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  • How Often Should You See the Dentist

    We love our patients, so we’d be more than happy to see you every day! Alas, we realize that’s not really possible, so here are some more realistic guidelines for making appointments. In general, it all depends on your oral health status and your health history. For most patients, the optimal frequency to visit the dentist is twice a year. In six months, enough tartar and plaque can build up to require ...
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  • How to Know if You Have a Cavity

    According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay. It’s more than likely that if you haven’t already had a cavity, you will develop at least one in your lifetime. So, how do you know if you have a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of your tooth decay, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the accompanying ...
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  • PROPER BRUSHING FAQs

    Mouth open or mouth closed? After lunch or after dinner? Flat or at an angle? We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush and get to work, right? Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites. The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a ...
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  • Understanding the 5 Stages of Tooth Decay

    Did you know there are five distinct stages of tooth decay? And that in the first stage of decay, you can actually take steps to reverse the progression of the disease? Indeed, it’s true. In the first stage of decay, whether you’re a child or an adult, the application of fluoride via fluoride treatments, your toothpaste and your local water supply can stop a cavity from penetrating through the enamel ...
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  • Getting Your Mouth Ready for a Summer Vacation

    Summer is about to burst onto the scene. And with it, your “free time” will turn to “busy time” as you plan, plan, plan for your relaxing summer vacation. So while you’re thinking about where you’ll go, where you’ll eat, and what you’ll see along the way, don’t forget to plan a visit to your dentist as well. Doing so can save you from the misery of a dental emergency ...
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  • What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums During Cleaning?

    Have you ever wondered why your dentist starts rattling off a series of numbers to the hygienist in the middle of your cleaning? 2, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5! What’s going on there? What your dentist is doing is checking the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth. It’s a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch it early. ...
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  • Protect Your Teeth With Dental Sealants

    According to the World Health Organization 60-­90% of school children, and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. While many understand cavities are caused by poor dental hygiene, a sugary diet, or not visiting the dentist, some do not realize grooves in teeth take a toll as well. Food, plaque and bacteria gets stuck in the grooves or pits of the teeth, which can be difficult to reach with the bristles of a toothbrush. ...
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  • What Causes a Toothache and Pain?

    Pain is a warning something is amiss with your body. Often patients dismiss pain inside the mouth, thinking it will go away when it will only get worse. Something as small as a little infection or fracture in the tooth can be the source of a lot of pain and discomfort. Maybe you are wondering about the source of the pain you are experiencing and how to alleviate the pain. ...
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  • Root Canal Procedure

    Root canal treatment is the last option to avoid a necessary tooth extraction. While most patients are not thrilled with the news they need a root canal, the treatment is not painful and will help to eliminate any pain you may be feeling. Our Idaho Falls dentist, Dr. Thuernagle, offers his certified expertise in root canal treatment at Legacy Dental. To schedule an appointment with our Idaho Falls dentist click ...
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  • Benefits of Dental Implants

    Are you confident in your smile? Whether you are young or old, Legacy Dental can make your smile better! Since no one has perfect oral health, and accidents happen, Legacy Dental offers Idaho Falls dental implants! Whether you need one, several or a complete set of dental implants, we can offer the information and services you need! Dental implants are a modern solution for permanent tooth replacement. With state-of-the-art technology ...
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