Patient Education

Dental phobia, called odontophobia, is a serious, often paralyzing fear of seeking dental care. Americans avoid much needed care due to anxiety and fear surrounding the dental experience1. This translates

Dental Fear in America

Little boy hides in the couch, because he fears the dentist.

Patient Education

Aug 23

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What is gum disease? Gum disease is a pretty common occurrence. It mostly affects the gum and the bone surrounding the teeth. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease infects the gum tissue and bone causing inflammation (Nordqvist & Frank, 2018). And according to a 2012 study, 47% of adults over 30 have gum disease, and […]

Why You Should Brush Twice A Day To Stop Gum Disease

Man brushing his teeth

Patient Education

May 23

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Ouch!
Chomp on something your tooth didn’t like? Or get hit in the mouth with a hockey puck?
If you think you may have a cracked tooth, or if you’re holding a piece of your tooth in your hand, follow these steps!

What to Do When You Crack Your Tooth

Dr. McVey Cracked His Tooth

Patient Education

Mar 1

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A short guest “Ask the Expert” article addressing braces and timing brought to you by your friendly neighborhood orthodontist! Dr. Doi from High Plains Orthodontics explains the basics of when it’s the right time to pursue orthodontic treatment for your child and, possibly, yourself.

Ask the Expert: when is the best time to get orthodontic treatment?

Girl with Braces

Patient Education

Aug 21

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Today there are more choices for restorative materials than at any time in the past. Dental amalgam, also known as silver fillings, is one choice for teeth in the back of the mouth that has been in use for around 150 years. Amalgam is a metal alloy that contains silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Amalgam lasts a long time and is less expensive than other materials such as tooth-colored composites, porcelain, or gold.

Let’s discuss the mercury in amalgams (aka fillings)

truth about amalgam

Patient Education

Jul 26

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Smiling is everyone’s best feature.

We honestly mean that. A smile brightens everyone’s features. But, what if you’re self-conscious of your smile? Maybe your teeth aren’t as white as you want them to be. Or perhaps, the teeth look a bit worn down. These might be signs that the teeth have some erosion. (Cue dramatic music—dun dun dun!) Is there any hope for your smile? Of course! Keep reading to find out how.

Why tooth erosion isn’t so good for your smile

A woman is surprised by the reasons why tooth erosion is bad for your smile

Patient Education

May 25

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For today’s blog, Dr. McVey’s granddaughter, Lily, plays the doctor.

She walks us through what to expect when coming to our office.

We have also provided the transcript for the video down below, if you find it hard to understand what she is saying. Enjoy!

The doctor’s guide to dental appointments

the doctor's guide to dental appointments headline

Patient Education

Apr 26

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Advances in dental care sometimes border on the miraculous.

Not so very long ago the thought of being able to replace missing teeth with something permanent without requiring major work to the adjacent teeth seemed like the stuff of science fiction.

Help! I’ve Lost a Tooth!

Dental Implants

Patient Education

Jan 18

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The Holiday season is upon us, along with its many traditions. Exchanging presents. Family gatherings. The annual office Christmas party. Singing Christmas carols. Gathering around the holiday feast. It’s that last tradition that I’d like to concentrate on. You can protect your dental health over the holidays while enjoying the rich foods, sweet treats, and indulgent drinks that accompany the festive meal.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…But Maybe Not for Your Teeth

Christmas cookies and candy

Patient Education

Dec 18

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