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James T. Gray, DDS Blog

Tooth-Friendly Stocking Stuffers Everyone Will Love

December 14, 2022

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Christmas stockings hanging on fireplace

Is your family looking forward to opening stockings on Christmas? You may have fond memories of pouring all sorts of candies, treats, and small gifts out of them as a young child. Now that you’re older, you’re probably still looking forward to this fun tradition, even though you’re the one filling the stockings this time around. If you’re trying to think of gifts that will promote good oral health, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn which stocking stuffers will have your loved ones smiling!

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How Visiting Your Dentist Can Save You Money

November 9, 2022

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patient visiting in Arlington

We’ve officially made it to that magical time of year! The holiday season is right around the corner, which means several people are starting to feel a pinch in their wallets amidst all the preparations. If you’re looking for ways to cut back on spending, you may think that going without certain dental services can help accomplish that. However, skipping your routine appointments can actually cost you much more in the long run. Read on to learn how visiting your dentist in Arlington and using your dental insurance can bulk up your savings.

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5 Oral Care Tips for National Dental Hygiene Month

October 27, 2022

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Closeup of woman smiling while brushing her teeth

October isn’t just Breast Cancer Awareness month and spooky season; it’s also National Dental Hygiene Month! Since roughly 90% of Americans have had a cavity by their 21st birthday and about 50% have some form of gum disease, emphasizing the importance of oral health continues to be crucial. So, if you’ve adopted a few unhealthy dental habits or simply want to double-check that you’re doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy, keep reading to learn a few oral care tips.

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5 Facts About Dental Implants You Might Not Know (But Should!)

September 14, 2022

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Smiling patient looking at dental implant in mirror

With roughly 500,000 patients choosing this tooth-replacement solution each year, dental implants are quite popular! Despite this, there is still a lot of misinformation on this treatment option. To clear the air, keep reading to learn five facts about dental implants that you may not know (but should).

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An Inside Look at the Link Between Academic Success & Oral Health

August 25, 2022

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Young girl working on assignment in classroom

Between purchasing supplies, meeting your child’s teachers, setting up carpools, and everything else on your to-do list, back-to-school season can be a hectic time! Of course, it’s all for one important reason: to help your child have a successful semester. Unfortunately, many parents aren’t aware of how important of a role their son or daughter’s oral health plays in their academic success. To learn all about the link between the two (as well as a few important dental care tips), read on!

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Watch for These Sneaky Signs of Dehydration 

July 4, 2022

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man drinking water after exercising

In Texas, it can certainly start to feel like summertime well before the season officially arrives on June 21. The temperature rises and leads to a lot of sweating and fluid loss when you are outside on the move for very long. When people forget to replace those fluids promptly, dehydration occurs. Since water comprises more than two-thirds of your body, any loss of fluids can affect regular bodily functions. Did you know it can impact your oral health too? Read on to learn from a dentist in Arlington which signs of dehydration to look out for and the consequences it can have on your smile.

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How To: Handle a Dental Emergency While on Summer Vacation

June 29, 2022

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Woman experiencing tooth sensitivity while on vacation

When dreaming of your vacation, you probably thought of sleeping in, taking in the sites, and catching up on some much-needed R&R. Struggling with a cracked tooth, loose restoration, or gum inflammation, however, likely was NOT on the list of to-dos. In fact, even a minor dental injury can be stressful to handle while you’re away from home. Don’t worry – here are some helpful tips on what to do next from an emergency dentist.

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Boost Your Confidence This Summer with Cosmetic Dentistry!

May 10, 2022

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young woman smiling after getting cosmetic dentistry in Arlington

Summer is officially right around the corner! Are you ready for all the festivities and adventures that are yet to come? If your smile is less-than-stellar, you may be looking for ways to improve it just in time for all the photo ops. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, you have multiple options to enhance and even transform your grin into something you’ll proudly show off. With that in mind, here are three ways you can boost your confidence this season.

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Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?

April 8, 2022

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young woman in thought

Over 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. It’s a disease that develops in the tissues of the mouth or throat. Even though the death rate has decreased within the past 30 years, prompt treatment and early diagnosis can significantly improve your chances of survival. Do you know what your chances are of developing oral cancer? Read on to learn which factors increase your risk and how you can protect yourself.

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4 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Dental Crown Needs to be Replaced

March 25, 2022

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Dentist explaining X-ray to patient

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative dentistry services. In addition to being incredibly lifelike, they can “cap” a decayed or damaged tooth, effectively preventing it from sustaining further damage. However, they likely won’t last a lifetime – 10 to 15 years is the average lifespan. While your dentist will take a look at it during each six-month dental checkup, it’s important to also be aware of the signs that signal it’s time to get it replaced. Here are a few!

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