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Cowlitz River Dental Blog

A Dentist on Why It’s Best to Try to Save a Tooth

November 11, 2018

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woman with a toothacheIt may be tempting to have an aching or damaged tooth pulled, but it is always best to keep the teeth you were born with for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are a number of interventions available which can help you do just that. Keep reading to learn more about how your restorative dentist can help you rescue a problem tooth, and why a dental implant can be a wonderful solution when that is just not possible.

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Family Dentist on How Sugars Affect Your Teeth

October 31, 2018

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candy overflowing in halloween bucketFall is finally here, and more sugar is consumed during October than any other month. Collectively, Americans spend billions of dollars on this holiday each year — and a big portion of that goes to candy. Your family dentist knows this increased consumption can spell trouble for smiles of all ages. Keep reading to learn more about how sugars affect your teeth, and steps you can take to protect your smile this month and all year round.

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Your Restorative Dentist Knows Where to Start with Your Smile

October 7, 2018

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woman smiling and pointing at cheeksYour dentist’s #1 goal is to help you enjoy a complete, healthy, and beautiful smile for life. However, many adults reach a point where imperfect oral health and hygiene catch up to them — and usually, the appearance of their teeth is the first thing they will notice. But your restorative dentist knows starting with the cosmetic usually is not the right move. Keep reading to learn the order of operations for complex treatment plans. It is a process, but with a little dedication, you will be smiling bright before you know it.

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Why Continuing Education Matters for Your Dentist

September 30, 2018

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dental office interiorLike most things these days, the field of dentistry is rapidly changing with continual advances in technology. Procedures that used to take weeks or months can now be completed in a single appointment. Sometimes that’s a good idea, sometimes it’s not. With so much going on in the dental field, it is important that you choose a dentist who stays up-to-date through continuing education (CE) opportunities. CE helps ensure that you are always receiving the latest and greatest care — keep reading to find out why!

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Visit Your Dentist to Use Up Your End-of-Year Benefits!

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portrait of an older coupleWe are coming to the end of 2018, and that means your to-do list may already be filling up with holiday plans and special events. Before things get too busy, patients with dental insurance may want to consider scheduling an appointment with the dentist. Taking the time to come in now is the best way to make sure that unused benefits do not slip away before the new year begins. Keep reading to find out more about how dental insurance works, and why scheduling an appointment this month can help you save on a healthy smile.

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How Your Dentist Knows If You Have Healthy Gums

August 31, 2018

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woman brushing her teethYou may not think about them all that often, but having healthy gums is crucial for enjoying a healthy, lasting smile. During a checkup and cleaning, your dentist and/or hygienist will check to make sure you aren’t experiencing gum disease — and if you are, an appropriate treatment will be recommended right away. Keep reading to find out how periodontal health is evaluated, and why it’s crucial for your lasting smile.

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Your Dentist Offers Truly Comprehensive Dentistry

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couple taking a selfieAre you on a search for a new dentist? Visiting a team that offers comprehensive services is a great place to start. You’ll find that maintaining excellent oral health is simple when you can have all of your needs met under one roof — from general checkups and cleanings to restorative services that bring your smile back to health after a cavity or tooth loss. At Cowlitz River Dental, we are pleased to provide just that: excellent dental care for smiles of all ages and stages of life. Keep reading to learn more about our truly comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic services!

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Does a Root Canal Hurt?

July 19, 2018

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woman at the dentist's officeVisiting the dentist twice annually and brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis can help to keep your smile clean and healthy for a lifetime to come. But, even if you experience a severely decayed or injured tooth at some point, restorative dentistry services can come to the rescue. The root canal is a common procedure that can help to preserve the tooth to keep the smile complete. However, this treatment also has a bad (and false) reputation of being very painful — keep reading to learn the truth about root canals, and what you can expect when you need one.

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Know What to Ask Your Dentist about Prevention

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close-up of toothbrushingKeeping your smile healthy as you age is easier when you have all the right information. You can read plenty about oral health online — but your dentist is the most valuable source of tips related specifically to your smile. Doing some research ahead of time can help to ensure you know the right questions to ask your dentist before a checkup and cleaning. Questions like best practices, why X-rays matter, and more. Learn what some of the most valuable questions are below!

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Dentist on Why You Should Put a Knocked Out Tooth in Milk

June 30, 2018

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glass of milkGetting a tooth knocked out is scary, but if you take all the necessary steps right after it occurs, chances are good that your dentist can successfully reattach the tooth. You will need to keep the tooth’s root moist until you can make it into the office — and if it is not an option to place it back in the gums, keeping it in a cup of milk is the next best thing. But why? Keep reading to learn what milk does for a knocked out tooth from your dentist in Castle Rock.

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