What Is the Difference Between a General Dentist and a Cosmetic Dentist?

When looking for a dentist, you might have come across two terms: general dentist and cosmetic dentist. What type of dentist should you choose? How does a dentist become cosmetic versus general? Read on to find out the ins and outs of general and cosmetic dentists. Once you know these distinctions, you [...]

How Often Should You Go To The Dentist For Regular Check-ups?

The typical recommendation is that you should visit your dentist in Spokane Valley every six months for regular check-ups and cleanings. However, not everyone’s dental needs are the same. At the end of the day, it depends on the individual, specific medical conditions, and oral hygiene habits. Why Are [...]

What Do People Look For When Choosing a Dentist?

Finding the right dentist is an important decision in one’s life and can often determine your future oral health and smile aesthetics. Whether you’re choosing a dentist for you alone or for your entire family, there are a number of factors to consider in order to find the right one. Let us help you [...]

How to Teach Young Children Good Oral Hygiene Habits

It’s already difficult enough to teach your child right from wrong and teach them good behavior. Throwing oral hygiene habits into the mix is another mountain to climb. One of the biggest struggles face with their child and oral hygiene habits are helping their children understand the importance of oral hygiene and brushing and flossing [...]

Top 5 Causes of Tooth Decay and How Your Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

If you suddenly keep having recurring cavities, something else might be going on in your mouth. Oftentimes, frequent or recurring cavities are due to one of the top 5 causes of tooth decay. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, {{{{link id='50241' text='our cosmetic dentists in Spokane Valley'}}}} can help you get rid of tooth decay [...]

How to Care For Your Smile Like a Dentist

As we practice social distancing and encourage our patients to avoid visiting us unless for dental emergencies, we can’t stress enough just how important it is to take care of your teeth on your own. If you want to {{{{link id='50663' text='avoid a dental emergency'}}}} or any dental problems from occurring during this time (and [...]

Can You Afford General Dentistry?

The out-of-pocket costs for general dentistry is one of the main concerns we hear from our patients. In fact, many patients worry that they won’t have the money to pay their bill, and then, have to pay late fees. This, unfortunately, can keep them home instead of visiting us at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics. We [...]

Keep Your Mouth Healthy This Holiday Season With These 5 Tips

The holiday season is a time for joy but also a time for dental problems. With the mass supply of sweets, stress, and presents, your teeth are at high risk for cavities, tooth decay, and damage. Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics in Spokane Valley is here to help you keep your mouth happy and healthy through the [...]

Why Invisalign is the Perfect Orthodontic Treatment for Teens

We’re a family dentist so we know exactly what teens go through when they need to straighten their teeth. Although braces are a viable orthodontic option, many teens today actually prefer to go with a more discreet treatment like Invisalign treatment. Our dentists are here to explain why Invisalign is the perfect [...]

3 Symptoms of Gum Disease you Shouldn’t Ignore

According to the CDC, nearly 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have periodontal disease. This is equivalent to nearly 64.7 million Americans. Learning the symptoms of gum disease is important for early treatment to prevent the onset of bone loss and tooth loss. {{{{link id='50241' text='Dr. Ken and Dr. Marnie Collins in Spokane [...]

Concerned About Tooth Erosion? Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t the Answer

Lately, the word “sugar” seems to have been turned into a swear word. We’re attracted to brightly labeled food that is stamped with the words “sugar-free,” and we’re told if we avoid sugar, we’ll avoid cavities, too. So, we look for alternatives to satisfy our sweet tooth. Enter artificial sweeteners. But can they really [...]

Why Do I Need a Dental X-Ray?

If you visit your dentist every six months for a regular check-up or teeth cleaning, you’ve probably experienced a dental X-ray before. You’ve likely donning the heavy protective cover, getting up close and personal with a large X-ray machine designed specifically for your mouth. But, you might wonder, you’re an adult, so why do [...]

Am I Feeling the Early Signs of Gum Disease?

Feeling as if you’re experiencing early symptoms of any disease can be scary, but you can rest easy knowing that Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins in Spokane Valley and their dedicated team have your best interests in mind and will listen to your concerns. While there’s no way to diagnose gum disease without the help [...]

Ways to Encourage Your Child to Stop Thumbsucking

Thumbsucking is a normal habit for infants. It provides comfort and can help young children sleep. However, as children get older, thumbsucking loses its normalcy and can actually be a source of suffering down the line. Not only are school-aged thumbsuckers an easy target for teasing from other children, thumbsuckers can damage their teeth [...]

Are Things Called “Nanoparticles” the Future of Dentistry?

The word “nanoparticle” may conjure an image of scientists in a lab with tiny, sentient machines and heavy, high-tech equipment. Though the reality surrounding nanoparticles is a little less exciting, nanoparticles are having a major impact on the world of medicine, and may yet have a major impact on dentistry, specifically. What Do [...]

How Do I Protect My Child’s Protruding Tooth?

Your child has finally lost all his or her baby teeth and said goodbye to the Tooth Fairy. These teeth have to last your child the rest of their life. It’s important to protect your child’s permanent teeth. But what happens if one of your child’s permanent teeth grows in crooked and protrudes from [...]

Genetics Won’t Prevent Your Family from Enjoying Good Oral Health

It is a common belief that if both of your parents have strong teeth, you will too. Inversely, many people believe that they will inherit poor oral health through genetics. However, a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests environmental factors play a much greater role in oral health than genetic factors. This [...]

Is Psoriasis Linked to Gum Disease?

Our oral health and overall health share many important ties. Poor oral health can have many negative impacts on your overall health. This is mostly through gum disease, which is a chronic infection that can spread its impact through your body. We have seen strong links between gum disease and many serious conditions like [...]

Ancient “Dragon” Was a Bone-Cruncher (And Its Teeth Paid the Price)

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Children especially are drawn to these fascinating creatures of the past, whose seemingly infinite variety could make them incredibly cute or immensely terrifying. These days, paleontologists (the scientists who research ancient life) can not only tell us about the size and shape of these beasts, but help us understand how [...]

When Weight Loss Makes You Look Older

Congratulations! You’ve succeeded at your resolution to exercise, get fit, and lose weight. Unfortunately, though, sometimes every silver lining comes with a dark cloud. While you may like your new figure, improved health, and better energy, you might not be happy with the new, aged appearance of your face. Fortunately, there are ways to [...]

Did Primitive Metal Fillings Make Teeth Explode?

One of the most common nightmares people have is of teeth falling out. However, there’s another potential nightmare that could be even worse: teeth that explode in the mouth. But that’s exactly what happened in perhaps dozens of documented cases in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although there’s no proven explanation, there are [...]