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Choosing Drinks for a Healthier Smile

Girl With A Healthy Smile | Preventative Dentistry Indianapolis IN

When it comes to your teeth, drinks can be as problematic as the foods we consume. Many of the most popular drinks actually harm teeth in a dramatic way either by staining them or causing decay.

Here are some of the most problematic drinks to avoid if you want a white, healthy smile:

Coffee and Tea

Not only do coffee and tea stain teeth, they are also high in acid, which can soften your enamel and make it easier for bacteria to cause a cavity. If you use sugar in your coffee and tea, it is even more damaging.

Do you still want to enjoy your coffee and tea? Brush your teeth afterward to ...

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5 Signs That Might Mean You Have Gum Disease

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If you have been tuned into the health news lately, chances are that the link between gum disease and overall health has registered on your radar. If you suspect you have gum disease but you are not sure, here are five signs you can look for, which indicate infection.

Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath associated with gum disease is not the typical bad breath that occurs because of coffee or food choices. Bad breath caused by gum disease, often called halitosis, can smell particularly foul as it comes from the bacteria in your gums. Chewing gum and mints only mask the odor, and it will likely worsen without treatment.

Pink in the Sink

If ...

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Struggling with Sleep Apnea? How Your Dentist Can Help

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Sleep apnea is more common than you might originally think and negatively impacts millions of Americans. Sleep apnea causes disruption in normal breathing function during sleep as the muscles at the back of the mouth and throat relax. 

Typical treatment begins with a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, which delivers a constant flow of air through a facemask, opening the airway during sleep. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to sleep wearing this mask, especially if they typically sleep on their sides or stomachs. This can lead to pulling the mask off at night and leaving you unprotected.

Since sleep apnea is so dangerous and can negatively impact nearly every system ...

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It's Wedding Season! Is It Time for Whiter Teeth?

Teeth Whitening in Indianapolis, IN

The prospect of a special occasion and photographs that will document the special day forever often launches people into action when it comes to their smiles. Perhaps you are in a wedding party or maybe you're just seeing friends and family you have not had the opportunity to socialize with in quite a while.

Whatever you reasons may be, wedding season is the perfect time to explore your teeth whitening options. If you have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening in the past with disappointing results, you are not alone. We provide professional teeth whitening for many patients who have spent too much on unpredictable toothpastes, strips, and rinses.

At Shank Dentistry, we have ...

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Need an Extraction? Why You Shouldn't Put Off Care

Dental Extractions in Indianapolis IN

Dr. Shank only recommends an extraction when all other treatment is impossible. This might be because the tooth is too diseased or damaged or because your remaining natural teeth are at risk.

Losing natural teeth has some pretty serious repercussions to your oral health and appearance.

Problems caused by tooth loss include:

  • Bone loss due to resorption
  • Shifting and bite misalignment
  • Exposed roots and sensitivity
  • Periodontal disease
  • Gaps in the smile

When necessary, we will recommend tooth-replacement treatment that will address many of these problems.

What Happens When You Put Off a Dental Extraction?

Typically, if you need a dental extraction, your damaged tooth is an immediate concern. If you avoid treatment, you can literally put your oral health and ...

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3D Printing in Dentistry

3D Printed Oral Appliance | General Dentist Indianapolis IN

Hey everybody, Dr. Shank here.  It’s a Wednesday, and since we don’t typically schedule patients on Wednesdays, I’m in the office getting a little bit of work done.  Wanted to share a couple of things with you that are a little different that most of you may not be aware of. 

The Alternative to Messy Dental Impressions

Nobody likes getting an impression taken of their mouth, right?  You know what I’m talking about…the mouth full of ‘goopy’ putty that takes several minutes to set up, doesn’t taste great, people tend to gag on, and just, in general, it’s not a pleasant experience.  Now instead of taking those big long goopy impressions, we’ve ...

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Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Sedation Dentistry | Shank Dentistry

Do you have dental anxiety? You are not alone!

Many of the patients who initially contact our dental office express similar concerns about treatment. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is pain-free and comfortable, taking the fear out of dental care.

For some patients, getting to know our experienced and compassionate team is enough. For others, however, their fear is more severe and they need a little help relaxing. For those patients, we offer sedation dentistry in our Indianapolis dental office.

To determine if sedation dentistry is right for you, it is best to contact our office and set up a consultation. We will gather some information regarding your medical history ...

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