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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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Halitosis
...Brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash will usually take care of the problem...

Banish Bad Breath
...Brushing and flossing regularly, especially after eating, can dislodge food trapped between teeth (interdental) and under the gums (subgingival), depriving microbes of a ready-made meal...

50 Cent Tweets His Dental Exam
... So talk about it, tweet about it — but don't neglect it! Along with regular brushing and flossing, routine dental checkups are the best way for you to maintain good oral hygiene — and prevent future dental problems...

Actress Jennie Garth Shares Tips for Making Oral Health Fun!
...Parents should establish a brushing routine with their kids starting around age 2, when the mouth is becoming filled with teeth...

Oral Irrigation for Cleaning Between the Teeth
...For example, a 2008 study showed that orthodontic patients who used an irrigator with a special tip after brushing normally were able to remove five times as much plaque as those who used brushing alone...

Bad Breath Might be a Sign of a More Serious Oral Condition
...Effective daily brushing and flossing (along with semi-annual office cleanings) removes much of the offending bacterial plaque...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Risk for Tooth Decay
...Brushing at least once daily (twice is better) removes plaque, while flossing removes plaque between teeth that can’t be reached with a brush...

TV Anchor Nancy O'Dell Discusses Pregnancy and Oral Health
... It's especially important to maintain good oral hygiene during pregnancy with routine brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings...

Oral Hygiene Made Simple
...  This article got us thinking about our oral hygiene recommendations, in terms of brushing technique we believe in the Modified Bass technique, holding the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the teeth/tissues and moving in small circular motions...

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...

Florence Henderson Talks About Preventative Dentistry
...“Flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups are vitally important if you want to keep your natural teeth...

Facts About Those Amazing Wonders Called Teeth
...With daily brushing and flossing and at least a couple of visits a year to our office for cleanings and checkups, you can help thwart many of those enemies...

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...

Can an App Help You Brush Your Teeth?
...And shortly, you’ll be able to check how well you’ve been brushing your teeth...

FAQs: Keeping Your Mouth Healthy After Gum Disease Treatment
... Keeping your oral hygiene in top-notch condition — which includes effective brushing and flossing every day — can go a long way toward controlling gum disease...

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...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
Brushing and flossing are foundational to good oral health and an essential part of daily life...

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...

Dr. Travis Stork: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums
...Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely...

Getting the Full Picture of Your Decay Risk Leads to Better Prevention Strategies
Preventing tooth decay is mostly about the basics: daily brushing and flossing followed by regular dental cleanings and checkups...

Clear Aligners Reduce Risk for Developing Gum Disease Better than Braces
...It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups...

4 Tips for Instilling Good Family Hygiene Habits
...Brushing and flossing are the primary ways to remove bacterial plaque from teeth, the main cause for dental disease...

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...

Treating Dry Mouth is Important for Maintaining Good Oral Health
... The most important thing for chronic dry mouth is maintaining consistent daily hygiene through brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings and checkups...

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...

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...

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

Use Partial Dentures Wisely to Protect Your Future Oral Health
... Regardless of your choice in dentures, it’s always important to maintain good consistent oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing and semi-annual professional cleanings and checkups...

Be Thankful for Good Oral Health
...If your teeth and gums have been trouble-free this year, congratulations! If not, here’s how to start making next year a better one for your oral health: No Rushing When Brushing It takes time to do a good job on the vital task of brushing your 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...

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...

4 Tips for Achieving Better Hygiene
...” Brushing your teeth is no exception...

3 Things to Consider for Lowering Your Child's Risk for Cavities
... You can help prevent ECC with daily brushing and cleaning, regular dental visits (beginning around their first birthday) and limiting the sugar they eat...

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

Encourage Your College-Bound Child to Practice Good Oral Health Habits
...Hopefully, they've already developed good hygiene habits like daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits...

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...

Teeth Make a Picture-Perfect Smile
...Barely visible and entirely invisible orthodontic appliances include clear braces, lingual braces (attached to the tongue-facing side of teeth) and clear aligners, which are removable for tooth brushing/flossing, cleaning the appliance, eating, and special occasions...

Boost Your Overall Health by Reducing Gum Inflammation
...Practice daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque, and visit your dentist regularly for more thorough cleanings...

Don't let Periodontal Disease Cause Your Gums to Recede
... Other than daily brushing and flossing, the most important thing you can do for gum health is to see us as soon as you notice any signs of gum problems like swelling, bleeding or tooth sensitivity...

Why Smoking and Dental Implants Don't Mix
...And you can further reduce your chances for failure by practicing diligent daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups...

Winning the War on Gum Disease Requires Post-Treatment Vigilance
... It begins with you learning and applying effective brushing and flossing techniques, and being consistent with these habits every day...

Gum Infection Around Tooth Roots Calls for Immediate Action
... Gum disease is caused mainly by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles built up on teeth due to ineffective brushing and flossing...

Avoid Bone Loss around Tooth Roots through Regular Dental Care
...If you're not diligent about removing plaque through daily brushing and flossing, it can become a feeding ground for certain strains of bacteria that trigger gum infections...

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...

Gum Recession Could Shorten the Life of Your Teeth
...Over-aggressive brushing (too hard for too long), ironically, does more harm than good as it can injure your gums and cause them to recede...

4 Things that can Cause Gum Recession and What to do About Them
...To prevent gum disease, you should practice daily brushing and flossing and see your dentist at least twice a year to thoroughly remove plaque...

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...

Keep Alert for this Extreme Form of Gingivitis
...Fortunately, though, prompt treatment by a dentist removing plaque from teeth and gums, along with you reinstituting daily brushing and flossing, can stop gingivitis and help restore health to your gums...

Healthy Smiles for Alfonso Ribeiro and Family
... Keep Up the Good Work—That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, every single day...

Here's What You Can Do to Avoid Gum Disease
... Daily brushing and flossing can remove most of this plaque buildup, but you also need to get professional dental cleanings at least twice a year...

Tooth Sensitivity Could Be a Sign of Deeper Problems
...The most important thing you can do is practice daily brushing and flossing to reduce bacterial plaque and see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups...

Gum Disease Could be Affecting More Than Just Your Mouth
...You can do this by brushing twice and flossing once every day to keep dental plaque, the main trigger for gum disease, from accumulating on tooth surfaces...

These 4 Habits Could Help You Avoid Gum Disease
...Practice daily brushing and flossing...

Recessed Gums Could Endanger Your Teeth
...Over-aggressive brushing could also contribute to recession...

Stay Ahead of Gum Disease Re-Infection with Periodontal Maintenance
...You'll have to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to curb that development...

Why Gum Disease Could Affect More Than Your Oral Health
...Prevention starts with a daily practice of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque...

The Howie Mandel Effect: Avoid Dental Disease Through Daily Brushing and Flossing
...You’ll be using that time—less than one percent of your 1,440 daily minutes—brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque buildup...

Your Gum Tissue 'Biotype' Could Determine How Gum Disease Affects You
...First and foremost, practice effective daily hygiene with brushing and flossing to remove bacterial plaque, the main cause of gum disease...

Prompt Treatment for Gum Disease Could Ultimately Save Your Teeth
...Prevention begins with daily brushing and flossing, and continues with regular dental cleanings and checkups...

Get a Dental Exam as Soon as Possible if you Suspect Gum Disease
...Plaque buildup most often occurs when a person doesn't practice effective oral hygiene: daily brushing and flossing and professional cleanings at least twice a year...

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...

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