Oral Health

Have You Thanked Your Dental Assistant Lately?

Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL would be a very different place if it weren’t for the skilled dental assistants who work here. In this post, we would like to highlight the importance of these specialists who are often not given the credit they deserve. Dental assistants not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make

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Beware Of Hidden Sugar

Most of us consume far too much sugar. That isn’t exactly a news flash, but at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we want to remind you what sugar does to teeth, and what you can do about it. We get cavities when acids in the mouth attack the enamel and dentin of the teeth. The

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How Vaping Can Hurt Your Dental Health

The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (or e-cigarettes) is increasing. At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we are concerned about the oral health risks of vaping. What is vaping? Vaping is an alternative to cigarette smoking Instead of smoking a cigarette, users inhale vapor through an electronic device that contains nicotine The full, long-term

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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. As many as forty percent of Americans see their dentist less often; some go as long as five years between visits! At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we recommend a checkup every six months. Here are six great reasons to visit us more frequently. 1. Oral

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Twice A Year!

At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we say it all the time: see us at twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. And happily, most of our patients are really good about making and keeping those appointments. It’s the best way to stay on top of their dental health. As important as healthy teeth

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Afraid Of The Dentist? Let’s Talk About Sedation.

If you are among the countless people plagued with anxiety when it comes to dental treatment, sedation dentistry from Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL is for you. We understand that the anxiety brought on in some people by the mere thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair is very real. Some people go so far

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Decatur Smiles Is Here For You

At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we are here for you and your dental health. Ideally, you’ll see us at twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Happily, most of our patients are really good about making and keeping their appointments every six months. As important as healthy teeth are, you should remember that

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Decatur Smiles: Calming Root Canal Fears

Hearing that you need a root canal is never welcome news. That’s because root canals are usually associated with pain. That may have been true once upon a time, but at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, rest assured: root canal therapy is relatively painless, and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks. Root canals have improved

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Regular Cleanings And Heart Health

Visiting Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months may  seem inconvenient sometimes, but you may benefit in ways you’d never imagine. A recent study showed that people who had their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every two years were 24 percent less likely to have a heart

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Persistent Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is a condition in which your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, leaving you with a persistent dry feeling in your mouth. If you experience this, be sure to tell us at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL. The medical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, which is pronounced zero-STOE-me-uh. It’s a common side

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