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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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Take Our Quiz: Are You At Risk For Tooth Decay?
... Do you use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the teeth against acid attack...

How Much Do You Know About Nutrition and Oral Health?
...If your water supply does not contain fluoride, or if you usually drink bottled water, you may or may not be receiving enough fluoride from your toothpaste...

Test Your Knowledge: Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Whitening
... Can toothpastes really whiten teeth...

Fluoride: You Can Have Too Much of a Good Thing
...Toothpaste can contribute to a child's total fluoride intake if the child swallows it...

Tooth Sensitivity FAQs
...Another step to minimize sensitivity is to use a toothpaste containing fluoride...

Banish Bad Breath
...In most cases, for enduring, healthful results, nothing beats a trusty toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, used faithfully and correctly, along with periodic dental checks and cleanings...

Seeking Relief From Burning Mouth Syndrome
... Try different brands of toothpastes, opting for “plain” varieties that don't contain the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulfate, whiteners, or strong flavoring such as cinnamon...

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

Five Facts About Toothpaste
...Today, even with a glut of toothpaste tubes on the supermarket shelf, most people seem to have a particular favorite...

Treating Painful Tooth Sensitivity Begins With Finding its Source
...Toothpastes and other mouth products with fluoride help reduce sensitivity, as well as products containing potassium nitrate or potassium citrate...

Be Aware of Your Family's Fluoride Intake to Avoid Staining
... First, you should limit the serving quantity of fluoride hygiene products, particularly toothpaste...

What's In Your Toothpaste?
... It may be hard to believe — but they're all substances that were once used to make toothpaste, from ancient Egyptian concoctions through 18th century British blends...

Top 5 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene
...Ask us about proper brushing technique if you have any questions — and, of course, make sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride...

There are Various Ways to Treat Sensitivity - Depending on its Cause
...There are several chemical products for both home and dental office application that can reduce sensitivity and encourage enamel re-mineralization (as can the fluoride added to toothpaste)...

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...

Keeping Fluoride to Just the Right Amount Protects Your Family's Smiles
... You should also be careful about the amount of toothpaste your child uses to brush their teeth...

Dental Care of Prime Importance for Children with Special Health Needs
...Children with severe gag reflexes due to their condition may not be able to tolerate toothpaste or be able to spit it out completely...

Office Fluoride Treatments Can Add Extra Protection to Your Child's Teeth
Your family uses fluoride toothpaste and your drinking water is fluoridated too...

Take These Measures to Lower Your Child's Tooth Decay Risk
...Wiping them with a clean, wet cloth is sufficient in the beginning, but you should start daily brushing (with fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen young enamel) by their first birthday...

Topical Fluoride Adds Extra Protection against Tooth Decay
... We mostly receive fluoride through fluoridated drinking water and dental care products like toothpaste...

Treating "Burning Mouth" Depends on What's Triggering it
...Some people react to sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent found in many types of toothpaste, along with whitening substances or flavorings like cinnamon; denture wearers can become allergic to the plastic materials used to construct the denture...

Reducing Tooth Sensitivity will Depend on the Cause
... You may also benefit from other measures to reduce sensitivity: applying less pressure when you brush; using hygiene products like toothpastes that block sensations to the dentin tubules or slow nerve action; and receiving additional fluoride to strengthen enamel...

Keep Your Baby's Fluoride Intake within Moderate Limits
... If you use fluoride toothpaste apply only a “smear” on the end of the brush for children under two and a pea-sized amount for older children...

Topical Fluoride Could Further Lower Tooth Decay Risk in Children
...It's routinely added to toothpaste and other hygiene products, and many water utilities add minute amounts of it to their drinking water supplies...

3 Common Sources of Fluoride You Might Not Know About
... While you're most likely familiar with fluoride toothpaste and other fluoridated hygiene products, there are other sources of this chemical you should know about — especially if you're trying to manage your family's fluoride intake...

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...

4 Causes for Gum Recession and What We Can Do About It
...Brushing doesn’t require a lot of force to remove plaque: use gentle, circular motions and let the detergents and mild abrasives in your toothpaste do the rest...

New Year's Resolutions for Better Oral Health
...Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste that contains fluoride, and don’t scrub too harshly!Flossing...

A Topical Fluoride Treatment Could Protect Your Child from Tooth Decay
...Although your child may be receiving fluoride through toothpaste or drinking water, in that form it first passes through the digestive system into the bloodstream and then to the teeth...

Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory Was Not So Sweet to Cast's Teeth!
...Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day...

Ready for Summer Camp? Be Sure to Pack a Toothbrush
...These can include a travel toothbrush with a case and a travel-sized tube of fluoride toothpaste—or a package of pre-pasted disposable toothbrushes...

Find out What Kind of Tooth Staining you Have Before Seeking a Solution
...You should also practice daily hygiene, including brushing with a toothpaste designed to diminish staining, and regular office cleaning and polishing...

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

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...

Instill in Your Child the Daily Habit of Brushing and Flossing
... In the beginning, you'll be performing the habit for them: for children two and younger use a slight smear of toothpaste on the brush...

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...

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...

Support Your Child's Dental Development with Preventive Care
... Once teeth do appear, you can begin brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste...

3 Things You Can do to Help Promote Your Child's Dental Development
...After teeth begin to erupt start brushing them with a fluoride toothpaste—a slight smear for infants and up to a pea-sized amount when they get older...

Here's How You Can Protect Your Child's Teeth from Tooth Decay
...For infants, brush gently but thoroughly with a soft-bristled brush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste...

3 Things to Watch Out for to Protect Your Oral Appliance
...Your appliance might resemble natural oral tissue, but it's not—so don't use toothpaste...

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
...Often added in small amounts to toothpastes and drinking water, fluoride strengthens tooth enamel against acid attacks that create cavities...

4 Common Causes for Gum Recession
...So, “Easy does it”: Let the gentle, mechanical action of the toothbrush bristles and toothpaste abrasives do the work of plaque removal...

Wearing Dentures 24/7 May Not Be a Good Idea - Here's Why
...While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them)...

Fluoride
... ADA statement on FDA toothpaste warning labels The American Dental Association`s Council on Scientific Affairs believes that one part of the warning now required on fluoride toothpastes by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could unnecessarily frighten parents and children, and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger posed by fluoride toothpastes...

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
...Water is suitable in lieu of toothpaste (because the baby may swallow the toothpaste)...

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

Dentures
...Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures...

Teeth Whitening
... Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter...