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Why Dental Implants Might Be Right For You

May 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 4:45 pm
Dental implants look like the model in this picture.

Dentures aren’t a great fit for everyone. They can move during the day, irritate your gums, and make it harder to taste food. However, people have stuck with them because they are afraid of letting people know that they are missing teeth. However, there are now more effective and aesthetically pleasing ways to replace them. Dental implants are a relatively new piece of technology that can allow you to restore your smile to the way it once was without having to deal with the struggles that come with removable dentures. In this article, you’ll learn what a dental implant is and what makes you a good candidate for one.


Why Your Teeth Might Be Sensitive

May 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 4:25 pm
Woman with sensitive teeth recoils in pain after eating ice cream.

One of the few pleasures you still have during the COVID-19 crisis is enjoying a good meal. However, if you have sensitive teeth, that can be difficult to do. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association, 1 out of every 8 people in the U.S. has sensitivity problems. Despite how common the issue is, most people don’t know what to do about it. Read on to find out what causes tooth sensitivity and what actions you should take to relieve it.


7 Things to Keep in Mind as You Age

April 18, 2020

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Older woman with healthy smile at dentist.As you age, your health needs will change. While you might only think this applies to eating a heart-healthy diet or taking activities a bit slower, your smile will also experience the effects of aging. Over the years, your dentist will address your dental needs because you’ll be at risk of common age-related concerns. Here are 7 issues you need to be mindful of to keep your smile healthy.


7 Non-Dental Issues Your Dentist Might Discover at Your Checkup

April 16, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 12:35 am
Patient visiting their San Diego dentist for a checkup

Getting a dental checkup every six months plays a key role in keeping your smile beautiful and intact. However, these regular visits are about so much more than keeping your pearly whites clean! They also give your dentist a chance to discover early warning signs of larger systemic health issues. Here are seven non-dental issues that your Sand Diego dentist might identify during your routine visit.


How Gum Disease Can Increase Your Risk of a Heart Attack

March 26, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhoward @ 6:16 pm
woman holding red love heart

Have you ever spat out a little bit of blood into the sink when brushing or flossing? While some people might think this is normal, it’s actually a serious sign of gum disease. While gum disease is bad enough in and of itself, did you know that it can actually lead to other health consequences? Namely, heart disease. Keep reading as we examine the link between gum disease and an increased risk of a heart attack.


Here’s What to Do in a Dental Emergency

March 9, 2020

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woman applying cold compress to her face

You’re relaxing at the end of a long week of work, enjoying some popcorn and a movie with your significant other. Everything is going great until crunch! You accidentally bite down on an un-popped kernel. Pain shoots through your mouth and you spit out pieces of your tooth into your hand! What should you do? Here are some tips from a dentist on how to handle common dental emergencies.


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! 

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