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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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How to Instill Good Oral Health Habits in Children
...Starting at age 2, when more teeth have appeared, you should establish a brushing routine using just a smear of fluoride toothpaste...

TV's Nate Berkus Discusses Dental Sealants, Fluoride Treatments and Flossing
...Berkus states, “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child...

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings
... Glass Ionomer — Made of acrylic and glass powders, these inexpensive, translucent fillings blend in acceptably well with natural teeth and have the advantage of releasing small amounts of fluoride to help prevent decay...

Tooth Staining and Discoloration 101 - Options for Brightening Your Smile
...Among their causes are excessive fluoride levels or tetracycline antibiotics given in childhood and during tooth formation...

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...

Flossing: An Important Part of TV Designer Nate Berkus' Oral Health Routine
...“I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said...

Answers to Expectant Mothers' Frequent Questions
... Should I take prenatal fluoride supplements...

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...

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...

Baby Your Teeth and Gums During Pregnancy
... TLC for Your Oral Environment Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing or using another interdental cleaner at least once daily is your first-line defense again bacteria buildup...

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...

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...

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...

Effective Hygiene is Key to Preventing Enamel White Spots While Wearing Braces
...Resuming normal hygiene practices after braces may take care of it — if not, we can strengthen the affected areas of the enamel with pastes, gels, or other topical fluoride applications...

Stop White Spots Before They Appear While Wearing Braces
...One way is by aiding enamel re-mineralization through saliva stimulation (the mouth's acid neutralizer) or applying fluoride to the teeth to strengthen enamel...

Keep an Eye on Your Oral Health during Cancer Treatment
...We can also protect your teeth and gums with protective measures like antibacterial mouth rinses, saliva stimulation or high-potency fluoride applications for your enamel...

Keep an Eye on Your Young Children's Fluoride Intake
We've known for a long time that fluoride strengthens tooth enamel against decay...

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...

How to Reduce Tooth White Spots While Wearing Braces
...We can attempt to re-mineralize the affected enamel with the help of topical fluoride (either pastes or gels for home use or with an office application) or a re-mineralizing agent...

Look After Your Teeth During Cancer Treatment to Avoid Dental Disease
...Your dentist may also prescribe antibacterial as well as fluoride mouth rinses to help limit the growth of oral bacteria...

How to Help Your Kids Form Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...You can start teaching children brushing techniques around age two or three, using a toothbrush just their size with only a pea-sized amount 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...

Keeping Your Smile Healthy Through the Holidays
...Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste morning and night and flossing every day are key to keeping your teeth for the long haul...

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...

What You Can Do to Support Your Child's Dental Development
...We can provide preventive treatments like sealants or topical fluoride to reduce the risk of tooth decay, while continually monitoring for signs of the disease that may require treatment...

Manage Your GERD Symptoms to Prevent Enamel Erosion
...And be sure you're using a fluoride toothpaste...

Topical Fluoride Offers a Protective Boost to Children at High Risk for Decay
...If this is happening to your child, your dentist may be able to give them an extra preventive boost through topical fluoride...

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...

Fluoridated Drinking Water Helps Curb Tooth Decay Safely
...No—the CDC is referring to the addition of fluoride to drinking water to prevent tooth decay...

No Matter When the New Decade Begins, Be Sure You're Partnered With Us for Your Dental Care
...Part of this risk-lowering plan will be identifying recommended prevention measures like enhanced fluoride applications or areas that need correction or treatment...

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers
... Severe discolorations: Everything from excessive fluoride to medications can lead to deep discolorations that professional whitening won’t be able to remove...

Glossary
... back to top F Fluoride - Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason...

Fluoride
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, which thereby helps to prevent decay of tooth structures...

The Preventive Program
... Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed...

Brushing
... Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day...

Prevention Tips for Children
...Parents are advised to avoid fluoride toothpastes on children under the age of 2...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

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