Dental Health Blog

Brushing Up on Brushing Techniques

November 18th, 2022

Brushing your teeth is more nuanced than you might think — so much so that many toothbrushing methods have a name. Learn what they are and which is right for you.

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Helpful Tips for Teaching Your Kids How to Brush

October 20th, 2022

Establishing good oral hygiene habits for kids starts early. And it begins with learning tooth brushing fundamentals.

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When Should Your Child See a Pediatric Dentist?

September 28th, 2022

What is a pediatric dentist? When should your child start and stop seeing one? How do you find one? We answer these questions and more!

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Dental X-Rays: Why Are They Important

August 22nd, 2022

Depending on who you are, scheduling a dental x-ray either sounds super convenient or super stressful. The truth, however, is that dental x-rays are simple, easy, and teeth-saving. No matter your age, or sex, anyone can suffer from tooth decay and cavities. Dental x-rays help keep you informed about what’s going on inside your mouth, especially the parts that go unseen.

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Gum Disease: What Causes It and How Can You Treat It?

July 26th, 2022

Nearly half of adults who are 30 years old and older will experience some form of gum disease during their lifetimes.

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All You Need to Know About Root Canals

June 22nd, 2022

We know most people get nervous when it comes to root canals, but Sleep Dentistry is here to show you why you don’t need to fear this routine procedure. 

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Why Sleep Dentistry May Be a Good Option for You

June 1st, 2022

Whether you need a regular check-up, or more serious dental work, sleep dentistry is the perfect solution for those with dental anxiety or dental phobias.

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Everything You Need To Know About Different Types of Dental Veneers

April 25th, 2022

If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are an option to help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you have chipped teeth, gaps between your teeth, or any other type of cosmetic issue that you want to fix, veneers are a potential solution that can perfect your smile.

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Preventative Dental Care Tips for Children

March 28th, 2022

At Sleep Dentistry, we love to help families develop healthy dental care routines. Learn about how preventive dentistry for children helps avoid future dental problems.

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Why You Should Choose Sleep Dentistry with Dr. Kevin Mahoney

February 25th, 2022

Sleep Dentistry offers a variety of solutions for patients that don’t like the dentist. Learn more about how Sleep Dentistry eases the level of dental anxiety for our patients!

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The Many Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

January 24th, 2022

You deserve a sparkling white smile. Learn about all the benefits of professional teeth whitening today. Choose Sleep Dentistry Erie for all your dental needs!

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Dentures vs. Implants: Which Is Right For You?

December 15th, 2021

For patients with one or more missing teeth, it often comes down to dentures vs. implants. But depending on the overall health of the mouth, only one may be right for you.

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Dental Work While Pregnant: What You Need to Know

November 19th, 2021

Many women are hesitant about going to the dentist while pregnant, but routine dental care during pregnancy is quite safe.  

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Common Types of Dental Emergencies

October 28th, 2021

Have you ever wondered what to do if you experience a dental emergency? Here are the most common types of emergencies, and how to handle each one.

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Why Oral Health and Overall Health Are One And the Same

September 24th, 2021

Bad oral health can lead to many complications that affect your overall health. Find out what you can do about it!

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De-stressing With Relaxation Dentistry

August 26th, 2021

Relaxation dentistry is a general term that can encompass both dental sedation and other alternative techniques and therapies, such as those that might be found in a dental spa.

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Dental Care for Babies: What to Expect

July 28th, 2021

Even though baby teeth may not be visible at first, dental care for babies is critical for setting the course for healthy oral development from the start. 

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Cosmetic Dentistry Options: Veneers vs. Whitening

June 25th, 2021

Although professional whitening treatments are an effective cosmetic dentistry option for most tooth discoloration issues, in some scenarios veneers are the best way to achieve a complete smile makeover.

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Smile Makeovers for Weddings

May 19th, 2021

 Nervous about those wedding photos? A complete smile makeover can be achieved in less time than you think, thanks to today’s cosmetic dentistry treatments. 

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Tips on Choosing the Best Pediatric Dentist

April 28th, 2021

Choosing a great pediatric dentist is important to establish healthy habits, attitudes around personal hygiene, and build a strong foundation for a lifetime of smiles. But how do you go about it?

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Why Your Dental Phobia Is Manageable

March 24th, 2021

Dental phobias affect more patients than you think. However, using psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments, we can help address the causes and symptoms that prevent so many individuals from receiving vital care.

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Fixing Common Dental Problems With Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

February 25th, 2021

Although many common dental problems are cosmetic in nature, it does not mean there aren’t underlying health issues to address when dealing with discolored, misaligned, or missing teeth. From professional teeth whitening, teeth contouring and reshaping, there are many options to restore both aesthetics and functionality to teeth.

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Pediatric Dentistry vs. General Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

January 18th, 2021

Compared to general dentists, pediatric dentists have additional training and knowledge specific to working with the developing mouths of children and adolescents aged 21 and under. 

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Which Dental Anxiety Treatment Option Is Right for You?

December 23rd, 2020

There is no such thing as a universal dental anxiety treatment option. Instead, it’s about finding the best combination of methods that work for you and facilitate your utmost comfort.

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Dental Restoration Types: Direct vs. Indirect

November 18th, 2020

There are two main types of dental restoration — direct (in mouth) and indirect (outside the mouth). The correct approach depends on the severity and context of the dental issue.

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How It’s Done: Sedation Dentistry vs. Sleep Dentistry

October 30th, 2020

Sleep dentistry, aka general dental anesthesia, differs from dental sedation in methods and practice. Learn how each is done!

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Types of Braces: Comfort, Cost, Compatibility

September 30th, 2020

There are many types of braces out there, but which is the best for you? In this blog post, we explore everything from traditional metal braces to invisible aligners.

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Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-home Teeth Whitening

August 31st, 2020

At-home teeth whitening and professional teeth whitening both have their pros and cons, but the most individualized and efficient results can only be achieved in the dental office. Learn which is best for you.

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Who Makes a Good Candidate for Sleep Dentistry?

July 24th, 2020

While often confused with sedation dentistry, sleep dentistry most accurately refers to dental general anesthesia. While safe for most, there are some questions that must be answered before confirming your eligibility.

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Can It Wait? How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?

June 24th, 2020

When determining how often you should get your teeth cleaned, consider your medical and oral health histories, your diet and lifestyle, and whether you wear a dental appliance. Sleep Dentistry Erie with Dr. Kevin Mahoney is eager to resume routine care as safely and efficiently as possible as Erie County reopens.

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Understanding the Scope of Special Needs Dentistry

May 27th, 2020

Special needs dentistry accommodates patients with a physical, medical, developmental, or cognitive condition, adapting care to the unique circumstances of the individual.

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More Than a Dental Anesthesiologist: Why To Choose Dr. Kevin Mahoney

April 30th, 2020

Dr. Kevin Mahoney is a dental anesthesiologist, family dentist, and aesthetic dentist all in one, specializing in special needs patients and those with dental phobias or anxieties — under both normal and dire circumstances. Learn what sets him apart!

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Teething Relief: A Pediatric Dental Care Plan During Tooth Eruption

March 25th, 2020

Children may begin to experience teething discomfort as their primary teeth begin to erupt through their gums. As children begin the teething process, it's important for parents to practice safe teething methods and establish quality pediatric dental care plans.

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The Benefits of Dental Therapy Dogs (featuring Dogtor Gizmo)

February 20th, 2020

Dental therapy dogs are finding their way into more and more dental offices around the country. Learn how therapy dogs like Dogtor Gizmo help patients with dental anxiety or phobia find comfort during their visit to the dentist.

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How To Overcome Dental Anxiety: It’s A Collaborative Effort

January 30th, 2020

Dental anxiety affects more people than most may think. An estimated 20% of all dental patients have some form of dental anxiety. Both patient and dentist have a role to play in the management of dental anxiety and its more intense form — dental phobia.

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Dental Bridge vs Implant: Which is the best solution for you?

December 9th, 2019

When teeth go missing, dental professionals fill in the gaps with dental bridges and dental implants. Discover the major differences between the bridges and implants and which situations they are best suited for.

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Smarter Orthodontic Treatments

November 20th, 2019

The orthodontics field is evolving, creating treatments that are more efficient and much less painful than they once were. In this month's blog, we'll delve into the recent cutting-edge advancements being made in orthodontic technologies. 

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What’s In Your Toothpaste?

October 28th, 2019

Toothpaste has come a long way since Ancient Egypt, and even in the last 30 years — so much so that knowing what you're buying can be overwhelming. In this month's blog, we break down the major ingredients in modern toothpaste and the role they play in keeping your teeth clean and cavity-free. 

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Smile Makeovers: Revitalizing and Restoring Teeth

September 25th, 2019

It takes 28 to 32 teeth to create a fully healthy adult smile. Learn what they do, how they're structured, and how your dentist can fix them should they suffer damage or wear with dental restorations. Thanks to modern materials and technology, complete smile makeovers are possible!

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Family Dental Care: Why Gum Health is Good Health

August 19th, 2019

Gum health and general health are close relatives; periodontal disease is associated with a higher risk of developing a score of other health issues, from cardiovascular disease to diabetes to dementia. Scared yet? Don’t be. You can prevent it from ever getting that far by observing a comprehensive dental care routine and regularly visiting your family dentist.

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General Anesthesia vs Deep Sedation

July 25th, 2019

Learn the characteristics of different levels of both anesthesia and sedation.

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Modern Orthodontics: Less to Brace For

May 30th, 2019

Not born with a perfect smile? Don't despair — between Invisalign and smaller braces, orthodontic treatment is less intimidating than it's ever been. 

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5 Dental Milestones for Children

April 18th, 2019

While children grow, they will hit so many developmental milestones over the span of multiple years. These milestones include learning to walk, talk, read, write, and so much more! However, they also achieve five important dental milestones starting from around the age of six months, going into adulthood. Let's take a look at what these milestones are and what to expect as a parent of children that are reaching these milestones.

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Deep Sedation in Dentistry: the best way to alleviate dental phobias.

March 5th, 2019

For some, going to the dentist may cause immense fear or anxiety throughout a visit. Because of this phobia, people have been reluctant to seek proper dental care and there needed to be a way for patients to feel comfortable during any dental procedure. Now, there is.

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Activated charcoal teeth whitening: what you should know.

March 5th, 2019

As we scroll through our social media feeds, we can see there are plenty of new wellness trends that use activated charcoal like facial scrubs and masks and deep conditioning treatments for healthier hair but have you notified the charcoal teeth whitening toothpaste?

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