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Do You Suffer from Dental Anxiety? [quiz]

Dental anxiety is not just a matter of having a few jitters before your appointment. It is a potentially serious condition that can cause you extreme distress and even prevent you from getting the dental care you need. When you skip routine checkups, you are more likely to have serious dental problems. And those may require more invasive procedures down ...

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Smile Brighter with Professional Teeth Whitening

Spring is a time of optimism, renewal, and rejuvenation. It’s a time to put the dreary winter behind us and look forward to happier, sunnier days. It’s also a great time to take a look at your smile and make sure it reflects the brightness of the season. If your pearly whites are looking as dark and dingy as a weeks-old snowdrift, we can lift those ...

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Your Baby’s First Teeth [video]

Did you know that your baby’s underdeveloped teeth are already in her jawbone at birth? And the first tooth may begin to appear between four and six months of age, although of course every child is different. Watch this video from the American Dental Association to learn more about the development of your baby’s teeth and how you can help soothe ...

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Get Your Smile Back with Modern Dentures

When you consider dentures, do you think of your grandmother or grandfather with an overly large, bright, and unnatural-looking grin? While artificial teeth have helped make people’s smiles whole for millenia, it’s a checkered history for sure. For centuries, people constructed restorations  out of bone, real teeth (human or animal), wood, and metal. ...

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What to Expect at Aberdeen Smiles [video]

So you’ve made your first appointment at Aberdeen Smiles. Hooray! We want you to feel welcome and totally comfortable during your time at our office. In this video, Dr. Valerie Drake walks you through what you can expect at that first visit. We will give you a thorough cleaning and exam, listen and address all your questions and concerns, and advise ...

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How Preventive Dentistry Keeps Your Smile Healthy

You may think of dental implants, dentures, and other restorative dentistry procedures as just an inevitable part of getting old, but that’s far from the truth. Plenty of people age with their natural smiles healthy and intact, and they have one thing in common: they’ve prioritized their dental health by practicing excellent oral hygiene and ...

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Test Your Dental Emergency Readiness [quiz]

You bite down on a piece of hard candy and your tooth cracks. Your kid’s tooth is knocked out during a hockey game. Or you are doing nothing at all and are hit with sudden mouth pain. Almost by definition, a dental emergency strikes out of the blue. It can be painful and traumatizing. If you are prepared, however, you are less likely to panic and more ...

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Better Nutrition for Better Oral Health

There are many reasons to pay attention to what you eat. Maybe you want to lose weight. Have more energy. Lower your cholesterol. Improve your overall health. It’s no secret the foods we choose to put into our bodies affect us in a variety of ways. So you may not be surprised to learn that our diets affects our teeth and gums specifically. Here are a ...

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Call Us for Your Dental Emergency [video]

When a dental emergency strikes — sudden pain or a traumatic injury to your tooth or mouth — you don’t have time to waste. One of the first things you should do is call us at Aberdeen Smiles. We will do our best to fit you in that very day. For existing patients, Dr. Drake provides her cell phone number so she can be reached 24/7. And she often comes ...

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Gum Disease Is Bad for Your Body

Launched in 2007, World Oral Health Day is now observed every year on March 20th. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of excellent dental health, plus its implications on general health and well being. In conjunction with this day and its important mission, we’d like to discuss gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gums tend ...

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