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Can Probiotics Prevent Periodontal Problems?

June 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 4:16 pm
Bird's eye view of several kinds of probiotics on a neutral surface

If you’ve ever suffered from digestive issues, you may have tried taking probiotics to alleviate any issues or discomfort. These “good bacteria” are found naturally in the body, and it’s crucial to maintain a healthy balance. If you don’t have enough, you could develop a suppressed immune system, irregular bowel movements, and even oral issues like gum disease.

Continue reading to learn more about how probiotics can keep your mouth in good condition and how you can increase your levels!


Woes of Wisdom: What Causes Wisdom Tooth Pain?

May 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 5:55 pm
Patient scrunching their face due to wisdom tooth pain

Chances are when your wisdom teeth first came in, there were growing pains to deal with. Wisdom teeth are the third molars that usually appear around the mid-teens or early twenties for most. While some people experience no issues, for many, the experience was uncomfortable at best. But why do they hurt so often? Read on to learn the reasons for wisdom tooth pain and how you can find relief.


Are There People Born Without Wisdom Teeth?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 7:53 pm
Lady thinks something over

While most people can expect their wisdom teeth to erupt at some point in their late teens or early adulthood, there are people out there who won’t have to worry about that. The wisdom teeth, also called the third molars, are the last teeth to emerge, and they are often removed due to not coming in properly or the mouth not having enough room for them. However, some people are born without wisdom teeth, so they will never have to go through this rite of passage. Here’s how this can happen.


National Sleep Awareness Week: Unlock the Secrets to a Restful Night

March 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 8:49 am
Someone sleeping in bed

Welcome to National Sleep Awareness Week! This annual event serves as a gentle reminder to prioritize one of the most crucial aspects of our health: sleep. Yet, in the fast-paced world we live in, achieving quality sleep can often feel like an elusive dream. From the relentless buzz of technology to the mounting pressures of daily life, many of us find ourselves tossing and turning, yearning for a peaceful night’s rest.

In celebration of this week dedicated to the importance of sleep, let’s explore three invaluable tips to help you reclaim your nights and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.


Keeping Kissable: Improve Your Smooches while Wearing Dentures

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 3:30 pm
Older couple embracing while wearing dentures

Dentures can significantly improve your quality of life, restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. However, many patients worry about how well that functionality extends to their romantic life, particularly when it comes to kissing. If you’re considering dentures, maintaining your ability for intimacy might even be a sticking point for you.

So, will dentures be a hinderance to your love life going forward? Continue reading to find tips for staying completely kissable, even in dentures.


Bright Smile, Healthy Heart: How Oral Hygiene Affects Cardiovascular Wellness

January 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 6:05 pm
Man eating for good oral hygiene and working out for heart health

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular health and promoting heart disease prevention. While many focus on traditional heart-healthy habits like exercise and a balanced diet, there are other aspects left unexplored. For instance, did you know there’s a big connection between oral hygiene and heart health?

If you want to learn how keeping your smile healthy will also keep your heart strong, continue reading.


3 Holiday Drinks That Can Harm Your Teeth

December 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 2:32 am

Two glasses of eggnog on a wooden tableYou will be surrounded by many delicious foods that will make your mouth water over the next few weeks. It’s important to watch what you eat during the holidays to avoid tooth decay; however, certain beverages can also be bad news for your dental health. Here are 3 popular holiday drinks that can damage your smile.


Create a Toothful Thanksgiving Feast with These 5 Tips

November 27, 2023

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A family enjoying a Thanksgiving feast while taking care of their oral health

Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness, sharing cherished memories, and eating to your heart’s content. There’s hardly a more cozy and celebrated time to bring out family recipes and start dishing out. But what about your teeth? Don’t they get a say in what goes in your mouth? All too often, the answer is no, and your oral health may degrade because of it.

If you’re ready to step up and listen to your teeth this Thanksgiving, continue reading. You’ll find five strategies to keep your oral health happy while enjoying the holiday festivities.


Don’t Let Halloween Haunt Your Smile: 5 Tooth-Friendly Tips for Dental Hygiene

October 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 9:31 pm
A girl in costume smiling with good dental hygiene

Did you know that everyone you meet has a skeleton inside them? It’s pretty spooky if you think about it! However, that’s not as scary as the ultimate dental haunt: cavities. If you just shivered, then you know the damage that tooth decay can cause if left untreated.

If you want to celebrate Halloween this year without worrying about a trip to your dentist, then continue reading. Below are five tips from professionals to keep your teeth cavity-free on the day of candied delights.


Will Teeth Whitening Work on Your Dental Implants?

September 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 9:45 am
A woman dentist holding up a dental implant model

As you might know, teeth whitening tends to be rather effective. Its bleaching gel can brighten your enamel by six to eight shades. Still, you may wonder: will teeth whitening work on a dental implant? The latter is more toothlike than a denture or dental bridge, so you could assume it’d turn out well. Truthfully, though, dentists can’t whiten your implants. To learn why, read this helpful summary from your local Nashville dental practice.

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