The Hidden Costs of getting a Tooth Pulled

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Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA Americans spent as much as $162 billion on their health care in 2021, according to the American Dental Association. And just like your overall health, it’s better to spend money preventing issues than paying for expensive treatments later. However, failing to properly care for your teeth may lead to tooth […]

6 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Smile this Spring

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SANTA CRUZ, SCOTTS VALLEY CA For many of us, the arrival of spring brings with it feelings of renewal and rejuvenation. Spring also represents an ideal time of year to refresh your smile. Just follow this six-step guide from your Scotts Valley dentists to maintain a healthy smile this spring. Tip 1: Review your brushing […]

Ways to Fix Crowded Teeth

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SANTA CRUZ, SCOTTS VALLEY CA Crowding in the mouth can occur from any one of a variety of factors: genetics, tooth loss, jaw problems, tongue thrust, excessive pacifier use as a child or an issue with a restoration such as a crown or filling. No matter what the cause of crowding, if you or someone […]

Break these Dental Habits

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Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA It’s said that the condition of a person’s mouth and teeth is a window into his or her overall health. So it only makes sense that we should want to take great care of our teeth. But every day, many of us engage in habits — some seemingly harmless and […]

6 Tips to Maintaining a Sparkling Smile

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Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA With the holidays upon us, we can all expect to see plenty of cell phones pulled out to document family and friend get-togethers with photos. Is your smile ready? The holidays also bring temptations and indulgences like sweet treats and boozy beverages — some of which can stain the teeth […]

Is Sugar really the cause of your Cavities?

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does sugar cause cavities

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA You’ve heard it all your life: Don’t eat all that sugar! It causes cavities! But is sugar really the cause of tooth decay? The short answer is no. Sugar, itself, doesn’t cause cavities. It goes a bit deeper. Our family dentist in Santa Cruz is tackling this topic on today’s […]

Should you get a Crown to Repair your Tooth?

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Dental crown

SANTA CRUZ, SCOTTS VALLEY CA Dentists will usually recommend a crown, also called a cap, if a patient has a tooth that is cracked, broken or decayed beyond the ability of a filling to repair it. Dental crowns can be made from various high-quality materials, including metal and/or porcelain. Just as their name implies, they […]

5 Questions to Ask Your Santa Cruz Family Dentist

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Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA Do you have an upcoming dentist appointment? If so, it’s always worth the time to sit down and make a list of questions you may have had for our family dentist in Santa Cruz since your last appointment six months ago. In the event you haven’t thought of questions to […]

4 Oral Hygiene Habits you Shouldn’t Skip

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Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley CA Good oral hygiene is paramount to a healthy smile, and your overall health. Poor oral health may increase your risk of several chronic conditions, including heart disease, stroke, insulin resistance and dementia. Why does this occur? Because oral bacteria can lead to systemic inflammation, a chronic stressor on the immune […]

Worst Foods for Your Dental Health

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worst foods

SANTA CRUZ, SCOTTS VALLEY CA When thinking about some of the worst foods in terms of their oral health impact, most people automatically say sugar is the worst culprit. But did you know that it’s not just sugar that’s bad for your oral health? While sugar is bad for your teeth, there are also other […]