What is the best way to use fluoride?

Q. Why are dentists always recommending more fluoride? Doesn’t my regular toothpaste already have fluoride in it? A.  Yes, your normal toothpaste contains fluoride.  Most city water systems have fluoride added to them also.  For some people, this amount of fluoride is sufficient.  For others that are more prone to decay, a higher level of… Continue reading

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Am I Brushing Too Hard?

Q. My dentists over the years have told me that my gums are receding and that my teeth have notched near my gums because I am brushing too hard.  I don’t think that I brush too hard.  How do I know if this is the reason for my worsening condition? A.  While heavy handed brushing… Continue reading

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Why can’t you just fill it?

Q. Why can’t you just fill it? A. This is one of the most common questions I get.  Often, when I inform a patient that a tooth needs a crown, onlay, or root canal, the next question is usually, “Why can’t you just fill it?”.  It’s an understandable question. Technological advancements have allowed restorative materials… Continue reading

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Do I really need my teeth cleaned twice each year?

My insurance only covers cleaning once a year now.  Do I really need to come in twice a year? The short answer is: “Only if you want to keep your teeth”. The thought process usually goes something like this… “I skipped two cleanings.  When I went back, I didn’t have ANY cavities!  Maybe I only… Continue reading

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The Tricks of Healthy Treating

Halloween goes with candy like candy goes with… well, cavities.  To be fair, we have managed to associate sugar with most of the major holidays in our country, but this one takes the cake… no pun intended.  And I’m guilty here too.  I’ve got as big a sweet tooth as anyone. Because of this, I… Continue reading

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