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Grand Dental Studio Blog

No Wiggle Room: 4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Dental Crown

May 1, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 12:32 pm
man looking at tooth in mirror

Today’s dental crowns are able to beautifully repair extremely damaged teeth while creating a seamless, natural-looking smile. However, even the best-made crowns will eventually need to be replaced, and you don’t want to wait for yours to fall out before doing so! There are a few telltale signs that it’s time for your crown to be updated, and here are the four most common.  


Comfortable Dentistry—How We Help People with Dental Anxiety

April 18, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 1:06 pm
woman relaxing on couch with headphones

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It’s estimated between 10% to 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear. Indeed, it is a universal phenomenon.

Signs of dental phobia include:

            • Trouble sleeping the night before the dental exam.

            • Feelings of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office.

            • Crying or feeling physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist.

            • Intense unease at the thought of or when objects are placed in your mouth during dental treatment.

Curiously, Grand Dental Studio receives a significant number of referrals from existing patients because their friend told them we “treat anxious patients.”


How to Find a Good Emergency Dentist (Before You Need One!)

April 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 12:53 pm
woman using phone on couch

The worst time to search for an emergency dentist is the exact moment you need one. Nothing is less ideal than trying to do research while in pain! But assuming you don’t have a toothache right now, what should you look for when choosing one? Having a go-to emergency dentist is great for peace of mind and can save you a lot of time if an urgent situation pops up. Be sure to focus on the following factors so you can feel confident about your decision.


Celebrate National Nutrition Month One Bite at a Time!

March 14, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 3:23 pm
man holding milk in front of fridge filled with vegetables

Nutrition. It’s one of the big pillars of overall health, and when most people think about it, it’s in reference to their waistline, energy level, and performance. But as you can imagine, what you put in your mouth matters a lot for your dental health as well. With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s as good a time as any to make sure that your diet is not just serving your body, but also your smile, so here are some tasty tips.


3 Things Every Parent Should Do for Children’s Dental Health Month

February 16, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 1:24 pm
young girl brushing her teeth

The American Dental Association started Children’s Dental Health Day all the way back on February 8th, 1949, and it was so successful that it blossomed into Children’s Dental Health Month. It serves as a time to highlight the importance of looking after growing smiles and share the best ways to do so. These 3 easy tips are in the spirit of the occasion and perfect for busy parents who just want to make sure the youngest members of their family always have bright, healthy teeth they are proud to show the world.


More Facts More Smiles: 4 Remarkable Truths About Dental Implants  

January 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 4:16 pm
older man looking surprised about dental implants

Thanks to the internet and today’s search engines, there are no mysteries anymore. Whether you want to know more about an obscure movie from the 1940s, how to make a cake, or how to get to pretty much anywhere, it’s all available at your fingertips. Despite this, there are many things about dental implants that fly under the radar and require some digging to find. Before you pick up your virtual shovel, here are four little-known facts about the most highly recommended tooth replacement in the world.


5 Ways to Use Your 2023 Dental Insurance Benefits Before They’re Gone

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 7:07 pm
computer monitor that says dental insurance benefits

Did you know that your dental insurance benefits are about to reset without rolling over? It’s the same whether you have $50 left on your annual maximum or $500—any money you don’t spend before January 1st 2024 will go straight back to your insurance provider. Instead of being part of the group of Americans that will lose a collective 100 billion dollars in benefits this year, there is still time to take advantage of your coverage before 2024 rolls around, and here are five of the most effective ways.


How to Take Your Dental Hygiene to the Next Level Just in Time for Halloween

October 1, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 1:33 pm
three young children dressed up for Halloween

Dentists are very clever. With Halloween just around the corner, they’ve designated October as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time that invites everyone to take a fresh look at how they are caring for their teeth and make small changes that can lead to big improvements. Before you and your family enjoy a tsunami of candy in the coming weeks, you can make sure your smile stays bright and healthy thanks to these often-overlooked tips.


Your Risk of Gum Disease Gets Worse Over Time–Here’s Why

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 11:34 am
older man in robe brushing teeth

The body changes a lot as the years go by, and this includes the parts that make up your smile. While consistent brushing, flossing, and dental visits will serve you well no matter your age, the undisputed fact shown by extensive research is that as we get older, our risk of gum disease grows just like the number of candles on our birthday cakes. Why does this happen, and more importantly, what can you do to keep yourself healthy this year, next year, and for many to come?


Keep Your Student in Class & Cavity-Free with These 3 Dental Tips

August 25, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 3:34 pm
smiling female student with binder

Every year, thousands of students miss countless hours of school because of avoidable dental problems like cavities and broken/knocked-out teeth. For kids dealing with these issues, they risk getting behind in class, and parents have to juggle work and scheduling last-minute dental appointments, so it’s a situation every family wants to avoid. Thankfully, with a few simple dental tips, you can dramatically lower the chance that your child will experience a dental emergency that can throw off everyone’s schedules.

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