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Which dental specialists should you see?

May 6, 2018 — We all know that maintaining good dental health is important — it affects our teeth and jaw, our ability to chew, and our smiles. But it also affects our overall health! Therefore, regular visits with dental professionals are important for maintaining physical health throughout our

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Local Oral Surgery Practice Strives for Environmental Stewardship

April 20, 2018 — Earth Day is right around the corner! The day is set aside to annually celebrate our beautiful Planet Earth and all it provides us, and to work on ways we can be better stewards of our natural environment. Some Earth-healthy habits that individuals can learn

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Pericoronitis and wisdom teeth: What to look for

February 7, 2018 — Over the last 12,000 years, the human jaw shape has changed in response to the shift of our diets from hunter-gatherer to agriculture-based foods. Yet, generally, people's teeth haven't undergone a similar change. This has resulted in most people not having a large enough jaw

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New Year’s resolutions for a healthy mouth

January 3, 2018 — Oral health is important not only to maintain a healthy smile and the ability to eat delicious foods, but because it can affect your body's overall health. Researchers continue to find that stricter oral hygiene and healthier food selection choices can maintain your overall health

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How to handle dental traumas from winter sports

December 20, 2017 — The Tahoe and Truckee area is a paramount destination for winter recreation and sports. Unfortunately, along with the enjoyment of winter recreation comes injuries associated with alpine skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, ice skating, hockey, and being on the ice or snow. Wear Head and Face

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Finding a patient-centered oral surgeon

November 29, 2017 — Dear Doctors Martin and Appelblatt: How do I find an oral surgeon who is patient-centered? This is an excellent question. To start, it's important to examine what patient-centered care really means. As the catch-phrase "patient-centered care" is being used more and more frequently, let us

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How you can enjoy holidays while healing from oral surgery procedure

November 15, 2017 — Many people choose to coordinate an oral surgery procedure with a scheduled break from work or school. With the holidays quickly approaching, you might be considering taking care of a tooth extraction, dental implant or scheduling your kid's wisdom teeth extraction during the upcoming break.

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10 reasons to overcome dental anxiety of tooth extractions

October 25, 2017 — An estimated 75 percent of U.S. adults avoid seeing the dentist or oral surgeon because of dental fear and anxiety. As oral surgeons, we are in the unique position to see patients each day who present varying degrees of anxiety after being told they need

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How implants can make a new life for people with dentures

October 11, 2017 — We often have patients come to us after learning their existing teeth are so bad they all need to come out. These patients understandably have a lot of concerns about changes in their looks, the social stigma, and how they can enjoy foods again. I

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What to know when getting dental implants

September 27, 2017 — Is your implant dentist a licensed and trained oral surgeon? While any dentist with a dental degree can legally place a dental implant, many general dentists do not have the specialized training, experience, and equipment to properly prepare the implant area and place a dental

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Dental implants versus alternatives

September 27, 2017 — Many people with missing or damaged teeth are often unsure about their replacement options. Sometimes people put off tooth replacement, not realizing that leaving a vacant space in their jaw may cause additional dental problems in the future. This article will discuss the potential effects

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Why do wisdom teeth often need to be removed?

September 26, 2017 — As children, we lose our baby teeth and our adult teeth move in to replace them. By our mid-teens all of our adult teeth, with the exception of our wisdom teeth, are fully developed and visible in the mouth. The wisdom teeth usually erupt around

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4 secrets your mouth tells your Tahoe dentist

August 15, 2017 — Regular visits to our Sierra Smiles Tahoe dental office are crucial to maintaining a healthy smile so we can catch problems early. But your visits can also tell us about things you haven't even thought of, or secrets you might not want us to know.

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What is oral surgery and when would I need it?

August 2, 2017 — Patients are typically referred to oral surgeons by their general dentist when they require evaluation and care by dentistry's surgical specialty. However, many are confused about the difference between a dentist and an oral surgeon, as well as what types of procedures oral surgeons perform.

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Can asthma affect your oral health?

June 12, 2017 — Asthma is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that causes airways to narrow and difficulty breathing. While there is no cure for asthma, there are several treatments that can re-open airways for better breathing. However, at Sierra Smiles Tahoe, we also know these medications, and asthma

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Healthy Tahoe: All about oral cancer

May 29, 2017 — Oral cancer affects approximately 35,000 people annually. Of those, nearly 8,000 will die. Oral cancer is very real, very prominent and very scary. At Sierra Smiles Tahoe, we're here to help you further understand the disease. The Risks It's important to note that anyone is

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Suffer from canker sores? We can help

May 15, 2017 — If you suffer from chronic canker sores, or even if you've only ever had one in your life, you know the discomfort and embarrassment that can result. Canker sores are a complex thing to understand, but Sierra Smiles Tahoe is here to help. What causes

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5 ways you may be harming your smile

April 19, 2017 — At Sierra Smiles Tahoe, we're all about getting and keeping teeth in their best shape possible. But we need your help! There are few things we recommend avoiding, or using in moderation. Check these things that could harm your smile: 1. Medicating — Allergies or

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Healthy Tahoe: Can eating disorders affect your teeth?

April 10, 2017 — Eating disorders usually stem from any combination of emotional, psychological, or social factors and affect around 10 million Americans. Some whole-body health problems that arise from eating disorders range from muscle loss, decreased bone density, and increased risk for heart failure. At Sierra Smiles Tahoe,

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Encouraging good dental hygiene

February 22, 2017 — Parents of young children know that getting kids to brush their teeth can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. Kids have a long history of disliking dental care, which can frustrate parents who know the importance and long-lasting benefits of proper dental hygiene. While many youngsters

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