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March 13, 2024

How Can I Know if I Need a New Dental Crown?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 8:03 pm
Lady inspects dental crown

While the lifespan of the average dental crown falls somewhere between ten and fifteen years, each crown is unique and may need to be replaced much earlier. After thoroughly examining your mouth, your dentist will be able to tell if it’s time for you to receive a new dental crown, but there are a few signs that the cap on your tooth might be getting old that you can look out for at home. Here are a few ways that your crown might be saying that it’s ready to retire.


February 9, 2024

3 Things Your Teeth Say About You Without You Realizing It

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 2:28 pm
Close-up of blonde woman with a beautiful smile

When meeting someone for the first time, one of the first things you do is give them a smile. This can go a long way toward making sure that you leave a positive impression. However, what you may not realize is that the appearance of your teeth can end up saying quite a bit about you. Listed below are just 3 key examples from your dentist of things that your smile can reveal.


January 2, 2024

Restoration Roulette: Why Did My Dental Bridge Fail?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 6:24 pm
CGI illustration of a dental bridge over abutments in a lower arch

Dental bridges are a great way to refill your smile after tooth loss because they can help you eat and speak more normally again. They consist of several false teeth (pontics) in a row that your dentist attaches to abutments (supporting teeth) in your mouth. Though they’re durable enough to last 10+ years with the right care, they’re not entirely indestructible. It’s not unheard of for them to become damaged or dislodged. Read on to learn more about 3 reasons why your dental bridge might fail and how you can prevent it!


December 5, 2023

Dental Implant Diet: Foods That Support Your Replacement Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 4:17 pm
Black and white 3D image of a dental implant

Dental implants are often considered the pinnacle of tooth restoration because they function the most like your natural teeth. They include a titanium rod which is inserted into your jawbone and acts like a root. Because of this, at least 70% of your chewing ability is restored once your mouth heals. However, that doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want right away. Keep reading to learn 4 ways your diet can impact your dental implants!


November 24, 2023

Dental SOS: Signs You May Need a Filling

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 9:04 pm
A man smiling after getting a dental filling

Sometimes, your teeth need a little extra support to maintain their strength and function. This is especially true if they’ve shown signs of dental caries (tooth decay). Dental fillings are the standard way of addressing cavities. They can quickly and painlessly restore the function of your teeth and keep your smile looking great. But how do you know if you need one?

If you want to learn how to tell if you need a filling, continue reading. Knowing the signs that show you may need a dental filling can help you stay proactive in your oral hygiene. 


October 12, 2023

Tips for Avoiding Oral Health Problems During Halloween

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 3:33 am

Three happy children in Halloween costumesEvery child looks forward to dressing up for a night of trick-or-treating. As they hunt down the houses with the best candy and check out spooky decorations, they can be at risk of dental problems if you aren’t cautious. Halloween can come back to haunt your little one’s oral health. They don’t have to miss out on the festivities to safeguard their teeth and gums. Here are 6 easy tips to keep their mouth healthy.


September 13, 2023

It’s Important to Detect Oral Health Issues Early; Here’s Why

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 10:49 pm
Woman has questioning expression

Regular preventative dental care is crucial to your long-term health; not just your smile’s beauty. When you go to your appointment, your dentist doesn’t just clean your teeth. They also check your mouth for signs of health problems and are often the first to detect issues like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Read on to learn how your dentist is one of the key guardians of your overall health.


August 15, 2023

Why Are My Gums Soft and Spongy?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 5:04 pm
Lower half of a woman's face showing her smiling and pushing her lip up with her pointer to show her gums

We all know that proper preventative dental care includes brushing our teeth twice a day. You’ve probably also been told that flossing is just as important. This is because oral health extends to more than just our teeth- our gums are equally as important!

Healthy gums should look pale pink, firm, and should fit snuggly around your teeth. If your gums seem soft, spongy, or are bleeding, then you may be seeing signs of more serious issues. Keep reading to learn more about what this means and what you can do!


July 27, 2023

What Should You Do After Getting a Dental Crown?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 11:28 am
A woman who's about to receive a dental crown

If you have an upcoming dental crown treatment, you likely feel excited. That’s only natural – your tooth’s new cap will protect and beautify it. Still, you might worry about what will follow from your future appointment. What happens during dental crown aftercare, exactly? Perhaps more importantly, how do you manage it well? Well, your Crown Point dentist can help you answer these questions. Here are a few things to expect after crown treatment and some crucial tips for working through them.


June 7, 2023

The Most Common Dental Emergencies Among Athletes

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_berquist @ 1:44 am

Young football player inserting mouthguardNo one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but 1 in 6 Americans experience urgent oral health issues every year. Many factors lead to dental emergencies, but sports are a common culprit. 13% to 39% of all dental injuries are sports-related. Research has found that 50% of child athletes will have a dental injury before graduation. Here’s how you can protect your child’s smile from the most prevalent sports-related dental injuries.


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