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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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...However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay...

Actress Jennie Garth Shares Tips for Making Oral Health Fun!
...A soft, child's size toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste and plenty of parental help is good for toddlers...

Develop a Long-Term Strategy to Prevent Tooth Decay
...We each don’t share the same level of risk for tooth decay, so it’s important to come to terms with any factors that raise your personal risk for the disease — your dental history, inadequate oral hygiene, absence of fluoride use, and lifestyle habits like smoking...

Learn About Living the Life You Love with Designer Nate Berkus
...He thanks his childhood dentist for giving him fluoride treatments and sealants, and for teaching him healthy dental hygiene habits...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Risk for Tooth Decay
... Do I use fluoride toothpaste...

Oral Hygiene Made Simple
...The fluoride in the tap water will also decrease the acidity levels in your mouth which can lead to decay and cavities...

Word Quiz on Oral Hygiene
... Choose the correct meaning for: Oral Hygiene Clean language The practice of keeping your teeth and gums clean A shade of lipstick A type of dental surgery Biofilm A movie about a person’s life, such as “Ray Charles” A new kind of cling wrap An accumulation of bacteria that forms a whitish, sticky film A tooth whitener Dental plaque A type of instrument used to clean teeth Bacteria that accumulate on teeth and gums An award given at the Dental Oscar ceremony Your dentist’s framed diploma Inflammation The body’s response to harmful bacteria A condition in which your gums become red and swollen and bleed easily A cause of gingivitis All of the above Periodontal disease Any disease caused by bacteria Tooth decay Whitish sores on the lips Gum disease caused by dental plaque Disclosants Simple dyes that can stain plaque and make it visible Television reality shows Dental x-rays A section of your annual tax report Gingivitis Any infection in the oral area Tooth decay Inflammation of the gums that can lead to periodontal disease All of the above Dental caries Gum disease A task carried out during your teeth cleaning A technique of orthodontia Tooth decay Fluoride A mineral that has been found to prevent tooth decay The location of a famous dental school A gasoline additive A type of house paint Inter-dental Area Referring to the area between your teeth The area regular proper flossing will keep clean Area that wood points and specially designed brushes can be used to clean All of the above Answers: 1...

Did You Know? February Is National Children's Dental Health Month!
...A tooth that has grown in completely should be brushed twice daily (once in the morning and once in the evening) with a soft, child-sized tooth brush and a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste...

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...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
... It doesn’t take much to manually perform them — a quality soft-bristle toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and string floss...

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...

Preventing Dental Disease Starts with Assessing Your Unique Risk
...In this case, we use the acronym SAFE: stimulating Saliva flow when needed or applying Sealants on chewing surfaces most susceptible to decay; Antimicrobials that reduce unhealthy bacteria levels and give healthy bacteria an opportunity to thrive; incorporating Fluoride, a chemical known to strengthen enamel, through hygiene products or direct application to the teeth; and an Effective diet, low in sugar and acid and high in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains...

Getting the Full Picture of Your Decay Risk Leads to Better Prevention Strategies
...If enamel strength is a problem we can topically apply fluoride; we can also reduce chronic bacterial levels with prescription rinses...

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...

Less is Better: the 21st Century Approach to Tooth Decay Treatment
... We can also limit tooth decay damage by boosting enamel strength with fluoride applications and sealants or reducing decay-causing bacteria with anti-bacterial rinses...

3 Common Sources of Fluoride You Might Not Know About
...He soon found the cause: naturally occurring fluoride in their drinking water...

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...

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...

Healthy Smiles for Alfonso Ribeiro and Family
...When the first teeth appear, brush them with a tiny dab of fluoride on a soft-bristled toothbrush...

Tooth Sensitivity Could Be a Sign of Deeper Problems
...To address enamel erosion, your dentist may be able to protect and strengthen your teeth with sealants and topical fluoride...

4 Supposed Health Dangers in Dental Care That Aren't Dangerous
...Fluoride contributes to disease...

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...

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