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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
...If you are not brushing and flossing effectively, plaque irritates your gum tissues and causes an inflammation and swelling called gingivitis...

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...

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...

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...

Top 5 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene
...Plus, when it comes to preventing periodontal (gum) disease, flossing may be even more important than brushing, since it can actually remove plaque (a bacterial film) from under the gums...

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...

TV's Nate Berkus Discusses Dental Sealants, Fluoride Treatments and Flossing
...Berkus is also an avid “flosser” and follows the important flossing advice he learned from his dentist: “Floss the ones you want to keep...

While Usually Benign, Lichen Planus Lesions Should Still be Examined
... If the lesions do become bothersome (painful, itchy or overly-sensitive), there are some ways to ease discomfort: brushing with a soft toothbrush (to minimize irritation), flossing, and avoiding acidic or spicy foods and beverages which have been known to cause flare-ups...

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
...The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat: https://instagram...

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
...Kids can usually take over the task of brushing by themselves around age 6, but may still need help with flossing...

Take Extra Dental Care Precautions While Undergoing Orthodontic Therapy
...Flossing can be difficult while wearing braces, but plaque removal from between teeth is necessary for healthier teeth and gums...

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!
...So why is flossing so important...

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...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
... Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about 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...

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
...You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser...

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...

Dr. Travis Stork: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums
...” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...While it's easy to use, an oral irrigator isn't a substitute for a toothbrush or dental floss — but when used along with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can be very 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
... Variations for Comfort If you're having trouble with the two-finger method, here's another way to try flossing: Just tie the same amount of floss into a big loop, place all your fingers (but not thumbs) inside the loop, and work it around your teeth with index fingers and thumbs...

How To Floss
...Flossing is probably your single most important weapon against plaque, the clingy bacterial biofilm that sticks to the surfaces of your teeth...

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...

Tips to Prevent Cavities
...Flossing is particularly important because a toothbrush can't reach in between the teeth the way floss can...

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
...Keeping up a regular habit of brushing and flossing, getting adequate fluoride, and a diet with limited acidic foods is certainly helpful...

Gum Grafting
...Your regimen should include proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, a healthy diet and regular dental and periodontal checkups...

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...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...It may be possible to prevent this from occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses); it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office cleanings...

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...

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...

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...

Professional Teeth Cleanings
...It may be possible to prevent this from occuring in the future with oral hygiene measures you can perform at home (such as improved flossing techniques or special mouthrinses); it might also indicate that you need more frequent in-office cleanings...

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

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...

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...