How Does Smoking Affect the Success of Dental Implants?

March 17, 2021

Whether you are considering having a dental implant as a tooth replacement option or you have had your dental implant for some time, a common question that I hear from my patients is regarding an old habit... Smoking! 

Nearly one quarter of the U.S. population smokes cigarettes. Although the number of smokers is significantly less than it was 50 years ago, the question still comes up from a large portion of my patients.

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Topics: what to know about implants, health connection, overall health

How to Clean Dental Implants Properly

December 3, 2020

Are you wondering how to clean your dental implants?

If you currently have dental implants or are contemplating scheduling an initial consultation with a dental implant expert, consider this: when it comes to your oral health, cleaning your dental implants is just as important as brushing and flossing your natural teeth.

Many people are surprised to learn that they actually have been cleaning their teeth the wrong way for years, let alone their dental implants. I often hear, ”I have always done it this way.”

Cleaning teeth and dental implants the wrong way may lead to additional oral health problems.

In this blog post, I will teach you how to clean your dental implants the right way so you will protect both your teeth and your dental implants and reap the benefits for many years to come.

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Topics: what to know about implants, health connection, overall health

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Face and Jawbone

October 29, 2020

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you know that it affects the look of your smile and your ability to eat and speak. But did you know that it also affects the health of your jawbone and your face structure?

Compared to dentures or bridges, dental implants actually stimulate your bone and help to maintain your jawbone.

In this blog I will review what happens to the jaw bone after teeth are lost, with dentures and with dental implants.

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Topics: dental implant research, health connection, overall health, Board Certified Implant Dentist

How Dental Implants Impact Eating and Nutrition

October 16, 2020

The first patient I ever did a full mouth rehabilitation surprised me when I asked her what her first meal would be after completing dental implant treatment.

She replied that for more than 35 years she had been craving a salad simply because she missed the refreshing crispness of lettuce.  

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Topics: what to know about implants, health connection, overall health

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You - September is Dental Implant Awareness Month!

September 1, 2020

 

Are you missing one or more teeth? You’re not alone. The average adult loses at least one permanent tooth throughout their lifetime.

That’s part of the reason why September is Dental Implant Awareness Month: to spread awareness about the benefits of dental implants and the value of choosing an AAID dentist for treatment.

This year's theme is “Healthy Mouth, Healthy You,” celebrating the many health benefits of implants. Many patients don’t realize that implants provide more than just a cosmetic fix. When you lose a tooth, several things happen that may not be immediately obvious and can have a long-term effect on your health.

Dental implants provide a healthy tooth replacement option for adults of all ages, whether you were born without a tooth or have had to have teeth removed due to injury, infection or decay.

Here are 5 health benefits of dental implants:

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Topics: Getting started with dental implants, Choosing an implant dentist, what to know about implants, health connection, overall health, Dental Implant Awareness Month

The Hidden Threat Behind Wine to Your Oral Health

July 20, 2020

While the jury remains out about the potential heart healthy benefits of red wine, there is no question that alcohol could have a detrimental effect on one’s oral health. Unfortunately, wine can be one of the worst drinks when it comes to threatening the overall health of your teeth.

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Topics: health connection, overall health

What to Expect: Going to the Dentist After Stay-at-Home Order is Lifted

May 21, 2020

Scheduling regular dental checkups is crucial to both your oral health and overall health – however this normal routine visit has been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As various states start to allow dental offices to open up for all types of visits, you might be wondering, “What’s my visit to the dentist going to be like now?” Guidelines for each state are different, so be sure to contact or wait to hear from your dentist first.

To help you plan your trip to the dentist, we’ve compiled 3 checklists for you to download and use.

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Topics: overall health, COVID-19

The Long-Term Cost-Effectiveness of Dental Implants

May 19, 2020

You might be surprised how affordable dental implants are compared to other tooth replacement options, especially when you take into account long-term cost effectiveness and quality of life.

When placed by an implant expert, they are a lifelong investment. And, unlike veneers or dental bridges, dental implants do not normally need replacing with proper maintenance and care. 

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Topics: dental implant process, timeline for implants, health connection, overall health

Caring for Your Teeth During COVID-19

April 17, 2020

As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the health and safety of everyone remains important to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. As you have been reading and listening to the news, the information on the virus continues to change frequently.

We’ve outlined below how AAID dentists are responding to this situation, as well as how you, as a patient, can be proactive with your oral health during this time.

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Topics: health connection, overall health, COVID-19

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Could Save Over $4 Billion in Dental Visits

March 6, 2020

While you may not save $4.1 billion yourself, you might save a significant amount of money by using sugar-free gum to help prevent tooth decay.

Today, nearly all adults experience tooth decay, as do most children. The cost of treatment adds up, and it is estimated that 60% of dental healthcare costs are associated with tooth decay.

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Topics: overall health

About LifeSmiles

The LifeSmiles blog empowers individuals struggling with dental problems to find reliable, practical information and advice on dental implants and how to find a qualified implant expert. Our goal is to ensure that quality care and peace of mind is available to every dental implant patient.

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