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How Alcohol Can Affect Your Oral Health

February 1, 2021

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Studies show that a glass of red wine can benefit heart health and alcohol-based mouthwash is effective at fighting oral bacteria. But what effects can alcohol have on your oral health? Keep reading to learn what problems alcohol can cause and how to avoid them. 


Why You Should Start 2021 Off Right with a Dental Checkup

January 5, 2021

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After the whirlwind that was 2020, it’s safe to say that most of us are glad that a new year is here at last. While you’re making your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier or increase the size of your savings account, you might be forgetting one important aspect of your wellbeing – your smile. January is the perfect time of year to invest in your oral health, especially if you have dental insurance. Scheduling a dental checkup early in the year is a great way to save money and ensure your smile stays healthy in 2021. Continue reading to learn how.


4 Holiday Oral Health Tips Every Family Member Should Know

November 23, 2020

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Family practicing holiday oral health tips at the dinner table.

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, you’re likely thinking about which meals you’ll need to prepare, which family members will be visiting this year, and how you’ll be decorating your home in preparation for their arrival. Of course, that doesn’t mean your oral health shouldn’t be a priority as well. If you want your smile to be healthy during future holiday occasions and the new year, consider these holiday oral health tips from a dentist!


Is Your Sleep Apnea Making You Age More Rapidly?

October 22, 2020

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Woman struggling to fall asleep

Did you know that over 18 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea? Perhaps even more shocking, it is believed that roughly 10 million people in the U.S. remain undiagnosed and untreated! Unfortunately, this prevalent sleeping disorder can lead to unpleasant consequences, like restless sleep, daytime drowsiness, and morning headaches. But can it also make you age more rapidly? Read on for the answer!


3 Helpful Tips for Understanding Your Dental Insurance

September 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — oshinssmiles @ 4:38 pm
Dental insurance paperwork on desk

A dental exam alone can cost anywhere from $50 to $300, and that doesn’t include the X-rays or fluoride treatments. So, you can imagine that even routine appointments can quickly add up. Fortunately, that’s where dental insurance comes in! Dental plans are designed to make necessary oral care affordable for patients of all ages. However, few are truly familiar with their policy and how it works. If attempting to understand the paperwork on your own is giving you a headache, here are three tips to help!


How Using Your Cell Phone Before Bed Can Ruin Your Quality of Sleep

August 17, 2020

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woman using her cell phone in bed late at night

Do you find yourself nodding off throughout the day, despite getting more than eight hours of sleep each night? This is one of the most common symptoms of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea, in which the tissues in your mouth and throat collapse during the night and block your airway. As a result, you temporarily stop breathing and wake up. This can happen several times a night, preventing you from getting the deep sleep you need to feel fully rested. In addition to sleep apnea, spending time on your cell phone before bed can also interfere with the quality of your sleep. Keep reading below to learn how.


Interesting Things That You May Not Know About Your Teeth

August 13, 2020

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Man smiling

You use your teeth every day to talk, speak, and smile, but you probably don’t think about them all that often. There is so much more to them than what is on the surface. Your teeth are actually much more interesting than you may think. Continue reading to learn some fun and unique tooth facts that you may not already know from your dentist.


4 Reasons to Still Go to the Dentist During COVID-19

July 31, 2020

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Dentist in Schenectady, NY talking to patient

When you scheduled your upcoming bi-yearly visit 6+ months ago, the world was a very different place. Back then, there weren’t social distancing guidelines, face coverings, and stay-at-home orders in place to prevent the transmission of the novel COVID-19 virus. Although the transition out of quarantine has begun, many patients find themselves wondering if postponing their dental care is the responsible thing to do. If you have found yourself thinking the same thing, then your dentist in Schenectady, NY is sharing four reasons to reconsider.

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