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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Although a Challenge, Chronically Ill Children Need Tooth Decay Prevention
...Besides monitoring dental health, dental visits also provide cleanings and other preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants;Brushing and flossing support...

A Child's Teeth Grinding is Normal - But You Should Still Keep an Eye on it
...To avoid these problems, it's best to keep your child's teeth as healthy as possible by practicing daily brushing and flossing, and regularly seeing a dentist for cleanings, treatments and preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants...

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 Maximize Your Child's Dental Health Potential
...Fluoride applied directly to the enamel bolsters its mineral content...

The 3 Top Ingredients That Make Your Toothpaste a Super Plaque Buster
...Fluoride...

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...

New Minimally Invasive Techniques are Improving Tooth Decay Treatment
...In addition, utilizing topical fluoride in combination with a milk-derived product called CPP-ACP dentists can get more of the cavity-fighting organic compound into the tooth enamel to strengthen it against acid attack...

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...

Give Your Child Added Protection Against Cavities With Topical Fluoride
...We can add something else to what you’re already doing to decrease their cavity rate: apply a concentrated fluoride mixture (stronger than what’s found in toothpaste or drinking water) directly to their teeth...

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

Fluorosis
Fluorosis is a condition in which your body has been exposed to too much fluoride...

Sensitive Teeth
... In some cases, desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, desensitizing ionization and filling materials including fluoride, and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods can alleviate some of the pain associated with sensitive teeth...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Simple Preventative Measures The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

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...

Fluoride Facts
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures...

Mouth Rinses
... In general, therapeutic rinses with fluoride have been shown to actually fight cavities, plaque and gingivitis...

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

Nutrition and Your Teeth
...Fluoride supplements may be helpful if you live in a community without fluoridated water, but consult with our office first...

Introduction
...Does fluoride, in spite of everything we've been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good...

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...

Fillings
...Glass ionomers can release a small amount of fluoride that help patients who are at high risk for decay...

Glossary
... back to top F Fluoride - A harmless over-exposure to fluoride resulting in tooth discoloration...