Skillman Family Dentistry Blog

How Aging Can Affect Your Smile

May 20, 2024

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Older woman with an attractive smileYour appearance can change significantly as you age. Wrinkles and gray hair aren’t the only signs of aging. Your teeth can show the passing of time. The natural aging process can affect your smile in many ways, but your cosmetic dentist has the solutions you need to turn back the clock.


3 Ways to Protect Your Teeth This Halloween

October 5, 2023

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Picture of a jack-o-lantern

Halloween is a season for everything spooky, but if you aren’t careful, the scariest thing come November could be your smile.

Between sweets and Halloween parties, there are quite a few ways that your teeth could suffer this October. If you’re careful, however, you can get through spooky season with your teeth relatively unscathed. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind.


Java Joy: How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy on National Coffee Day

September 8, 2023

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A group of friends with good oral health celebrating National Coffee Day

Ah, coffee, the drink so delightful that the Pope had to give consent to drink it when it first came to Venice. While drinking this brewed bean drink is no longer a cardinal sin, it can still be detrimental to your oral health in a number of ways.

National Coffee Day is on September 29th, so continue reading to learn how you can prepare to observe the holiday without damaging your teeth.


What You Should Know About Nitrous Oxide Sedation

August 11, 2023

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Woman has questioning expression

If you’re like many Americans, Saturday morning cartoons might have taught you much of what you know about dental sedation. While these animated shorts might be funny, they are usually about as factual about laughing gas as they are about farm animals talking and wearing clothes while surviving massive head injuries. Laughing gas, properly known as nitrous oxide, is perfectly safe when administered under medical supervision. Here are a few facts to set the record straight about this widely understood form of medicine.


Dental Crown vs. Filling: Which One is Right for Me?

July 12, 2023

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Dentist holding curing light over massive artificial tooth with dental filling

If you have a fractured tooth or cavity, your dentist might recommend a filling or crown. While these two restorative services are both great options for repairing teeth, it’s often better to use one over the other. At the end of the day, your dentist’s recommendation is the best option for you. That being said, it’s important to recognize the difference between crowns and fillings to know what to expect. Here’s which restorative service is right for you.


How to Know When to Replace Your Dental Crown

June 7, 2023

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dental crown lying on a table

Dental crowns are versatile, durable dental restorations capable of dealing with all kinds of oral health problems. They look and feel incredibly natural, making them a common choice for patients who want to repair severely damaged teeth.

Having a dental crown placed requires removing a little bit of the natural enamel, which means that when a dental crown is close to failure, it needs to be replaced with another one to continue protecting the tooth. Here are a few signs that you may need to make that replacement soon.


How Swimming Can Affect Your Oral Health

May 10, 2023

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someone swimming in a pool

When temperatures start to climb, there’s nothing better than taking a dip in whatever pool you can find. For the most part, dentists don’t have the same problem with swimming that they do with other sports—however, there are still some things that you may want to be cautious about if you want to prevent dental emergencies.

If you’re planning to spend time at the pool this summer, here are a few things you may want to keep in mind.


Emergency Dentistry Without Insurance: 4 Important Things to Know

April 8, 2023

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Render of emergency kit next to a tooth

In an ideal world, you would never have to worry about needing emergency dental care. Sadly, reality is often far from ideal; cracked teeth and other urgent dental issues can occur all too easily, and they can strike at virtually any time. If you don’t have dental insurance, then being aware of what options are available when an emergency occurs is absolutely vital. Below are 4 important things you need to know about getting emergency dental care while uninsured.


Top 4 Myths About Dentures, Debunked!

March 14, 2023

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a patient looking at her dentures in a mirror

Missing some or all of your teeth can make it challenging to perform some of the simplest daily tasks, such as chewing, talking clearly, and smiling with confidence. One of the most popular ways to restore your pearly whites is with durable and lifelike dentures. While you can enjoy many benefits with these prosthetics, there’s lots of misinformation that cast a poor light on them. Here are four myths about dentures and what you should actually expect from the treatment.


Does Getting a Dental Crown Hurt?

February 13, 2023

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closeup of person with dental crown smiling

If you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, your dentist may inform you that you need to get a dental crown. This is a small cap shaped like the visible part of a tooth. It covers the entire tooth to restore its look, function, and structure. if you’ve never had a crown placed before, you may be wondering what you can expect from the procedure. Will it hurt? Continue reading to learn if this procedure is painful as well as how it works.

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