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Dental Crowns 101

Dental Crowns 101
Sometimes in life you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth. Teeth are important players in your life—they do everything from begin your digestion to make a great first impression—and you deserve a beautiful, fully functioning set. If your teeth need a boost in any way, or a real makeover, a crown might be just what you need....

Dr. Whalen’s “Tooth Truths for Little Teeth”

Dr. Whalen’s “Tooth Truths for Little Teeth”
TRUTH: BABY TEETH ARE IMPORTANT WHY: They help in speech development, with chewing and biting correctly, and creating space for those permanent teeth to grow in. TRUTH: FLUORIDE IS ESSENTIAL WHY: Fluoride protects your child’s teeth by hardening the protective layer known as enamel and reversing breakdown from certain foods/drinks that can cause cavities. TRUTH: CAVITIES ARE PREVALENT IN CHILDREN WHY: 42% of kids experience tooth deca...

Your Options for Teeth Straightening

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 ...

When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

When a Toothache is Not a Toothache
Most of us in Cornelius 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. Cornelius would like you to know t...

Teaching Your Kids to Brush and Floss

Teaching Your Kids to Brush and Floss
As a parent, you will have numerous opportunities to teach your children valuable skills and each one will yield priceless memories. Your child’s first step, your child’s first word, your child’s first bike ride, your child’s first unassisted brushing and flossing session…Well, maybe that last one won’t be as memorable, but Dr. Ryan Whalen wants to remind all Cornelius parents that good oral hygiene habits begin in childhood...

History of the Toothbrush

History of the Toothbrush
If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many Cornelius residents love toothbrushes the way Dr. Ryan Whalen does. We at Whalen Dentistry would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and...

Sugar: Teeth’s Worst Nightmare

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. Ryan Whalen in Cornelius tells us why below. After reading that fact above, you might want to learn more about this substance that’s added to nea...

Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You

Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You
Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage. We know you love to see your child smile! Whalen Dentistry does too. Read our tips to learn how to help keep your kid smiling for ...

Oral Anatomy 101

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. Ryan Whalen in Cornelius to get an in-depth look at the human mouth and how it works....

Dental Inlays & Onlays

Dental Inlays & Onlays
Bite. Crack. Ouch! A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a tooth will not heal itself and you need to take care of it immediately. Depending on how bad the damage is and where it is located, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to it’s full...