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Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours and over the weekend, please call the doctor’s emergency contact number for any questions and enquiries

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We often joke about this phobia, but there’s really nothing funny about it. It keeps lots of people from heading to the office for important maintenance and cleaning. There is a new technique called sedation dentistry that is is fast becoming popular. Sedation dentistry uses tranquilizers, soothing music and lights, and sometimes even massage to get patients into a relaxed state so the dentist can do their thing. See if the clinics in your area offer it.

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

There are a number of ways nowadays to get your teeth straight without the clunky old metal braces. There are some that are partial sets; instead of adjusting all of your teeth, they just work where there need to. There are also methods like Invisalign that offer a unique way to straighten teeth that’s almost invisible. Ask your dentist what solutions they offer.

The old method involved lots of scraping, but dentists stopped doing that because it damaged enamel, and because there’s something new and more effective. Modern teeth whitening techniques use a tray with gel. You bite down on this for a short period of time, and the gel works its magic. It contains strong bleaching agents which, under the proper conditions, are totally safe. This is a solution that’s getting people all over the country smiling more.

The best way to learn more about how to take care of your teeth to keep them healthy is to actually see the dentist and have them take a look. We are sorry, but there’s just simply no better way!

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