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The Science of Tooth Decay

The Science of Tooth Decay
If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in Cornelius has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Dr. Whalen can do to protect your smile....

Is Your Lipstick Aging You?

Is Your Lipstick Aging You?
Whalen Dentistry believes that natural beauty comes first. Our priority is for you to feel comfortable in your smile, and nothing should hold you back from laughing and grinning each day. Many different dental treatments can bring you this lifelong confidence. But we also know that the right makeup can enhance your natural beauty. It’s amazing what different products and colors can do to give you a different look and style. So, what s...

Forget Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry

Forget Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry
Don’t be Afraid of the Dentist! At Whalen Dentistry, we know that some Cornelius folks avoid the dentist’s chair like the plague. According to studies at the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington, as much as 8% of Americans are too afraid to go to dentists and 20% are too anxious to visit a dentist for anything other than an emergency. Dr. Whalen understands that dental anxiety prevents a lot of people from ge...

Oral Cancer – Protection & Early Detection

Oral Cancer – Protection & Early Detection
Cancer is always a scary word -but it doesn’t have to be the last word. Equipped with good information and the best doctors, you can feel empowered to navigate whatever stands before you or your loved one. Oral cancer is common, affecting approximately 50,000 Americans every year. If you have more questions about oral cancer, read more below from Dr. Whalen at Whalen Dentistry in Cornelius....

Can Gum Disease Cause Birth Defects?

Can Gum Disease Cause Birth Defects?
What is Gum Disease? The short answer: Gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic, but you can prevent it!...

Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile

Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile
Your mouth is an intelligent system made to work with every piece doing its part. When you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly; they can be dangerous. Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile....

Have You Been Avoiding the Dentist?

Have You Been Avoiding the Dentist?
We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist. Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life ...

Nine Years Strong

Nine Years Strong
We cannot believe that Whalen Dentistry opened its doors 9 years ago this month! It has been such an honor to serve and work with our Lake Norman community. When Dr. Whalen completed his education at West Virginia University School of Dentistry, it was his dream to open his own practice. After visiting friends that live in the Cornelius area, Dr. Whalen and Brooke knew this was the place they wanted to settle and work. In 2008, plans ...

Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?

Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?
Are you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients at Whalen Dentistry, we don’t want any Cornelius residents to have to undergo unnecessary dental procedures. A toothache can indicate a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately – but there are a few things you can do at home in...

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouthguard

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouthguard
According to the American Dental Association, at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Whalen would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep their teeth safe from harm. No Cornelius parent should have to worry about their child’s teeth during games, so we would like to talk about how...