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Why Summer Is the Best Time to Whiten Your Teeth

June 30, 2021

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Woman with orange hat smiling in the pool

The temperature is heating up and the days are getting longer… it must be summertime! This beautiful season is perfect for relaxing days by the pool, spending afternoons around the barbeque with family, and enjoying nights by the bonfire with friends. But did you know that summer is also the best time to whiten your teeth? Here’s why.


4 Tips for Relieving Dental-Related Anxiety

May 27, 2021

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Woman smiling at dentist in treatment chair

Does the sheer thought of visiting the dentist cause your heart to race? You’re certainly not alone. In fact, it is believed that as many as 20% of Americans avoid getting the dental care they need due to fear. Unfortunately, this can result in extensive damage to your teeth and gums, requiring even more restorative and cosmetic treatment (aka more hours in the treatment chair). Therefore, it’s a good idea to find some stress-relieving best practices that will keep your dental anxiety at bay. Here are a few tips to help!


Should I Use My Stimulus Money Toward Dental Treatment?

April 15, 2021

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a young female having dental work performed thanks to her stimulus money

Did you recently receive your government stimulus check? While many are choosing to put theirs into savings or use it toward their next family vacation, you may be wondering what you can do with it now. Yes, you could take your money and indulge in a shopping spree or weekend getaway for some self-care, but have you thought about how it can help improve the health and aesthetics of your smile? Are there changes you would like to make to your teeth with the help of cosmetic dentistry? Or maybe you’ve been putting off having that dental crown put into place? A dentist in Arlington shares how you can benefit when choosing to use your stimulus check on your smile.


3 Reasons to Be Grateful for Dental Assistants!

March 3, 2021

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Dental assistants smiling with patient in dental office

Did you know that the first week of March is dedicated to celebrating and appreciating dental assistants? Whether you are coming in for essential preventive care, quality restorative dentistry, or a cosmetic upgrade, these dental professionals ensure your experience in the treatment chair is enjoyable and seamless from start to finish. However, few patients realize just how instrumental of a role they play. With this in mind, keep reading to learn three reasons to be grateful for your dental assistant!


Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with These Fun, New Hygiene Products!

February 23, 2021

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Little girl brushing her teeth in bathroom

As a parent, you know that getting your little one to take care of their teeth and gums properly can be an uphill battle. However, you also understand the importance of brushing and flossing, so what’s the solution? Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, there is no time like the present to prioritize their oral hygiene routine. Here are four products that are effective, fun, and kid-approved from a children’s dentist!


New Year, New Benefits: How to Maximize Your Dental Insurance in 2021

January 27, 2021

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Dentist reviewing dental insurance paperwork with couple

And just like that, 2020 has come to an end! If you are like most Americans, your dental plan reset when the clock struck midnight. To ensure those benefits help your smile and your wallet, it is important to utilize your coverage now. Unsure where to start? Here are three tips to help from a dentist in Arlington!


New Year, New You: 4 Tips for a Healthier Smile in 2021

December 6, 2020

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a young woman wearing a white shirt and glasses, folding her arms across her waist and smiling

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020, you may be wondering if there is something you can do to ensure your smile is ready for the new year. No matter how you’ve spent this last year, there are ways to change your routine and seek helpful treatment to transform into a new you for 2021. Read on to hear from a dentist in Arlington who shares a few resolutions you can keep to ensure your teeth and gums remain on a healthier track next year.


5 Tips to Appreciate Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

November 7, 2020

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Thanksgiving feast with holiday oral health foods

Are you ready for Thanksgiving Day? While yours may look a little different than usual this year, it’s still a great time to honor family traditions, remember what we’re thankful for, and of course, eat delicious foods! While you enjoy your turkey and count all the things you’re grateful for, don’t forget to appreciate your teeth! After all, your pearly whites help you eat your favorite holiday meals, talk up a storm with family, and smile confidently during this special time of year. Read on as your Arlington dentist shares five holiday oral health tips to help you take care of your teeth this Thanksgiving.


Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! Here’s 5 Tips For a Healthier Smile

October 19, 2020

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Woman smiling while brushing her teeth

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month! Whether you are an oral care fanatic or know your brushing and flossing routine needs an upgrade, October is the perfect month to implement new dental care habits. After all, the most candy-filled holiday is only a few weeks away and the holiday season is just around the corner! If you are unsure where to start, read on as a dentist in Arlington shares five dental hygiene tips for a better smile.


Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign Treatment

September 17, 2020

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Woman putting on Invisalign clear aligner

Have you ever untagged yourself from a picture on Facebook because you were unhappy with your smile? Do crooked or misaligned teeth negatively impact your self-esteem? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you are not alone. In fact, 33% of Americans are unhappy with their smile. If you are a part of this statistic, then you may be considering Invisalign in Arlington. After all, it has an impressive 96% satisfaction rate, offers patients virtually invisible treatment, and the trays are completely removable! If you have a few questions before committing, here’s everything you need to know about Invisalign.

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