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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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Don't Let Tooth Pain Linger — The Cost May Just Be Too High
... Pain that lingers after eating hot or cold foods or liquids — Mild and short-term sensitivity (lasting only seconds or a minute) to hot and cold foods resulting from gum recession can often be soothed by using a fluoride toothpaste made for sensitive teeth...

Understanding the Latest News on Fluoride
Guidelines regarding the concentration of fluoride in water have recently been changed by the US Government's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

How Much Do You Know About Nutrition and Oral Health?
... How can you get enough fluoride to guard your teeth against decay...

Testing Your Knowledge: Do Your Children Have Good Oral Health?
... Questions All children older than 6 months should receive a fluoride supplement every day...

Cancer Treatment and Oral Health: What You Should Know
...In addition to thorough brushing, an antibacterial rinse or fluoride gel may be prescribed...

Choosing the Right Mouth Rinse that Matches your Oral Health Needs
...Decay-fighting rinses usually contain sodium fluoride, which has been amply demonstrated to strengthen the surface of teeth and thus inhibit tooth decay and the likelihood of new cavity development — but only when used in combination with good hygiene practices...

Myth or Fact: Test Your Knowledge about Pregnancy and Oral Health
... Myth or fact: All moms should take fluoride supplements to help their babies form strong teeth...

Protecting Children's Teeth From Decay With Sealants
...Better hygiene practices, fluoride products and fluoridated drinking water, better nutrition, and regular dental visits are all factors in this improvement...

Getting to the Root of Tooth Sensitivity
...Fluoride-containing toothpaste made for sensitive teeth might help...

Make Informed Choices on Drinking Water by Knowing the Facts
...It’s also critical to dental health as part of oral hygiene and as a vehicle for added fluoride to protect against tooth decay...

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...

To Fight Tooth Decay Reduce "BAD" factors, Promote "SAFE" Ones
...We also want to promote SAFE factors that enhance tooth health and strength: Sealants, especially for children, that shield tooth surfaces from decay; Antimicrobial rinses that target and rid the mouth of acid-producing bacteria and give healthy bacteria room to develop; Fluoride, a proven enamel-strengthening chemical available in dental products, many drinking water systems and as a topical application in dental offices; and an Effective diet that’s rich in nutrients and low in sugar and acid as already mentioned...

Six Ways Saliva Helps Your Mouth and Body Stay Healthy
...If fluoride is also present in saliva from fluoridated drinking water or toothpaste, it too is absorbed by the enamel making it stronger and more resistant to acid attacks...

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

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

Taking the Right Steps to Prevent Early Tooth Decay in Children
...To interrupt that cycle, there are some things you as a parent should do: perform daily hygiene with your child to reduce decay-causing bacteria; reduce the amount and frequency of carbohydrates in the diet, particularly sugar; and protect the teeth by having us apply fluoride or sealants directly to the teeth...

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...

4 Foods That May Help You Prevent Tooth Decay
...Black tea also contains fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel...

Beyond Their Marketing Claims, Most Toothpastes are Surprisingly Similar
... Fluoride...

Topical Fluoride can Enhance Your Child's Dental Care
More than likely your child already receives fluoride from your drinking water or toothpaste...

Keeping Fluoride to Just the Right Amount Protects Your Family's Smiles
Since the 1950s fluoride has played an important role in the fight against tooth decay as an additive to hygiene products and many public water supplies...

4 Reasons You Should Begin Your Child's Dental Visits by Age One
...First and foremost, starting visits at age one gives your child the best start for preventing tooth decay through cleanings, topical fluoride or, in some cases, sealants...

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...