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Dry Mouth: What You Need to Know

Dry mouth is one of the most common causes of bad breath, but it can cause other oral health issues and even be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition. It’s also uncomfortable—dry mouth can cause sore throats, cracked lips, and thirst. The good news is that there are many potential solutions for dry mouth and most are …

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How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Everyone wants to have a smile that looks good. However, years of wear and tear can make this seem impossible. Stains and damaged enamel can make your smile look dull, damaged, and uncared for. If extensive cleaning doesn’t give you a smile that you want, then you can try porcelain veneers. Here is a look at how porcelain veneers can …

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4 Tips to Protect Your Teeth as You Get Older

As we get older, we have an ever-growing list of things to worry about. If your teeth aren’t already on that list, they should be. Just like the rest of your body, your teeth change as you age. Enamel gets thinner, while stains accumulate. The wear and tear that comes with decades of use begins to take a toll, as …

Grinding Teeth? Here's What You Should Know

Grinding Teeth? Here’s What You Should Know

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is an extremely common but unhealthy habit. It is most common during sleep, but it may also happen when concentrating hard, lifting heavy objects, or even driving. You may not know that you are grinding, or you may know but feel unable to stop. Here is what you should know about this often painful, tooth-damaging habit. …

Do You Have TMJ? 8 Symptoms Not to Ignore

Do You Have TMJ? 8 Symptoms Not to Ignore

Temporomandibular joint disease, or TMJ, is a complex condition that often worsens over time. Typically caused by the misalignment of the teeth, TMJ can erode the joint capsule between the skull and the jawbone. It is tricky to diagnose, and some people suffer for years. Once it is properly recognized, though, TMJ responds well to treatment. Here are 8 symptoms you …

6 Foods and Drinks That Are Notorious for Tooth Discoloration

6 Foods and Drinks That Are Notorious for Tooth Discoloration

Careful oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings are essential to keeping your smile bright. However, some foods and drinks are notorious for tooth discoloration, no matter how scrupulously you care for your smile. Here are six of the top tooth staining items. Although they are packed with antioxidants, dark berries are among the worst offenders when it comes to staining …

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Which is Right for You?

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces: Which is Right for You?

At Imperial Dental Associates, we know that traditional metal braces were long considered the treatment of choice for straightening teeth, and they are still a popular solution today. Increasingly, though, patients are asking us about Invisalign, known as the “clear alternative to braces.” Both braces and Invisalign can treat most orthodontic issues, and in most cases, we will leave the …

5 Foods and Drinks That Are Notorious for Tooth Discoloration

3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

A bright white smile signifies youth, vitality, and health. Yet teeth naturally darken over time. Genetics, overall health, medications, and even dietary choices can affect the color of your teeth, but most people can achieve a brilliant white smile only through teeth whitening. Here are 3 options for whitening your teeth. Over the counter teeth whitening solutions include toothpastes, gels, …

Top 10 Invisalign Questions & Answers

Top 10 Invisalign Questions & Answers

Invisalign is a very popular orthodontic treatment your dentist or orthodontist may recommend to improve alignment. If you haven’t met someone who’s had Invisalign, you may have questions. Here are the answers to 10 common questions about Invisalign. Invisalign is a brand of clear, orthodontic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into better alignment. Most people prefer Invisalign aligners to …