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Let's Talk about Six Month Smiles

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Most adults who have crooked or crowded teeth would rather go without treatment than put up with a mouth full of metal. But the days are long gone when metal braces were your only option.

We have seen some really incredible advances in dental materials and technology in recent years. This has led to improvements in just about every area of dentistry, including our approach to orthodontic treatment. Today you have the option of choosing Six Month Smiles, a fast treatment that will allow you to enjoy a straighter smile in as little as six months.

What Makes Six Month Smiles Different?

  • Most adults who seek orthodontic treatment do not want or need ...

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How to Get the Best Results from Flossing

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If you are flossing daily, pat yourself on the back! A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that only 30% of Americans do!

Taking the time to floss your teeth properly is an investment in your oral health. And we’re not talking about a huge commitment of time – brushing and flossing should take about five minutes a day, tops.

Tips to Get the Most from Flossing

The key though is to get the most out of your efforts by following proper techniques that keep your teeth clean and healthy. Here are a few tips that will help you floss like a pro:

  • Make sure you are flossing both sides ...

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Don't Ignore Root Sensitivity! Here's What Might Be Causing It

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If you suffer from root sensitivity, don’t think you’re alone! Some studies suggest that nearly 60% of adults complain about having tooth sensitivity every day.

We can address your root sensitivity, but first, we need to find the underlying cause.

There are several reasons why you may suffer from root sensitivity:

  • Active decay on the surface of the root
  • Heavy teeth grinding or clenching
  • Microscopic fractures in the tooth that irritate the nerve
  • Active gum disease that causes recession and exposes the root
  • Aggressive brushing or flossing that disturbs gum tissue

All these conditions expose roots and lead to a wearing away of their protective surface layer, which leads to pain and sensitivity.

Treating Root Sensitivity

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Soft Drink, Soda, Pop: Sugar by Any Name

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Most Americans know that regularly drinking soda is not healthy. But Wilmington, DE dentist Dr. Bruce Matthews still frequently sees patients who have dental damage due to consuming too many sugar-laden soft drinks.

Whether you call it pop, soda, or soft drinks, it all amounts to the same thing - an excess of sugar that damages your teeth. A recent Gallup poll concluded that nearly half of all American adults drink soda on a daily basis, with an average intake of two and a half glasses!

Knowledge is Power

Clearly, we have some work to do in helping patients better understand how this much sugar in their diets wreak havoc on dental ...

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5 Options to Restore Your Smile

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Dental restorations are true to their name – they restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. At Bruce D. Matthews, DDS, we offer restorations with the most durable and esthetic materials available today.

Each type of dental restoration has a particular purpose, and they are not typically interchangeable. A comprehensive exam will determine how we can provide you with the best results.

1. Fillings to Repair Decayed Teeth

When dental decay is left untreated, it eats away at your tooth. We treat this condition by removing the decayed tooth structure and the bacteria that caused it, leaving a cavity in your tooth.

We offer tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities and blend in ...

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Could New Research Prevent (Already Rare) Implant Failure?

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Dentistry, like other medical and scientific professions, constantly strives to improve patient outcomes and provide better results for those people we treat. Over the past decade, dental implants have come a long way – better integration, success rates, and techniques. Dental implant success rates are high. According to the Journal of Dental Implantology, success rates are near 100 percent, when no other oral health conditions or lifestyle limitations exist and proper healing time occurs before dental implants become an active part of the chewing system.

With patients who smoke or who suffer from periodontal disease, however, success rates can suffer. A new dental implant technology uses an antibiotic reservoir to release ...

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Dental Care for the Whole Family

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With so many options available today, finding the right dentist can be difficult, especially when you're looking for care for the whole family. We are proud to offer a wide array of dental services, all under one roof, so you and your family can find everything they need in our office! Here are some of the comprehensive services we offer: 

  • Dental implants: Dental implants are one of the best options available today for tooth replacement. We offer dental implant placement and restoration if you have any existing implants that need work. Implants are durable, and they look and feel like natural teeth, which is part of the reason they are so popular! 
  • Invisalign: Getting ...

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