The sun shines brightly. Flowers show off their full bloom. Green grass carpets the landscapes. Kids celebrate their last few days of school. Shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits abound. Pools open. Parks fill with play. Stress melts away. Moods lighten. Smiles and laughter reflect the hope of a few months full of new memories.
Can smiling help you live seven years longer? Researchers at Wayne University studied old photographs of baseball players to see. According to their results, non-smiling players lived an average of seventy-three years, while those who smiled a little bit added two years to the average. Players who flashed a teeth-filled, wide smile lived an average of eighty years.
According to a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96% of Americans are drawn to people with an appealing smile. As a result, many desire a whiter, brighter smile for personal and professional reasons.
We want to help you keep your teeth for life. Essential to that goal is maintaining healthy enamel, the hard outer covering that guards your teeth from bacteria and other harmful influences. Strong enamel leads to healthy and protected teeth.
Do you hide your smile because you are missing one or more teeth? You are not alone. Studies say that two-thirds of adults find themselves in the same situation. Missing teeth not only impacts your self-confidence and overall appearance, but can also lead to jawbone loss and other serious health issues over time.
Gum health may impact your overall health. Periodontal (Gum) disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but also has been shown to raise the risk factor for several potential health issues including stroke and heart disease.
The holiday season has arrived. Houses light up the night sky. Sales offers fill our mailboxes. Seasonal songs greet us everywhere we go. For most, the holidays provide a special time for families to gather and gifts to be shared. We laugh, play games, maybe argue a little bit, but we always have food. Family buffets rich with sweets and meats and casseroles and treats.
It won't be long before we gather with friends and family on New Year's Eve to celebrate the joys and sorrows of 2017. When the ball drops and the clock strikes midnight, your dental insurance benefits will reset. Any unused benefits from 2017 will be lost.
Do you know someone with a beautifully white smile? Then you know a remarkable smile is hard to forget. It creates a powerful and lasting impression. But achieving and maintaining white teeth can be a challenge. Even with daily brushing, dark liquids like coffee, tea, soda, and certain foods tend to stain teeth and dull smiles.
Maybe you’ve seen commercials, magazine articles, or Facebook posts about the amazing benefits of dental implants. Dental implants have really changed the face of dentistry and patients are reaping the results. While unsecured dentures serve a helpful purpose in some cases, modern dental implants provide a long-term solution to replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Every time you open your mouth, it reveals some interesting and surprising things about you. Your dental hygienist and your dentist see much more than cavities and crowns. They are experienced dental investigators, reading the evidence as they help you achieve optimal oral health. In addition to knowing whether you consume too many sugary drinks, snore, bite your nails, or grind your teeth, the evidence reveals much more. Because people tend to visit us more often than their doctor, dental professionals often catch more serious health issues first.
Did you know that a healthy tongue is an essential part of your overall oral health? Your tongue is one of your mouth’s most important defenses against bacteria and plaque. It also allows you to taste and swallow the foods you love, articulate words correctly, play instruments, (and even kiss). If your tongue is so important, how do you know if it’s healthy?
Do you get frustrated with your dentures? As any denture wearer knows, dentures provide a helpful replacement for missing teeth, but they come with challenges.
Over the last year, you’ve probably seen many Liberty-crafted, beautifully straight smiles around Bloomington. Whether it’s traditional orthodontic treatment or Invisalign®, we specialize in comfortable, comprehensive orthodontic care for patients of all ages.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most widespread daily habits in America. But what if we’re not doing it right? What if we could brush more effectively for better oral health? Here are a few tips from the Liberty team to help you brush better:
Say goodbye to uncomfortable bitewings. Because your comfort is our priority, the Liberty team offers a safer, pain-free dental x-ray experience for our patients.
Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional dental cleanings from the Liberty team are still the most effective way to keep your mouth healthy. However, according to the American Dental Association, therapeutic mouthrinses or mouthwashes can help improve your overall oral health.
Does anxiety begin to whisper in your ear when you realize you have a dentist appointment scheduled for the coming week? Does your heart pick up the pace a little bit? If you have a friend or a family member who experiences some dental anxiety or fear, please consider sharing this article with him or her.
Preventing tooth discoloration begins with an understanding how your lifestyle directly impacts your smile. What you eat, drink, and your regular hygiene habits contribute to the shade of your teeth.
Have you taken advantage of your benefits for 2016? Most dental insurance plans call for all benefits to reset at the beginning of the calendar year meaning that any unused 2016 benefits vanish.
Finding the right dental practice for you and your family may be one of the most important long-term health choices you make. Whether you’re new to the area or you’re in transition to another community, here are some tips for choosing a dentist:
At Liberty we love to create beautiful smiles, but the number one reason we highly recommend straightening your teeth is that straight teeth tend to be healthy teeth. As dental professionals our priority must always be your optimum oral health. Thankfully straight teeth are not only healthy, but also beautiful.
Driven by our passion to provide the very best care for our patients, we are now using L-PRF™ at Liberty to help patients experience naturally better healing after surgery. This new therapy uses concentrated platelets and other key blood cells already in your body to enhance the healing process.
One of the best ways to completely transform your smile is through the magic of veneers. While you didn’t get to choose the teeth you were born with, veneers give you the opportunity to create a perfectly aligned and stunningly beautiful smile.
At Liberty Family Dentistry, we serve the youngest to the oldest, so we know that daily oral care is an essential life habit to pass on to our children. Here are some tips to help your children learn to love brushing their teeth...
Studies say that only 5% of American floss regularly. Liberty Family Dentistry highly recommends you join the top 5% today, both for your dental health and your bank account.
With a significant rise in the desire for a whiter smile, over-the-counter teeth whitening options have flooded the market over the last few years. Everything from toothpastes to rinses to strips to more extensive at-home kits have become available. As a result, patients often ask us: Is professional in-office whitening better than the over-the-counter products available?
While sensitivity does not automatically mean you have a serious oral health issue, tooth pain should not be ignored. Here are some common causes of sensitivity...
There are many ways to stay connected with our team and get a glimpse into what we’re up to in between your visits. From community involvement to special offers, from helpful articles to behind the scenes pictures – we love to share what’s happening at Liberty. Here are some ways to stay connected in between visits...
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can greatly increase a patient’s risk for heart attack and stroke. During sleep the air passage becomes temporarily blocked causing breathing to stop several times throughout the night. Here are 5 common sign of sleep apnea...
At Liberty, we want to encourage you and your family to consider a few simple resolutions that will help you pursue healthy smiles for 2016. Please read the article below and share it with your family and friends so that January may be a great start to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Think braces are just for children and teenagers? According to the American Association of Orthodontics, about one in five orthodontic patients today are adults. At Liberty, we do not put an age limit on achieving a beautifully straight smile. We love to help patients of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.
The New Year is almost here! What does that mean for you? You may be leaving money on the table. Any unused dental benefits for 2015 will disappear. Here are two important steps to help you make sure you’re getting the most from your dental insurance plan.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you may be looking for a solution that lasts. While dentures and bridges serve a helpful purpose in certain cases, there is a more permanent, long-term answer available at Liberty.
If you’ve visited Liberty you understand our passion to help you experience a comfortable, enjoyable visit. We consistently pursue the latest techniques and technology to deliver on the promise of an anxiety-free experience. The process often begins as we ask powerful questions like…
Traditional braces for teenagers may lead some adolescents to be self-conscious about their smile. At Liberty we are passionate about not only oral health, but we also want to play a role in helping young people develop into confident men and women. With that in mind, we offer both traditional braces and a special option known as Invisalign® Teen...
Seeing the dentist at least every six months is not only critical to your oral health, it may also be essential to your overall health. While some patients may need to visit the dentist more often because of pressing concerns with their oral health, health professionals recommend that all patients visit the dentist every six months.
While regular brushing and flossing is critical to cavity prevention and overall oral health, even good brushing cannot always reach all the grooves and depressions in your teeth. Food particles often get caught in hard to reach places like the premolars and molars, leading to the development of cavities.
If you have a chipped, cracked or damaged tooth, Bloomington’s most trusted dental team can get your smile right back in the game with same day crowns. Same day crowns at Liberty are made possible with the advanced CEREC Same Day Crown system. Our patients love the CEREC system because it is…
Imagine achieving a beautiful, confident, straight smile without the challenge of traditional braces. Bloomington’s most trusted dental team offers a solution patients love. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners to help teeth gradually shift into place. Here’s why Liberty patients prefer the Invisalign®experience:
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you are not alone. Studies say that 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost one or more of their permanent teeth. With many tooth replacement options available in today’s modern dental practices, the Liberty team loves the advantages provided by Dental Implants.
From first impressions to ongoing personal and professional relationships, your smile can often speak louder than words or actions. Studies reveal at least four ways a great smile can help you.
Whether a minor annoyance or a major throbbing, all forms of dental pain may be sending you a message. Our bodies were designed to tell us when something major might be wrong. Pay attention and contact us right away if you have a serious concern. To simplify things for you, here is the #1 rule for all forms of dental pain…
Not all dentists or dental practices are the same. Behind the scenes at Liberty we focus on five key areas to help create what we call, “The Liberty Difference."
Clenching and grinding of the teeth, known as Bruxism, is a more common issue than most people realize. The most important step to preventing or treating clenching and grinding is to schedule and attend regular dental exams so we can spot signs of this condition and help with proactive treatment solutions.
About 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry mouth in some form. Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands are not working properly. It may not sound like a big problem, but it can lead to more serious oral health issues.
The average American consumes more than 23 pounds of sugar from soft drinks every year. Sugary drinks may taste great, but they can cause tooth decay leading to serious oral health issues.
Nearly 7 in 10 adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one tooth. Missing teeth may not only be embarrassing, but can also lead to greater oral health issues. For years, the prevailing option was some form of dentures. Today, we have the opportunity for long-term tooth replacement with beautiful Dental Implants.
We occasionally get asked by patients at Liberty Family Dentistry, “What can I do about bad breath?” If you’re wondering about this issue, you are not alone. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, 40 million Americans suffer from issues with bad breath...