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5 Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

A smile is one of the most unique features we have. But what happens when you skip a couple of days brushing your teeth because you are too tired? Or neglect to floss just because there is no food present? Do you find yourself eating too many sugary foods that could be damaging your gums? These are the questions you should be asking if you suspect any signs of gum disease. Healthy gums are vital for maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping all your teeth …

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Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed? Ask an Alaska Dentist

Many people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, which are the third set of back molars that, under normal circumstances, emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Statistics show that as many as five million people a year have their wisdom teeth extracted. There are range of complications that contribute to a family dentist recommending patients have their wisdom teeth removed. These molars may become impacted if there is not enough space on either jaw, or they may attempt to partially erupt …

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What You Need to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

Dental Implants and what you need to know before considering them. What is a Dental Implant and is something I should consider? So, what do you do if one of your teeth falls out and what options do I have to fix your dental problem? One option, not always the best solution, is to get a dental implant but before going down that path, it is best to get the expert advice of a trained dentist like the dentists at South Anchorage Dental Center. Since …

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What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices placed on your teeth. Unlike other dental aids that are removable like dentures, which you can take out and clean as often as you want. Crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and are then permanently but in place in your mouth and only removed by a dentist like the dentists that work at South Anchorage Dental Center. How do Crowns Work? A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged …

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Your Child’s Teeth: What Every Parent Should Know

[By Dr. Broc Brimhall] Do you have concerns about your children’s dental health? Would you know what things to be watching for- all before their permanent teeth have even started to come in. “But they’re just baby teeth,” the parents point out. “They’re going to fall out in the next few years anyway – what difference does it make?” The truth is, it makes a HUGE difference. Baby teeth aren’t simply there to provide cute gap-toothed photos as your child’s teeth come in two by two …

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How Alaskans’ Coffee Habits Lead to Cavities

[By Dr. Broc Brimhall] Anchorage loves its coffee. At last count, the city ranked second in the nation for coffee consumption, with an average of 1 coffee shop for every 1,725 residents. And while coffee is a great morning pick-me-up, especially during our long, dark and snowy winters, it’s not doing your teeth any favors. We all know coffee is notorious for leaving your teeth less than pearly white. But that morning cup o’ joe from your favorite roadside kiosk may also be causing cavities …

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The Hows & Whys of Root Canal Treatment

What Happens During a Root Canal? Most people cringe with uncertain discomfort at the mere sound of the words “you need a root canal.” In reality, a root canal, also known as “endodontic therapy,” is actually a good thing. It means hope for saving your tooth – and saving your smile. At South Anchorage Dental Center, Dr. Brimhall makes an effort to not only perform gentle and effective root canal procedures, but also to help you feel better about the overall treatment experience. Understanding the …

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