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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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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...

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...

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...

Dental Staff
...Tegtmeier is currently co-chair of the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities Task Force on Special Dentistry and a member of the Special Care Dental Associations, NYS Oral Health Coalition, the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy Fluoride Rapid Response Team as well as the Dental Lifeline Network New York Leadership Council that oversees the Donated Dental Services program for the elderly and those with disabilities...

If at All Possible, Primary Teeth are Worth Saving
...We can also perform preventive applications like topical fluoride or sealants that strengthen or protect the tooth...

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...

New Year's Resolutions for Better Oral Health
...Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with toothpaste that contains fluoride, and don’t scrub too harshly!Flossing...

Make Efforts to Protect Your Teeth from Disease While Wearing Braces
... As a precaution against acid damage, we can boost enamel protection with additional fluoride applied to your teeth...

Effective Hygiene is Key to Preventing Enamel White Spots While Wearing Braces
...Resuming normal hygiene practices after braces may take care of it — if not, we can strengthen the affected areas of the enamel with pastes, gels, or other topical fluoride applications...

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...

Stop Root Cavities with Prevention and Prompt Treatment
...You should also visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and advanced prevention methods like topical fluoride to strengthen any at-risk teeth...

The Benefits of Dental Implants
...Here are some things preventative measures: Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea Drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque Flossing at least once before bed Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call your Dr...

Don't Let GERD Ruin Your Teeth's Health
...If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, be sure to maintain good oral hygiene practices like brushing or flossing, especially using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel...

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures to Rejuvenate Your Smile
...Use fluoride-containing products and avoid sugar-containing food...

A Dental Exam Could Uncover an Eating Disorder
...Your dentist may also recommend a sodium fluoride mouth rinse to help strengthen their tooth enamel...

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...

A Partnership With the Dentist Will Help Your Child's Teeth Develop Normally
...To further protect them against decay, dentists can apply sealants and topical fluoride to your child’s teeth, especially if they appear to be at high risk...

4 Ways to Avoid Dental Disease While Wearing Braces
...Your dentist can also monitor your health and boost your disease prevention through topical fluoride treatments or prescribed antibacterial mouth rinses...

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

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...

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...

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

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