Cold Sores 101

Cold sore. Fever blister. Herpes simplex virus-1. These babies go by a lot of different names, but the experience is always the same:

  • Tell-tale burning or itching near the lip
  • Red bump appears a day or so later
  • Bump becomes a cluster of blisters
  • Blisters dry up and scab over
  • The scab falls off

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Adult Dentistry: It’s Never Too Late for Oral Health

Good News for Grown Ups

“Adulting” can be hard. Between rent, bills, kids, a career, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to make time for yourself. But independence, parenting, fulfilling work, and the wisdom that comes with age can be pretty fantastic, too. So how does your oral healthcare fit into a grown-up lifestyle?

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Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Nicknamed for the fact that they come into your mouth (and your life) by the time you are finally mature and supposedly “wise” wisdom teeth are simply molars in the far back of your mouth.

Whether or not these molars cause you problems is anyone’s guess, but if you’re experiencing some specific pain in your gums and jaw, you may be wondering if you have impacted wisdom teeth.

Drs. Muse & Moss take care of wisdom teeth from all around Lafayette! Let us tell you more about impacted wisdom teeth and what to do if you have them.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

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Senior Dentistry: Embrace Healthy Aging

Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true!

It can be disorienting and frustrating to watch your health change with age, but you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just a part of the game. On the contrary, your oral health is just as important now as ever, and it’s linked closely with your overall health and wellness. Read more ›

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Gum Disease & Birth Defects

What is Gum Disease?

The short answer: gum disease is a common gum infection that can become very problematic if left untreated, but you can prevent it!

The long answer: All over your body, tissues have a self-defense mechanism called “inflammation.” When bacterium builds up in your mouth, your gum tissue will inflame to try and kill it. Inflammation in your gums is called gingivitis. Gingivitis looks like red, soft, and sore gum tissue.

Over time, gingivitis can lead to more troublesome gum disease (called periodontitis) that can grow even deeper and start to harm the bones of your teeth and jaw. Severe gum disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because gum disease is linked with pre-term births and low birth weight. Read more ›

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Cosmetic Dentistry – A Beautiful Smile is a Powerful Thing

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There is a law of nature that “function follows form.” It’s a saying that means how something looks actually determines how it works.

For example, you may own many screwdrivers of different sizes and shapes (form) to loosen all different kinds of screws (function). Think of a watering can with a long spout that’s perfect for pouring water right where you want it, versus one with a broad spout to cover large areas more quickly. Read more ›

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TMJ – The Root of Your Pain

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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a really long name … so let’s call it TMJ. Ah, yes, that’s right, now the name is more familiar! You’ve heard it before. Maybe even some lingering pain in your chewing muscles and bones has you wondering if you’ve got it.

TMJ dysfunction is sometimes called TMD, TMJD, or TMJ Syndrome if there seems to be a collection of related issues with your jaw. Dr. Danielle Decou Muse DDS and Dr. Samuel R. Moss DDS are here to tell you more about TMJ and what to do if you’ve got it.

What is TMJ?

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Breastfeeding & Dental Work

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If you’re a new mom or you’re about to be, you’re likely already used to putting your needs second to the needs of the new little bundle of joy in your life. But your oral hygiene is still important for keeping you and your baby in tip-top shape. If something comes up and you need dental work, it shouldn’t prevent you from continuing to breastfeed regularly, or from seeking the dental treatment you need. Read more ›

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

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Fresh breath really sets the tone for every moment of your day: first thing in the morning, before an important meeting, after working out, or just before bed. Whether you prefer cool mint, invigorating cinnamon, or herbal anise, it’s your trusty toothpaste that will deliver that fresh clean feeling.

So, what’s the scoop on toothpaste? What is essential to know in order to get the most out of it? You might be surprised as you learn more about this common product. Dr. Danielle Decou Muse and Dr. Samuel R. Moss in Lafayette give you the full story on toothpaste to empower you to take oral health into your own hands… or your own toothbrush, rather.

What is Toothpaste?

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Dental Implants – A Security System for Your Smile

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Your mouth is a genius system made to work with every piece doing its part. If you’re missing a tooth, the empty spaces are more than unsightly, but they can be dangerous too! Your other teeth, your gums, and even the bones in your face rely on you having a full smile.

Have you been curious about dental implants? Thanks to improved technology, you can replace a single tooth or a whole row of them quickly and effectively. Dental implants can actually improve your overall oral health, and are now considered the gold standard in modern tooth replacement technology. Read more ›

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