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Here you can research a variety of dental healthcare topics. The Patient Education Center was designed to help you and other dental patients become better informed. By reading up and preparing yourself before a dental visit, you’ll be able to ask good questions and make great decisions. Great information, with lots of detail.

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Teeth Whitening - Dear Doctor Magazine Teeth Whitening – Brighter, lighter, whiter…

The subconscious impact of a white smile is radiant health, happiness, warmth and invitation. This phenomenon has been reinforced with the spread of American culture worldwide, where an especially white smile has even been coined a “Hollywood smile”. Today brighter, lighter, whiter teeth have become a norm. Tooth whitening by bleaching is a successful, conservative, relatively inexpensive and safe alternative… Read Article

Porcelain Veneers - Dear Doctor MagazineSmile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers

In part two of the series on Smile Design, Dear Doctor takes an in-depth look at Porcelain Veneers, a superior yet minimally invasive technique for smile enhancement. We’ll explain not only when they’re appropriate, but also when they’re not… Read Article

No-prep Procelain Veneers - Dear Doctor Porcelain Veneers – Without A Drill

No drilling — reality or ridiculous? A no-drill technique requires a second look, as new materials and concepts have created new esthetic possibilities. Reactions and opinions among dentists have ranged from absolute disbelief to moderate acceptance. This article gives hope and reasons for patients to get excited about this conservative drill-free cosmetic technique… Read Article

Cosmetic Dentistry - Dear Doctor MagazineCosmetic Dentistry – A Time For Change

Join us as we review the myriad of possibilities available to you for cosmetic dental change. But the biggest part is not just how your smile looks, it’s how you feel when you show it… Read Article

Dental Implants - Dear Doctor MagazineDental Implants – Your Third Set of Teeth

A discovery fifty years ago paved the way for one of dentistry’s most exciting, natural looking and successful tooth replacement systems. Learn how dental implants might just possibly change your life… Read Article

Tooth Decay - Dear Doctor Magazine What is Tooth Decay? – And How to Prevent It

Tooth Decay is an infection, and many people don’t realize that it is preventable. This article is the first in a series about tooth decay, perhaps the number one reason children and adults lose teeth during their lifetime. Explore the causes of tooth decay, its prevention and the relationship to bacteria, sugars and acids… Read Article

Tooth Decay – Dear Doctor Magazineooth Decay – How To Assess Your Risk

Don’t wait for cavities to occur and then have them fixed — stop them before they start. Modern dentistry is moving towards an approach to managing tooth decay that is evidence-based — on years of accumulated, systematic, and valid scientific research. This article discusses what you need to know to assess your risk and change the conditions that lead to decay… Read Article

Tooth Colored Fillings - Dear Doctor MagazineThe Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings

The public’s demand for aesthetic tooth colored (metal free) restorations (fillings) together with the dental profession’s desire to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, has led to the development of special “adhesive” tooth colored restorations… Read Article

Wisdom Teeth – Dear Doctor MagazineWisdom Teeth – To Be Or Not To Be

Facts you need to know about these curiously named teeth. They are so-called because a moderate amount of wisdom is supposedly achieved at about the same time these teeth typically make their appearance. This article will review the problems associated with wisdom teeth and whether or not they should be removed… Read Article

Oral Hygiene - Dear Doctor MagazineOral Hygiene – Dental Health for Life

The best tools for maintaining your oral health and minimizing dental problems are a quality toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss, approved mouthwash and good diet. This article cuts through the confusion with a winning game plan for oral health… Read Article

Periodontal (Gum) Disease - Dear Doctor MagazineUnderstanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Have your gums ever bled when you brushed or flossed? This most commonly overlooked simple sign may be the start of silent (periodontal) disease leading to tooth loss. Learn what you can do to prevent this problem and keep your teeth for life… Read Article

Smile Makeover - Dear Doctor Magazine The Impact of a Smile Makeover

Americans are catching on to the emotional and social importance of a healthy, beautiful smile, and they’re seeking out ways to improve their smiles. Learn why and what a change could mean for you…Read Article

Root Canal - Dear Doctor Magazine“I’d Rather Have a Root Canal…”

A common misconception is demystified. Get the real story about this much maligned procedure that eases pain, rather than causes it… Read Article

Oral Cancer - Dear Doctor MagazineOral Cancer

This article may just save your life. Learn how to notice any unusual lesions (sores or ulcers) anywhere in your mouth that do not heal within two-three weeks. Early detection is key… Read Article

Implant Overdentures - Dear Doctor MagazineImplant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw

Implant overdentures represent a major change for the dental profession and the public. The lower jaw two-implant overdenture may be considered a more appropriate starting point over regular dentures… Read Article

TMD - TMJ - Dear Doctor MagazineTMD – The Great Impostor

This “chameleon” of dental disorders manifests in a variety of ways, including joint pain, sinusitus, ear pain, tooth and headaches. The causes of TMD, its signs and symptoms and what can be done to treat this common disorder… Read Article

Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Dear Doctor MagazineSleep Disorders and Dentistry

If my partner snores loudly, should I be concerned and what can be done to alleviate the problem? Why does my sleeping partner have lapses in breathing while sleeping and is it dangerous? Why do I wake up exhausted even though I get up to 10 hours sleep at night? The answers to these and more questions and how dentistry can help all revealed within… Read Article