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Why Should I See My Dentist Before Going on Summer Vacation?

June 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 9:32 pm
Couple smiles on vacation

Summer is a time for fun, adventure, relaxation, and vacations, but tooth decay and gum disease won’t go on holiday just because you do. While relaxing by the beach or exploring a national landmark can certainly be an enriching and centering experience, the sudden onset of a preventable toothache will surely wreck the whole outing and require immediate treatment that eats into your relaxation time. Here’s why you should schedule a visit at your dentist’s office before leaving for your vacation this summer.


Can You Inherit Bad Teeth from Your Family?

May 16, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 6:07 am
A close-up of a person with bad teeth

Like most, you probably know a few traits you inherited from your parents. Maybe you have your dad’s hair color, or your face looks similar to your mom’s. So, it’s not hard to wonder if ancestry also affects oral health. Family genes affect the whole body, so your pearly whites should be part of that setup. Luckily, your Glendale dentist can help you answer that question. Here’s how you can inherit bad teeth from your family and what to do about it.


Savoring Life: How Dentures May Affect Your Sense of Taste

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 8:06 pm
Patient with dentures eating food

Dentures are incredibly valuable for patients missing multiple teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics to their smile. However, sometimes adjusting to life with them involves more than just getting used to daily wear. For example, some patients may experience significant taste loss while their prosthetics are in. But why is that? Read on to learn how dentures can affect your ability to savor your favorite foods.


Give It to Me Straight: The Benefits Between Veneers & Invisalign

March 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 1:46 pm
a man with a bright and straight smile

Almost everyone wants the chance to enjoy showing off a perfectly straight set of teeth. While orthodontic treatments like Invisalign are some of the more popular solutions for this, you might be able to achieve similar results with veneers. How do these cosmetic dental treatments measure up to each other? Read on to learn about the benefits of veneers and Invisalign and how to determine which option is right for you.


I Have a Special Event Coming Up: How Soon Should I Start Teeth Whitening?

February 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 11:01 pm
Before and after teeth whitening

Perhaps you have a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, or job interview coming up. Special events occur in everyone’s life, and everyone wants to look their best for when they happen. A beautiful smile is a wonderful asset for both making a great first impression and commemorating a moment through photography, but many people might be shy about showing their teeth due to pesky stains or discoloration. Here’s how teeth whitening treatments from your dentist can resolve these issues and a few tips for when to start them so you can look great for your big day.


How to Speed Up Your Invisalign Treatment

January 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 12:57 am
person smiling while holding Invisalign aligner

Are you seeking to address bite imperfections, teeth gaps, or alignment issues in your smile? While traditional braces remain effective, Invisalign presents a faster and less conspicuous alternative. However, waiting for your desired smile can be challenging. Fortunately, AcceleDent provides a solution to expedite your treatment process. Keep reading to explore the benefits of using this handy tool during treatment.


Just How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

August 31, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 11:04 am
A woman receiving sedation dentistry

If dentistry makes you nervous, you should try dental sedation in the future. The latter option is great at calming patients for oral work. That said, you may wonder how much sedation dentistry costs. (A calmer dental treatment won’t mean much if you can’t afford it.) Well, the truth is that sedation’s price varies according to several factors. Despite this instability, though, dental sedatives are always worthwhile in the long run. To find out why, read this summary from your local Glendale dentist.


What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

July 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 4:13 pm
Person with glasses laying on dental chair wearing a dental bib and gas mask

A common misconception is that sedation dentistry solely exists to alleviate dental anxiety, but it serves other purposes as well. While offering anxiety relief is one major function of sedation dentistry, its primary goal is to help minimize patient discomfort regardless of any phobias. If you’re looking to remain calm and relaxed during your dental procedures, here’s how you can benefit from sedation dentistry.


Nitrous Oxide Sedation: How Safe Is It?

May 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 8:38 pm
a shot of the knobs on a nitrous oxide machine

If you’re like many people, you’re a little bit nervous when it comes time to visit the dentist’s office. Whether you’ve had a bad experience in the past or have just heard some things that have turned you off of dentists, you shouldn’t let those anxieties stand in the way of getting the care you need.

Sedation dentistry, and nitrous oxide in particular, can be a great way to put patients with dental anxiety at ease. However, many people are put off of nitrous oxide by concerns about safety. If that’s you, here’s why there isn’t anything to worry about.


Am I a Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

February 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjohnupton @ 2:36 am

Woman benefiting from oral conscious sedationDoes your heart race at the thought of visiting a dentist? Maybe you need dental work? No matter the reason, you may be a candidate for oral conscious sedation. The prescribed sedative can help you sit back and relax while you’re in the dentist’s chair. Whether you have dental-related phobias or need a lengthy procedure, there are a few things you need to know about the benefits of oral conscious sedation.


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