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Dental Cleanings - 4 Steps to a Healthier Smile

Woman in Dentist Chair | Azalea Dental

If you want to minimize visits to the dentist, there are two appointments you must make and keep every year. Semi-annual dental cleanings allow a skilled hygienist to examine your mouth for signs of gum disease, clean and polish your teeth, and talk to you about areas where you can improve. 

Importance of Dental Cleanings

The significance of cleanings with a hygienist can't be overstated. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in US adults over the age of 30. This bacterial infection attacks the structures that support your teeth such as gum tissue, ligaments, and bone.

Typical signs include tender, inflamed, or swollen gums and bleeding when you brush; ...

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Shiny Teeth in 3 Steps: A Guide to Your Dental Cleaning

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Do you long for a bright, shiny, Hollywood smile? Professional teeth whitening can help, but the solution may be as simple as a routine cleaning with your dentist or hygienist

The purpose of dental cleanings is to remove deposits of plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth over time and check the health of your gums. Here are three steps that are involved in professional cleanings.

Cleaning Tooth Surfaces

Plaque is soft, sticky film that contains millions of bacteria that cause decay and gum disease if not removed with daily brushing and flossing. Working one tooth at a time, your hygienist will ensure that all plaque is removed thoroughly.

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Straight Teeth Look Good at Any Age

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Orthodontic treatment has changed dramatically in recent decades. However, many adults think they are past the point in their lives where straightening their crooked teeth makes sense.

But everyone deserves a great smile, regardless of their age. And if you’re thinking, “There’s no way I am going to spend years with a mouth full of metal braces,” you are in luck because today we can help you achieve a straighter smile in a matter of months, not years!

State-of-the-art technology and advances in the materials we use have resulted in new methods for dealing with tooth misalignment in adults. At Azalea Dental, we offer two of the most popular treatments – clear ...

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How Could Adult Orthodontics Help You?

Adult Orthodontics | Azalea Dental

Many adults live with crooked or crowded teeth because they can’t be bothered with involved orthodontic treatment. What they often don’t realize, is that there are treatment options that are designed specifically for the lifestyle of busy, active adults.

The primary motivation for adults to seek orthodontic care is typically to improve the appearance of teeth that show when they smile. Today’s short-term treatments are designed specifically for these patients.

If you are adult, you may be wondering if the investment in time and money is worth it. Here are a few things you should take into account when considering orthodontic treatment.

Your Confidence Soars

You may choose treatment because you want your smile ...

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3 Big Differences between Good Dentists and Great Dentists

Differences between Good Dentists and Great Dentists | Azalea Dental

If you have recently relocated or are just looking for a new dentist, there are lots of things to consider. Some important questions you need to ask are:

  • Does this office treat family members of all ages?
  • Do they offer treatments that are important to my family? 
  • What kind of education does the dentist have?
  • If you have an emergency, can you expect prompt treatment?

The answers to many of these practical questions can be found by visiting the dentist’s website or with a quick call to their office. Another good source is online reviews because they offer up-to-date information about the quality of service a practice provides.

A Good Dentist vs. A Great Dentist

However, there ...

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Each Tooth Has a Purpose

Each Tooth Has a Purpose | Azalea Dental

We expect a lot from our teeth, but it’s easy to take for granted the work they do until something goes wrong and one or more is out of commission.

Your Teeth Do a Lot More Than Chew!

Losing one or more teeth means that teeth that had one specific purpose now have to take up the work of the missing tooth. Let’s take a look at what each type of tooth does so you can understand how important it is to keep them all healthy: 

Incisors are the front teeth that are most obvious when you smile. They have a flat edge that bites into food, and incisors also support your lips ...

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Aging Is Inevitable. Poor Oral Health Is Not

Oral Health as You Age | Azalea Dental

Wouldn't it be great if scientists would someday develop an easy way to minimize the effects of aging on the body? For now, however, we are stuck with the inevitable physical changes and symptoms that come along with the aging process.

Oral health is one area in particular that seniors need to pay more attention to. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that nearly 40% of older adults haven’t stepped foot in a dental office for over a year!

Protect Your Oral Health As You Age

It's a fact that decay and gum disease are more common as you age. Oral cancer also tends to peak after age 60. The good news ...

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