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Do I Have Herpes? Cold Sores 101

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Posted May 13, 2021

Cold sore. Fever blister. Herpes Simplex Virus-1. These babies go by a lot of different names, but the experience is always the same: Telltale burning or itching near the lip A red bump appears a day or so later The bump becomes a cluster of blisters The blisters dry up and scab over The scab […]

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Brushing Your Teeth – Are You Doing It Wrong?

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Posted April 27, 2021

Did you know that certain times of day might be better for brushing than others? While it’s always recommended to brush your teeth twice per day, and floss once per day, your timing is also important.  If you love your pearly whites and want to keep them around as long as possible (because face it, […]

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Hate Flossing? – 5 Flossing Alternatives

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Posted April 14, 2021

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who floss, and those who don’t. Diligent flossers everywhere inspire those of us who live with them or know them. Flossing may not be a philosophical virtue but it’s certainly high on the list of qualities amongst people who “have it together.” Read more below […]

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Hot on the Trail with Oral Pathology

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Posted March 27, 2021

When it comes to your oral health, we hope you never have any pains or problems. Good preventive care will help you always feel your best! But even with the best habits, dental problems do happen. In that case, oral pathology is the science and medicine that helps diagnose and treat whatever is making you […]

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Destination Dentistry – Are the Savings Worth the Risk?

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Posted March 13, 2021

Ah, vacation. The sun, the sand, the… gauze in your mouth? Dental work and recovery might not be your preferred use of your precious vacation days, but some people are packing their bags and heading to exotic locations for dental work in hopes of saving money. As medical education and technology improve all around the […]

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Oral Health & Alzheimer’s

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Posted February 27, 2021

Did you know that unhealthy gums might put your brain at risk?  Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, which harms your memory, ability to think, and can cause changes in your personality. It’s very common and usually affects people aged 60 and over. And, Alzheimer’s might be significantly more likely to happen if your mouth […]

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Can I Recycle My Toothbrush?

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Posted February 13, 2021

Take a look around your bathroom and you’re likely to see a lot of products in plastic packaging. Paper boxes and toilet paper rolls are easily recycled in your bin at home, but what about the tricky stuff like toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes? Your San Luis Obispo dentist Dr. Michael Colleran has the answers! Toothbrush […]

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What’s Lurking in Your Saliva?

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Posted January 27, 2021

Saliva. Just the word can conjure an array of images in your imagination. From salivating at a delicious meal to studying Pavlov’s dogs to watching a baseball player spit, life is full of saliva! And that’s a good thing because saliva is very important for oral and overall health. Problems with saliva can lead to […]

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Breastfeeding & Dental Work

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Posted January 13, 2021

If you’re a new mom or about to be one, you’re likely already used to putting your needs second to the needs of this beautiful new little person in your life – but maintaining good oral hygiene is still important for keeping you and your baby in tiptop shape.  If something happens and you need […]

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The Good, The Bad & The Crossbite

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Posted December 27, 2020

If your teeth or jaw don’t line up well with each other, you may have a crossbite. Dr. Michael Colleran, San Luis Obispo dentist explains more about this condition, its effects, and what you can do to treat it below. A Good Bite In a perfect world, your teeth would all be straight, and your […]

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