Studio 7’s ‘Ageless Beauty – Miraculous Smile Makeover’

Dr. Rutherford discusses the dangers of losing teeth as you age and the adverse effects it has on a patient’s bone density. After the loss of teeth, a person’s jawbone begins to recede and significantly changes a person’s facial structure. Dr Rutherford shows the ways this can be fixed with a full Smile Makeover.

Studio 7’s ‘Ageless Beauty – How to Fill the Gap’

Gaps between teeth are a common dental issue that many people deal with. In this interview with Studio 7, Dr. Rutherford explains the varying choices of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can fix these gaps. Depending on the size and location of the gap, Dr. Rutherford can evaluate which treatment – such as dental veneers, implants, or bridges – may work best for you.

Studio 7’s ‘Ageless Beauty – Get A Whiter Smile’

Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is one of the most commonly sought after cosmetic dental treatments today. In this interview, Dr. Rutherford explains the varying options of teeth whitening procedures, available either in-office or in the comfort of your own home, and how each treatment is customized to fit an individual patient’s dental needs.

Carrie Fisher’s Death Sheds Light on Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Well-known actress Carrie Fisher recently passed away at 60 years old following a heart attack. Although the cause of her death was reported as “undetermined,” it was just released that an extremely common health condition was a contributing factor—sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when soft tissues in the back of the throat relax to the point that the breathing passage is narrowed, or sometimes completely closed. This can lead to snoring, difficulty breathing, and numerous breathing pauses throughout the night. According to the National Institutes of Health, this disruption in sleep is the leading cause of daytime fatigue. Even more concerning, the diminished flow of oxygen to the brain caused by sleep apnea can lead to a number of serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, memory loss, heart disease, and stroke. Whether Fisher was aware of her sleep apnea is unknown, but it is very common for people to live with the condition and not realize it, especially women of a more advanced age. Women in general tend to be diagnosed less often than men and disregard their symptoms. Unfortunately, sleep apnea can be a life-threatening disease when it goes untreated. This is why seeking the help…

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Am I a Good Candidate for Six Month Smiles®?

While traditional braces often take up to two years or more to straighten crowded or crooked teeth, Six Month Smiles® is designed to correct misalignment in just six months. By focusing on gently guiding the front teeth that are visible when you smile toward their ideal position, the overall treatment time with this innovative orthodontic treatment can be dramatically reduced. However, one of the most significant benefits of Six Month Smiles® is the ability to improve the beauty of a smile in a discreet manner with smaller, tooth-colored brackets and wires. Six Month Smiles® can be a good orthodontic solution for patients who wish to correct: Misaligned teeth Gaps and spaces between teeth Problems with occlusion For patients with severe tooth misalignment, Six Month Smiles® can also serve as a more effective alternative to orthodontic methods that rely on clear plastic aligners. Candidates for Six Month Smiles® are typically in their later teenage years or adults who desire an inconspicuous way to improve the appearance of their smiles. Patients who have a severe underbite, overbite, or crossbite may not be ideal candidates for this orthodontic treatment. The best way to determine your candidacy for Six Month Smiles® is to schedule…

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Why Should I Get an Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral cancer is a prevalent disease that is characterized by malignant cells forming in the mouth and/or throat. The symptoms are typically very subtle, meaning that without a screening the cancer might spread too quickly before it is detected. This is why an oral cancer screening is so important. At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Robin Rutherford performs this preventative screening utilizing VELscope® Vx technology to detect oral abnormalities before symptoms appear. It can help reveal cancer cells at their earliest stage before they have had the chance to spread elsewhere in the body. When considering a screening, it is best to visit a medical or dental professional, as they will note a patient’s oral history and ask questions to help unveil any symptoms. The most common causes of oral cancer include tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption, and the presence of HPV (human papillomavirus). Additional factors that have been linked to a higher risk of the disease include being 40 years or older, excess sun exposure, being genetically predisposed, and eating a diet low in fruits and vegetables. Even if a patient doesn’t fall into one of these groups, it is still good to be proactive and have the screening…

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