of joy. As you focus on getting the nursery ready and go through the nesting phase, don’t forget to keep your smile a priority. Pregnancy can lead to certain oral health issues, like tooth decay. Although you may believe only your smile is at risk, specific dental problems can affect your unborn baby. Gum disease alone is linked to premature delivery and low birth weight. Don’t worry, here’s what you need to know to safeguard your smile and developing baby.

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10 Halloween Treats for Cavity-Free Smiles

October 3, 2021

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Young children in Halloween costumesDid you know tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease? Although it’s preventable, it’s more prevalent than childhood asthma. You can help combat tooth decay in the community with a little creativity this Halloween. Instead of passing out sugary goodies to trick-or-treaters, here are 10 Halloween candy alternatives to support cavity-free smiles.

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How Soon After a Tooth Extraction Can I Get a Dental Implant?

September 9, 2021

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man pointing to dental implant in Belchertown

You recently had one of your teeth extracted and are interested in replacing it with a dental implant. Though you feel that this is the best option for your needs, you aren’t sure how long you should wait to get dental implants after a tooth extraction. Here’s what you need to know to have success with your dental implants after tooth extraction.

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I’m a Smoker – Can I Still Get a Set of Dental Implants?

August 22, 2021

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man holding a burning cigarette

Living with any number of teeth missing can make it difficult to do basic things, like eating and speaking clearly. Dental implants provide an effective and lasting solution. There’s only one problem; you’re a smoker. Will your tobacco usage impact the success of your tooth replacement? Continue reading to learn about the relationship between smoking and dental implants so you can make an informed decision about the future of your oral health.

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Improve Your Smile on a Budget with Dental Bonding

July 8, 2021

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Pink piggy bank and coinsIf you’re not happy with the way your teeth look, you know cosmetic dentistry can help, but you might believe it’s not in your budget. What if you could get the results you want without draining your bank account? You can with dental bonding. It’s an affordable treatment that provides natural-looking results. Several factors influence the cost of dental bonding. Here’s how much you can expect to pay for your new smile.

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What You Need to Know About Your Child’s First Dental Visit

June 14, 2021

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mother at her child’s first dental visit

When you first become a parent, it can feel overwhelming, to say the least. You’re spending so much time thinking about your little one’s eating and sleeping habits that their oral health may have slipped your mind. However, it’s important to take good care of your baby’s smile, even before their pearly whites begin showing. Read on to learn when you should schedule your child’s first dental visit, how to prepare for the appointment, and what to expect once they’re in the dental chair.

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