Study: The People Who Surround You Affect Your Oral Health

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How much does your personal social network – family, friends, acquaintances – impact the information you receive about your oral health?

A researcher from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine who specializes in social epidemiology (the study of how social structures impact states of health) asked the same question. In 2008, she turned her focus to understanding oral health and disease of residents in Boston public housing.

The Results

The results, published in Science Daily, concluded that close personal connections strongly influence how people handle health information. It was found that the 1,000 residents surveyed tend to take the word of people they trust over that of an outsider.

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Orthodontics - More Than Just a Pretty Smile

Adults are typically interested in orthodontic treatment because they're unhappy with the appearance of crooked or crowded teeth. It's understandable – lots of studies indicate that feeling confident about your smile boosts self-esteem and helps you create positive first impressions.

Orthodontics and Oral Health

It's true that straightening your teeth will result in a smile that you can feel good about showing off. But you may not realize that orthodontic treatment also offers numerous oral health benefits:

  • Reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease: Brushing and flossing can be a challenge when you have misaligned teeth. If teeth are crowded, it can be difficult to get the floss between them, which allows ...

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Temple Dental Trails 3rd Annual Scholarship Challenge!

Dr. Rich and Temple Dental Trails are Proud to Announce the 3rd Annual Scholarship Challenge!

We are offering a $500 scholarship to THREE graduating seniors from high schools around Temple and Bell County. The purpose of the scholarship is to help students achieve their dreams by continuing their education. It's simple and easy to apply, but you have to invest passion in your entry.


  • You or your parents must reside in Bell County.
  • We welcome students from Temple, Troy, Belton, Salado, Academy, Holland, and Rogers
  • You must be a graduating senior in 2018 – students may be home-schooled
  • You must be attending an educational institution (college or trade school) in the FALL ...

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Get a Straighter Smileā€¦ without Everyone Noticing!

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There are many reasons to want your smile to look its best. The image you project with your smile is a significant part of your identity and creates first and lasting impressions on those with whom you work and socialize.

Even if your smile is otherwise healthy, problems like crowded or crooked teeth can detract from your appearance. And while many adults desire a better, more confident smile, there's a common misconception that it's too late to correct misaligned teeth later in life.

Invisalign - A Great Smile at Any Age

Today, the development of Invisalign clear aligners has completely changed the way we approach adult orthodontics. Invisalign is designed with your lifestyle ...

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Help! I've Knocked Out a Tooth! What Do I Do Now?

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There are very few real emergencies in dentistry, but an avulsed (knocked out) tooth is one of them. In many cases, the tooth can be saved, but prompt attention is crucial. When a tooth gets knocked out for any reason, whether it’s a sports injury or the result of an accident, time is of the essence.

If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, it can be hard to think clearly. But knowing the immediate steps you can take will increase the odds of saving the tooth will be helpful when it happens to you or someone else.

Steps for Handling a Knocked-Out Tooth

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Implants Can Make Your Life Better!

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Have you experienced the devastating impact of tooth loss? You should know that today you have several options for restoring the function and esthetics of your beautiful smile.

Why Dental Implants?

Tooth loss can alter everything about your life from the way you feel about yourself to your ability to smile confidently and eat and chew comfortably.

Dental implants are a replacement option that has become very popular in recent years, and with good reason. Patients dealing with tooth loss are learning that implants are the premier treatment for restoring function and appearance after tooth loss. An implant is long-lasting, durable, and provide beautiful, natural-looking results.

Getting Dental Implants

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A Beautiful Smile Looks Great at Any Age!

Dental enamel is durable, but it's not indestructible. Time and wear take their toll on our smiles, creating esthetic problems like dull, chipped, or damaged teeth. Unfortunately, many older adults don't seek treatment because they feel the time for a bright, youthful smile has passed them by.

But there's no expiration date on a beautiful smile!

Regardless of age, we all want to look our best, and customized cosmetic dental treatments can help you achieve your goals for a brighter, fresher smile.

At Temple Dental Trails, we offer numerous options for sprucing up a tired smile. Dr. Richard Leung offers cosmetic dentistry services, and he will spend time with you to learn your ...

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