Kindness, intelligence, loyalty, generosity, attentiveness… Although we all wish to be judged on our inner qualities, the world we live in is influenced by the appearance of a smile. Studies have shown that a smile is often the first impression you make on others. Some studies have found that a flattering smile causes people to…

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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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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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It seems we all know (or know of) someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Whether it’s the afflicted individual or family member of someone with Alzheimer’s, we witness what a devastating disease this is to entire families. The World Health Organization cites that about 36 million people globally are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.…

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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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