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Lights, Camera, Anxiety: Debunking Dental Fears Portrayed in Media

October 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 1:41 pm
Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors causing a patient some dental anxiety

Dentists often get an unfair shake when it comes to how they’re portrayed in media. Often they’re written in an abusive or unhinged way that preys on rumors that are holdovers from earlier times. 36 percent of the world’s population live with dental anxiety. It has become so common that many dentists now offer sedation dentistry as an option.

If you want to see some examples of these dentists and learn how the truth is much better than the fiction, continue reading.


Regular vs. Diet Soda: Which is Better for Your Smile?

August 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 10:06 am
Various colored cans of soda from almost a birds-eye view

Diet soda tastes just like regular soda, but it’s healthier…right? While you might think cutting back on your favorite sugary, carbonated drinks by swapping to diet or sugar-free alternatives is saving you from tooth decay, you might not be doing as much for your oral health as you might think. Here’s the truth behind whether or not choosing diet soda over regular soda is actually better for your smile.


What Makeup Colors Show Off White Teeth?

June 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 2:54 am
dental patient wearing makeup to whiten smile

In the pursuit of a whiter smile, people often concentrate on improving their oral hygiene as well as teeth whitening treatments. You may be surprised to learn that those aren’t the only ways to make your smile appear whiter. In fact, makeup choices can also influence your smile’s appearance. Particularly, the right lip shade can create the illusion of pearly white teeth. Keep reading to discover how makeup enhances your teeth and find recommended lip colors to achieve a brighter smile.


What’s This Black Line Around My Dental Crown?

April 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 12:11 am
PFM dental crown lying on a table

Dental crowns are quick fixes to all kinds of dental problems, and they’re so subtle that if you have one, you may have forgotten that it was there. So you might be a little surprised if you notice that an older dental crown has developed a line around it.

This can be pretty scary, but the problem really isn’t as serious as it seems. If you’re wondering why you have this problem, here’s what could be causing the black line around your dental crown.


How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 8:17 pm
a patient smiling while attending a dental checkup

Going to the dentist can sometimes be an intimidating affair, and many patients feel anxious, apathetic, or even downright afraid of receiving essential or urgent dental care. But fortunately, oral conscious sedation is one of the many ways that your dentist can ensure that you’re comfortable and totally at ease as they work on your smile. Here’s a little more about what oral conscious sedation is, along with how to determine if you might benefit from it.


Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beautiful Smile

December 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 6:35 pm

It’s that magical time of the year! Family festivities, delicious meals, and exchanging presents are abundant during the holiday season. As you make your list of gifts to buy for your loved ones, you can include ones that are also good for their oral health! Read on for three stocking stuffer gifts that are sure to bring healthy smiles all year long.


4 Ways Visiting the Dentist Can Help You Save Money

November 17, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 3:53 pm
a person holding open their wallet that's full of money

In an effort to save money, people often skip their routine dental visits and important treatments. However, this does the opposite of what’s intended, giving small oral health problems an opportunity to progress and become worse, leading to more extensive treatments and possibly permanent oral damage. If you want to bulk up your wallet this year, the best way to do that is to utilize your insurance benefits and visit your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. Read on to learn four ways this will help you save.


How Soon After Tooth Extraction Can You Get a Dental Implant?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 9:11 am
A 3D illustration of dental implants after tooth extraction

You might feel a bit frustrated if you had a tooth pulled recently. After all, the new gap in your smile likely doesn’t look good — to you or others. That said, you’re probably eager for a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. Still, you’ll need to wait at least a little bit for your eventual restoration. As for the wait time, your Hutchinson dentist is here with the answer. Read on to learn how soon you can get dental implants after tooth extraction.


3Common Cosmetic Dental Flaws & How to Fix Them

October 6, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 10:34 pm
person who had cosmetic dental flaws fixed smiling

Many people have something about their smiles that they would like to change. Whether it’s gapped teeth, alignment problems, discoloration, or something else, seeing areas for improvement with your pearly whites isn’t out of the ordinary. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can fix a range of smile flaws to give you a more gorgeous grin. Read on to learn about three common cosmetic dental flaws as well as treatments that can fix them.


5 Common Reasons You Might Need a Tooth Extraction

August 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_ringler @ 6:16 pm
patient receiving a tooth extraction in Hutchinson

Getting a tooth extracted can often seem daunting or overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect from the process. However, this procedure is only used as a last resort, as your dentist will do everything they can to preserve your natural pearly whites. So, when would you need to undergo this treatment? Read on to learn five common reasons you might need a tooth extraction to preserve your oral health!

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