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  • Happy smiles in the dental chair? It’s easier than you think! Don’t feel trapped by dental anxiety. There’s a way forward - and it all starts with a trip to your sedation dentist. It might seem counterintuitive to spend more time at the office when it’s the place that makes you feel anxious, but more exposure to your dental practice will help you feel at home. Sedation dentistry involves more than just medication - it’s the entire process, from the moment you step through our door. [...]

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    You bit into an apple, only to find that something was missing from your teeth. Or you were playing baseball with your kids and an errant ball connected with your jaw. Or maybe you noticed while brushing your teeth that a filling wasn’t in place. No matter the cause, you have a dental emergency on your hands. While this kind of emergency tends to feel incredibly stressful, it doesn’t have to ruin your day. Learning more about the steps to take when disaster strikes will help you be [...]

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    If you experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, a root canal could be necessary - or there could be an entirely different problem. Only way to know for sure is to see your dentist! Your tooth enamel is the strongest material in the human body, and it does a great job protecting the more sensitive areas within teeth. But it isn’t impenetrable - damage, decay, or physical trauma can still impact a tooth’s pulp. If the sensitive inner pulp becomes inflamed or infected, that could mean [...]

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    Put together a travel-sized oral hygiene kit so that you can clean your teeth on the go! Invisalign treatment can be super simple. But it’s also a little different than anything you’ve tried before, so the process is going to take some getting used to. How do you avoid confusion and treatment hiccups? By educating yourself before taking on treatment. Our Callao Invisalign providers offer some tips to help you prepare and see smooth sailing toward a straighter smile.  Discover Simple [...]

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    Valentine's Day isn't the only thing worth celebrating this February! There's a much more tooth-friendly occasion on the calendar. The entire month marks a time for awareness of children's dental health. Of course, you're already doing everything you can to care for your kids, but it never hurts to take a second look at their oral hygiene. Kids can need a lot of coddling to take care of their teeth. While we see them in the office every six months, their daily cleaning, diet, and habits are [...]

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    We’re trying to make dental anxiety a thing of the past. And sedation dentistry is one way this goal can come to life. Sedation isn’t just a medication - it’s your entire experience at the office. At Cottrell & Associates, we strive to provide the kind of gentle, communicative care that leaves patients feeling better than ever about dentistry. If you’ve never tried dental sedation before, learn more about the medications that might be involved before your appointment. You’ll know [...]

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    Eating right doesn't have to mean bowls of raw spinach and mysteriously green, lumpy smoothies. With a little research and planning, your daily diet can be healthy and satisfying. And we can help. The right choices are not only beneficial to your overall health, but also good for your teeth. Here's how much (or how little) sugar you should be getting, how to find tasty substitutes for your favorite snacks, and which options are best for both body and teeth. Eating Patterns in the United [...]

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    If you're in pain, you deserve to find relief. But how do you know when the discomfort is going to be fleeting, and when it's a sign of more significant problems. Discomfort in the jaw can come and go, show up just every once in a while, or be a chronic concern. No matter what your jaw pain is like, help is ahead - the first step is identifying what the pain means. Do I Have a TMJ Disorder? The temporomandibular joint and muscles allow your jaw to function. They provide the means to open and [...]

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    Biting your nails over a dental appointment? Give your teeth (and nerves) a break by getting more comfortable with your dentist! Is it really possible to vanquish lifelong dental anxiety in a single year? We really think so - but it will take some hard work. That said, if engaging with your dental care and spending a little more time in the office in 2016 could lead to a future reduction in stress (and dental problems), isn't it worth it? Help yourself, your children, and your entire family [...]

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    With each new piece of information we gain, we become more educated and more aware. But we also become more anxious – and that leads to controversy surrounding once-innocuous practices. While the general concern over radiation exposure during x-rays has always existed, we’re learning more that helps shed light on the true risks involved. Educate yourself on the pros and cons of x-rays so that you can form your own opinion, and better discuss the risks with your dentist. You receive more [...]

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