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Barry R. Franzen, DDS Blog

Don’t Believe These Popular Falsehoods About Cosmetic Dentistry

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Barry Franzen @ 8:39 pm
Before and after teeth whitening

Cosmetic dentistry has allowed millions of patients to achieve more beautiful smiles. You’ve undoubtedly seen people who have received cosmetic treatments in your day-to-day life as well as many movie stars and media personalities who have used them to beautify their smiles. However, you may have also heard some common misconceptions about this area of dentistry. Here are a few popular falsehoods about cosmetic dental treatments as well as the facts about these procedures.

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Uncomfortable Consequences: 5 Complications of Ill-Fitting Dentures

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Barry Franzen @ 4:10 pm
Older man holding his cheek because of ill-fitting dentures

Have your dentures been feeling a bit off lately? They may not fit properly anymore. Dentures, when they are well-adjusted, can restore functionality and confidence if you’re missing teeth. However, when the fit of your dentures is off, they can cause many complications that affect your oral health and overall wellness. If you’re curious how something so simple as denture fit can lead to issues, continue reading. You’ll find five common complications caused by ill-fitting dentures.

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Sweet-Tooth Talk: How to Avoid Cavities During the Holidays

December 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Barry Franzen @ 5:48 pm
Santa's arm holding a toothbrush in front of a yellow background

The holiday season is upon us with all its festive decorations and delicious treats. Whether you’re looking forward to enjoying a mug of hot cocoa on a cold snowy day or can’t wait to enjoy your seasonal white chocolate peppermint bark and candy canes, there are plenty of ways to please your sweet tooth. Unfortunately, sugar also attracts bacteria that could contribute to tooth decay, and you’ll end up with a cavity if you overindulge! Keep reading to learn 4 tips that can help you prevent potential problems this winter.

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Why Does My Dental Implant Feel Loose?

October 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Barry Franzen @ 3:52 pm
CGI image of a dental implant inserted next to other teeth with the crown separated from the abutment

Dental implants are considered one of the most effective methods for replacing missing teeth. They act and function like a natural tooth and can last a lifetime if cared for properly! That said, dental implants are not completely infallible. Although they are incredibly durable, it is possible for them to loosen or potentially even fail. Keep reading to learn what to do if you’re worried about your dental implant isn’t feeling as secure as it should!

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Breath Mints or Chewing Gum: Which is Best for Your Teeth?

August 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Barry Franzen @ 8:42 pm
gumballs in assorted colors

Dealing with bad breath is never enjoyable. It can dent your confidence and lead to self-consciousness in social situations, during dates, and even at work meetings. While maintaining proper oral hygiene is a key strategy to prevent bad breath, there are moments when you need a quick refresher on the go. In such situations, you may consider using breath mints or chewing gum. But which one is more beneficial for your smile? Continue reading to determine which option is superior for supporting a healthy grin.

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