Replace Missing Teeth – Dentures & Dental Implants

So you’re missing a tooth—or a few!

An apple a day will not take care of this one, unfortunately. It’s time to consider dentures or dental implants. A variety of personal and practical factors will determine which solution is best for your new smile. Don’t feel lost among all the pros and cons of choosing a tooth-replacement plan. Waterloo Heights Dental Center in West Salem is an experienced practice you can trust to  help guide you on your journey from missing teeth toward a complete, natural, and healthy smile.

Not your grandma’s dentures

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Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

We at Waterloo Heights Dental Center understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Shih wants every West Salem resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

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Dental insurance is an excellent investment that helps West Salem residents ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. However, in order to get the best value from your dental insurance, there are a few things you need to know. Here are the answers to the most common questions we hear at Waterloo Heights Dental Center:

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Can You Treat a Toothache at Home?

When you’re suddenly struck with a toothache, floating ideas of home remedies may quickly come to mind. Whether you heard it from your great aunt or saw it on Pinterest, at-home treatments are everywhere. West Salem dentist, Dr. Shih can explain more about how to care for a toothache and when to come in for a visit.

Common causes of toothaches are infections, cavities, damaged enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed root – all good reasons to get yourself to the dentist! Home remedies for a toothache may work for immediate relief, but they’re not likely to last long, and they may not be completely safe. Read more ›

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

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You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway. Read more ›

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

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Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your West Salem smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by Dr. Shih and the expert hygienists at Waterloo Heights Dental Center. If you have any questions or would like to test your skills in person, feel free to give us a call!

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If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

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We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.

Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we think about that too!) Read more ›

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

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In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, West Salem residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Shih would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Waterloo Heights Dental Center.

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

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In today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, West Salem residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Shih would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Waterloo Heights Dental Center.

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5 Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

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For many West Salem residents, one thing stands in the way of a healthy, beautiful smile – fear of the dentist!  Even routine cleanings can be scary for folks with dental phobia. However, at Waterloo Heights Dental Center we have made it our business to offer you the most comfortable dental experience possible, which is why Dr. Shih offers sedation dentistry services. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so here are the facts about sedation dentistry.

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Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth – At Least Wear a Mouth Guard

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According to the American Dental Association, at least 13% of all injuries to the mouth occur during sports activities. While helmets, shoulder pads, shin guards, and the like do a great job of protecting most of the body, Dr. Shih would like to make sure that every athlete knows how to keep their teeth safe from harm. No West Salem parent should have to worry about their child’s teeth during the game, so at Waterloo Heights Dental Center we would like to talk about how to take sports safety to the next level.

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