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Why Have a Dental Implant?

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Posted March 27, 2020

Dental implants replace an entire tooth—including the root—with a permanent replacement. Michael Colleran, DDS can tell you it is the #1 most popular tooth replacement method in all of dentistry, but there are many reasons dental implant surgery may be recommended. Dental implants may work for you if you have one or more teeth missing, […]

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Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

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Posted March 13, 2020

Dentistry is serious medicine, and daily oral hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too—not to mention fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of interesting dental facts […]

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What Did My Dentist Just Say?

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Posted February 27, 2020

At Michael Colleran, DDS, education is paramount in our mission to help our friends and neighbors improve and maintain their oral health. For this reason, we try to avoid using dental jargon when we’re speaking with our valued patient family. However, there are terms that can’t be broken down as easily; in those cases, we’ll […]

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Grandparents, Grandkids & Dental Care

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Posted February 13, 2020

Dr. Michael Colleran has been thinking about how much things have changed in the world of dentistry since today’s grandparents were growing kids themselves. Grandparents today are often very involved in the daily lives of their grandchildren—they may live close by, provide financial assistance, or assume childcare responsibilities for working parents. Since oral hygiene and […]

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Is it Time to Straighten?

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Posted January 27, 2020

When to Straighten Your Teeth There are a lot of reasons to straighten your teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential […]

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Gingivitis: Are Your Gums Trying to Tell You Something?

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Posted January 13, 2020

Gingivitis, very simply, is an inflammation of your gums. (Any time a medical term ends with “itis” it means inflammation.) Gingivitis varies in severity and can look a few different ways. Very bad gingivitis leads to periodontal (gum) disease. Gingivitis is common and affects many, rather, most adults. But with good oral hygiene and the […]

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Can Poor Oral Health Cause Diabetes?

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Posted December 27, 2019

Diabetes is a chronic and complicated disease that affects how your body processes sugar—its main source of energy. Diabetes symptoms mostly affect your heart, eyes, nerves, and kidneys, but it can affect your whole body, including your mouth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and almost 2 […]

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Stop Brushing After You Eat – Do This Instead

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Posted December 13, 2019

For a long time, we’ve been told to brush our teeth right after we eat, but conventional wisdom might be changing on that. Thanks to your mouth’s powerful and natural ability to clean itself, rinsing with water might actually be the best way to freshen your breath and prevent cavities after you eat. In addition […]

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5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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Posted November 27, 2019

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over the world, so your San Luis Obispo dentist is here to put an end to the misinformation. […]

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Cosmetic Dentistry – A Beautiful Smile is a Powerful Thing

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Posted November 13, 2019

There is a law of nature that states: “function follows form.” This saying means that how something appears determines how it works. For example, you may own many screwdrivers of different sizes and shapes (form) to loosen all different kinds of screws (function). Think of a watering can with a long spout that’s perfect for […]

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