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5 Tips to Protect Your Lips from the Sun

July 8, 2021

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Close up of woman’s lipsYou take time to apply sunblock to safeguard your skin from harmful UVB rays. Not only are you preventing a painful sunburn, but you’re also lowering your risk of skin cancer. Besides your face, arms, and legs, did you know your lips also need protection during prolonged sun exposure? Here’s how you can protect your lips from the sun to keep your smile healthy.

9 Jaw Exercises That Can Relieve TMJ Pain

June 13, 2021

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person with TMJ pain holding their jaw

Does your jaw hurt when you chew? Do you sometimes feel a dull ache when you open or close your mouth? If so, there may be a problem with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your jawbone to the side of your skull. The best way to relieve discomfort from TMJ disorder is to visit your dentist. That way, they can recommend the right treatment based on the cause of your jaw issue. Until then, these nine exercises from the American Academy of Family Physicians can provide some relief for TMJ pain.


Busting 4 Myths about TMD

May 3, 2021

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Man debunking myths about TMDDoes your jaw click or pop when you open or close your mouth? Do you have reoccurring facial pain or headaches? You might have a TMD (TMJ disorder), which affects the temporomandibular joints on either side of your face. Believe it or not, about 12% of adults live with the same challenges. You’ve likely heard several myths about TMD, but don’t let that stop you from getting relief. Here are the facts you need about TMJ disorders.

April Showers Bring Terrible Allergies

April 26, 2021

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Woman with allergies blowing her noseApril is here, which means allergy season is in full swing. As pollen, animal dander, and other allergens circulate in the air, you can experience a variety of symptoms. Although you might believe itchy eyes and a runny nose are the worst of them, allergies can also affect your oral health. Here’s how you can protect your smile from any complications while managing your allergies.

3 Holidays to Be Wary of This Month

March 4, 2021

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Green beerAre you excited to celebrate all of your favorite March holidays in Athens this year? After such a long year of uncertainty, you certainly deserve it! However, you definitely don’t want to be spending extra time in the dental chair because you weren’t cautious about all of the questionable foods that you were consuming during this time. Fortunately, you can enjoy yourself this month while watching out for your smile. Here are some of the holidays that you should be wary of this year so they you can maintain excellent oral health!


5 Signs That You May Need to Replace Your Dentures

February 5, 2021

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dentures soaking in a glassOne of the best things about living in today’s world is that you no longer need to settle for missing teeth. Gaps in your smile can be a thing of the past. Thanks to modern dental technology, there are several different tooth replacement options out there, including dentures. They can be lifechanging for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth, but they don’t last forever. Here are some signs that you may be needing some new dentures in Athens pretty soon.


Will I Need Periodontal Therapy Before Cosmetic Dentistry?

January 14, 2021

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Cosmetic dentist showing model of gum disease.Are you unhappy with how your teeth look? You’re not alone. As much as one-third of adults don’t like the appearance of their teeth. Thankfully, you don’t need to live with the imperfections. Your cosmetic dentist can create a smile you’ll want to show off; however, you might need gum disease therapy before moving forward with the transformation process. To achieve a picture-perfect smile, you’ll need to have a healthy foundation. Here’s why you might need periodontal therapy before any cosmetic procedures.

How Do Face Masks Affect Your Oral Health?

December 19, 2020

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Woman wearing a maskYou have been taking all sorts of steps to protect others from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to staying home more often and stocking up on hand sanitizer, you have been wearing face masks in Athens to help keep others save from the virus. While this is a great step, have you thought about the effect that face masks have on your oral health? Continue reading to learn what those are, as well as some tips to help you keep your smile healthy during this time.


Why You Should Get Your Root Canal Before the End of the Year

November 2, 2020

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Woman with toothacheEveryone dreads the moment that they’re told by their dentist that they need a root canal. For many people, this brings on feelings of anxiety and even fear. For others, the worry is about what it may cost. However, you should never wait to get a root canal. If you put it off, you could end up with serious consequences and having to pay more due to the renewal of your insurance benefits. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about what happens when you put off a root canal in Athens and how dental insurance plays a role.


4 Surprising Foods that Cause Cavities

October 3, 2020

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RaisinsThis October, you are probably already aware that you should limit your intake of Halloween sweets for the sake of your smile, but there are all sorts of other foods out there that have similar effects. Some of them you probably thought were healthy snacks and you eat them year-round! Continue reading to learn about some cavity-causing foods in Athens that you should be careful about in the future.


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