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James T. Gray, DDS Blog

4 Steps for Sprucing Up Your Oral Hygiene Routine for Spring

March 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 9:39 pm
Two toothbrushes lying among flowers and various plants

Around this time of year, many people give their homes a thorough spring cleaning. But while you’re making sure that your living space is in tip-top shape, why not pay the same sort of attention to the care you give your smile? In order to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible, it’s a good idea to periodically refresh your oral hygiene routine. If you’re interested in a dental spring cleaning, here are 4 steps suggested by your dentist.


How Your Smile Can Help or Hinder Your Heart Health

February 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 2:20 am
young woman with a healthy smile

When you think about ways to ensure optimal heart health, the first things that come to mind may be a nutrient-rich diet and exercise. While these are certainly aspects that a doctor would recommend, there is another component you might not have considered – your smile. Keeping your teeth and gums in optimal shape is one of the most effective ways to achieve better cardiovascular health, so read on to discover what you can do to ensure the longevity of your smile (and ultimately your heart).


New Year, New Grin: 4 Resolutions That Lead to Healthy Smiles

January 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 10:46 am
A closeup of a New Year’s resolutions notebook

Clearly, the start of a new year is a great time to improve your health. Your freed-up schedule allows for exercise and weight-loss routines. Still, physical fitness isn’t the only thing you can work on in 2024. You could also make New Year’s resolutions for a healthier smile. By doing so, you’ll enjoy strong chompers over these next twelve months. Just let your Arlington dentist suggest some examples. So, here are four resolutions that make teeth and gums cleaner.


Keep Their Smile as White As Christmas: 3 Dentist-Approved Stocking Stuffers

December 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 2:03 pm
full Christmas stocking

Every parent has run into this dilemma. You’ve gone through your child’s Christmas list and gotten everything you can (without going bankrupt), but there’s just one problem…what do you put in their stocking? Every Christmas movie ever made includes stockings stuffed to the brim with…something, but they never show what they’re actually filled with! Thankfully, you can maintain the holiday cheer and give your child things that will promote their oral health at the same time with these three dentist-approved stocking gift ideas.


Taking Care of Your Smile at Thanksgiving: 4 Crucial Tips

November 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 2:51 am
The words “Happy Thanksgiving” surrounded by food

Between getting together with your loved ones and enjoying a delicious meal, it can be all too easy to forget about your oral health during Thanksgiving. But if you don’t want to have to make an emergency trip to the dentist’s office to deal with a cavity once the holiday is over, you should take whatever steps you can to make sure your smile is properly protected. Below are 4 tips for keeping your smile safe throughout the Thanksgiving festivities.


4 Tips to Help You Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month

October 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 5:42 pm
a woman brushing her teeth

October was first declared as Dental Hygiene Month in 2009 by the American Dental Hygiene Association in an effort to remind people about the importance of keeping their smile clean and healthy. Some of the top contributors and risk factors for both oral and medical health concerns are common dental issues that result from poor oral hygiene, like cavities and gum disease. This October, celebrate your smile by following some of these helpful tips to boost your dental hygiene.


4 Important Gum Disease Facts You May Not Have Known

September 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 12:30 am
Close-up of a person pulling up lip to show inflamed gums

Gum disease” is probably a term that you’ve heard often enough, especially if you regularly visit the dentist. But how much do you really know about it? Even though gum disease is a common oral health issue that is estimated to affect around 80% of the adult population of the United States, there are plenty of things you might not know about it. Your dentist is here to share 4 gum disease facts that may surprise you.


How to Pass Your Next Dental Checkup with Flying Colors: Back-to-School Edition

August 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 11:55 am
College student smiling while holding books on steps of campus

Be honest… Has your brushing and flossing routine fallen to the back burner amid the hustle and bustle of a new semester? While mistakes happen, there’s truly no time like the present to get back on track, especially if your biannual visit to your dentist’s office is coming up! If you want to pass your next dental checkup with flying colors, then read on for a few back-to-school-specific tips.


4 Reasons to Start Wearing Invisalign in the Summer

July 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 10:37 pm
Young woman putting in an Invisalign aligner

Invisalign boasts a 96% success rate, and it can be a very attractive choice for patients who want to correct certain orthodontic issues like crowded teeth or an overbite. Once you know that you’re eligible for this treatment and have decided to move forward with it, the next question is when you should start. Below are 4 reasons why beginning Invisalign in the summer could be a wise move.


Top 5 Oral Health Tips for Your Upcoming Summer Vacation

June 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesforlifeteam @ 10:55 am
a woman with healthy teeth smiling at the beach

Now that the summer months have arrived, you’re likely making plans to enjoy a long break with some fun in the sun. From spending time at a backyard BBQ to vacationing at your favorite beach, there’s bound to be something exciting to do this time of the year. However, your smile can also end up being negatively impacted without proper precautions. Keep reading to learn five oral health tips that can help preserve your beautiful and healthy teeth!

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