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Do I Need a Custom Night Guard?

Do you ever wake up with a toothache or jaw pain? If so, you may have bruxism and not even know it. Bruxism is a condition that causes a patient to grind their teeth while sleeping. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to worn enamel, sensitive teeth, and other oral health issues. Here are some [...]

Why Does My Toothache Hurt Worse at Night?

Your toothache may hurt worse at night because you have fewer distractions from the pain or you’re unconsciously grinding your teeth. There are also other reasons why you’re experiencing pain—all of which you should discuss with your dentist. Here’s why your toothache could be hurting worse at night. Fewer Distractions A toothache is your body’s [...]

Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth When it’s Cold Outside?

Do pumpkin spice lattes, hot cocoa, and chilly weather make your teeth hurt? If so, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, which happens when the protective outer layer of your teeth (enamel) is compromised. The good news is that our dentists can determine the cause of your sensitive teeth and recommend a course of treatment [...]

How to Celebrate Halloween (Without Cavities)

Halloween will be different this year. While trick-or-treating might be out of the question due to the Coronavirus, the craving for candy is still strong. No matter how you plan to celebrate, we want to give you some helpful tips for keeping your child’s smile healthy and free of cavities long past October. Here’s what [...]

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

While dental implants last longer and help prevent bone loss in the jaw, dentures are the more affordable choice for many of our patients. If you’re interested in replacing teeth, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists. During your consultation, they’ll be able to help you explore the [...]

How to Cure Gingivitis

You have a limited window of opportunity to cure gingivitis. The good news is that you can usually reverse gum disease within 10 to 14 days by practicing good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily to remove plaque. About 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have [...]

What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning

Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist out of fear or anxiety, according to WebMD. But teeth cleanings don’t have to be scary when you know what to expect. Our dental practice prioritizes your safety and comfort during your appointment so you can feel peace of mind. Here’s what you can [...]

What Happens During the Veneers Procedure?

Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that we can bond to the fronts of your teeth. Our dentists may recommend the veneers procedure to restore front teeth that have minor cosmetic damage. For example, veneers are great for covering teeth with small chips, cracks, or stains. The veneers process usually takes two trips to our office. [...]

The Main Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth? If so, ask our dentists if you’re a candidate for the dental implant procedure. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots made of titanium alloy that are placed in the jaw. Later, our dentists add an abutment and crown to give the appearance and function of a natural tooth. Here are [...]

How to Get Healthy Teeth and Gums

There’s no quick fix to regaining your oral health. But seeing our dentists at least every 6 months for preventive dental care is a good place to start. In this blog post, we’ll also offer our tips on how to build good oral hygiene habits at home that will help you back on the path [...]

Do I Really Need Teeth Cleanings Twice a Year?

Yes! It’s important that you get teeth cleanings at least every 6 months so we can remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is an invisible, sticky film of bacteria that lives inside your mouth. As you eat sugary foods, these bacteria eat the particles left behind and produce an acid that erodes enamel and attacks your [...]

Dental Crowns vs. Fillings

Dentists use both dental crowns and fillings to repair damage to teeth. What procedure they recommend will depend on the extent of damage. For example, a filling can restore a tooth with a small cavity. But our dentists may recommend a dental crown if you have a tooth that’s badly decayed. Since each patient is [...]

5 Tips for First-Time Denture Wearers

Dentures replace missing teeth so you can eat, smile, and talk with confidence. But it does take some time to get used to wearing dentures. During your appointment, our dentists will discuss what you can expect and how you can make this process as smooth as possible. Here are our tips that will help you [...]