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 [...]

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 [...]

If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

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 [...]

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? […]

A Guide to Cavity Prevention

Imagine this – you have come to see Dr. Miller for a cleaning and routine check-up. The cleaning goes well, but then she tells you that you have a cavity. You’ve been dreading the possibility of this news and now you fear that something must be wrong, since you have been brushing and flossing regularly. At Discovery Dental, we see this happen every day and we want to put your mind at ease. Cavities are very common and usually a simple fix for Dr. Miller. Use this guide to learn about what cavities are and how you can prevent them. Cavities: The Basics [...]

Gentle Dental Care in Shelby

What if You Haven’t Been to the Dentist for Several Years? Life is busy and we all have a long list of priorities to take care of, so it’s not hard to imagine that any number of things can get in the way of your regular dental hygiene routine, checkups and cleanings with Dr. Marissa Miller. You might just wake up one day and realize that you haven’t been to the dentist in years! That’s why we want to tell all our Shelby patients about the gentle dental care we provide and why regular visits to Discovery Dental are so important. What [...]

2015-04-13T09:12:28+00:00 Dental News, Patient Care|

Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Marissa Miller wants all Shelby residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts! Why should I stop chewing ice? Ice is hard. So hard, in fact, that pitting it against your teeth regularly will most certainly [...]

2015-03-27T09:41:42+00:00 Dental News, Patient Care|

What to do when you need an Emergency Dentist

Sometimes we forget how much peril everyday life puts our teeth in. Taking a bite out of a fresh apple, playing pretty much any sport, chewing ice, or just a healthy dose of clumsiness can result in a chipped, broken, knocked out, or loose tooth. Dr. Marissa Miller is a trained emergency dentist and we at Discovery Dental have treated numerous tooth injuries in Shelby. We know that it can be very scary and there are plenty of myths flying around, so we wrote this article as a guide for you to use in times of tooth injury and general tooth crisis. [...]

2014-07-13T09:23:22+00:00 Dental News, Patient Care|