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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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Teeth Whitening
... One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help...

Toothaches
...  Sometimes debris can be dislodged by brushing or flossing...

TV Design Guru Nate Berkus Shares the Secrets Behind His Dazzling Smile
... A thorough brushing may take up to two minutes at first, and it may feel awkward as you reach some places in your mouth...

Flossing: An Important Part of TV Designer Nate Berkus' Oral Health Routine
...Remember, you need to use a delicate hand and a proper technique when brushing and flossing to avoid damaging your teeth and gums...

Underlying Factors for Gum Disease Require Long-Term Treatment Strategy
You’ve been doing “all the right things” — brushing, flossing, and keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups...

John Lennon's Tooth Sold at Auction for $31,200!
...His brushing and flossing routine may not have been that conscientious either! For healthy teeth, it's important to have a good daily oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings here at the office...

Iron Chef Cat Cora Discusses Her Positive Dental Implant Experience
...And while all these important roles require her daily attention, she makes oral health a top priority for herself and her family through diet, brushing, flossing and routine visits to the dentist...

Bleeding Gums are a Possible Sign of Periodontal Gum Disease
...The infection arises from a bacterial biofilm that’s been allowed to accumulate on tooth surfaces due to inadequate brushing and flossing...

Grandpa Knows Best: How Kristi Yamaguchi Manages Her Kids' Oral Health
...By then, kids will probably be used to the feel of gentle brushing, and may be eager to try it themselves...

Beyond Their Marketing Claims, Most Toothpastes are Surprisingly Similar
...A mild abrasive increases your brushing effectiveness removing sticky food remnants from teeth...

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...

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...

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...

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...

You May Need Your Gums Checked More Frequently After Gum Disease
... PM for susceptible patients with decreased resistance to disease require extra time and effort for the hygienist, along with a renewed daily hygiene habit of effective brushing and flossing by you to keep the disease at bay...

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...

Sealants Provide a Little Extra Protection for Children at High Risk for Decay
...  It’s very difficult to reach these areas with daily brushing, so some plaque may be left behind (hence the importance of semi-annual office cleanings)...

Take These Measures to Lower Your Child's Tooth Decay Risk
... Combine inadequate hygiene practices (especially brushing) with poor dietary habits, and you have the conditions for a perfect disease storm in your child’s mouth...

4 Big Benefits for Beginning Early Dental Visits for Your Child
...We can serve as your dental “coaches” to help you get on the right track with daily brushing and flossing, as well as give you helpful tips on good dietary habits that promote nutrition and deter dental disease...

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...

Seek Immediate Treatment for this Advanced Form of Gingivitis
... The final step belongs to you: to keep ANUG or any other gum disease from reoccurring, it's important for you to adopt a daily regimen of brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits for thorough teeth cleaning and checkups...

Consider Clear Aligners Instead of Braces for Your Teen
...And it's hard to blame them: although they're effective, wearing braces restricts eating certain snacks and foods, they require extra time and effort for brushing and flossing, and they're often uncomfortable to wear...

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...

5 Things you can do to Improve Your Child's Future Dental Health
...Wipe their gums after every feeding with a water-soaked cloth or gauze pad; when teeth appear switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on the end of the brush...

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

Your New Implants Need Proper Hygiene Just as Much as your Other Teeth
...If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums...

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...

How to Help Your Child Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...When children are too young to brush on their own, gently brush their teeth for them, narrating as you go so they learn what toothbrushing entails...

Cracked Mouth Corners can be Irritating - Here's How to Treat Them
...And, of course, keeping up daily brushing and flossing helps ensure a healthy and disease-free mouth...

4 Things You Should be Doing Now for Your Baby's Long-Term Dental Health
...When teeth begin to appear switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on the brush to minimize what they swallow...

3 Situations for Seeing a Periodontist
...And practice daily brushing and flossing as well as obtaining regular dental cleanings to keep plaque accumulation to minimum...

Watch Out for Signs of Gum Recession
...Over-aggressive brushing over time may traumatize the gums to the point that they recede...

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...

Be on the Alert for Gum Disease While Wearing Braces
...Brushing and flossing thoroughly every day helps prevent this buildup...

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...

Stop Gum Disease Before it Gets Started with Daily Oral Hygiene
...In most cases, plaque builds up due to a lack of brushing and flossing...

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...

Don't Let GERD Ruin Your Teeth's Health
...If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, be sure to maintain good oral hygiene practices like brushing or flossing, especially using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel...

Protecting Primary Teeth from Decay Helps Ensure Future Dental Health
...After teeth appear, begin brushing and flossing to reduce plaque, the main trigger for tooth decay...

3 Things You Might Notice with Your Child's Teeth That Need a Dentist
...Gums don’t normally bleed during teeth brushing—the gums are much more resilient unless they’ve been weakened by periodontal (gum) disease (although over-aggressive brushing could also be a cause)...

Stop Gum Disease Before it Harms Your Health
...If you keep your teeth clean of built-up plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings, you'll minimize the growth of disease-causing bacteria...

4 Things to Avoid if You Want to Support Your Child's Dental Development
...Once you begin seeing teeth, start brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste; at about age 2 you can increase that to a pea-sized amount...

Nutrition for the Best Oral Health
...Instead, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to give your saliva a chance to neutralize the acid...

The 3 Top Ingredients That Make Your Toothpaste a Super Plaque Buster
...While your toothbrush does most of the mechanical work loosening plaque, toothpaste has ingredients called abrasives that give an added boost to your brushing action...

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...

If You're Older, be on the Lookout for Root Cavities
...But unfortunately, the gums can shrink back or recede, usually due to gum disease or over-aggressive brushing, and expose some of the root surface...

Put the Extra Effort in Your Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces
...The braces and wires can get in the way of brushing and flossing...

Dental Sealants Give Children an Added Boost Against Tooth Decay
... There are a number of things you can do to help your child avoid this destructive disease, especially daily brushing and flossing to remove bacterial dental plaque, the underlying cause for tooth decay...

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

Managing Diabetes and Gum Disease Together will Lessen the Effect of Both
...In addition to effective daily brushing and flossing and a professional cleaning and checkup every six months (more frequent is generally better), you should also monitor your gum health very closely, paying particular attention to any occurrence of bleeding, redness or swelling of the gums...

Clean Your Implants Just Like you Clean Your Natural Teeth
... You may be wondering, though: if they're made of inorganic materials, why worry with brushing them...

Here's How to Avoid Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction Surgery
...Of the latter, one of the most common ways to develop dry socket is vigorous brushing of the site too soon after surgery, which can damage a forming blood clot...

Instill These Habits in Your Child for a Lifetime of Great Dental Health
...Daily brushing and flossing should be at the top of that habit list...

Even All-Natural Fruit Juices Could Raise Your Child's Risk for Tooth Decay
...Besides daily hygiene (brushing and flossing) and regular dental visits, keeping sugar at bay—including with juices—is an important part of that effort...

Some Simple Cosmetic Techniques Could Help Your Smile Age Gracefully
...Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand...

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Stop Bad Breath
...You can reduce bacteria and their foul odors by removing plaque with daily brushing and flossing and twice-a-year dental cleanings...

This Orthodontic Device Could Reduce the Need for Future Braces
...And, because the device can create challenges for keeping the back teeth clean, many dentists recommend adding a fluoride rinse to daily brushing and flossing as an added boost against tooth decay...

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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