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Dennis C. Ayer, DDS, LLC Blog

5 Ways Your Dentist Prepares for Your Visit

June 18, 2020

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Dental hygienist at dentist in Leawood.Over the last several weeks, you’ve had to make various changes in your life to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Besides washing your hands more often and wearing a face mask, you’ll experience other changes as well, like when it is time to visit your dentist in Leawood. Although dental offices are already some of the cleanest places, your dentist has updated their safety protocols. Here are 5 ways your dentist prepares for your appointment to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


7 Tips to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners During Quarantine

May 22, 2020

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tips for taking care of aligners during a pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed many aspects of daily life, but it hasn’t changed the importance of taking care of your teeth and gums. In fact, great oral hygiene can help lower your risk of getting sick by keeping your immune system strong and preventing the need to leave your house for emergency dental treatment. If you are straightening your smile with Invisalign in Leawood, it’s more essential than ever to handle your aligners with care. Here are seven practical and important tips for taking care of aligners during a pandemic.


Your Guide to Keeping Up with Dental Hygiene Through Quarantine

April 29, 2020

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toothpaste going on toothbrush

Isn’t it crazy that a few months ago, most of us had never heard of COVID-19? Now it feels like it has taken over our lives and changed the way we do just about everything. This includes the way your dentist’s practice operates. Most dentists are following the American Dental Association’s recommendation to only treat emergency patients for the time being. This means that your regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings will have to be postponed until the quarantine is over. In the meantime, your dentist has written this handy guide on keeping up with dental hygiene through quarantine.


What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

March 6, 2020

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Woman asking dentist what constitutes a dental emergency.Believe it or not, dental emergencies occur more often than you might realize. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans faces an unexpected oral health issue each year. While there’s never a good time for one to occur, having a dental emergency during COVID-19 can make a difficult situation even more stressful. With many practices only open for essential services, you might be wondering what constitutes a dental emergency and if you need to call your dentist? Here’s what you need to know to get the dental care you need during COVID-19.

Sleep Apnea Treatment from the Dentist Leawood, KS, Trusts

October 28, 2019

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Tired wife blocking her ears from noise of husband snoring

Does the sound of snoring—yours or somebody else’s—frequently wake you up during the night? That sound may be a wakeup call to a more serious condition known as sleep apnea. A person with sleep apnea experiences stoppages in their breathing numerous times. Each time can last anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute. Most often, sleep apnea is caused by your tongue or throat tissue that relax during sleep and collapse around your airway. Hence, that snoring sound as air vibrates through the narrowed opening. Dr. Dennis C. Ayer treats sleep apnea in Leawood, KS, with a customized sleep appliance that fits comfortably in your mouth to maintain an open airway.

How Can You Get The Most From Your Dental Insurance Benefits?

October 24, 2019

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person researching their dental insuranceWhen you think of dental insurance, does fine print and thick packets of text swirl in your brain, stressing you out? When you visit your dentist’s office, they’ll help you through all the nitty-gritty details so you can get the treatment you need without having to battle it out with your provider. If your worry has been keeping you from scheduling your semi-annual appointment, you could be missing out on huge savings. Read on for five ways you can maximize your dental benefits in Leawood by scheduling your checkup and cleaning before the end of the year.    (more…)

What Happens When You Brush Your Teeth Too Hard?

September 19, 2019

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man brushing his teeth aggressively

Can there ever be too much of a good thing? When it comes to brushing your teeth, the answer is yes. It’s possible to brush your teeth with too much vigor. Doing so may result in what’s called “toothbrush abrasion,” which can cause a receding gumline and sensitive teeth. Let’s take a closer look at how you and your dentist can stop toothbrush abrasion in Leawood.


Can Yogurt Keep Your Breath Fresh?

August 19, 2019

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bowl of plain yogurt

You have a perfect date with your significant other planned – dinner, a movie, and stargazing to finish it off. The movie goes great, and dinner is simply delicious. But when you lean in close to give them a kiss while watching the stars, they subconsciously move away ever so slightly. What gives? Then they gently tell you that your breath could smell a lot better than it currently does. Well, this is embarrassing. If only there were a food that could combat bad breath. Fortunately, according to a Japanese study, there is – plain yogurt. Read on as a dentist in Leawood explains how yogurt can fight bad breath.


Your Family Dentist Lists 4 Tips for a Healthy School Year!

August 15, 2019

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mother posing with son at dentistAs summer draws to an end and your child prepares to head back to school for the upcoming year, you may be busy lining up any immunizations or booster shots needed and gathering the necessary supplies to start the semester. Your family dentist in Leawood says that in the midst of the last-minute preparation, don’t forget about your child’s oral health. Read on for 4 helpful tidbits to make this a healthy school year!


3 Tips for Healthy Summer Smiles from Your Dentist in Leawood

July 16, 2019

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woman smiling on a sunny day

Summer is in full swing, and that means fun in the sun with family. Unfortunately, it also means an increased chance of tooth decay. Many of us, no matter our age, let our oral hygiene regimens fall by the wayside during summer, especially when we’re on vacation. Here are 3 tips from your dentist in Leawood to keep your and your family’s smiles healthy this summer.


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