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5 Braces-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas

December 8, 2022

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Child grabbing present from red stocking on fireplace

Does your little one have braces? Since peppermint bark, caramel popcorn, and other seasonal treats are a big no-no during orthodontic treatment, you naturally might be wondering, “What should I put in their stocking?” Good news: there are lots of braces-friendly stocking stuffers that your child and their orthodontist will approve of. Here are a few!


4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

November 14, 2022

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Family smiling after a Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, and your smile should be high on the list. After all, without a full set of teeth, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the big meal or have long talks with your visiting relatives! As part of showing how grateful you are for your teeth, you can take a few steps to make sure they stay extra safe around Thanksgiving time. Below are 4 holiday oral health tips from your dentist in Long Beach.


What’s Included in Your Dental Insurance Plan?

October 19, 2022

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Dental insurance form

Did you know that approximately 77 million Americans have dental benefits? Most people have private coverage through an employer or group program. Since dental insurance doesn’t work the same way as a typical medical insurance plan, it can be confusing to navigate at first. To fully maximize your coverage, it pays to know a few things about your plan. Read on to learn about the most common types of dental insurance plans and what you can expect yours to cover.


A Cavity Between Teeth: How to Detect and Avoid It

September 16, 2022

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woman checking to see if she has a cavity between teeth

As you take a bite of a cold popsicle, you feel a strong twinge of pain in your mouth. You quickly find a mirror and examine your teeth for a cavity. There’s no discoloration or obvious signs of damaged enamel—that you can see. But this doesn’t mean your smile is perfectly healthy. You could have a cavity between teeth that is hidden from view. In this post, you’ll learn about how to recognize that you may have tooth decay out of sight and how to prevent it from happening.


3 Signs That Your Baby Needs a Frenectomy

August 17, 2022

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mom holding a nursing baby who needs a frenectomy

You don’t understand. You’ve done everything the lactation consultant has told you to do, and yet your baby still isn’t latching. What are you doing wrong?

It may not be you at all! It could be indication that something is amiss with your baby’s oral function—a problem called a tongue-tie or excess tissue holding their tongue against the bottom of the mouth. In this situation, your baby may need a frenectomy, which is the procedure of gently removing this connective tissue with laser technology.

How can you tell whether your baby needs a frenectomy? Here are three clear signs and how this procedure can help your child thrive!


Before, During & After: What to Expect from Tongue-Tie Treatment

July 18, 2022

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diagram of before and after tongue-tie treatment

Breastfeeding is supposed to be easy—or so you thought. It’s been a struggle with your little one, and now they’re starting to try solid foods. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to handle certain textures very well. During a playgroup with other moms, you talk about your troubles with a friend, and they recommend talking to a pediatric dentist about possible tongue-tie treatment.

The tissue underneath their tongue does seem thick, but a procedure to fix it seems drastic on your little baby. Perhaps knowing what to expect will help you feel more confident about doing something about it!


3 Benefits of Invisalign Besides Appearance

June 15, 2022

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Close-up of Invisalign aligner trays

Most people would choose Invisalign over traditional braces based solely on its discrete looks. The clear aligning trays aren’t as noticeable as the other option’s brackets and wires. However, did you know that aligners have other advantages too?

Below is a summary of three subtler benefits of Invisalign compared to alternative treatments. Take them into consideration the next time you need to straighten your smile!


4 Spring-Cleaning Tips to Spruce Up Your Smile!

March 24, 2022

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man brushing his teeth

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s the perfect time to throw out the unwanted junk your home has accumulated over the past year. However, your abode isn’t the only thing that deserves freshening up. You should also consider giving your smile a spring cleaning! These four easy tips for sprucing up your dental care can set you up for a year of bright, healthy smiles.


What Are the Most Common Dental Emergency Procedures?

February 9, 2022

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dentist looking inside a patient’s mouth

Dental emergencies are frightening and can occur when you least expect them to. While some may happen by accident, others are the result of untreated decay or damage. Luckily, there are many ways to painlessly treat these unfortunate problems. Of course, the specific procedure you need will depend on the type of emergency you’re experiencing. Read on to learn more about dental emergencies, the most common treatments used, and tips for preventing these situations.   


Revealed: The Step-By-Step Process of Invisalign Treatment

January 7, 2022

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Dentist shows Invisalign clear aligner to male patient

Tired of living with crowded or misaligned teeth? Thanks to Invisalign in Long Beach, you can straighten your smile without the hassle of metal brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign treatment uses smooth plastic aligners to gradually reposition teeth. It may sound futuristic, but over 11 million people have already used Invisalign clear aligners to transform their smiles. Keep reading to discover the step-by-step process of getting Invisalign.

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