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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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TV Design Guru Nate Berkus Shares the Secrets Behind His Dazzling Smile
...“I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child,” he said...

How Designer Nate Berkus Got a Head Start on a Great Smile
... “I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child...

Assessing and Treating your Risk for Tooth Decay can Prevent Future Occurrences
...On the other side are protective factors that reduce your risk, known as SAFE — Saliva and sealants that protect the surfaces of teeth; Antimicrobials that help rid the mouth of bad bacteria; Fluoride, which strengthens teeth against de-mineralization caused by acid; and an Effective diet...

Maria Menounos Discusses Diabetes, Diet And Dental Sealants
...Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced...

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

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

Eating Disorder and Oral Health
...Sometimes a sodium fluoride mouthrinse is recommended to strengthen the enamel and reduce its loss...

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...

Daily Hygiene Tasks Performed Properly Help Ensure Good Oral Health
... For most people brushing begins with a soft-bristled, multi-tufted toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste that helps strengthen enamel...

Erosion and Other Problems may be Signs of Bulimia
...We may also suggest a sodium fluoride mouth rinse to help strengthen and re-mineralize the enamel...

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...

4 Things You Should be Doing to Maintain a Healthy Mouth
...Brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least once every day is a must for removing plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles which is the main cause of dental disease...

Topical Fluoride Adds Extra Protection against Tooth Decay
...But children at higher risk for decay may need more:  additional fluoride applied to teeth enamel during office visits...

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...

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...

Take Care of Your Gums
...Brush your teeth gently morning and night, using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste...

Support Your Child's Dental Development with Preventive Care
...It’s also an opportunity to apply other preventive measures such as sealants that discourage tooth decay development on biting surfaces and topical fluoride for strengthening enamel...

A Low Sugar, High Fiber Diet will Help Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
...Another beneficial category is both black and green tea, which contain antioxidants to fight disease and fluoride to strengthen enamel...

A Topical Fluoride Treatment Could Protect Your Child from Tooth Decay
...That’s why we may recommend applying topical fluoride to your child’s teeth...

Five Tips for Top-Notch Tooth Brushing
...Think Fluoride First With many different flavors, whiteners and other ingredients in toothpastes, which one should you choose...

Oral Health Concerns for Preteens
... For optimal oral health through all stages of life, make sure your preteen keeps up with professional teeth cleanings and exams, and talk with us about whether fluoride treatments or sealants may be appropriate for your child...

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...

Topical Fluoride is a Safe Way to Protect Your Child's Teeth from Decay
We've known for decades that fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and lowers the risk for decay...

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

Primary Teeth Decay Could Affect Your Child's Future Dental Health
...Applying a high strength fluoride solution to teeth can help strengthen enamel against acid attack, the precursor to 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...

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...

Keep Your Child's Fluoride Intake at a Safe but Effective Level
Fluoride is an important part of your child's dental development...

4 Guidelines to Help Make Sure Your Child's Oral Health Stays on Track
...Most utilities add tiny traces of fluoride to their drinking water supply...

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

Cosmetic Fillings
...A small amount of fluoride is released by these compounds in order to facilitate strengthened enamel in the affected area...

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...

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...

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...

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...