Baldwin Family Dental Blog

To Dissolve or Not to Dissolve: Stitches After an Extraction

October 3, 2023

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CGI illustration of extraction site with 4 small stitches

Having a wisdom tooth extracted is a surgical procedure like any other that requires specific aftercare. Your dentist will provide instructions to help you recover as quickly as possible without developing complications. For example, your dentist likely closed the extraction site with stitches to avoid tearing or infection. Many patients wonder about these sutures. How long will they last? Do they need to be removed or will they dissolve on their own? Keep reading to find out!


3 Foods That Could Do Damage To Your Dentures

September 6, 2023

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A set of broken dentures

When you compare life without dentures to life with them, it’s like night and day. Missing teeth can severely affect how you feel about yourself, and can make a lot of daily tasks considerably harder; dentures can change that.

One of the most obvious examples is eating. Chewing food with limited teeth is nearly impossible, and dentures can do a lot to return you to a healthy diet. However, if you want your prosthetic to last for as long as possible, there are some snacks that you may want to avoid. Here are a few examples.


In-Network vs. Out-of-Network Coverage – What’s the Difference?

August 31, 2023

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Dental insurance graphic

Dental insurance can help you save on dental care, but it works a lot differently than the medical insurance that you understand now. Because of this, dental insurance can be difficult to navigate. One factor that can contribute to your benefits is whether you opt for an in-network or out-of-network dentist. Continue reading to learn more about dental insurance plans and how they work. The year will be over before you know it, so now’s the time to make the most of your benefits!


4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Think Twice About Replacing Your Metal Dental Crowns

August 17, 2023

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Various metal dental crowns of different shapes and sizes, mostly silver, one gold, and one tooth-colored non-metal one

Metal dental crowns used to be the only option dentists had to fix their patients’ damaged teeth, but those days are long gone. If you’re tired of or insecure about people commenting on your metal crown every time you speak or laugh, modern dentistry has your back. There are now dental crowns made of non-metal materials that can offer you several advantages over their predecessors. Here are 4 reasons you shouldn’t hesitate to replace your metal dental crowns.


3 Ways to Protect Your Lips from Sunburn

July 19, 2023

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Woman smiling while applying lip balm

In these hot summer months, sunscreen is a must. From a trip to the beach to a visit to an amusement park, your skin needs protection from too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. However, what most people don’t realize is that your lips need extra care as well! Sunburnt lips can have a negative effect on your oral health, so here are 3 ways you can protect your lips from sunburn this season.


3 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures That Are Perfect for the Summer

July 6, 2023

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Dentist wearing mask putting gloved hands up to a woman's smile

Want to enjoy your beach days to the fullest? Your flexible summertime schedule means you have more time to get your smile selfie-ready for any occasion! If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your teeth, now is a better time than ever to enhance your natural smile so you can proudly show it off in all your vacation photos. Here are 3 cosmetic dentistry procedures that are perfect for the summer.


Is It Possible for Children to Develop Gum Disease?

June 2, 2023

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a child brushing a model of fake teeth

When most of us think about our oral health, our pearly whites are the first thing to come to mind—but your gums are just as important as your teeth! And if you neglect to give them the attention they deserve, consequences such as gum disease might follow. But what about children; are budding smiles still susceptible to issues like gum disease, or can youngsters be a little lax about their hygiene habits? Unfortunately, gum disease can and does impact children who don’t properly care for their smiles! Here’s what your trusted pediatric dentist wants you to know about gum disease in children, including some common symptoms along with some tips for preventing it.  


What Does It Feel Like to Have a Tooth Extracted?

May 2, 2023

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a cartoon image representing a tooth extraction

If your dentist has recently suggested a tooth extraction upon examining your mouth, you may not know what to think. After all, parting with one or more of your pearly whites might seem scary, but believe it or not, your dentist is putting your oral health above all else! Keep reading to learn a little more about what to expect throughout the tooth extraction process so that you can head into it with confidence and poise.


Will Gum Disease Go Away After Teeth Are Removed?

April 13, 2023

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Digital model of a tooth extractionAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of adults have gum disease. Although it is preventable, it is a leading cause of tooth loss. It can be treated during the earliest stage, but with no intervention, it can have devastating consequences for your smile. If you have advanced gum disease, you might think extracting your teeth will stop the infection, but it’s not the solution you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know before removing your teeth.


Root Canals VS Tooth Extractions

March 9, 2023

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If you are experiencing severe tooth pain due to an infected tooth, there are two treatments that may be recommended to remedy the issue: root canal therapy or tooth extraction. Left untreated, a severely infected tooth can cause more damage. This means that it’s crucial to decide on the best treatment to heal your beam, so keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of root canals vs tooth extractions.

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