As a Demotte dental office, it means so much to us to care for the smiles that walk in our door. Yet, we see our patients as more than mere “smiles.” We take great pride in helping our patients establish good oral health that complements their overall health. Typically, we ask patients about the medications…

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If you’ve already started your New Year’s resolution list for 2020, good for you! Being proactive with self-improvement goals helps you get the process started with a higher potential for success. According to Forbes.com, “Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only…

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Saliva is more than just moisture in the mouth. It is also the first stage of the digestive process and helps you to chew and speak. Having a dry mouth on occasion happens to all of us. Occasional dry mouth may be caused from consuming alcoholic beverages or coffee. The aging process can leave people…

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When we hear the term, “long in the tooth,” it generally has to do with old age. Long teeth of animals, horses in particular, are thought to indicate an advanced age. Teeth really don’t get longer with age, however. They appear to be longer due to several factors that reduce the position of gum tissue,…

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Women who reach menopause or post-menopause experience fluctuations in hormone levels. This can cause changes in gum tissues, including sensitivity, more severe reactions to irritation from bacteria buildup, a dry mouth, changes to taste, and/or burning sensations. During this phase of life, females can also be more susceptible to gingivitis, the initial stage of periodontal…

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An estimated 75 percent of American adults have some level of dental fear or anxiety, approximately 10 percent of those are categorized as dental phobics. These are people who have such severe fears that the mere thoughts of going to the dentist is unnerving. Many in this high-fear category can’t bring themselves to call a…

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The human body is designed to be in proper alignment. From the head down through the spinal column and balancing on two legs and feet, our body functions properly in a balanced position. The teeth are also designed to function in a balanced manner, working together as a group. Each tooth serves its own purpose…

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Losing a tooth is a bigger deal than what is merely visible in a smile. But, that’s a pretty big deal! Of course, a tooth that is obviously missing in a smile can detract from facial appearance. However, studies have shown a tooth that is absent in a smile also impacts how an individual is…

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Today, we Americans have become accustomed to having many choices. And, we like having things quick and easy! We can dispense boiling water almost instantaneously out of a tap or even change our eye color by popping in tinted contact lenses. In our modern world, dentistry has also kept pace with the many advancements to…

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