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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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...The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco...

Are You at Advanced Risk for Gum Disease?
... You smoke or chew tobacco...

How Does Tooth Bleaching Work?
...Discoloration can also be caused by external staining from certain foods, drinks, or tobacco products...

Common Questions About Whitening Your Teeth
...Keeping up with your regular oral hygiene routine at home and your professional cleanings at the dentist's office will help maintain the results; so will avoiding tobacco and beverages that stain, such as red wine, tea and coffee...

Oral Cancer Overview: What You Should Know
...So, while long-time tobacco users and heavy drinkers still need screenings, most young people do too...

Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?
... Risk Factors You Can Address Smoking and chewing tobacco — Smokers are at five to nine times greater risk and snuff and tobacco chewers at about four times greater risk Alcohol — Moderate to heavy drinkers are at three to nine times greater risk; the higher the alcohol content, the greater the risk Chronic sun exposure — Often connected with lip cancers...

Top 5 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene
...Some you already know: smoking (or using tobacco products of any kind); excessive consumption of alcohol; chewing on pencils, fingernails, or anything else that doesn’t belong in your mouth...

Kicking the Tobacco Chewing Habit a Must for Long-Term Health
Chewing tobacco, especially among young athletes, is considered fashionable — the “cool” thing to do...

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...

4 Tips to Help you Quit the Smoking Habit
...But deciding and following through are two different things: many smokers find it painfully difficult to quit due to their addiction to nicotine, tobacco’s active ingredient...

While Usually Benign, Lichen Planus Lesions Should Still be Examined
...And regardless of whether you have the condition or not, regular oral cancer screenings, as well as limits on alcohol consumption and stopping use of tobacco, will also reduce your risk of oral cancer...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...It may also result from bite problems, the overuse of stimulating substances (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs), and as a side effect of certain medications...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
...Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit...

Game, Set, Match: Milos Raonic Says A Mouthguard Helps Him Win
...The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs...

Life Is Sometimes a Grind for Brooke Shields
...Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...These include drinking plenty of water and avoiding soda, sports drinks and energy drinks, all of which are highly acidic; avoiding tobacco and alcohol; and continuing to visit the dental office regularly for cleanings and exams...

Age One Dental Visit
...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...

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...

Oral Systemic Connection
...Maintaining a healthy weight, getting moderate exercise (and, if you use tobacco, quitting the habit) will help with this...

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...

Oral Cancer Screening
... Of course, the other major risk factors still apply: If you're middle aged or older, a moderate to heavy drinker or a long-time tobacco user, you have a greater chance of developing oral cancer...

Bad Breath
...A chronically dry mouth (xerostomia), which is often a side effect of certain medications, and tobacco use can also contribute to this problem...

Geographic Tongue
... Discomfort from the condition can sometimes be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers; mouthrinses containing anesthetics, antihistamines, or steroids; and by avoiding certain irritants such as tobacco, alcohol, and foods that are spicy, salty or acidic...

Oral Cancer
...Giving up tobacco in all forms, along with alcohol are big ones...

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...

Stress & Oral Habits
...Using stimulating substances such as caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs can also put you at risk...

Oral Hygiene
... Quit tobacco...

Pediatric Dentistry
...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...

Periodontal Therapy
... Eating a nutritious diet low in sugar, and staying away from tobacco in all forms, will also increase your periodontal health — and your chances of keeping your teeth for life...