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Why Choosing a Local Dentist is Valuable

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Having a good dentist is a very important factor in general health. Beyond the actual services they provide, a crucial factor that must be kept in mind when selecting a dentist is the location of their office. Visiting a dentist close by makes life more convenient, and provides you peace of mind in case of an emergency.

If you already find yourself making excuses about not going to the dentist, then having one who is far away will only add to those excuses. You might end up missing your appointments or failing to schedule them altogether. Here are some benefits that make having a local dentist totally worth it:

Short Travel Time

None of us like to spend a lot of time driving to the dentist. In between work, life, and other commitments, it can really get tiresome. For example, you could have just been under general anesthesia, and are not in a state to drive yourself home or travel alone. A short travel time makes it easier to ask a friend or family member who lives nearby to pick you up and drive you home.

Establishing a Personal Relationship

If you visit a dentist regularly, you eventually move beyond discussing just health issues and medical histories. If your dentist is in the same city, you might find common ground in terms of culture, social gatherings, school life, and so on. Getting to know someone in the local community makes it more likely that you’re able to bond, and gives you an extra reason to visit the dentist.

Emergency Service

Being able to access emergency care is another great reason to choose a local dentist. If you happen to break your tooth or begin experiencing a toothache all of a sudden, it’s just a short drive to your dentist to get the problem fixed.

Affiliations with Local Hospitals

Local dentists mean affiliations with local hospitals. As much as you wish your dental issues never land you in the hospital, it’s impossible to predict such things. For instance, you could have an adverse reaction to anesthesia, and the only way to treat it would be by going to the local hospital. A local dentist is much more likely to give you strong recommendations for local medical care.

Sleep Apnea is Correlated to Cancer Risk

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You may have heard that if you don’t sleep well and snore a lot, you could have a serious health problem called sleep apnea. But 80% of the 22 million Americans who have it have not yet been diagnosed. Dr. Marine can help you decide whether your symptoms match those of sleep apnea and, if so, provide a simple dental appliance to prevent sleep apneas from occurring.

Apneas are brief interruptions of breathing when you sleep, causing lack of oxygen, which results in the individual awakening just for a moment without even realizing it. This is usually due to the tongue falling back and partially blocking the throat over and over during the night.

There are many problems that sleep apnea can contribute to. It may increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and weight gain. It makes it harder to pay attention at work, causes headaches, and raises the chance of getting into a car accident.

Studies have confirmed that sleep apnea has been linked to greater cancer risk. In 2012, the University of Wisconsin  found that someone suffering from the most severe form of this is nearly five times more likely to die from cancer, while a more moderate case results in twice the risk of death than the average American.

The same year, Spanish researchers discovered that the oxygen levels in those with sleep apnea whose oxygen levels were 90% below normal for 12% of their night’s sleep were 68% more likely to develop some type of cancer.

In 2014, a 20-year follow-up study was published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It reported that researchers at the University of Australia went back to learn what had happened to 397 original participants. While mild cases of sleep apnea caused no significantly greater overall health risk, moderate and severe cases were 2.5 times more likely to result in the development of cancer and tripled the probability of death.

Glendale dentist Dr. Marine has a solution for those who suffer from sleep apnea. After a free consultation, if treatment is appropriate for your individual case, she can have a customized oral appliance created that will keep the jaw, tongue, and tissues in the mouth from obstructing the airway: 

This is much more comfortable than the standard recommendation by a doctor to use a CPAP device, which requires wearing a mask connected to an oxygen tank, while lying on your back all night (the machine is also difficult to clean).

Set up an appointment with Dr. Marine today so that you can start improving your health and stop snoring.

No-Prep Veneers Mean No Need to Remove Tooth Enamel

No-Prep Veneers Mean No Need to Remove Tooth Enamel

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If you would like a more beautiful smile for personal and professional reasons, porcelain veneers are the highest-quality and affordable solution.

You might have naturally darker teeth than is ideal to compete with all the gleaming Hollywood smiles, even if you aren’t in the entertainment industry. Old root canals could be showing through. Infrequent cleaning or whitening can allow teeth to lose their brightness. Or perhaps drinking your favorite coffee, tea, or red wine has gradually stained them. Teeth can also become discolored from smoking, using medications like tetracycline, or just the natural effects of aging.

You may have always dreamed of closing the gaps between your teeth, reshaping those that stand out, upgrading small teeth or those that have been ground down, or covering the ones that have cracked or been chipped.

Advances in cosmetic porcelain have made it possible for Dr. Marine to provide you with no-prep veneers that are the most cost-effective and long-lasting way to improve your smile. So what does no-prep mean? Traditional veneers require grinding, filing, or drilling the surface of your natural teeth so that when the veneers are placed on top, they aren’t bulky, giving you an overly-toothy smile. The newest versions are thin, but strong. They require no or minimal preparation, preserving your tooth structure.

When you come in to our cosmetic dentist office, we will discuss your goals, all the options, and help you select the shape and color of your veneers (you may want a whiter smile than your currently have, or just want to make sure that the veneers on the teeth being upgraded match your natural ones).

A mold is then taken of the teeth that will receive veneers and is sent to a top dental laboratory to craft each to fit the tooth it is to cover. When we receive these back, you will come in to have the surface of your teeth cleaned, a bonding cement put on, the veneers placed, and finally hardened with a special light beam.

Check out our Smile Gallery for some remarkable before-and-after photos of patients who have had

Dr. Marine provides them with customized veneers, as well as a video showing the entire process of placing them:

Every patient is unique, so in order to decide together what would work best for your smile, make an appointment for a no-obligation consultation and a transparent treatment plan from Dr. Marine. Find out how something as simple as brightening your smile with veneers can change your life.

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