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. When the muscles contract away from the skin, this 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 [...]

Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

We at Discovery Dental 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. Marissa Miller wants every Shelby 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! Dental Insurance Dental insurance is an excellent investment that helps Shelby residents ensure a lifetime of healthy [...]

How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

It’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Shelby 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. Marissa Miller has helped tons of Shelby residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Discovery Dental invite you to come visit us today to find out more. Night Guards for Bruxism [...]

The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set (minus wisdom teeth). Dr. Marissa Miller wants everyone in Shelby to know that replacing a missing tooth is important to your dental health. Read on for more information and please give Discovery Dental a call with any questions [...]

Don’t Get Kicked in the Teeth…But If You Do – The Importance of Mouth Guards in Sports Safety

It’s no secret that residents of Shelby love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths. In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Marissa Miller wants you to know how keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile. It’s About More than Mouth Guards We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards [...]

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. Using Essential Oils for Oral [...]

Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu all together. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Marissa Miller at Discovery Dental wants Shelby residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet-tooth safely. How does it work? […]

Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Bleeding Gums

One of the most common and destructive myths about dental hygiene is that it’s normal for gums to bleed. Dr. Miller would like everyone in Shelby to know that this is not the case! Imagine if we weren’t talking about gums- should any part of your body start to bleed whenever you touch it? The truth about bleeding gums is they are a sign of infection and/or irritation and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. Please read this article and educate yourself on how to keep your family’s teeth and gums safe. Gums Are Not [...]

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Tips for Fresh Breath

Bad breath is a problem that everyone has to deal with at some point. It’s impossible to keep our mouths smelling fresh and clean all day, every day, especially when there are delicious things to have like coffee or cheeseburgers with extra onions, pickles and mushrooms. Dr. Miller is here to help! The best way to keep bad breath at bay is to figure out when you have it, why you have it, and how to fix it. We hope this blog post will help you in all of those areas, but if you still have questions please to hesitate to [...]

History of the Toothbrush

If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many Shelby residents love toothbrushes the way Dr. Miller does. We at Discovery Dental would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and talk about how to pick the right one. Did you know that toothbrushes were invented before soap, deodorant, and even toilets? The idea of the toothbrush [...]