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Measured Methods: Why Does My Dentist Take My Blood Pressure?

February 19, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 3:08 pm
Medical staff wearing white gloves taking blood pressure of woman in pink shirt

It can be surprising for some patients when they sit down in the dentist’s chair for their procedure and their provider pulls out a blood pressure cuff. Although you’ve probably learned to expect this at doctor’s appointments, it may feel out of place in this setting. If you find yourself wondering why it’s necessary, you’re not alone! Many patients have asked, and so your dentist has put together the following information to help explain why it’s necessary. Keep reading to learn more!


Can I Use Dental Bonding to Close a Gap Between My Teeth?

February 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 3:26 pm

Woman’s smile with a gap between her front teeth

If you have a noticeable gap between your teeth, it might make you feel a bit self-conscious about your appearance. It could also leave your gums exposed to irritants. Certainly, orthodontic treatment is one possible way to get rid of the extra space, but is there a faster solution? Is it possible to use dental bonding to close a gap between teeth? In some cases, yes. Continue reading to learn more about this treatment and what it can accomplish.


Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with These Best Practices

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 9:36 pm
Smiling little girl

The American Dental Association recognizes February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. This second month of the year is dedicated to improving the dental health of children while educating parents about the best ways to set their kids up for beautiful and healthy smiles for life. To celebrate the occasion, here are a few best practices for caring for children’s oral health and educating them about the importance of dental hygiene.


Kickstart Your Smile: The Benefits of Scheduling Your Dental Checkup Early

December 29, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 3:39 pm
A patient talking with her dentist during an early dental checkup

As the ball drops and the New Year begins, you have a clean slate for the coming months. Prioritizing your oral health sets the tone for a year of confident smiles and days full of enjoyment and laughter. However, your journey all begins with a single step—scheduling early dental checkups with your dentist.

Why should you go early? Continue reading to discover the benefits you gain by getting into the dentist’s office at the beginning of the year.


Antibiotics and You: Will You Need Treatment Before Your Appointment?

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 4:43 pm
A woman holding her jaw in pain about to take antibiotics before her dental visit

Most of the time, dentists are able to perform their treatments on patients with no trouble. However, there are times when they might ask you to take a short round of antibiotics before your treatment begins. But why is that? It all has to do with the way that bacteria spreads and interacts with your body.

If you want to learn why antibiotics are sometimes necessary for dental procedures, continue reading.


Should You Get Teeth Whitening or Veneers?

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 5:36 pm

Dental shade guide next to man’s teethAre you embarrassed by tooth stains? You have multiple options to treat discoloration. Besides traditional teeth whitening, you may also be a candidate for porcelain veneers. They can create a picture-perfect smile that can last for a decade; however, if discoloration is your only concern, it’s an invasive method. On the other hand, a whitening treatment can get your pearly whites dramatically brighter without altering your teeth, but it won’t fix other issues, like chips or gaps. Improving your smile is a big decision. Here’s what you need to know to choose between teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.


Merry Stressmas! How Do the Holidays Affect Your Oral Health?

November 29, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 3:06 pm
A family enjoys the holidays with good oral health

As the holiday season brings joy, laughter, and plenty of festive feasts, it also marks a spike in dental issues. Post-holiday dental checkups often reveal unexpected cavities and other oral health woes. But aren’t the holidays the most magical time of year? How could this happen?

If you want to find the answers to these questions, continue reading. You’ll learn the reasons behind this annual trend and see how common holiday habits can impact your oral health.


How Does Dental Health Impact My Brain?

October 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 4:32 pm
Woman with curly hair and black glasses smiling and pointing to a model brain she's holding in her other hand

One obvious benefit of a healthy oral hygiene routine is a happy, beautiful smile, but did you know that it also contributes to your brain’s well-being? Many people are unaware that recent scientific studies have linked dental problems with other concerning conditions. Fortunately, something as simple as a checkup with your dentist gives them the opportunity to catch and mend areas of concern before they have a chance to progress or spread. Keep reading to learn about two serious circumstances that have been linked to dental issues!


5 Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

October 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 11:20 pm
Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving, a beloved time of the year that is marked by delicious seasonal treats as well as family bonding. It also often challenges healthy eating habits. With tempting sweets all around, maintaining your diet can be tricky. Many traditional Thanksgiving foods are not the best for your smile. To enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving, consider these helpful tips for navigating the holiday season while prioritizing your oral health.


Why You Should Replace Metal Fillings

September 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysouthridge @ 5:54 pm
patient at dentist preparing to replace metal fillings

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90% of adults have encountered at least one cavity in their lifetime, and one in four adults currently has one or more untreated cavities. While silver (amalgam) fillings were traditionally the go-to choice for addressing these dental problems, recent research has raised concerns about potential health risks linked to them. To grasp the significance of replacing silver fillings and the advantages of tooth-colored fillings, continue reading.

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