Dentists Are Doctors, Too!

There are many kinds of doctors – Doctors of English, Doctors of Philosophy, Doctors of Medicine, Dr. Pepper… (wink).

Of course, when we use the term doctor, we most often mean a physician or doctor of medicine. But did you know that dentists are doctors, too? Every doctor has a specialty, and a dentist’s specialty is oral health.

Dr. Colleran, your San Luis Obispo dentist explains how dentistry is a specific branch of medicine, and what it all means for the link between oral health and overall wellness. Read more ›

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Bacteria: The Good, The Bad & The Neutral

Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and must be fought with good oral hygiene.

Dr. Colleran from Michael Colleran, DDS in San Luis Obispo helps you understand the role bacteria play in your health and wellness.

What are Bacteria?

Bacteria are very small organisms made of just one single cell. That’s compared to over 37 trillion cells in the human body! Bacteria have their own DNA and they need sources of energy (food) just like you do. Nearly 700 different kinds of bacteria can live in your mouth! But most people only have 34-72 kinds at any given time. Read more ›

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth…But If You Do – The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Safety

It’s no secret that residents of San Luis Obispo love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Michael Colleran wants you to know how to keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile.

It’s About More than Mouthguards

We know what you’re thinking, mouthguards are the key to staying safe on the field, right? Yes, they are a big part of it, but it takes more than just a mouthguard to keep your kids from getting a chipped tooth while scoring a touchdown. Sports safety for oral health means getting the right mouthguard and wearing it the right way. After all, the best defense is a good offense!

Do I Need a Mouthguard?

If you or a member of your family is considering a mouth protector to defend against injuries to the mouth and face, there are a few things you should know about your options. At Michael Colleran, DDS, we are always happy to help the people of San Luis Obispo, so please give us a call if you’d like to discuss your options with one of our friendly professionals. In the meantime, here are a couple of facts about mouthguards: Read more ›

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When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in San Luis Obispo have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Michael Colleran would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.

Wait, what? Toothaches that have nothing to do with teeth? Yes– as anyone at Michael Colleran, DDS will tell you –it is possible and it does happen. That being said, most toothaches are tooth-related. Read more ›

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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts

Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts

There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Michael Colleran, DDS talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Colleran knows that folks in San Luis Obispo like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My!

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Sugar: Teeth’s Worst Nightmare

People in the United States eat more sugar than any other country in the world!

(It’s a good thing we also have some of the best dentists in the world.)

You hear it all the time: “sugar rots your teeth.” But is it true? What exactly does sugar do to your teeth and why is it so bad? Dr. Michael Colleran in San Luis Obispo tells us why below. After reading that fact above, you might want to learn more about this substance that’s added to nearly every product at the grocery store. Read more ›

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Your Options for Teeth Straightening

Maybe Mona Lisa would have cracked a real smile if she had been more confident in her teeth!

All jokes aside, you don’t have to live every day in embarrassment of your own smile. Orthodontic treatments today are much more desirable than those of yesteryear. There are a lot of good reasons to straighten your teeth, both functional and aesthetic. And there are a lot of good times in your life to commit to a treatment – like now! But how do you decide among all of your options for teeth straightening?

Dr. Michael Colleran is an experienced dentist in San Luis Obispo and can help you understand your options. Read more ›

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Are Your Teeth Safe From Coffee Stains?

First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at Michael Colleran, DDS we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them.

It’s no secret how San Luis Obispo residents feel about their coffee, and we’re not about to get in the way of that love. However, we will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful with tips that won’t drastically affect your lifestyle. Dr. Michael Colleran and the rest of us at Michael Colleran, DDS are your oral health allies!

So let’s start off with the basics. What makes coffee stain your teeth? Read more ›

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Don’t Eat That: A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Mouth

Some foods will help you grow healthy teeth and keep them forever. Some foods will prevent you from growing healthy teeth, or will harm the ones you already have. You can grow and maintain strong, healthy teeth by eating a diet your mouth (and your body) will truly love.

Diet is Everything

The word diet has earned a bad reputation over the years as a verb that means eating less to lose weight, but it’s actually a noun and a powerful way you can give yourself the best
life possible. Your diet is simply the food you eat, and most of us are trying our best to eat wholesome food with just a few sweet treats here and there. Read more ›

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Oral Anatomy 101

Welcome to your mouth! You might be surprised at how many different parts work together to make your mouth work for you. A healthy mouth is necessary for a healthy life. Read more below from Dr. Michael Colleran in San Luis Obispo to get an in-depth look at the human mouth and how it works.

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