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How Safe are Dental X-Rays

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Do you ever wonder, “How safe are dental x-rays?”. The key to a healthy smile is prevention. When you see Dr. Thomas Riley for the first time, we typically start with a thorough oral exam. As part of this, we will take x-rays of your mouth. People often feel hesitant and worry they are placing themselves at risk. However, we use advanced technology to ensure our exams are safe, comfortable, and precise.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental X-Rays

What is digital radiography?

Instead of using traditional photographic equipment and bitewings, the doctor employs a digital sensor and computer technology to perform a series of detailed x-rays.  When you first sit in the chair, ...

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How do Whitening Toothpastes Work, and How Effective are They?

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When you go shopping you probably encounter a myriad of options for removing dental discoloration, such as over-the-counter strips or whitening toothpastes. There is no shortage of possible solutions to teeth stains. Whitening toothpastes are an especially popular option people often turn to brighten teeth. However, do whitening toothpastes work? Can you really achieve a brighter smile by using them?

 How Do Whitening Toothpastes Work?

Toothpaste that brightens your teeth does so due to special ingredients. For example, many contain an abrasive material that gently buffs away surface stains. Others contain Hydrogen peroxide or other chemicals designed to break down discoloration. A few contain a chemical known as blue coveraine, which can ...

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Quiz: What is Preventive Dentistry

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We all know people can visit the dentist to treat cavities and gum issues once they develop, but can the dentist offer treatment to help you avoid problems altogether? With a focus on preventive dentistry, the team at Azalea Dental can offer a number of procedures to protect your smile from cavities and periodontal disease. What is preventive dentistry?

Avoiding Common Dental Issues

1. True or False: Dental sealants can keep food from becoming stuck between teeth.

2. True or False: Fluoride treatments strengthen enamel.

3. True or False: We can address bruxism and TMJ issues with a nightguard.

4. True or False: Using laser density, we can detect cavities.

Answer Key

1. True - With dental sealants, ...

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Why Do People Lose Their Teeth?

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Some people may wonder why dentists always tell them that if they want to keep their teeth, they need to take care of them. Some even assume that the only time they need to see a dentist is for an extraction.

It might surprise you to learn that most dentists use extraction only as the last resort if the tooth decay has spread into the gums and nearby teeth. If the tooth still has enough healthy material, the tooth may be root canaled, filled or crowned.

So, why do people need to have teeth extracted?

The Reason Why Dentists Extract Your Tooth

There are several reasons a dentist might recommend an extraction. Here are ...

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Can a Single Procedure Transform My Smile?

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What if I told you there was a single cosmetic procedure that could completely transform the appearance of your smile? At Azalea Dental, our team can place porcelain veneers and instantly correct a number of esthetic imperfections. We understand the desire for a beautiful smile is strong, but finding the time to see the dentist for multiple procedures can be difficult. With this esthetically pleasing treatment option, you can achieve stunning results with one procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Instant Smile Improvement

How do veneers work?

With this cosmetic treatment, we custom-make a shell of porcelain, which will be placed over the front of a tooth. Held in place with a powerful adhesive, ...

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