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What are the Risk Factors for Oral Cancer?

Risk factors for oral cancer include: Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes Alcohol use, including wine, beer, and spirits HPV infection Poor nutrition Excessive weight It is important to note that, even with a family history of oral cancer, the risks of developing this disease are significantly diminished when tobacco and alcohol use are …

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National Dental Care Month

Kicking off the season of graduations, family reunions, vacations, and weddings, May marks National Dental Care Month, a time to truly consider what professional dental care can do for you. With a different focus from National Dental Hygiene Month, the focus of May’s observation is on professional services that can help keep your smile healthy …

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National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month, an observation started in 1992 to draw attention to the negative health impacts of chronic stress. These include increased risk for hypertension, heart attack and stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Stress can cause sleep disturbances, excessive muscle tension, and headaches. It can impact cognitive functioning, result in memory loss, and …

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The Benefits and Limitations of No-Prep Veneers

Traditional dental veneers are incredibly thin, but not so thin as to fit over teeth without a slight bit of preparation. To allow for the best fit, porcelain veneers require a small amount of natural tooth enamel to be removed. This allows them to fit seamlessly into the smile. It also makes them irreversible. You …

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Does Teeth Whitening Harm Tooth Enamel?

Topical teeth whiteners commonly use hydrogen peroxide as the primary ingredient. When used incorrectly, this can lead to heightened sensitivity. When used excessively, it may actually damage the teeth. These are two compelling reasons to consider professional teeth whitening over at-home options. It is well-known that tooth whitening can lead to sensitivity. Findings from studies …

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Five Reasons to Seriously Consider Porcelain Veneers in 2022

Porcelain veneers are a remarkably effective cosmetic option that can produce attractive results for decades. Placed over the front of teeth that have become impacted by cosmetic imperfections, dental veneers offer a bright, stain-free, and beautiful appearance that looks and feels completely natural. If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, use the …

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How Healthy are Your Gums?

Healthy gums are an important part of a healthy smile. Gums that are red, swollen, or bleed easily indicate an underlying problem and should be brought to the attention of an experienced dentist as soon as issues occur. Gum disease is incredibly common, impacting around 80% of American adults at some point in their lives. …

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Five Reasons to Makeover Your Smile in 2022

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Desert Smiles is here to help. Our thoughtful and attentive dentist and friendly and helpful staff take every care to understand the unique concerns of each patient, and to carefully craft treatments that address even the most pronounced of concerns. If you have been living with …

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