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  • Dangers of Alcohol and Oral Health
    We often have patients who ask, “Can drinking alcohol affect my oral health?” There are, in fact, a few reasons why that martini may not be good for your pearly Read more
  • What exactly is periodontal disease?
    Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Our team at John L. Hyatt, DDS, MS, PA wants you to know that this common Read more
  • June is National Smile Month: Show off your smile!
    The community health awareness group Oral Health America has reported that 82 percent of adults are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay or cavities, Read more
  • Periodontal Surgery: Is There a Dress Code?
    If you’re scheduled for periodontal surgery at our Hickory, North Carolina office in the near future, you probably have a lot of very important questions: Will it help? Your periodontist has Read more
  • Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer
    Memorial Day didn't become an official holiday until 1971, but Americans started gathering annually in the spring to remember those who lost their lives in war during the 1860s, right Read more
  • Suffer from Dental Anxiety? Not a Problem.
    If you suffer from dental anxiety, we understand that paying a visit to our office can seem like a nearly impossible mission. Regardless of what the root of that anxiety Read more
  • Could a Night Guard Be the Answer to Your Dreams?
    Have you been having trouble getting a good night’s rest? Sometimes the reason for a poor night’s sleep is obvious. A midnight horror movie. A bedtime espresso. That anchovy and pineapple Read more
  • Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile!
    Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at John L. Hyatt, DDS, MS, PA. Read more
  • Is a Loose Tooth a Lost Tooth? Not Necessarily!
    When we were small, a loose tooth wasn’t a reason to be worried. On the contrary! It was a time to celebrate: A permanent tooth on the way. A sign Read more
  • Earth Day
    The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Read more
  • Healthy Diet, Healthier Gums?
    Since gum disease is one of the most common adult diseases, it’s no wonder periodontists like the doctor stress the importance of prevention. Effective brushing and flossing, regular dental appointments Read more
  • Oral Cancer Awareness Month
    Happy Oral Cancer Awareness Month! We know oral cancer can be kind of a scary topic, but it’s worth using this opportunity to learn about the disease and spread knowledge Read more
  • Just What Is Plaque?
    From the time you were small, you’ve been warned about the dangers of plaque. Why? Because: It’s an unappealing film that sticks to your teeth It causes cavities It causes gum disease And really, Read more
  • Three Signs You May Have Gingivitis
    Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is an early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, it’s important to visit the doctor to get proper treatment, since home care Read more
  • St. Patrick's Day
    On March 17, everyone has a little Irish in them. St. Patrick’s Day is a joyous celebration of Irish heritage. The holiday originated as a commemoration of Saint Patrick, who Read more
  • Is periodontal disease genetic?
    It can be. There is more and more evidence to suggest people may be genetically susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Read more