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The Science of Smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry Lafayette LACharles Darwin observed that smiling is a universal expression, whereas other body language cues and gestures vary from culture to culture. Even smiling can vary from one culture to another. For example, people in the southern United States are more likely to smile than people in the northern United States. Eastern Asians often cover their mouths when they smile and British people tend to smile pursed instead of upward, keeping a stiff upper lip.

In fact, we often say “cheese” for a photograph because saying cheese forces your face into a sort of smile.

Smiling is an important part of social interaction. In ...

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Floss Facts

Dental Floss You know you are supposed to use it, yet many people do not. Have you ever wondered if your dentist can tell if you have been flossing or not? Well, yes we can. When you don’t floss, tartar builds up between your teeth and can cause irritation and harbor the bacteria that cause gum disease.

You might think all floss is created equally, but floss is a high tech creation designed to protect your oral health.

Dental Floss Facts

  • Waxed floss makes it easier to floss closely spaced teeth.
  • Tape or woven floss does a better job for those with wider spaces.
  • Some floss contains fluoride to ...

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Common Misconceptions about Dentists

The media and Hollywood have painted dentists in a less than favorable light. In fact, they often portray them as pain causing and insensitive. Usually when represented in pop culture, they have a bad reputation for being cold, unfriendly and for asking you questions you cannot answer because you have instruments in your mouth.

These stereotypes could not be further from the truth. In fact, dentists tend to get involved in dentistry because they genuinely wish to be of service to others. Here are some of the most common misconceptions out there:

Dentists Enjoy Causing Pain 

If you ask your dentist, he or she will probably tell you the greatest anxiety they feel ...

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Healthy Holidays

Preventive Dentistry Lafayette LAPart of the reason we love what we do is because of the great patients we have – patients like you! We are thankful for you and that you have been a part of our dental practice in 2014 and love developing relationships with you and your family.

We wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy 2015. Our commitment to excellence in dentistry will continue. We look forward to working with you to improve and maintain your oral health by providing comprehensive preventive treatments for your entire family.

Preventative Dental Treatments

Digital x-rays are still the best way to detect decay in ...

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Can I Skip My Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-Rays Lafayette LAAt Drs. Smith & Domingue’s office, we treat our patients the way we would want others to treat our own families if the situation were reversed. We believe in preventive care that supports good oral health, and preventing dental emergencies whenever possible. In fact, we implement customized care routines to help patients stay on track based on their own individual needs.

Importance of Dental X-Rays

Part of the preventive treatment plan is to provide regular professional dental cleanings, periodic exams, and dental x-rays. Typically, we take dental x-rays on a yearly basis unless an emergency or other situation arises that would cause us ...

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Time for a Change

It is the end of the year and the time that many people start to think about goals and resolutions for the New Year. You might be thinking of implementing a new workout routine, dropping a few pounds, or quitting smoking. At Drs. Smith & Domingue, we are here to support you in any way we can with your goal of quitting tobacco for good.

If you use tobacco, you have probably heard the list of health repercussions involving heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory illness, but you may not have heard about periodontal disease, oral and bladder cancer, and bone loss that can occur due to smoking and tobacco ...

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Do Not Throw Your Health Away

Preventive Dentistry Lafayette LAWhether you pay for your benefits or your employer covers your health and dental expenses, your dental benefits, including your dental insurance as well as your flex benefits, are all part of your salary package. When you fail to make and keep preventive medical or dental appointments, you are not only putting your heath at risk, but also throwing away your hard-earned money.

Dental insurance companies are in the business of making a profit. The way they do that is by having people pay in more than they pay out. That means that the less you use your insurance benefits, the more ...

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