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March 7, 2021

Seeing Below the Surface: Are Dental X-Rays Necessary?

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 8:39 pm
a dentist examining a patient’s dental x-rays

It is not uncommon when visiting your dentist in Marietta for them to recommend dental x-rays. These digital images have come a long way since the traditional methods that used film and high amounts of radiation. But why are they necessary? Do they really provide your dentist with additional information about your oral health? Read on to discover how looking underneath the visible surface of your teeth and gums can make a big difference in the longevity of your smile.


February 2, 2021

How Many Bacteria Live in Your Mouth?

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 9:32 pm
an up-close view of a person’s smile and a digital magnifying glass that contains pictures of bacteria

Have you ever thought about the number of oral bacteria living in your mouth? Curious about their purpose and how they can help or hinder your smile? It may be surprising (and shocking) to learn that more than 20 billion microbes exist inside your oral cavity, but this number can drastically increase the longer you wait to brush. A local dentist gives further insight into the world of oral bacteria and what you can do to ensure your dental health remains in optimal condition moving forward.


January 15, 2021

How Foods and Drinks Can Lead to Stains and Discoloration

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 9:34 pm
an up-close image of a woman pointing to her stained teeth while holding a cup of coffee

Did you know that your tooth enamel is extremely porous? If you’re wondering why that matters, you might want to look at the cup of coffee you just consumed or a bowl of fresh berries you’re preparing to eat. It’s no surprise that dentists often see patients who inquire about teeth whitening in Marietta because the dark-colored foods and beverages they consume are causing stains and discoloration to develop on their not-so pearly whites. But how does this happen? Read on to learn more about “tannins” and how they can negatively impact the aesthetics of your smile.


October 13, 2020

Porcelain or Composite? Which Type of Veneer Is Best for You?

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 2:40 am
Woman wondering about types of veneers on pink background

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells of natural-looking material that can completely redesign the appearance of your smile. This popular cosmetic treatment is an excellent way to transform cracked, chipped, stained, or gapped teeth into a flawless set of pearly whites. However, did you know that there are different types of veneers? They can be crafted from porcelain or composite resin, each offering their own unique benefits. Read on as we help you decide if composite or porcelain veneers in Marietta are right for you.


August 20, 2020

What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 8:38 pm
Older man smiling with apple while avoiding dental implant failure

Getting a dental implant is usually a predictable treatment, which has a success rate of over 90%. However, just like other medical procedures, there are some factors that can cause them to fail. Read on to learn more about dental implant failure, the common warning signs, and what you can do to prevent this problem from occurring in the first place.


May 20, 2020

Your Dentist Answers 5 Concerns of At-Risk Patients Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 7:30 pm
an elderly couple wearing gloves and face masks sitting in front of a laptop computer

Are you over the age of 65 and/or have an underlying medical condition? If so, you are considered “at-risk” and most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. If this information has kept your safely tucked inside your home these past few months, you may be concerned about how to move forward safely as businesses, retailers, and your dental office reopens. As states begin to ease restrictions and dentist’s slowly open their doors once again, there are a few questions you might be asking as to how they will keep you safe during your visit. To help put your mind at ease, allow your dentist to answer these 5 common concerns among at-risk patients.


March 19, 2020

4 Spring Cleaning Tips That Will Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 9:06 pm

It’s nearly springtime again, and for many people that means doing a little cleaning around the house. Of the many tasks on your to-do list, you should definitely take the time to organize the bathroom counter. In particular, there are a few things that you can do while cleaning that, in the long run, will make it much easier to take care of your smile. Here are 4 tooth-friendly spring tips from your dentist in Marietta.  


December 19, 2019

Don’t Let a Lost Crown Ruin the Holidays

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 6:10 pm

If you have dental crowns, you need to be careful during the holiday season; this time of year is filled with hard and sticky treats that can damage your restoration or even pull it off your tooth. Of course, if you do end up losing a crown, it’s important not to panic. You’ll need to act quickly and get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible in order to protect your tooth. Read on to learn more about dental crowns and what to do if they become loose or fall out entirely during the celebrations.


November 22, 2019

Now Is the Time to Use Your Dental Insurance!

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmerriman @ 12:55 pm
piggy bank with money sticking out

The end of the year always seems to go by in a blur. It’s fall, then it’s Halloween, and before you know it, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are upon you. Making the most of every dollar matters more than ever, and if you have dental insurance, now is the perfect time to maximize your benefits to get the care you deserve. Why? Because with most plans, the coverage resets at the end of the year, meaning starting in January, you’ll likely have to pay your deductible again before you’ll be able to save with your dentist in Marietta, even if you haven’t met your annual maximum for 2019. Rather than leaving all that money on the table, here are a few ways to use your dental insurance coverage before 2020 rolls around. Your smile and your wallet will certainly appreciate it!


November 12, 2019

4 Changes To Watch For On Your Tongue – Especially With Age

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 5:03 pm
Woman sticking out her tongue

There’s no denying that there are some real advantages to getting older such as more wisdom and self-confidence. But the catch is that those perks come with changes to every part of your body, including your mouth and even your tongue. Although you may not spend much time thinking about your tongue, you might be surprised at what it can tell you about your dental health and overall well-being. And while a dentist in Marietta evaluates your tongue at each checkup, it’s still a good idea to watch for the following 4 signs that something else is going on. 

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