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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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... Inlays & Onlays Surgical treatments Extractions Surgical Extractions Removal of wisdom teeth Implant placement TMJ Treatment Diagnosis of problems between your jaw, muscles and TMJ (temperomandibular joint) Tekscan - computer scan that analyzes your bite Centric Relation diagnostic models Splint Therapy Medications as needed to relax muscles Reshaping, or adding to your teeth if necessary to align your TMJ & your bite Coordination with expert physical therapists & surgeons, as needed Emergency Treatment For patients with pain, swelling and trauma Extractions & Surgical extractions Root Canal Therapy Replacing teeth knocked out due to an accident Preventive care Sealants, cleanings fluoride treatment exams  treating tiny cavities before they get big...

Sealants FAQ: How Do Sealants Prevent Decay and Protect Your Child's Teeth?
... Good oral hygiene habits, nutrition (including low sugar consumption), together with fluoride, sealants, and regular dental visits strengthen the teeth and can dramatically reduce tooth decay...

Say Goodbye to Metal and Hello to Tooth-Colored Fillings
... These techniques are also suitable for children's teeth and can incorporate fluoride to reduce further decay...

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...

How Does Tooth Bleaching Work?
...Other causes of intrinsic discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride or tetracycline antibiotic administration during childhood, tooth decay, or root canal problems, among others...

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
... DO: Encourage your Child to Brush Every Day with Fluoride Toothpaste...

The Importance of Oral Hygiene During Cancer Treatment
...Some solutions we may recommend are a fluoride treatment or antibacterial rinse...

10 Facts You Should Know About Tooth Decay
... Fluoride incorporated into the tooth structure protects teeth against decay by making the enamel more resistant to acid attack...

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...

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...

End the Embarrassment of Stained Teeth with Whitening
... There are two basic types of tooth staining or discoloration: extrinsic, in which the stain is on the surface of the teeth and mostly caused by substances like coffee, wine or tobacco; and intrinsic, which occurs deep within the tooth, caused by such factors as aging, previous dental treatments and fillings, the use of antibiotics (tetracycline, predominantly), or over-exposure to fluoride...

Protect Your Veneers With a Few Common Sense Precautions
...And, there’s no need for specially formulated toothpastes — any non-abrasive fluoride brand will work...

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

Keep a Close Eye on Your Child's Fluoride Intake
Fluoride has been proven to strengthen tooth enamel against decay...

Determining the Right Whitening Approach is Key to Brightening a Dull Smile
...It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline...

TV's Nate Berkus Discusses Dental Sealants, Fluoride Treatments and Flossing
...Berkus states, “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child...

Stains from Within a Tooth Require Professional Whitening
... There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice...

Take Extra Dental Care Precautions While Undergoing Orthodontic Therapy
... Incorporate Fluoride into Your Dental Care...

Actor David Ramsey Discusses Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
... Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
...But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss...

Practice Proactive Prevention to Enhance Your Child's Dental Development
... Some children are also at greater risk for tooth decay and could benefit from applications of topical fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, or a sealant to help protect the teeth...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...But be sure the electric brush is set to a moderate power level, and don't let its vibrations cause the back of the brush to hit the braces! You should brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least two times per day (preferably after meals), for at least two minutes each time...

Orthodontics & Dental Hygiene
...The office staff will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you when your braces are put on — but if you ever have questions, don't hesitate to ask! Depending on your situation, an in-office or at-home supplemental fluoride treatment may be recommended to boost your cavity resistance...

How To Brush
... Besides removing plaque, the fluoride in toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel and makes teeth more decay-resistant...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
...Yet proper cleaning of the interdental areas (the small spaces between teeth) is crucial — and here's why: Consistent brushing with fluoride toothpaste has been proven effective at removing dental plaque from the tooth's surfaces and making them more resistant to decay...

Mouthrinses
... To help prevent tooth decay, anti-cariogenic mouthrinses use an ingredient you're probably already familiar with: fluoride...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
... Brush your baby's first teeth gently with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush, using just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, at least once a day at bedtime...

Tips to Prevent Cavities
...Brush your teeth at least twice each day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride — a mineral that can become part of your tooth enamel and actually repair tiny cavities that are starting to form...

Toothpaste
... Fluoride, the vital tooth-protective ingredient in toothpaste...

Fillings
... Glass Ionomer — Made of acrylic and glass powders, these inexpensive, translucent fillings have the advantages of blending in pretty well with natural tooth color and releasing small amounts of fluoride to help prevent decay...

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...

Age One Dental Visit
...If any treatments (such as fluoride) are needed, a full explanation will be given...

Fluoride & Your Child
Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is essential for proper tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay...

Pregnancy & Your Child's Developing Teeth
...Fluoride supplementation at this time is not recommended either, as there are too many unanswered questions about its use during pregnancy...

Sealants
...Fluoride, which is found in toothpaste and some drinking water — and in treatments provided at the dental office — can strengthen enamel, but, again, it's hard to get fluoride into those pits and fissures on a regular basis...

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

Dry Mouth
...Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste; this will remove bacterial plaque and add minerals to strengthen your teeth...

Eating Disorders & Oral Health
...Sometimes a sodium fluoride mouthrinse is recommended to strengthen the enamel and reduce its loss...

Fluoride
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present to some degree in both fresh and salt water sources...

Nutrition & Oral Health
...Learn new important facts about sugars — the good and the bad; fluorides; tooth erosion by acids; and more...

Preventive Dentistry
... Fluoride...

Laser Decay Diagnosis
...It's probably due in part to improved oral hygiene, and, ironically, the increased use of fluoride in toothpaste and in tap water...

Tooth Sensitivity
...Always use a toothpaste containing fluoride, as this ingredient is proven to increase the strength of tooth enamel, which helps resist erosion...

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
... Make sure you're getting the proper amount of fluoride...

Pediatric Dentistry
...They include: Topical FluorideFluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay...