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When Your Smile Falls Short

The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy once wrote “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I like to think that the same is true for smiles. Every patient of mine eventually has an impeccably happy and healthy smile. But when they first came to see me, their smile was unhappy, to say the least, and so was the patient. And as those sad incidents are sad in their ...

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4 Tips To Keep Gum Disease At Bay

There is a strange thing that happens when someone is a car accident. Time seems to slow down, and they often claim to have seen the oncoming car coming but couldn’t move quickly enough to avoid it. It’s called slow motion perception, and while there isn’t much actual research about it, it reminds me of my patients who have come to me looking for treatment that could have been avoided ...

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Countdown To Dental Anxiety Relief

With so much on your mind these days, having a dentist poke around inside of your mouth with sharp instruments doesn’t exactly inspire you with enthusiasm. I don’t blame you. A lot of my first-time patients share similar stories with me. You’d be surprised, but after they come in for a visit, they’re comfortable enough to actually tell me those horror stories about dentists in their ...

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Porcelain Veneers For A Sparkling Smile

Since when did looking your best become so hard? You try to keep up with the latest fashions, or maybe spend your free time cramped inside of the gym working up a sweat, and at the end of the day it just seems like you’re not getting where you want to be. Unfortunately, you are working out the solutions to the wrong problem. You can keep trying to achieve that flat stomach or that perfect ...

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Going The Distance With Dental Implants

The odometer on your smile is running pretty high these days. Sometimes, it feels like your teeth have clocked a few hundred thousands miles of wear, tear, and general abuse. More often, however, it doesn’t just feel that way: It looks that way. Your smile looks like it has certainly been around the block, but the experience that’s supposed to come with it doesn’t translate well to your ...

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Treating The ‘Root’ Of The Problem

Have you ever been faced with a problem that, once you got to the bottom of it, found that you didn’t have the stomach for the right solution? Throughout my entire 38-year career treating smiles in Kennewick, nowhere have I found this to be more true than when comes to patients in dire need of a root canal. You’d think I just told them that they had vampires in their mouth; that’s how ...

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Greet Spring With A Smile Makeover

Just the thought of shaking off the chill of this past Winter is enough to put a smile on your face – and that’s the problem: Anything that puts a smile on your face is treated with caution. Exposing your teeth and gums to the world isn’t the same for you as it is for other people, and with warmer weather just around the bend, there’s going to be a lot of smiling to go around. ...

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