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Support Your Oral Health with Better Nutrition!

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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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How Does Dental Insurance Work Differently Than Medical Insurance?

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With benefit enrollment time upon us, you may be debating about enrolling in a dental plan. What does it cover? Is it worth the monthly premiums? What if I have an emergency? These are all excellent questions to consider, and it's important to understand that dental insurance is very different than medical insurance, and every dental plan is unique and varies.

Here is a general guide on how dental insurance works so you can make the right decision for your needs.

Dental Insurance 101

Most dental plans use a calendar year system, which means that they begin on January 1 and end on December 31. Your plan will have a yearly maximum amount ...

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What Does the Root Canal Process Look Like?

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It started off as sensitivity to cold foods or beverages. No big deal since it went away quickly. The next thing you knew, you were waking up in pain, and this time it wasn't going away. Now you need a root canal, and you're scared. You've heard they're painful and you're not sure what to expect. Here is how a root canal works and how you can manage the process in three easy steps.

Anesthetics

When you come in for a root canal, it's likely that the nerve of your tooth is infected and this is the cause of your pain. Your dentist will use the best dental anesthetics to ensure that ...

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What Causes Mouth Ulcers? How Can I Get Rid of Them?

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Mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores, can be very painful and debilitating. They affect how and what you can eat and make your mouth uncomfortable. If you suffer from them, you know how unbearable they can be, and you'd probably love some form of relief! Your dentist in Lafayette, LA has some answers.

What are Mouth Ulcers?

Typically found in the soft tissue area of your cheek or lip, a mouth ulcer is a small lesion or sore that takes a few days or weeks to heal. They are typically painful the first few days, which begins to diminish as they heal.

What Causes Mouth Ulcers?

The causes of canker sores vary widely ...

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At Your Next Cleaning, Ask Your Dentist These 3 Questions

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Achieving and maintaining optimum oral health truly involves a good partnership with your dental team. Your first line of defense against dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease is your 6-month routine cleaning and checkup. It's also important to understand how you can do your part in protecting your oral health at home. Here is what you should be discussing with your dentist in Lafayette, LA at your next dental visit.

Why Do I Need X-Rays? Are They Safe?

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool that your dentist uses to detect concerns in their earliest stages. Detecting issues early allows you to treat them with less invasive and costly procedures. ...

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Bone Grafting: What It Is and When We Might Recommend It

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Are you struggling to manage life with a missing tooth?

When you can't properly chew your food, eating becomes challenging. When you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, it affects your confidence.

Perhaps you've considered dental implants to restore your smile, but you've been told you're not a good candidate for them. Bone grafting might be the solution you need, and Drs. Smith and Domingue can help you.

Bone Grafting 101

Dental implants require that the patient has enough healthy bone structure for proper support. Many dentists will tell you that dental implants aren't right for you if you don't have enough bone support. At our practice, our dentists have extensive experience ...

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Perio-Implantitis Explained

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Dental implants are widely considered the best way to replace missing teeth. There are a number of benefits to dental implants, including the fact that they are not prone to tooth decay. Overall, dental implants are not particularly prone to complications either—except for the slight risk of peri-implantitis.

U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reports that a study they conducted showed three-fourths of patients studied showed no sign of peri-implantitis.

Although unusual, perio-implantitis does happen, particularly with patients who have had dental implants for the long-term. If you are a dental implants recipient in Lafayette, LA, there are facts you should know about this condition.

When Dental Implant Recipients ...

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