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Whitening Woes: The Risks of Store-Bought Teeth Whitening

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 10:36 pm
An at-home teeth whitening kit

A bright, white smile has become something of an obsession for some people. While dentists can offer professional teeth whitening with excellent results, many turn to store-bought kits. While these over-the-counter options can provide decent initial results, it’s important to understand the risks of overusing them.

If you want to learn more about at-home whitening solutions and the oral health issues they can cause, continue reading.


4 Helpful Things to Remember about Dental Insurance

September 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 9:44 pm
Dental patient with dental team in background

Dental insurance can be confusing at times, especially if you are fairly new to your policy. How can you get the most out of your benefits? Your dental team is ready to assist you. In the meantime, read this simple guide that explains four important points which may help you establish a foundation of knowledge that will equip you to use your policy in the most advantageous way possible.


The Truth Behind These 3 Common Myths About Children’s Dentistry

August 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 6:38 am
Young girl smiling with teeth holding her mother's hand in one hand and a toothbrush with toothpaste on it in the other in front of a bathroom sink

As an adult, you probably don’t remember what it was like to have baby teeth. And, research about what causes tooth decay and how to take care of your smile wasn’t as extensive as it is now. That being said, now that you’re a parent, you only want the best for your child and their oral health. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding children’s dentistry. Here’s the truth behind 3 common myths about your child’s growing smile so you can set it up for success!


How to Manage a Dental Emergency While You’re Out of Town

July 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 6:45 am
Young woman holding her right cheek with her hand and grimacing

If you’re traveling this summer, maintaining good oral health is an essential preventive measure against dental trouble throwing a wrench in your plans. In case of emergency, it’s best to be prepared and plan ahead so that if something unexpected occurs, you have an idea of how to handle it. Here’s how you can manage a dental emergency while you’re out of town.


3 Ways to Fix Small Teeth

June 23, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 4:23 am
person smiling after having small teeth fixed

While reminiscing over old photos with friends, you might have noticed a discrepancy: your smile appears noticeably shorter than theirs. This condition is known as microdontia, where one or more teeth are smaller than the average size. Small teeth can be hereditary, a symptom of a genetic disorder, a result of developmental issues like cleft palate, or a consequence of radiation exposure. Additionally, excessive wear due to teeth grinding or damage can also lead to short teeth. The good news is that your dentist can address this issue. Continue reading to explore common causes of microdontia and discover how to enhance the appearance of your teeth to make them look bigger.


Dental Insurance: Making the Most Out of Your Coverage

May 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 7:23 am
a patient checking her dental insurance coverage on her smartphone

If you have dental insurance, you might sometimes find yourself wondering if your plan is actually worth the extra cost—it might not always feel like you’re getting the most out of your plan. But the bottom line is that it’s worth it to have dental insurance coverage, and it’s also quite easy to make the most out of your available benefits. Here’s a little more information about how dental insurance works and some of the advantages it grants you, along with some advice for ensuring that you’re getting full value out of what your plan has to offer.


Making Dental Care Fun for Kids

April 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 10:27 pm

Young boy at dentistNothing is more precious than your child’s beautiful smile. Their oral health is important for their overall wellness and development. Good dental habits from a young age are important. Researchers have found that children who benefit from early dental care are more likely to commit to their oral health as adults. However, your child may not have the same views on brushing as you. Here are 4 ways to keep oral hygiene fun for children, so you can win the brushing battle.


3 Fun Dental Toys For Kids

April 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 5:48 am
two kids carrying a massive toothbrush

If you have kids, you’re probably well aware that getting them to go to the dentist or to take care of their own teeth can be a serious challenge. Dentistry can be complicated and confusing for kids, so it’s the role of parents to try and get them comfortable with oral healthcare as a concept.

One of the best ways to do that is to try and incorporate it into their playtime. There are toys designed to get children interested in dental care—here are a few examples.


Dental Implants VS Dentures for Bone Loss

March 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 3:12 am

Model of upper implant dentureLosing your teeth has a significant influence on your self-esteem and quality of life. Dentures have been used for generations to treat tooth loss because they are effective and convenient, but they have one disadvantage. Unfortunately, dentures cannot stop bone loss caused by missing teeth. Only dental implants can preserve your jaw’s density to maintain your facial shape and preserve your oral health. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between dentures and dental implants to choose the best method to rebuild your smile.


4 Bad Habits You Should Avoid If You Have Dental Implants

February 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 3:34 pm
man smoking a pipe

You decided to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. These permanent prosthetics deliver outstanding benefits and beautiful results, both of which you know. While you want your new teeth to last as long as possible, you may be slipping back into old habits that can have a devastating effect on the future of your smile. To avoid the possibility of failing prosthetics, here are 4 bad habits to avoid with dental implants.

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