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added on: June 16, 2015

Osseointegration is the process dental implants undergo that allow them to become a permanent part of your smile. As the name suggests, osseointegration occurs when a dental implant is integrated into the jawbone – a process that gives dental implants some of their largest advantages over other forms of tooth… Read More…

Posted In: Dental Implants

added on: June 10, 2015

SSRIs, a common type of antidepressant, have recently been shown to increase risks for dental implant failure. Long known to impact bone growth, SSRIs seem to prevent dental implants from integrating into the jaws of some patients. As with all medications, it is important to discuss any SSRIs you are… Read More…

Posted In: Dental Implants

added on: May 27, 2015

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring. This can be an annoyance to those you live with, but isn’t necessarily enough of a reason to seek professional sleep apnea treatment. However, snoring, as disruptive as it may be, is far from the most compelling reason to treat… Read More…

Posted In: Sleep Apnea

added on: May 18, 2015

A new study has identified fruit juice and soda as the leading causes of tooth enamel erosion. This means that fruit juice, like soda, has been shown to increase risks for dental cavities and tooth infection. What’s more, when enamel is eroded, the darker yellow dentin of the tooth is… Read More…

Posted In: Enamel

added on: May 4, 2015

Cedar Rapids dentist Dr. Blain McLaughlin recommends you visit our office every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. These biannual visits allow us to keep your teeth bright and your gums healthy, and to check for early indications of oral health issues that may produce serious problems down the… Read More…


added on: April 27, 2015

Tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a minimally invasive and very effective solution for a number of cosmetic and general dental problems. Cedar Rapids dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin uses this topical resin to strengthen teeth impacted by trauma such as chips and cracks, seal enamel that has decayed,… Read More…

Posted In: Tooth Bonding

added on: April 21, 2015

Clear braces and Invisalign® are names often used interchangeably, but they are actually very different orthodontic treatments. Clear braces, like traditional braces, use a combination of brackets and arch-wire to pull teeth into alignment. The brackets and wire used for clear braces are see though, but the process is identical… Read More…

Posted In: Invisalign

added on: April 14, 2015

Xylitol is a plant-derived sugar substitute that can be found in many “natural” children’s toothpastes. Some studies have also found this ingredient to help prevent decay, making it an attractive substitute for fluoride in toothpastes for very young children. The safety of xylitol has been well-established and its presence in… Read More…


added on: March 30, 2015

Cedar Rapids family dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin suggests your little one’s first children’s dentistry visit occur by his or her first birthday. You may bring your child in for a visit earlier if you have concerns or several teeth have already erupted, but year one is fairly standard for a… Read More…


added on: March 19, 2015

TMD is one of the most common causes of migraine style headaches. Sadly, it is also one of the most commonly overlooked. This can result in overuse of headache medications while still failing to address the underlying cause of the condition. Unless TMJ is properly diagnosed, it is possible that… Read More…

Posted In: TMD

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