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3 Oral Health Facts Every Man Should Know

January 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 1:03 pm

middle-aged man smiling

James Brown famously sang, “It’s a man’s world,” but when it comes to oral health, women are definitely in charge. Men are much more likely than women to develop minor problems like cavities as well as serious ones like oral cancer, so this begs the question, “What’s up with men’s oral health?” Fortunately, research has shown us the answers, and by learning a few key facts, every man can know exactly what they need to do to achieve and maintain a healthy, confident smile. (more…)

Amalgam vs. Tooth-Colored Fillings: Which One is Better?

December 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 12:50 pm

tooth-colored filling After spending a few extra moments in the mirror this morning with your mouth wide open, you’re pretty sure that one of your teeth has a cavity. While this is certainly annoying, getting minor cavities repaired is a fairly quick and easy process thanks to modern-day fillings. As with everything else these days, however, you have a choice. Amalgam and tooth-colored fillings have been used to literally fix millions of cavities over the years, but which one should you get? It turns out there are pluses and minuses for each type, and knowing more can make your care decision nice and straightforward. (more…)

The #1 Way to Keep Yourself Safe from Oral Cancer

November 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 12:53 pm

oral cancer ribbon In November, the warm coats come out, and most people are starting to think about Thanksgiving and the countless other holiday festivities that are just around the corner. Little do people know that it’s actually Mouth Cancer Action Month, a time when extra attention is paid to oral cancer. This condition isn’t talked about often in the media, but it’s actually more deadly than both skin and cervical cancer, and not everyone who gets it is a heavy smoker or drinker. Fortunately, with a little know-how and some simple habits, you and your loved ones can make sure you stay safe and don’t add to the ever-growing statistics. (more…)

Top 3 Reasons to Not Skip Your Routine Dental Visits

October 18, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 6:05 pm

happy dental patient One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear when it comes to your teeth is that you should get a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months, and while this doesn’t sound like a lot, many people still find excuses to skip out on these appointments. Whether someone has dental anxiety or simply doesn’t think anything is wrong with their teeth, there’s always a reason to avoid professional dental hygiene. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious issues for both your smile as well as your overall health! Here are the top three reasons why you should always see your dentist at least twice a year. (more…)

Why Ignoring Your Gums is Always a Bad Idea

September 1, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 3:06 pm

smile with healthy gumsWhen it comes to taking care of your smile, it’s probably your teeth that get most of your attention, but in reality, your gums matter just as much for your oral health. Without healthy gums, a strong and attractive smile is basically impossible! September is actually National Gum Care Month, so today, we’re going to cover how to prevent, detect, and treat the biggest threat to their health: gum disease. (more…)

Are Bad Teeth Genetic? A Dentist Definitely Answers

August 14, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 2:04 pm

family smiling A person’s genetics can tell you a lot about them—the color of their hair and eyes, where their family originally comes from, the shade of their skin…But when it comes to the teeth, how big of a role does genetics play? If your parents have bad teeth, then is your smile doomed? Or, if you already have bad teeth, will your children inevitably rack up large dental bills? Fortunately, according to your dentist in Oklahoma City, while genetics definitely do matter, when it concerns how healthy and strong the teeth are, this is largely in people’s control. (more…)

Sleep Apnea Screening and Treatment Options Now Offered with Dr. Kirk

August 1, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Grand Dental Studio @ 3:30 pm

Man trying to sleepEvery day, around 20 million Americans wake up feeling exhausted due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the second most common sleep disorder in the U.S. (right behind insomnia).  OSA can rob people of their nightly rest and their overall health if left untreated.

Sleep Apnea started as a personal journey for Dr. Kirk. “I was exercising five days a week and eating healthy. However, I was still tired, had higher than normal blood pressure, was irritable with my family, and snored louder than a freight train my wife said.”  Dr. Kirk started extensive continuing education over two years ago. Through that process, he identified that he rated severe  Obstructive Sleep Apnea on the Apnea-Hypopnea Index.


Should You Go to the ER or an Emergency Dentist?

July 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 3:26 pm

emergency signIt happened in an instant.

At one moment, your child was just playing a game with their friends, and the next, there was a collision, and now they’re holding their mouth saying one of their teeth is loose and really hurts. Dental emergencies like these happen all the time, leading people to ask the same question, “Should I head to the ER or contact an emergency dentist?” While ERs save people’s lives every single day, when it comes to urgent situations involving the teeth, you should always visit an emergency dentist, and here are the top 3 reasons why. (more…)

Dentist Helps You Soothe Your Sensitive Teeth

June 23, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 12:49 pm

sensitive teeth due to ice cream It’s June, so summer has officially arrived, but unlike your friends, you find yourself skipping ice cream as the weather heats up. Why? Because you get a healthy dose of dental pain with every sweet bite. Dental sensitivity associated with hot and cold foods or drinks is a very common problem, so in honor of Oral Health Month, your dentist is going to share why your teeth may be sensitive, and better yet, how you can make it stop. (more…)

Non-Dental Factors to Consider Before Getting Cosmetic Dentistry Services

May 24, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Michael Kirk @ 11:58 am

woman smiling After years of feeling self-conscious about your smile and always hiding it in pictures, you’ve finally decided to do something about it. You’ve even done some research online and are pretty sure about the treatment(s) you want. However, when it comes to improving your smile, it’s not just your teeth that matter. Before you actually sit in the dentist’s chair to get cosmetic dentistry services, make sure you and your dentist consider the following factors as well to guarantee the best possible results. (more…)

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