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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Include a Smile Makeover in Wedding Planning
...If you haven't already, now is a great time to establish healthy dental hygiene habits including proper daily brushing and flossing...

Better Dental Hygiene Means a Healthier Heart
...The methods we stress for good dental hygiene — consistent effective brushing and flossing, regular professional cleanings by a hygienist, and dental treatment when needed — are also important for the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system (from cardio, meaning heart, and vascular, meaning blood vessels)...

Diabetics, Watch Out for a Hidden Enemy: Gum Disease
...It's what you remove with daily brushing and flossing...

Are You at Advanced Risk for Gum Disease?
...This means that brushing and flossing to remove plaque is important throughout your lifetime...

Learn the Signs of Periodontal Disease
... Gums that bleed during the brushing of teeth...

Seal Your Children's Teeth from Decay
...Regular tooth brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, application of fluoride, and low sugar consumption are also important in decay prevention techniques...

Rate Your Oral Hygiene
How good of a job are you doing with brushing and flossing your teeth...

How to Obtain A Beautiful Smile Through Porcelain Veneers
...Maintaining your perfect smile requires simple brushing and flossing techniques and routine check ups...

Frequently Asked Questions About Heart and Gum Diseases
...Simply put, irregular and ineffective brushing and flossing are the root causes of periodontal disease...

Common Questions About Whitening Your Teeth
...You should be aware that tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of bleaching, but brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste containing potassium nitrate for two weeks prior to bleaching can reduce sensitivity...

Gum Disease: A "Silent" Problem You Shouldn't Ignore
...But when oral hygiene (namely, brushing and flossing) is inadequate, the environment in the mouth becomes favorable to those harmful types...

Why Your Teeth May Hurt
...Improper or excessive brushing can affect them, especially if you are genetically predisposed by having thin gums...

Cancer Treatment and Oral Health: What You Should Know
...In addition to thorough brushing, an antibacterial rinse or fluoride gel may be prescribed...

Oral Care Tips for your Toddler
...Your toddler will benefit from regular dental visits, because we will monitor tooth decay, correct brushing techniques and also, most importantly, ensure that he or she is comfortable in the dental chair...

Taking Care of your Teeth During Pregnancy Helps Both you and your Baby
...It's important then to practice good dental hygiene during your pregnancy: brushing your teeth at least twice a day with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved fluoridated toothpaste, flossing and using an ADA approved mouth rinse that deters the buildup of plaque and the occurrence of gingivitis...

Gum Disease and You: A True-False Test
...But when oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) is lacking, these can build up in a dental plaque, or biofilm...

A Clear Alternative to Braces for Teens
...The trays are meant to be worn 22 hours a day, but they can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, and, on a limited basis, special occasions...

Dental Implants and Natural Teeth: the Similarities and the Differences
...Fortunately, this infection is preventable with good brushing and flossing techniques at home, and regular professional cleanings here at the dental office...

What Causes Dental Discomfort?
... Here are some common sources of tooth sensitivity: Enamel erosion — typically caused by acidic beverages/food, regurgitation of stomach acids (due to gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] or the eating disorder bulimia), or improper brushing Tooth decay — a sugary diet and poor dental hygiene may be contributing factors Tooth fracture or chipping due to tooth grinding (bruxism) or other trauma Gum recession due to age, improper tooth brushing, or gum disease Filling that needs repair or replacement Residual effects of recent dental work Some things you can try at home to minimize sensitivity include: Ease up on the toothbrush; a light touch is all that's needed to dislodge daily plaque build-up Try using fluoride-containing toothpaste like an ointment over the affected area (fluoride decreases fluid exchange from the oral environment to the nerve inside the tooth) Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen (use judiciously and according to the package insert guidelines) Discomfort related to recent dental work should resolve on its own; give it several weeks...

Tooth-Harming Habits to Avoid
... Brushing Immediately After Eating If you were told to brush after every meal, forget it...

Top 5 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene
...Ask us about proper brushing technique if you have any questions — and, of course, make sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride...

Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Do you frequently experience bleeding gums during your daily brushing routine...

Facts You Should Know About Gum Disease
... Important Tip — Bleeding Gums when brushing teeth or flossing is not normal...

Dental Hygienist - Your Partner in Preventing Disease and Maintaining Oral Health
Keeping up your dental hygiene with daily brushing and flossing is essential to preventing disease and maintaining good oral health...

The Tale of the Toothworm
...That means brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and flossing them every day...

A "Silent" Disease Gets Recognition
...Is your brushing technique up to snuff...

Keep a Close Eye on Your Child's Fluoride Intake
... Young children tend to swallow toothpaste rather than spit it out after brushing, which could result in too much fluoride ingestion if the amount is too great...

TV's Nate Berkus Discusses Dental Sealants, Fluoride Treatments and Flossing
...During your next office visit, we can conduct a thorough examination, review your brushing and flossing techniques, examine the health of your tongue and discuss any questions you have...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery Can Restore Health as Well as Appearance to Gums
... Gum recession occurs primarily because of excessive brushing (too hard or for too long) or because of periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection that ultimately causes gum tissue to detach and pull away from the teeth...

While Usually Benign, Lichen Planus Lesions Should Still be Examined
...Gum tissues may become red and inflamed, with some soreness after brushing or eating...

Matthew Lewis Adult Orthodontics
...Compliance with the orthodontic program (meaning thorough regular brushing and flossing, wearing elastics, etc...

Regular Cleanings Benefit Both Your Dental Health and Your Smile
...Performed by a dental hygienist or dentist, cleanings serve two purposes: to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened deposits of plaque) from tooth surfaces missed during daily brushing and flossing; and to remove stains that can dull your smile...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves...

You May Need Surgery to Repair the Damage of Gum Recession
...There are a number of causes for gum recession, including overaggressive brushing or flossing, biting habits or badly fitting dentures or appliances...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it...

Take Extra Dental Care Precautions While Undergoing Orthodontic Therapy
...Holding the brush at a 45-degree angle, brush between the wire and gums all the way around both the upper and lower jaws, then repeat the same technique brushing surfaces below the wire...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
...You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile! So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups...

Keeping Gum Disease at Bay Could Help Your Overall Health
...Gum disease is caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces due to a lack of daily brushing and flossing...

America's (Dentists) Got Talent - for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth!
... We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts...

Actor David Ramsey Says: Don't Forget to Floss!
... Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them...

Where - and How - Does it Hurt? Getting to the Source of Tooth Pain
...The latter often occurs either because of over-aggressive brushing or periodontal (gum) disease...

Help 'De-Stress' Your Child's Dental Visits with these Tips
Regular dental visits are just as important for healthy teeth and gums as daily brushing and flossing...

Practice Proactive Prevention to Enhance Your Child's Dental Development
... Prevention starts at home with a daily habit of brushing and later flossing...

Look at Your Options for Saving a Tooth First Before Replacing it
... Of course, your best option is to avoid dental disease in the first place with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups...

Johnny's Teeth Aren't Rotten Any More
...But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health...

Use the Same Prevention Strategy to Defeat Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
...This introduces another commonality — they share the same prevention strategy of daily, comprehensive brushing and flossing for plaque removal, regular dental cleanings and checkups, and a sharp eye for any signs of disease like bleeding gums or tooth pain...

Best Dietary Practices for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Your diet can play as important a role in your dental health as brushing and flossing...

Holiday Tips for Healthier Teeth
...Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day are proven ways to prevent cavities and gum disease...

Baseball's Francisco Lindor Shines as "Mr. Smile"
...Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office...

Your Health Could Affect the Longevity of a Dental Implant
...Perform daily brushing and flossing (even after you receive your implant) and see your dentist regularly to help stop dental disease...

Not Crazy about Flossing? Try a Water Flosser
...A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
... For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day...

Periodontal Surgery Allows us to Access Deep Surfaces for Plaque Removal
...And as the disease progresses brushing and flossing won’t be enough — you’ll need our services and specialized equipment to fully remove the plaque and calculus...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...Let's start with the basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective...

Invisalign for Adults
...Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing...

Invisalign for Teens
...Because they're removable, there's nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing; a floss threader or interproximal brush can also be a helpful cleaning tool when needed...

Orthodontics & Dental Hygiene
...Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples — but cut them into bite-sized pieces first! And don't chew on ice, pencils, or your nails: these habits can cause damage to your appliances, and even result in chipped teeth! Daily Maintenance You know how important brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile — especially now that you're in orthodontic treatment...

How To Brush
... First, the reasons why: Brushing is an effective way to remove plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden biofilm that clings stubbornly to your teeth...

How To Floss
...Brushing is a good start — but flossing removes plaque in places a brush can't reach, like the small gaps between teeth and under the gums...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
Almost everyone understands the importance of regular brushing and flossing to their oral health...

Mouthrinses
Numerous studies have shown that using an appropriate mouthrinse, in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, is an easy and effective way for you to improve your overall oral health...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Toothpaste
...Today, most have a similar set of active ingredients, including: Abrasives, which help remove surface deposits and stains from teeth, and make the mechanical action of brushing more effective...

Inlays & Onlays
...Conscientious daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come...

Porcelain Veneers
... Caring for Your Veneers Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day...

Teeth Whitening
...First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office...

Tooth Decay Prevention
...Is your brushing technique adequate...

Tooth Wear
...The most common source of abrasion is traumatic toothbrushing, meaning that you are using a toothbrush that's too hard or applying too much force when you brush...

Age One Dental Visit
...Tips on cleaning and brushing effectively will be reviewed and a follow-up visit will be scheduled as required...

Sealants
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Teething
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Gum Grafting
... One is ineffective oral hygiene: This includes both inadequate brushing, which fails to remove dental plaque; and excessive brushing, which erodes the tissue...

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
...You will be instructed in the most effective brushing and flossing techniques, and given recommendations for products that you should use at home...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...Still, there are some important things to look for: Bleeding gums — Some people think that when their gums bleed, it simply means they're brushing too hard...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Wisdom Teeth
... You may want to eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction; likewise, be careful when brushing or putting anything in your mouth until your healing is complete...

Aging & Dental Health
... Sometimes, decreased mobility (due to arthritis or similar conditions) makes routine brushing and flossing more difficult...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
...This could occur in many dental procedures - and it could also occur during routine activities like chewing, brushing and flossing...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
... In addition to regular dental cleanings, you will need to be extra vigilant at home: proper brushing technique and the use of interdental cleaners (such as floss) are needed to clean the spaces between teeth is a must...

Fluoride
...If you maintain an effective daily routine of brushing and flossing, and avoid sugary and/or acidic foods and beverages, your decay risk will likely be low...

Nutrition & Oral Health
...If you do occasionally have a soda, swish some water in your mouth afterwards — but don't brush your teeth for at least an hour! Doing so could make it easy for tooth enamel, already softened up by acid, to be eroded away by brushing...

Oral Piercings
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Wait a full hour before brushing your teeth...

Preventive Dentistry
...Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment...

Dental Implants FAQs
... They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
...You can probably return to normal activities the following day, but you may want to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods or brushing vigorously for a few days afterwards...

Root Canal Treatment FAQs
... Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day...

Tooth Sensitivity
...This can be caused by genetic factors, periodontal disease, excessively vigorous brushing — or a combination of all three...

Implant Dentistry
...Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this...

Oral Health
...Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth...

Oral Hygiene
...Using a therapeutic mouthrinse has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone...

Pediatric Dentistry
...Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

Periodontal Therapy
... Your Role in Periodontal Health Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it's essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing...