Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right – just ONE.

Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false, and Dr. Shih at Waterloo Heights is here to tell you the truth. Read more ›

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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.

As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin.

Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly—one ingredient per bottle although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy. Read more ›

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What is Dental Botox®?

As specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic.

Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. (Muscle contracting away from skin is what causes wrinkles). This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments.

What most patients don’t know is this same function can relax other muscles in the jaw and face for pain relief or support of orthodontics. Read more ›

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Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Body Approach to Oral Health

True or false: the human body is made of many unique parts that work together and affect each other.

True.

True or false: dentists only treat oral health and do not consider other parts of the body.

False.             

It is well documented in the scientific and healthcare communities that oral health is closely linked to wellness throughout the body. Certainly, a diet high in sugar will ruin both your teeth and your nutrition. Some illnesses lower your immune system and increase your risk of infection in the mouth. And plaque in the mouth can be an indicator of plaque on your arteries. Harmful bacteria in high levels in the mouth can travel through your blood stream and negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. And a good look at your teeth placement could ease regular jaw pain and headaches! Read more ›

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How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in West Salem during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Shih has helped tons of West Salem residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Smiles WS invite you to come visit us today to find out more. Read more ›

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Dentistry for Kids: What the Tooth Fairy Won’t Tell You

Kids are constantly growing and changing, and their mouths are no exception! Throughout childhood, kids lose their baby teeth, gain adult teeth, and they begin to take ownership of their own oral health. From brushing to braces to practicing their smile, oral health is important for every kid at every stage.

We know you love to see your child smile! Waterloo Heights does, too. Read our tips to learn how to help keep your kid smiling for life. Read more ›

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Dental Inlays & Onlays

Bite. Crack. Ouch!

A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a tooth will not heal itself and you need to take care of it immediately. Depending on how bad the damage is and where it is located, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or a crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to it’s full, healthy functioning condition. Read more ›

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Dental Crowns 101

Sometimes in life, you just need a do-over. That’s precisely what a crown is—a new start for your tooth.

Teeth are important players in your life—they do everything from begin your digestion to make a great first impression—and you deserve a beautiful, fully functioning set. If your teeth need a boost in any way, or a real makeover, a crown might be just what you need.

A crown is a custom-made shell that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. Crowns look and act exactly like your original tooth, only better. Crowns support broken or badly decayed teeth and they cover and restore discolored teeth. Crowns are also used over dental implants and to build a dental bridge.

Dr. Shih, West Salem dentist at Waterloo Heights shares what you need to know about getting a crown. Read more ›

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Dental Bridges 101

A hole in your smile is never a good thing. It negatively affects your appearance, your eating, your speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and wellbeing. Let Waterloo Heights bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be!

 

A missing tooth or teeth can also cause jaw pain and bite misalignment. Without a full set of teeth, your other teeth have a tendency to move into the empty space causing an unnatural alignment in your bite and jaw—which can be very uncomfortable and can lead to bigger headaches and TMJ/TMD problems.

 

Dr. Shih shares how each tooth plays an important role in your health and every day life, and how dental bridges can restore your smile and the function of your teeth.

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Baby Dentistry: Teething and Other Joys

It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t important. They make their grand entrance (however painfully) and leave your baby’s mouth so soon thereafter. But your baby’s oral health is very important today and to set the stage for a lifetime of health.

Let’s talk about those tiny teeth: teething and how to take care of your baby’s oral health.

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