Giving Back to Terre Haute

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Community Events

As part of our commitment to oral health education, we proudly attend community events in Terre Haute to offer expert advice and answer all your dental questions!

Giving Back

We support our community with more than just dental care. We offer our time, talent, and resources to local nonprofits and sports teams in Terre Haute.

Events for Kids

Our team knows that the best way to encourage positive dental health is to start as early as possible. We have fun events for kids to help get children excited about oral health!

Supporting Terre Haute

Local Nonprofits

As a team of dental experts, we love to see our community smile. That’s why we give back to Terre Haute by supporting local nonprofits throughout the year. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming charity events and get the details, call the office to speak with our friendly team!

Planning an Event?

If you’re planning a community event, Vivid Smiles™ would love to get involved! We’re happy to educate our community about dental health and hygiene. Contact us today to give us the details and check our schedule!

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Vivid Smiles in the News

Want to see what the team at Vivid Smiles has been up to? Check out our features in the local news for updates! We’re proud to be a part of the Terre Haute community and we feel honored to be a resource for your family when it comes to oral health and hygiene.



How Soon Can You Talk After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Embarking on the journey of wisdom teeth removal can feel overwhelming, but it's an opportunity for improved oral health and well-being.

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How Long After Wisdom Teeth Removal Can I Eat?

It's a valid concern, as food is a vital part of your daily routine and we don’t want you to be hungry!

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How Long Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Take?

Extracting impacted wisdom teeth represents one of the most routinely performed procedures by oral surgeons - typically necessary once these rearmost molars only partially emerge, increasing infection risk.

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Alternatives to Filling Cavities in Baby Teeth

As parents, we all want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their health. Did you know that there are alternatives to filling cavities in baby teeth? Keep reading to find out more!

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Can You Get Cavities on Your Front Teeth?

When it comes to oral health, most people are familiar with the concept of cavities. Cavities, also known as dental caries, are areas of decay on the surface of teeth. But can you get cavities on your front teeth?

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What Are the Side Effects of Thumbsucking?

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for babies. It has a soothing effect that can help them feel safe. But, if it goes on for too long, this habit can have dire consequences on their oral and general development.

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Can Baby Teeth Get Cavities?

Can baby teeth actually get cavities? The answer may surprise you. In this blog post, we'll explore the topic of baby teeth cavities and provide you with valuable information to help you protect your child's smile.

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What Happens if You Swallow a Tooth?

You notice after lunch that one of your teeth is missing and it dawns on you that you may have swallowed it. Or maybe your child accidentally swallowed one of their baby teeth. What should you do next?

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What Causes White Spots on Baby Teeth?

Notice white spots on your baby's teeth? What could the reason be? And, what do they mean for their oral health?

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Can Kids Use Mouthwash?

Is it a good idea to offer mouthwash to your child? Well, it depends on the age of your child, the mouthwash's ingredients, and their dentist's recommendations.

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When Do Babies Go to the Dentist?

A question we get asked a lot here at Vivid Smiles is: "When should I schedule my child's first appointment?" And the answer always is: the sooner, the better.

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What Does Laughing Gas Feel Like?

Laughing gas, scientifically known as nitrous oxide, is a colorless, odorless gas primarily used as a sedative in dental procedures. But what exactly does laughing gas feel like, and how do dentists use it?

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Is Laughing Gas Addictive?

Laughing gas is a mild sedative commonly used in dental offices to help children and anxious patients get the treatment they need. But, since laughing gas will give you a sense of euphoria, you may wonder if it could be addictive.

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Is Laughing Gas Safe?

Sometimes, before you or your child can receive dental care, the dentist might recommend laughing gas. But whenever the topic of laughing gas comes up, many patients wonder: is it truly safe? Keep reading to find out the answer!

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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Depending on how stained your teeth are, the treatment can make your smile even a few shades whiter and make you feel like a Hollywood star. So, how about whitening treatment? How long can you expect your shiny smile to last?

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What Are the Side Effects of Laughing Gas?

Dental procedures are not meant to be painful. So, before you cancel your appointment, you should consider sedation options, such as laughing gas.

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Can I Eat Before Oral Sedation Dentistry?

If you are anxious about your upcoming dental procedure, your dentist may recommend oral sedation to help ease your nerves. Whatever the reason, you are probably wondering now if there's anything you should do before the procedure.

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How Long Does Teething Last?

Teething can be an intense period both for the child and the parent. You may also want to find out how long teething lasts and what you can expect for this period.

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How Does Laughing Gas Work?

Hearing you or your child may need sedation for your next dentist visit can sound a little scary. However, when done in a controlled environment and by a trained professional, sedation is nothing to worry about. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about laughing gas and how it works.

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When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Your baby's life is full of important milestones. The first time they smile at you, the first time they roll on their bellies, their first babbles, and their first tooth. So, when do baby teeth come in? Here's what you should know.

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Does Laughing Gas Make You Say Things?

There’s a very popular movie trope: the character goes to the dentist’s office, gets laughing gas, then becomes so woozy that they spill all their secrets. Will laughing gas make you too honest? The short answer is: it’s very unlikely.

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Can You Whiten a Crown?

While you may not give it much thought when a dentist recommends placing a crown over a damaged or decayed tooth, it can completely offset your smile when it doesn’t match the shade of the rest of your teeth. Read on in this blog from Vivid Smiles to find out why dental crowns won’t respond to teeth whitening and how you can get your crown to match your natural teeth.

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Exercising After Wisdom Tooth Extraction

More often than not, wisdom tooth extraction is a simple surgery that doesn't take more than ten minutes. If you are an athlete or just someone with a very active lifestyle, you may be wondering how soon after wisdom tooth extraction you can start exercising again.

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When Is Crown Lengthening Necessary?

Crown lengthening is a pretty common dental procedure, but most patients don’t know exactly what it is, who needs it, or how it works. In this blog from Vivid Smiles, we’ll discuss the basics, including why you may need crown lengthening, how it works, and what you can expect as you recover from the procedure at our Terre Haute dental office.

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Can You Drive After Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a very common type of sedation used for dental procedures. Usually, when people think about sedation dentistry, they may think of more extensive forms which will put you to sleep and make you groggy for a few days. But this is not the case with laughing gas.

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When Does Jaw Pain Become an Emergency?

Experiencing jaw pain? Read this article to learn what causes jaw pain and telling signs that your jaw pain is an emergency.

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Is a Root Canal a Dental Emergency?

If you have a tooth infection that might require root canal therapy, the Vivid Smiles team can help. Our restorative care services can ensure your teeth are healthy, and your smile is picture-perfect, so we encourage you to stop by for a consultation!

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What If My Cavity Filling Falls Out?

Dental fillings are needed to replace missing tooth tissue that’s lost because of a cavity.

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Myths About Sedation Dentistry

It's estimated that about 36% of the population suffers from dental fear. In other words, about 36% of people avoid or postpone going to the dentist to get the treatment they need because they are afraid.

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How to Handle a Loose Tooth

If you notice a loose permanent tooth or prematurely loose baby tooth, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact us at Vivid Smiles.

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How To Help Your Dental Anxiety – Simple Tips, Techniques, And Recommendations

Dental anxiety is extremely common. Most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist, and it’s been estimated that up to 36% of people suffer from some level of dental anxiety, with up to 12% experiencing severe dental fear.

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Does My Child’s Breath Smell Bad? Should I Be Worried?

Everyone has nasty breath from time to time, kids included. But if you notice that your child’s breath is consistently smelly, you may be wondering why, and if you should worry about it. In this blog from Vivid Smiles, we’ll discuss a few common causes of bad breath (halitosis), and whether or not you should see Dr. Paruchuri or Dr. Sahai for further diagnosis and treatment. 

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Tooth Extraction Aftercare Tips – What To Do After Your Surgery

If you’re getting a tooth extraction at Vivid Smiles, you may be wondering what to do as you recover from surgery. Dr. Nilanchal Sahai will provide you with comprehensive instructions after your procedure, which you should follow closely.

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How Custom Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits Work

If you’re interested in a brighter smile in Terre Haute, a custom take-home teeth whitening kit from Dr. Nilanchal Sahai may be right for you. Take-home whitening from Vivid Smiles allows you to whiten your teeth at home and still get professional-grade results.

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Use Your Dental Benefits Before You Lose Them – And Get The Care You Need

If you’re not using your dental benefits to their maximum every year, you may be leaving money on the table. In this blog from Vivid Smiles, we’ll discuss how you can maximize your benefits – and use them before you lose them!

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Preparing Your Family For The Dentist – Our Top Tips

If you’re about to visit Vivid Smiles for the first time with your kids, you may be wondering how you can prepare your family for the dentist and make sure their visit goes smoothly. Read on, and get some top tips from our team.

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What To Do If Your Crown Or Filling Falls Out – Get The Help You Need!

Losing a crown or a filling can be stressful and scary, but it’s actually not a huge deal, particularly if you can get emergency dental care from Vivid Smiles right away. Read on to learn everything you need to know about what to do if your crown or filling falls out, and make sure you take the right steps to protect your oral health.

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Maximizing Your Dental Benefits This Year – What You Should Know

If you have a dental insurance plan, you may be wondering how you can make the most of your benefits as the year comes to a close. In this blog from Vivid Smiles, we’ll discuss what you should know about making the most of your benefits. Let’s get started now! 

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What To Do If Your Child Chips a Tooth: Your Step-By-Step Guide

Nobody wants to go through a dental emergency, but accidents happen, and it’s important to be prepared. Chipped teeth are a common problem in kids, and can happen if they’re horsing around, if they slip and fall, or even if they are accidentally hit hard while playing sports like soccer. 

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How Visiting the Dentist Can Be Affordable – Top Tips & Strategies

It can be hard to stay within your budget when getting dental care, particularly if you have a large family. But going to the dentist doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In this guide from Vivid Smiles, we’ll look at a few tips and strategies you can use to make your six-month dental visits more affordable.

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Fortify Your Body With Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth (And Immune System)

Wondering how you can improve your immune system and your oral health? In this blog from Vivid Smiles, we’ll take a look at a few types of food that are good for both your mouth and your immune system. Read on, and learn with us.

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Is Mouthwash Necessary For My Oral Health? What You Need To Know

Whether you already use mouthwash as part of your oral hygiene routine, or you’re considering incorporating mouthwash into your daily teeth cleaning regimen, you might be wondering if it’s actually effective. Does it do anything, and is it really necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Find out in this blog from Vivid Smiles now! 

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Regular Cleanings Vs. Deep Cleanings: What’s The Difference?

If you have not been to the dentist in a little while, you may be a little bit confused about the preventive care you need during your next visit. Can you get a regular teeth cleaning, or do you need a “deep cleaning?”

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Can a Dentist Extract a Tooth in a Dental Emergency?

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in Terre Haute, you may be wondering what to expect during an urgent visit to the dentist. Will your damaged or infected tooth need to be extracted? Will your treatment hurt? At Vivid Smiles, we offer conservative, gentle treatment and we will always do everything we can to save damaged teeth before we suggest an extraction. 

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Choosing a Family Dentist

Nothing is more important than your family’s health, and deciding on a dentist can seem like a daunting task. The team at Vivid Smiles is here with expert advice when it comes to how to choose the best family dentist for you and your loved ones.

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