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Gum Disease and Diabetes Nov 1st, 2022

Diabetes and gum disease share a close, two-way relationship. People with diabetes are three times more likely to develop gum disease compared to those who don’t have the disease. And gum disease can contribute to or worsen diabetes. Our seasoned team at AnnMarie Olson DDS PA, can help you prevent...

The Best and Worst Halloween Treats for Your Teeth Oct 1st, 2022

Whoever said “candy is dandy” was not a dentist. Although we all love Halloween as much as the next family, we don’t love the after-effects of too many sugary treats.  With some guidance, though, you and your kids can sift through the night’s booty to find the healthiest treats and...

Who Needs a Temp Crown? We Make Crowns in a Day Sep 1st, 2022

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums takes effort. Despite vigilant at-home oral care and routine professional dental cleanings and checkups, most of us will still get cavities or issues like cracked or damaged teeth. For some of us, our dental issues will lead to losing teeth. In fact, about 178 million Americans are...

Don't Ignore Your Oral Health Because of Fear: We Have Sedation Options Aug 1st, 2022

Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned and your mouth examined provoke heart palpitations and sweaty palms? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 10%-20% of adults suffer from dental anxiety. But skipping dental care should provoke more concern. Doing so puts you at risk for severe oral health conditions...

Combining Dental Procedures for a Custom Smile Makeover Just for You Jul 1st, 2022

Appearances are sometimes everything. When you’re looking your best, it’s easy to summon stores of confidence. It might be a new outfit, great shoes, or a hairstyle that just works. More permanently, there’s your smile.  Is it everything you want it to be? Perhaps you’d like a little more Hollywood...

5 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants Over Dentures Jun 1st, 2022

You might think that missing teeth are largely a cosmetic concern, but in truth, your oral health is jeopardized when you’re missing one or more teeth. In fact, you can increase your risk of developing tooth decay and losing jawbone mass if you have missing teeth.  You have options to...

Is Your Tooth Sensitive to Hot or Cold? It Could Be Cracked May 1st, 2022

Tooth sensitivity can stem from several causes, some minor, others more serious. The best thing to do if you notice a tooth hurting when you eat or drink something hot or cold is to make a dental appointment to find out what’s going on.  At AnnMarie Olson DDS PA, in...

What Is Tongue Scraping and Should You Be Doing It? Apr 1st, 2022

If you think brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and seeing your dentist twice a year is what you should do for your oral hygiene, you wouldn’t be wrong, but you could add one missing step: scraping your tongue. That’s right. Dentists recommend scraping your tongue in addition to the other good...

Why Straight Teeth Go Beyond a Pretty Smile (Invisalign) Mar 2nd, 2022

There’s no question that straight teeth make for an attractive smile, and that’s often why patients make the choice for treatment. However, AnnMarie Olson, DDS might recommend Invisalign® dental aligners for reasons other than appearance.  Your teeth work together as a system, and their alignment is crucial for health reasons,...

Got a Gummy Smile? Just One of Many Reasons to Consider Veneers Feb 1st, 2022

Few of us are born with perfect smiles. From alignment issues to gaps, there are too many things that can go wrong with your teeth and your gums.  And if you’re like 10% of the population, you have what’s considered a gummy smile.  Fortunately, there’s a way to restack the...

What is a Deep Dental Cleaning and Why Would I Need One? Jan 1st, 2022

Nearly half of adults have chronic periodontitis, an unhealthy inflammation of the gums. If not controlled, this condition can eventually cause your gums to recede, resulting in tooth loss. Plaque is a form of bacteria. Your mouth is awash in bacteria around the clock. When plaque isn’t removed or removed...

How Untreated Dry Mouth Can Damage Your Oral Health and What to do About It Dec 7th, 2021

Your mouth is constantly sticky, pasty, or bone dry and you try to address the problem by increasing the amount of water you drink. Unfortunately, water only provides temporary relief since the problem likely stems from underactive salivary glands. Called dry mouth, Dr. AnnMarie Olson and our team have considerable...

Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth: Why Alignment Matters Nov 1st, 2021

Fixing misaligned teeth isn’t only an aesthetic win. Correcting crooked teeth also promotes healthy teeth and gums.  At her practice in Austin, TX, Dr. AnnMarie Olson has corrected a wide range of orthodontic problems with Invisalign® aligners. She explains why this benefits her patients beyond their beautiful new smiles.     Minimizes...

How Age Can Affect Oral Health Oct 1st, 2021

Your teeth have served you well over the years, but now you’re facing increasing problems with your dental health. You‘re not alone. Age can have a significant impact on your oral health, which explains why an eye-opening 20% of people over the age of 65 in the United States are...

5 Reasons Your Teeth Aren’t White Anymore Sep 1st, 2021

Are you among the many Americans who cover their mouths when they smile due to yellow or stained teeth?  If so, it’s time for a professional teeth whitening treatment. You’ll wonder why you waited so long. At her state-of-the-art dental practice in Austin, Texas, Dr. AnnMarie Olson offers the most...

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe? Aug 11th, 2021

Lots of people dread going to the doctor and the dentist. In fact, roughly one in five people reports feeling nervous about an upcoming dental appointment. But if you want to stay healthy, regular preventive visits go a long way.  That’s why, at our office in Austin, Texas, Dr. AnnMarie...

Dental Implants: An Unparalleled Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth Jul 7th, 2021

Losing a tooth can have severe consequences for your face and your smile. Losing just one tooth can lead to losing more teeth, and it can lead to significant changes in your facial structure. When it comes to deciding how to replace your tooth, implants are the option that gives...

6 Problems Invisalign Corrects Jun 11th, 2021

If you have orthodontic problems that you think only braces can fix, think again. Invisalign® aligners are an alternative treatment that correct many of the same bite issues to give you a beautiful, straight smile that you’re proud to show off. These aligners are truly invisible (no one will see...

Veneers Can Give You That Celebrity-Level Smile You've Always Wanted May 6th, 2021

Your teeth are subject to a lot of wear-and-tear, from chips and cracks to stains and discoloration. After a while, you might notice that your smile appears less than camera-ready.  Self-consciousness about the appearance of your teeth can make you hang back in social and professional situations, to the detriment...

Bad Habits That Could Be Ruining Your Teeth Apr 13th, 2021

About 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth and nearly 180 million are missing at least one tooth. These huge numbers don’t even take tooth decay into account — 92% of adults and 42% of kids ages 2-11 have at least one cavity.  These are startling numbers, but...

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Mar 1st, 2021

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder. Plus, 48% of Americans reportedly snore. If snoring is keeping you or your family members awake at night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Located in Austin, Texas, AnnMarie Olson DDS, PA...

When is Full Mouth Rehabilitation Appropriate? Feb 1st, 2021

While many people undergo multiple procedures to improve the appearance of their teeth, a full mouth rehabilitation aims to improve the health and functionality of your entire mouth. While you might get some cosmetic treatments done at the same time, the end goal is to rebuild or restore your teeth,...

Help! I'm Scared to Go to the Dentist Jan 1st, 2021

Do you start to feel anxious every time you make a dental appointment? Are you apprehensive with the idea of someone going near your mouth with dental tools? If these apply to you, sedation dentistry might be an option that can help lessen your anxiety about visiting the dentist. Dr....

When Would I Need a Dental Crown? Dec 1st, 2020

Whether to improve function or appearance, dental crowns have many uses. When you need a dental crown depends on your dental problem or cosmetic concerns. Our team of dental experts at AnnMarie Olson DDS PA in Austin, Texas, uses dental crowns to address many dental issues. Here, we want to...

A Dental Solution for Sleep Apnea Nov 11th, 2020

Sleep apnea does more than annoy your partner. It can increase your risk of developing hypertension and experiencing daytime fatigue.  About 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but the condition’s complications are easy to prevent.  To help you out, we asked our specialists at AnnMarie Olson, DDS, PA, all...

How to Care for Your Invisalign Trays Oct 1st, 2020

There’s no question that life with Invisalign® overcomes many of the drawbacks of traditional braces when you need to address your teeth alignment issues. The series of progressive aligner trays are removable, so you don’t need to adapt your diet as you would with braces. Simply pop out your aligner...

Why Veneers Remain a Popular Choice For Correcting Your Smile Sep 4th, 2020

Your smile says a lot about you. It shows when you’re happy and when you’re having fun. But when your teeth are stained, chipped, cracked, or misaligned, it can hurt your confidence and make you hide your smile. At AnnMarie Olson DDS PA, our expert team understands the role healthy...

Sedation Dentistry: The Answer for Managing Dental Phobia Aug 10th, 2020

Having routine dental checkups and professional cleanings are critical to protecting your dental health. However, an estimated 9-15% of Americans have such a severe fear of the dentist that they avoid seeing a dentist. If you’re not having preventative dental care, you’re putting yourself at risk of tooth decay, gum...

How Do Implant Crowns Help? Jul 15th, 2020

Gum disease. Infection. Trauma. Each of these has one thing in common: They can result in tooth loss. If you’re a victim of tooth loss, regardless of the cause, you’ve more than likely explored options to replace your missing teeth. Some options seem financially attractive upfront, like dentures, but they...

5 Reasons to Consider Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Jun 10th, 2020

The term “full-mouth rehabilitation” may sound unfamiliar and even a little intimidating, but once you learn what it’s all about, you’ll probably wish you’d known about it sooner!  If you have multiple dental concerns that need attention, it could take several visits over several months to address them all. And...

Sleep Apnea Treatments That Work May 22nd, 2020

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you’re definitely not alone. About 22 million Americans have it, which means disrupted sleep, aggravated bed partners, and lots of tired people. But there are options to improve your quality of sleep and everyone’s quality of life. The experienced dental team at AnnMarie Olson...

Invisalign® Makes it Easier Than Ever to Straighten Your Teeth Apr 10th, 2020

At the offices of Dr. AnnMarie Olson in Austin, Texas, patients choose Invisalign® over braces because they can look fabulous while straightening their teeth with clear, invisible aligners. Then they’re wonderfully surprised to learn that the process of getting and using Invisalign is incredibly easy. Here are the top four...

Don’t Like Your CPAP? We Have a More Comfortable Option for Your Sleep Apnea Mar 2nd, 2020

If you wake up feeling fatigued and have dry mouth and a headache, you could be one of the 25 million Americans who live with sleep apnea. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has long been the go-to treatment for sleep apnea, we find that many of our patients don’t...

5 Benefits of Sedation Dentistry Feb 27th, 2020

Dental anxiety and phobias exist, and they can keep you from getting the oral care you need to keep teeth and gums healthy. But how do you overcome your fear of the dental chair? At the offices of Dr. AnnMarie Olson in her dental practice in Austin, Texas, you'll have...

Waking Up with a Sore Jaw? You're Likely Grinding Your Teeth Jan 14th, 2020

Nearly everyone has clenched or gnashed their teeth at least once in their lifetime. But nightly teeth grinding can hurt your jaw and ruin your smile. At our practice, AnnMarie Olson DDS PA, our team of exceptional dental experts provides personalized care to the residents of Austin, Texas. We’re committed...

4 Reasons Veneers May Be Right for You Dec 5th, 2019

Dental veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, and for good reason. These custom-made, wafer-thin shells affixed to the surfaces to your natural teeth, can correct many smile flaws. What’s more, the procedure is easy, pain-free, and the results are amazing. Veneers, made of porcelain or resin composite,...