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December 15, 2022

Creating a Dental Emergency Kit

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:23 pm

Molar and first aid kitIf your home is like many in America, you probably don’t have a dental emergency kit handy. While you may never expect it to happen to you, 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency annually. A friendly game of football or eating popcorn at the movies can lead to a broken tooth. No matter the issue, time is of the utmost importance. It’s best to plan for the unexpected to save valuable time until you can get to an emergency dentist. Here’s what to include in your dental emergency first aid kit to make a stressful situation a little easier.


November 27, 2022

Chipped Tooth? 4 Tips to Save Your Smile

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 12:55 am

Digital model of chipped front toothYour teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body. Enamel is the outer layer of a tooth that protects the underlying dentin and pulp. Although it’s stronger than some metals, a blow to the mouth or biting a popcorn kernel can break a tooth. If the unexpected should happen, don’t panic! Here are 4 things you should do for a chipped tooth.


October 10, 2022

2 Drinks That Can Help You Prevent Cavities

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 1:08 am
hands holding cup of coffee

Roughly 90% of adults aged 20 or older have had at least one cavity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since you are likely part of the majority, you know how frustrating it can be to have a sensitive or painful tooth. Things like brushing twice and flossing once per day can help prevent cavities, but there are some other ways to keep cavities at bay that may surprise you. Read on to learn about two beverages that can help you prevent cavities.


September 20, 2022

6 Warning Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 12:40 am
illustration of impacted wisdom tooth

Third molars, which are also called wisdom teeth, are the last adult teeth to erupt. They usually come in sometime between a person’s late teens and early twenties. Though some people’s wisdom teeth emerge without any issues, impacted wisdom teeth are not uncommon. Fortunately, your dentist can help. Read on to learn about what causes this, signs that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, and how to treat it.


August 2, 2022

Why Does My Dental Implant Feel Sensitive?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 10:09 pm
Woman experiencing mouth sensitivity.

Dental implants have become the premier option for replacing missing teeth. These incredible implants are able to fully replicate the look, feel, and functionality of your lost pearly whites and can last for up to 20+ years with proper care. But sometimes, patients experience increased and abnormal sensitivity around their implants—and if this is happening to you, what should you do? Keep reading to learn more about dental implants and what can cause them to become hypersensitive, along with some ways to alleviate your discomfort.


June 15, 2022

Causes & Solutions for Small Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 10:30 am
Smile with short, stubby teeth

As it turns out, small teeth can hurt your appearance. Namely, they cause imbalances in your tooth-to-gum ratio that give your smile a “gummy” look. Left untreated, they may even make you look older than you are!

If you want to treat the issue, your local dentist can help. Here are several causes and cosmetic solutions for small teeth — look them over to find a better way to show off your pearly whites!


April 19, 2022

Here’s Why You Should Soak Your Dentures Overnight

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:09 pm
Dentures in glass of water

Since dentures are essentially replacement teeth, you might want to use them at all times. Namely, in addition to eating or speaking with them during the day, you also want to keep them in your mouth overnight. After all, you don’t take out your permanent teeth at night, so why take out your dentures? Surely there’s nothing wrong with keeping them in, right?

As it happens, soaking dentures overnight is a better practice than sleeping with them in your mouth. In fact, overnight denture soaks prevent oral health problems from emerging. For those wanting to know why that’s the case, here’s a summary of denture-use issues solved by an overnight soak.


February 3, 2022

6 Tips for Taking Care of Dentures

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 2:20 am

Person cleaning denture with toothbrushDentures are a trusted solution to restore beautiful, functional smiles that have been damaged by significant tooth loss. As with all areas of dentistry, dentures have undergone several improvements, making them more realistic and durable; however, they won’t last forever. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your dentures every 5-7 years. Various factors affect their lifespan, like how well you maintain them. While they function like your real teeth, caring for dentures differs from your natural smile. Here are 6 tips to get the most out of your investment.


December 22, 2021

4 Tips to Overcome Sugar Cravings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 6:03 pm

Candy, cookies, sodas, and other sweet treats are tasty as well as highly addictive since they release opioids and dopamine that make our bodies interpret it as a reward. Unfortunately, these foods can do a lot of damage to your overall and oral health. Cutting back on you’re the amount of sugar you eat is good for your teeth, but how can you fight the cravings? To help you battle your addiction to sweets and improve the health of your smile, here are four helpful tips to help you overcome your sugar cravings.


November 12, 2021

Discover Fluoride’s Role in Dental Health

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 8:27 pm

Dentist holding fluoride history cardYou’ve likely heard fluoride discussed on the news and social media outlets because there is controversy about its dental benefits. You might believe the discussions are relatively new, but fluoride is a naturally occurring substance. It is found all around you—from the soil you are standing on to the water you are drinking. Known as “nature’s cavity fighter,” the mineral strengthens the enamel to prevent tooth decay, which is why it is added to many public water systems. If you’re skeptical about its benefits, don’t stop drinking tap water yet. Here’s what you need to know about fluoride history and how it can safeguard your smile.


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