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3 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Confidence

February 20, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 9:53 pm
woman smiling in the sunset

Maybe your New Year’s resolution was to be a more confident person. Eating right and going to the gym a few times a week has certainly helped, but you still feel like something is missing. After a few looks in the mirror, you realize it’s your smile that leaves something to be desired. Your teeth have unsightly chips and stains. Fortunately, this can all be remedied by visiting your cosmetic dentist. Keep reading to learn three reasons that cosmetic dentistry can boost your self-confidence.


Is It Safe to Use Activated Charcoal to Whiten Your Teeth?

February 4, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 7:45 pm
person brushing their teeth with activated charcoal

If you’ve been on social media at any point within the past few years, chances are you’ve come across posts and ads with people claiming to have whitened their teeth with activated charcoal. It seems a bit counterintuitive, though. How can applying a black paste to your teeth make them whiter? A cosmetic dentist is here to talk about how activated charcoal whitening works, if it’s safe, and why you should probably invest in professional teeth whitening instead.


Looking For a New Dentist? Here’s What Your First Dental Visit Will Be Like

January 19, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 2:26 pm
 Female patient at a first dental visit

Have you ever felt like “just another number” at the dentist before? Unfortunately, that’s not an uncommon experience. Many people feel like they just don’t get the time, attention and care they’re after, which can have a big impact on their oral health. If you’re looking for a new dentist and want quality care from the start, learn more below about the outstanding dentistry you’ll get from Dr. Nelson Howard. You’ll also find out what you can expect from your first dental visit with us and how you’ll receive highly-skilled, compassionate care at every appointment!


Want an Easy Way To Get Screened For Oral Cancer? See a Dentist For a Checkup

January 10, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 2:26 pm
Someone holding a card that reads, Oral Cancer

Most people associate checkups at the dentist with a cleaning and cavity check. But these visits also include incredibly important oral cancer screenings that you don’t get anywhere else. Sadly, oral cancer is on the rise and healthcare providers have been alarmed to see more and more cases, even in younger people who have never smoked. But the good news is that, with early detection, the survival rate is 85%-90%. Learn more about oral cancer below and how you can reduce your risk. You’ll also find out fast and easy screenings are so you know what to expect! 


Can Cold and Flu Remedies Have a Bad Impact on Your Teeth?

December 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 3:09 am
woman sick blowing her nose

During the cold and flu season, you try your best to avoid getting sick, but if you find yourself “under the weather,” there are some remedies available to help you recover. However, for many of them, there is a downside. They can have adverse effects on your oral health. As you continue reading, we’ll discuss some commonly used products and their potential side effects. Additionally, you’ll learn some flu season tips to protect your teeth and gums, and how preventive care from your dentist can help out.


4 Holiday Oral Health Travel Tips

December 9, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 2:30 pm
person looking out a window at an airport

Each year, a different member of your family hosts your holiday dinner, which is why you’ll be travelling out of state this season. While it’s always nice seeing your loved ones, it can be a hassle getting everything organized to leave your home, filling you with stress and anxiety. It can be hard taking care of your basic needs like your dental hygiene when you’re in an unfamiliar environment with so much going on. To make it easier caring for your mouth this holiday season, read on for four oral health travel tips from your dentist.


Why Should You Replace a Missing Back Tooth?

November 22, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 7:25 pm
person missing a back tooth

If you’re missing a front tooth, you probably want to get it replaced as soon as possible, even if it’s just for purely cosmetic reasons. Missing back teeth, or molars, are often not given as high a priority because they’re not visible in your smile. However, there are multiple reasons why you should replace missing back teeth with dental implants. Let’s look at what happens if you don’t.


4 Reasons Why You Might Be More Prone to Cavities Than Others

November 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 6:41 pm
woman getting dental exam

You brush your teeth every morning and every night, you floss before bed, and you even top it all off by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Yet every time you visit your dentist, they seem to find cavities. You do everything you’re supposed to, so what gives? As it turns out, some people are simply more susceptible to getting tooth decay than others. Why is that? Let’s examine 4 reasons why.


Keeping Cavities At Bay This Halloween

October 16, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 2:33 pm
children dressed in Halloween costumes

As a parent, there’s nothing that makes you happier than seeing your little one excited about trick-or-treating. The only bad part about the holidays is that you know your child will be eating more candy than normal, and you’re worried how that will impact their teeth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42 percent of children between the ages two and 11 have had cavities in their primary teeth. To keep your little one from becoming a part of this statistic, follow these Halloween candy tips from a dentist.


8 Habits To Keep Your Mouth Healthy

October 1, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 3:28 pm
parent and child brushing their teeth together

Keeping your teeth healthy is a lifelong commitment. Over the years, it’s important to reevaluate your oral hygiene routine and make necessary adjustments as your mouth changes. Even if your teeth look healthy and nice, it’s important to continue making an effort caring for them and preventing problems from developing. Even though it may seem tedious at times, the right precautionary measures can keep you from dealing with costly and time-consuming visits to your dentist. Read on to learn about eight habits that will keep your mouth as healthy as ever.

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