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Can Dentures Affect Your Nutrition?

October 7, 2022

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Older couple eating outdoorsTeeth are meant to last for a lifetime, but that’s not the case for many adults. Over 35 million Americans have lost all their teeth in one or both arches. 90% of people with no teeth choose dentures to rebuild their smiles. Traditional dentures have been used for generations because they are convenient and effective; however, new research suggests they can affect your nutrition. You don’t have to live without teeth to stay healthy. Here’s what you need to know to maintain healthy eating habits.

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The Link Between Dentures and Taste

August 19, 2022

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person with dentures smiling

Dentures are a common way to replace missing teeth and regain some of your bite power. They help you maintain your facial shape and are realistic looking, which makes it easier for you to feel confident in your smile. Though there are several benefits to getting dentures, these restorations can have some unexpected effects, including how you taste foods and drinks. Read on to learn about how dentures and taste are connected to each other.

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What’s Causing Your Tooth Discoloration?

June 8, 2022

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At home whitening kit above open handBright white teeth are associated with confidence, youth, and success. Unfortunately, a white smile doesn’t come naturally to many people. Not to mention, various factors affect the color of your teeth. If you’re embarrassed by stains and discoloration, OTC whitening products won’t give you the results you want because several issues contribute to yellow teeth. Here’s what you need to know to determine what’s behind your discoloration and how you can restore your pearly whites,

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Help! I Just Lost a Dental Crown: What Do I Need to Do Now?

April 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmedaugh @ 2:35 pm
Man biting fingernails

You’re at lunch with your friend when you notice a strange sensation. You excuse yourself to the bathroom to investigate. You open your mouth and your stomach drops. Your dental crown came loose and is hanging from the tooth. When did this happen? You immediately fumble for your phone to look up your dentist’s number. Losing a crown isn’t a medical emergency, but there are a few things you should do while waiting to get it repaired.

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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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmedaugh @ 3:54 am

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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