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3 Signs You May Need Your Wisdom Teeth Out

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While you may not be excited about the idea of having a tooth extracted, it is very common for your dentist to recommend that your wisdom teeth be removed it helps to protect your oral health. Here are three reasons that wisdom teeth may need to be extracted.

You Can't Properly Clean Them

Wisdom teeth also called third molars, come in far back in your mouth behind your second set of molars. Because of their position, they may be harder to brush and floss properly. If you can't keep them clean, it increases your risk of developing issues like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

They are Crowding Other Teeth

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Do You Know the Difference between a Simple Extraction and a Surgical Extraction?

Dental Extractions in Lafayette

You are afraid that your tooth has been damaged beyond repair, and you may be facing an extraction. This idea scares you and has you feeling anxious about going to your dentist.

The first thing you should know is that you're not alone! No one wants to hear that they need a tooth extracted; however, sometimes it's what's best for your oral health and well being. Next, you should know that extractions are probably not as bad as you're thinking thanks to modern dentistry and advanced technology.

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Before You Nibble Your Nails, Make Sure You Read This

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Do you inevitably chew on your fingernails when you feel nervous or stressed? Perhaps you don't even notice you're doing it. While it may not seem like a big deal, biting your nails has many consequences that affect your oral health.

An Increased Risk for Bruxism

Bruxism, or grinding your teeth often occurs at night while you sleep, and it causes a host of issues including excessive wear to your teeth and painful issues with your jaw joint. Recent information tells us that patients who bite their nails are often at a greater risk for bruxism. Wearing a night guard can help protect your teeth from the damage that bruxism causes.

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How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?

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We all know that sugar is a major culprit when it comes to causing cavities in our teeth, but do you know how it actually works?

Sugar is the Fuel

Sugar itself does not cause tooth decay, but rather it is the fuel for the bacteria that causes cavities. Here's how it works: When you eat a meal, plaque begins to build up on your teeth. If it isn't removed with brushing or flossing, bacteria begins to grow within the plaque. Sugar is the fuel for that bacteria to live and produce their byproduct, which is acid. It is the acid that eats away at tooth enamel and causes cavities.   

Neutralizing the Acids

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3 Reasons Why Having a Friendly Dentist Matters

When you choose doctors to work with, what attributes are you looking for? Most people would put working with someone who is friendly above most other qualities. You want health care providers to be friendly, attentive, and have your best interests at heart. The same should be true of your dentist, and here's why.

A Friendly Doctor Puts You at Ease

Many patients who suffer from dental fear or anxiety report that it stems from a bad experience they had at the dentist as a child. This is often because their dentist had an unfriendly or harsh demeanor. For some patients, working with a dentist who is kind and can put them ...

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Are You Worried about Tooth Loss?

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Many of our patients have parents or grandparents who lost their natural teeth and ended up with dentures that looked, well, awkward! Choosing the best dentist in Lafayette means that you will have plenty more options than your family members before you.

Tooth Loss Is Preventable

While genetics do play a role in oral health, you are not doomed to bulky false teeth. Today’s preventive dentistry addresses many of the conditions that caused tooth loss just a generation ago. Fluoridated water and toothpaste play a role, and so do your regular dental visits for your exam and cleaning.

Digital X-Rays – A Safer Choice

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Good Nutrition to Support Outstanding Oral Health

Top Dentist in Lafayette, LA

By now, most of us understand that sugar is bad for our teeth. Many of us may have even eliminated it from our diets, or at least have tried to cut back. Have you considered, however, how the rest of your diet plays a role in your oral health? Your dentist in Lafayette explains.

Consider Your Carbohydrates

Did you know that starchy carbohydrates such as chips and breads turn into sugar as they break down? The process takes longer since they are complex carbohydrates, but the starch allows them to stick to your teeth longer than they should, giving them plenty of time time to cause damage to your teeth. Snacking on carbohydrates ...

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