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Your Child’s Initial Orthodontic Evaluation

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:10 AM

PARENTING CAN SOMETIMES FEEL like a time warp: one minute, you’re holding your new baby, the next, they’re getting a driver’s license. Because the time goes by so fast, we tend to want to hold onto our kids’ childhoods. However, that’s no reason not to plan ahead, particularly when it comes to orthodontic treatment.

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4 Ways Smiling Improves Our Health!

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:01 AM

WE’VE ALL HEARD the old cliché that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so you should smile to conserve energy! That’s actually false. It takes a minimum of ten muscles to smile but only a minimum of six to frown, so the expression should really be “smile to burn calories!” But smiling will do much more for your health than just giving your face a workout.

 
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Taking Care Of Your Retainer

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:06 AM

GRADUATING FROM BRACES to retainers is a major milestone for any orthodontic patient, but retainers still take work, because anything that spends that much time in our mouths will become smelly and covered in gunk if we don’t keep it clean. So how exactly do we do that? Well, to some extent, it depends on the type of retainer.

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Overcoming Braces Anxiety

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:02 AM

MANY OF US, even though we know how important it is to have straight teeth, don’t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone attaches brackets and wires to them. For some, though, the very thought of visiting the dentist or the orthodontist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That’s why we’d like to put our focus on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears so that they don’t interfere with orthodontic treatment.

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Swimmer’s Ear? More Like Swimmer’s Tooth!

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:30 PM

HAVE YOUR TEETH ever felt extra sensitive after a swim at the pool? That’s no coincidence, although it can take quite a lot of swimming before the effects become noticeable. What is it about the water in swimming pools that damages teeth?

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Protecting Your Smile From White Spots

by Dr. Donald Larson on Monday, July 10, 2017 9:44 AM

WHITE SPOTS APPEAR on our teeth for a variety of reasons. Although not all of them are harmful to our oral health, they still prevent our smile from truly shining through.

Today we want to share with you some of the most common reasons these white spots appear, and what treatment is available to remove them and give you a bright, beautiful smile.

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Photo Op: Types Of Dental X-Rays

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:53 AM

EVERYONE WHO’S BEEN TO THE DENTIST is familiar with X-rays. You put on the lead apron, you’re given a rectangular contraption and told “put this between your teeth and bite down,” and then you hear that tinny beep. Have you ever wondered what the different types of dental X-rays are and what they’re for? Let’s take a closer look at three of the most common ones.

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Vacation Tips To Care For Your Braces!

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 2:37 PM

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE and you know what that means–family vacations, impromptu getaways and fun trips! Just like you, we couldn’t be more excited. As dental professionals, however, we want to make sure that when you leave on vacation, you don’t leave your oral hygiene behind, especially if you have braces. Follow these tips to protect your braces and keep your teeth healthy and bright, even when you’re traveling!

 

 

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The Daily Grind Of Bruxism

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:05 AM

MOST PEOPLE GRIND OR CLENCH their teeth briefly when annoyed or in a tense situation. That level of teeth-grinding isn’t really something to worry about. It’s when you do it far more frequently, often without even realizing it (you might even do it in your sleep!), that it can potentially become a serious problem. The medical term for this kind of teeth-grinding is bruxism.

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Love Summer? So Do We!

by Dr. Donald Larson on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 9:47 AM

IT’S SUMMER AGAIN! Whether you live near a beach, a lake, a forest, or mountains, the kids are out of school and it’s time to play! We’d like to share some of our team’s favorite ways to enjoy the summer.

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