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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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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Today, we eat “fast” food, drive through quickie car washes, and get a tan in a brief indoor session. We’ve become accustomed to immediate or rapid results, mostly due to advanced technology and techniques that speed up a process. While dentistry is best performed in an unhurried pace, advanced technology has helped to minimize treatment…

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“Smile and the world smiles with you.” We’ve all heard that before. And, it makes sense. When someone smiles at us, their smile prompts us to smile back. Smiling has a tendency to create happy feelings that are “real” feelings. This has been proven through scientific studies on the brain. Apparently, the act of smiling…

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In the U.S., the number one cause of adult tooth loss is periodontal (gum) disease. According to the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), over 47 percent of American adults are living with some level of gum disease. For those who are 65 and older, this figure jumps to 70 percent. As devastating as…

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