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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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 5:14 pm
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.


Are You Ready to Join TikToc’s Veneer Challenge?

August 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 6:18 pm

Female patient having veneer consultationSocial media influencers often encourage their followers to participate in various challenges. Many are for a good cause or entertainment, but others can have long-lasting consequences. The veneer check challenge has gained popularity on TikTok. Influencers are sharing their amazing transformations online. Although veneers can create a dazzling smile, some people are making the mistake of getting dental crowns. If you intend to join the challenge, here’s what you need to know before revamping your smile.


How To: Prevent a Dental Emergency From Ruining Your Summer Vacation

July 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 5:46 pm
Couple smiling while taking selfie in airplane

Your summer plans may include everything from going on a road trip and seeing your favorite band perform live to traveling abroad to an entirely new destination. One thing you don’t have room in your itinerary for, however, is a painful dental injury. The good news is that implementing a few best practices while you’re out of town can help dramatically reduce your chances of chipping, cracking, or fracturing a tooth. With this in mind, here’s how you can prevent a dental emergency from ruining your summer vacation!


What to Know About Veneers and Tooth Sensitivity

June 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 5:06 am
veneers being picked up by a set of tweezers

Veneers are one of the most famous kinds of cosmetic dentistry, and that’s because the results that they produce are worth talking about. They can cover up just about any kind of imperfection that you may have with your smile, giving you a grin you’d be proud to show off.

You may have heard that placing veneers requires removing a small portion of your enamel, which can make some patients concerned about the prospect of sensitivity. If you’re worried, here’s some information that may put you at ease.


Which Type of Toothpaste is Best for Veneers?

May 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 11:11 am

When you first get veneers, you’re usually happy with their effects. After all, these porcelain shells are stellar at hiding various smile flaws. Still, you’ll need to brush them twice daily to ensure long-lasting results. That means you should know which toothpaste is best for veneers. If you don’t, you might lose your beautified smile sooner than you’d think. Luckily, your Nashville dentist has the answer you seek. Here’s a primer on why toothpaste matters for veneers and the type to use for them.


Can I Drink Coffee With Veneers?

April 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drprather @ 5:26 am
someone drinking coffee

If you have a serious coffee habit, you may have noticed that it could seriously affect the color of your teeth. One of the most popular ways that people will deal with that kind of serious discoloration is with veneers, which are thin porcelain shells that can be adhered over your teeth.

However, once you get your veneers to cover your stained teeth, you may want to seriously consider what you can do to ensure that you don’t stain them even further. You might even consider cutting back on coffee.

If you want to know more about drinking coffee with veneers, here’s how that could affect your teeth.

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