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How Does Coffee Affect Your Dental Health?

January 21, 2021

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Hot cup of coffee on a book.If you’re like many adults, you need coffee to jumpstart your day. Whether you brew a fresh cup of java at home or head to the closest Starbucks, the National Coffee Association reports 54% of Americans over the age of 18 begin their day the same way. Besides giving you a boost of energy, it also provides many health benefits, like a decreased risk of cancer, stroke, and diabetes; however, your dentist has a few concerns about frequently drinking coffee. Believe it or not, it can harm your teeth. If you can’t skip your cup of Joe in the morning, here’s what you need to know to keep your smile healthy.


How to Ramp Up Your Dental Health in the New Year!

December 21, 2020

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man happy with his New Year’s resolutions

With the next 12 months on the horizon, you’re ready to make some positive and lasting changes. This includes improving your dental health. All you need is the right strategy to achieve your goals. As you continue reading, learn some effective ways to hit your New Year’s resolutions for strong and healthy teeth and gums!


5 Signs You Need Dental Crown Replacement

November 20, 2020

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Person needing dental crown replacement. A dental crown is widely used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry because it can improve the overall health, function, and appearance of a tooth. It covers the entire visible surface above the gum line, allowing it to also provide an added layer of protection. It’s not uncommon for a crown to be used along with another treatment, like a root canal. A crown can last for several decades with the right aftercare, but you will need a new one eventually. Here are 5 signs you need dental crown replacement to restore your smile.


What Makes You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

September 9, 2020

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Dental implant

If you’re one of the 178 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you have several different options when it comes to replacing them. A favorite by dentists and patients alike is dental implants. They have all sorts of benefits including that they act like natural teeth, prevent jawbone deterioration, and restore as much as 90% of your chewing ability. However, implants aren’t for everyone. Read on to learn which characteristics make a good dental implant candidate in Belchertown.


How to Take Care of Dental Implants After Surgery

August 17, 2020

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Dental implant illustration

Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile if you’re missing teeth. They are becoming increasingly popular because of their many benefits. They restore almost all of your chewing power and preserve the integrity of your jawbone. However, you can’t just walk right out of surgery and start consuming everything you want. Before you can experience all the wonderful benefits of implants, you must allow them to heal. Here is everything you need to know about dental implant aftercare.


How to Correctly Wear a Face Mask

June 17, 2020

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Woman properly wearing a face mask as instructed by Belchertown dentist

As more studies about the current COVID-19 pandemic are conducted, researchers are discovering that many cases present very few or no symptoms. This means that you may be sick and contagious with the coronavirus while still feeling healthy. Wearing a face mask can help stop the rampant spread of germs from asymptomatic carriers, but only if worn correctly. Your Belchertown dentist shares how to properly wear a face mask and keep those around you safe in the COVID-19 pandemic.


How Your Dental Team Keeps Their Hands Clean During COVID-19

May 18, 2020

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Belchertown dentist washing their hands and practices excellent hand hygiene in COVID-19

Keeping your hands clean is an important part of protecting yourself from COVID-19. Excellent hand hygiene has always been especially important in a dentist’s line of work since their hands come in such close proximity to all their patients’ mouths. Now more than ever, dental professionals are taking numerous steps to clean their hands thoroughly throughout the day to keep themselves and their patients safe. Here’s how your Belchertown dentist and his team keep their hands germ-free so you can get the treatment you need safely during COVID-19.


Call the Doctor! – How to Tell If You Are Having a Dental Emergency

April 12, 2020

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Person with emergency dentist

You’ve gone all day with a painful throbbing in your teeth. Though it hurts, you’re trying to power through and wait it out. Due to COVID-19, most dental practices aren’t open for their regular hours and you’re hoping that the pain will just go away. Since you can’t often see the cause of tooth pain, it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist.

Even though most dental practices are currently not seeing patients for regular appointments, they are still available and eager to help those having dental emergencies. Many emergency dentists are available for same-day appointments and will get you out of pain as quickly as possible. The following advice from an emergency dentist will help you to gauge when you should pick up the phone and make an appointment. 


Crown or Bridge: Do You Know the Difference?

February 27, 2020

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dental crown
ceramic crown in dental laboratory

You’re sitting in the dentist chair as your dentist inspects your teeth during your checkup. After looking at your X-rays, they mention that your tooth is severely decayed and will need to be removed. Then, they say you need a dental bridge to replace it after the tooth has been extracted. You’re confused—is a bridge like a crown? How are they different? In this blog post, you’ll learn more information about bridges and dental crowns in Belchertown, so you can make the right choice for your smile.


How Long Will Your Dental Crown Last?

December 30, 2019

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dental crowns on a model of a mouth

Dental crowns in Belchertown are custom-crafted caps that are built to comfortably fit over damaged teeth to repair their structure and function. You’ll be glad that you restored your tooth when you’re able to chew your food and speak without experiencing any discomfort. With the proper care and maintenance, you’ll be able to enjoy your restoration for longer, keeping you from needing to schedule any unexpected or additional visits with your emergency dentist. Read on for some tips and tricks on how to take the best care of your dental crown.

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