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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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...That’s why during the exam we look to identify the following: The child’s diet and offer appropriate nutritional counseling Oral hygiene Dental growth and development to identify the possible need for orthodontics Oral cancer and other pathologies Evaluation of existing fillings and other dental treatments Cavities Gingivitis and gum disease Back to Top Teeth Cleaning & Fluoride Treatment At the initial visit, and subsequent wellness visits, your child will receive a thorough cleaning of his/her teeth with our special instruments and toothpastes...

FAQ's
...Baby Orajel tooth and Gum Cleanser is a good product to use instead of toothpaste, because it doesn’t contain flouride...

Don't Forget Hidden Fluoride Sources Your Family Could be Ingesting
... The two main therapeutic fluoride sources have limits to help maintain this balance: utilities that fluoridate drinking water are required to add no more than 4 parts fluoride per million (ppm) of water; toothpaste manufacturers likewise only add a small amount of fluoride compared to clinical gels and pastes dentists apply to teeth for added decay protection...

Keep a Close Eye on Your Child's Fluoride Intake
...That’s why it’s not only added to toothpaste and other dental products, but also to drinking water — in nearly three-quarters of U...

Support Your Child's Teeth Development with Proper Hygiene and Dental Care
... As they pass their first birthday you can switch to a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

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...

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...

Dental Care is Difficult but not Impossible for a Special Needs Child
...Other conditions could make them intolerant to toothpaste in the mouth, or create an inability to keep their mouths open or to spit...

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...

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

Practice Proactive Prevention to Enhance Your Child's Dental Development
...In the beginning, you'll have to brush for them, with just a smear of toothpaste on the toothbrush...

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

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...

Although a Challenge, Chronically Ill Children Need Tooth Decay Prevention
...Some conditions create severe physical, mental or behavioral impairments in children’s ability to brush and floss: for example, they may have a heightened gag reflex to toothpaste in their mouth or they may not be able to physically perform these tasks on their own...

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

Oral Health Concerns for Preteens
... To help your preteen stay on top of their oral health, keep healthy snacks at home for your children and their friends and make sure you are well stocked with supplies such as new toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste...

Keep an Eye on Your Young Children's Fluoride Intake
... Another major fluoride source is toothpaste and other hygiene products...

How to Clean Your Oral Appliance
...Yet many people aren’t sure how to properly clean their appliances — so here are a few handy tips: DON’T: Use toothpaste on your appliance — the ingredients in toothpaste, which are designed to polish the hard enamel of your teeth, are too abrasive for the soft plastic of oral appliances, and will cause scratches...

Start Early with Your Baby's Dental Care
...Once they start eating solid food, you should transition to a soft-bristled brush with just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

Instill Good Dental Habits in Your Child as Early as Possible
...Once teeth appear, switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste until age 2, when you can increase to a pea-sized amount...

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...

Good Oral Hygiene Isn't Just for Teeth
...This includes brushing twice each day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day...

Take These Steps to Prevent Early Decay in Your Baby's First Teeth
...After teeth appear, switch to daily brushing with just a smear of 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...

FAQs About Pediatric Dentistry
...Use a very soft-bristled child-sized toothbrush and just a smear of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice)...

Topical Fluoride is a Safe Way to Protect Your Child's Teeth from Decay
...And while adding it to toothpaste and drinking water are the more common ways for getting it into the body, an increasingly popular way—especially for children—is to apply fluoride directly to the teeth...

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...

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...

Protect Your Child's Long-Term Dental Health with Regular Office Visits
...That's when you can begin brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on a toothbrush...

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...

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...

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...

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
...In normal doses (typically found in a safe drinking water system and an ADA-approved toothpaste), fluoride is a healthy compound that promotes strong teeth, which has the ability to fight cavities and other problems...

Sensitive Teeth
... Abrasive toothpastes are sometimes the culprit of 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
...But for years, health professionals have endorsed the practice of supplementing our intake with certain dietary products, and topical fluorides in many toothpastes and some kinds of rinses...

Mouth Rinses
...In fact, regular rinsing with water and use of good quality fluoride toothpaste are just as or more effective...

Denture Care
...Some people use soap and water or a slightly abrasive toothpaste...

Prevention Tips for Children
...Water is suitable in lieu of toothpaste (because the baby may swallow the toothpaste)...

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...

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...