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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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Invisalign
...Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing...

Zoom! Teeth Whitening
...To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel...

Matthew Lewis Adult Orthodontics
...Compliance with the orthodontic program (meaning thorough regular brushing and flossing, wearing elastics, etc...

Does Your Toothbrush Need A Cleaning?
...So after all of that service, does your toothbrush itself need any particular care or cleaning — and do you need to worry about getting sick from brushing...

Nancy O'Dell Speaks Out On Her Experiences With Pregnancy Gingivitis
...And based on her own experiences, Nancy shares this advice with mothers-to-be: use a softer bristled toothbrush, a gentle flossing and brushing technique and mild salt water rinses...

Beyond Their Marketing Claims, Most Toothpastes are Surprisingly Similar
...A mild abrasive increases your brushing effectiveness removing sticky food remnants from teeth...

Keep an Eye on your Gums to Catch Disease Early
...Bleeding gums after moderate brushing or flossing could indicate normally resilient gum tissues have begun to weaken...

Teeth Make a Picture-Perfect Smile
...Barely visible and entirely invisible orthodontic appliances include clear braces, lingual braces (attached to the tongue-facing side of teeth) and clear aligners, which are removable for tooth brushing/flossing, cleaning the appliance, eating, and special occasions...

America's (Dentists) Got Talent - for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth!
... We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts...

3 Ways to Reduce the Bacteria in Your Mouth that Cause Tooth Decay
...By brushing and flossing at least once a day, you can remove most of this buildup, with twice a year dental cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque you may have missed...

Five Facts about Bacteria
... So by all means, don’t stop brushing your teeth or washing your hands — this helps control bacteria that could harm you — but do remember that not all bacteria are harmful...

Actor David Ramsey Says: Don't Forget to Floss!
... Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them...

Dr. Travis Stork: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums
...Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely...

The Details About Your Tooth Sensitivity Pain can tell you a Lot About the Cause
...If it’s just a momentary pain it generally doesn’t mean an emergency — it could be a small area of decay on a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root due to gum recession or overaggressive brushing...

Gaining a New Attractive Smile is More than Achievable
...The twin tasks of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque not only lowers your risk for tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, they also improve the appearance of the tooth surface...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves...

3 Surprising Foods That Could Help You Fight Tooth Decay
... And don't forget daily brushing and flossing, coupled with regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
...You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile! So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health...

Restore the Health of Your Whole Smile
...Regular brushing and flossing remove bacteria that can cause an infection around your implant...

Restore the Brilliance of Your Smile
...They include: Dark beverages and foods such as blueberries, coffee, black tea, colas and sports drinks Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes Acidic foods such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits (they actually soft tooth enamel) Neglected oral hygiene habits (brushing, flossing and in-office care) Prescriptions medications such as some antibiotics, blood pressure medications and antihistamines What you can do in Dayton You can limit staining dietary choices, drink more water and keep up with your brushing, flossing and professional cleanings...

How Invisalign Works
...Good candidates should have a strong at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once...

4 Causes for Gum Recession and What We Can Do About It
... Over-aggressive brushing...

Regular Flossing not Your Thing? Try an Oral Irrigator
... Brushing does an effective job removing plaque from the broad surfaces of teeth...

How to Get the Most from Your Daily Brushing and Flossing
...But if you’re not brushing and flossing every day, your dental visits could change from regular maintenance to teeth rescue missions...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...She bought Ashby a timer in the shape of a tooth that ticks for two minutes — the recommended amount of time that should be spent on brushing — and the little girl loved it...

Increase Your Implant's Success Chances by Keeping Your Gums Healthy
...Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups...

4 Things You Should Focus on During Pregnancy for Optimal Dental Health
...And be sure to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing plaque, as well as regularly visiting your dentist for professional cleanings...

Johnny's Teeth Aren't Rotten Any More
...But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants...

Clear Aligners Reduce Risk for Developing Gum Disease Better than Braces
...It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups...

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

NBC Star Delivers a Message about the "Perfect" Smile
...So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright...

Getting the Full Picture of Your Decay Risk Leads to Better Prevention Strategies
Preventing tooth decay is mostly about the basics: daily brushing and flossing followed by regular dental cleanings and checkups...

Diabetes and Oral Health: True or False?
...This includes brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing at least once each day to remove bacterial plaque between teeth...

Implant Dentistry
...Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this...

Oral Health
...Effective oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day to remove plaque from between the teeth...

Oral Hygiene
...Using a therapeutic mouthrinse has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone...

Pediatric Dentistry
...Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste...

Periodontal Therapy
... Your Role in Periodontal Health Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease, so it's essential to remove it every day with effective brushing and flossing...

Inlays & Onlays
...Conscientious daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings at the dental office are all you need to make sure your restoration lasts for years to come...

Porcelain Veneers
... Caring for Your Veneers Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day...

Teeth Whitening
...First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office...

Tooth Decay Prevention
...Is your brushing technique adequate...

Tooth Wear
...The most common source of abrasion is traumatic toothbrushing, meaning that you are using a toothbrush that's too hard or applying too much force when you brush...

Aging & Dental Health
... Sometimes, decreased mobility (due to arthritis or similar conditions) makes routine brushing and flossing more difficult...

Antibiotic Premedication for Dental Treatments
...This could occur in many dental procedures — and it could also occur during routine activities like chewing, brushing and flossing...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
... In addition to regular dental cleanings, you will need to be extra vigilant at home: proper brushing technique and the use of interdental cleaners (such as floss) are needed to clean the spaces between teeth is a must...

Fluoride
...If you maintain an effective daily routine of brushing and flossing, and avoid sugary and/or acidic foods and beverages, your decay risk will likely be low...

Nutrition & Oral Health
...If you do occasionally have a soda, swish some water in your mouth afterwards — but don't brush your teeth for at least an hour! Doing so could make it easy for tooth enamel, already softened up by acid, to be eroded away by brushing...

Oral Piercings
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health
...Wait a full hour before brushing your teeth...

Preventive Dentistry
...Daily effective brushing and flossing will go a long way toward removing the dental plaque responsible for dental disease, tooth loss, and the need for more complex dental treatment...

Gum Grafting
... One is ineffective oral hygiene: This includes both inadequate brushing, which fails to remove dental plaque; and excessive brushing, which erodes the tissue...

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
...You will be instructed in the most effective brushing and flossing techniques, and given recommendations for products that you should use at home...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...Still, there are some important things to look for: Bleeding gums — Some people think that when their gums bleed, it simply means they're brushing too hard...

Dental Implants
...Flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent this...

Dental Implants vs. Bridgework
...In fact, with normal brushing and flossing, a dental implant can last a lifetime...

FAQs About Dental Implants
... They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings...

How Dental Implants Work
...Of course, once the implants have fused and the permanent crowns are attached, you will be able to eat anything you want! At that point, the only thing you will need to do is take care of your implant teeth just as you would your natural teeth — with regular brushing, flossing, and periodic professional cleanings here at the dental office...

Replacing One Tooth
...In order to avoid this, keep up your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and coming in for regular professional cleanings...

Replacing Multiple Teeth
...Of course, once the implants have fused and the permanent crowns are attached, you will be able to eat anything you want! At that point, the only thing you will need to do is take care of your implant teeth just as you would your natural teeth — with regular brushing, flossing, and periodic professional cleanings at the dental office...

Implant-Supported Fixed Bridgework
...With these teeth you can eat anything you want — and they will look as good as they feel! Your new teeth will require the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups and professional cleanings...

Implant-Supported Fixed Dentures
...With these teeth you can eat anything you want — and they will look as good as they feel! Your new teeth will require the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups and professional cleanings...

Tooth Loss and Premature Aging
...With regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings — in other words, the same basic care that natural teeth require — your dental implants should last a lifetime...

The Dangers of Removable Dentures
...Implants require no special care beyond normal brushing and flossing; they won't decay or stain, and they're designed to last a lifetime...

Wisdom Teeth
... You may want to eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction; likewise, be careful when brushing or putting anything in your mouth until your healing is complete...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
...You can probably return to normal activities the following day, but you may want to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods or brushing vigorously for a few days afterwards...

Root Canal Treatment FAQs
... Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day...

Tooth Sensitivity
...This can be caused by genetic factors, periodontal disease, excessively vigorous brushing — or a combination of all three...

How To Brush
... First, the reasons why: Brushing is an effective way to remove plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden biofilm that clings stubbornly to your teeth...

How To Floss
...Brushing is a good start — but flossing removes plaque in places a brush can't reach, like the small gaps between teeth and under the gums...

Interdental Cleaning Devices
Almost everyone understands the importance of regular brushing and flossing to their oral health...

Mouthrinses
Numerous studies have shown that using an appropriate mouthrinse, in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, is an easy and effective way for you to improve your overall oral health...

Oral Hygiene for Kids
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Toothpaste
...Today, most have a similar set of active ingredients, including: Abrasives, which help remove surface deposits and stains from teeth, and make the mechanical action of brushing more effective...

Brushing & Flossing with Braces
...Let's start with the basic brushing tools: Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) can be effective...

Invisalign for Teens
...Because they're removable, there's nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...Fixed retainers are cleaned by brushing and flossing; a floss threader or interproximal brush can also be a helpful cleaning tool when needed...

Orthodontics & Dental Hygiene
...Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples — but cut them into bite-sized pieces first! And don't chew on ice, pencils, or your nails: these habits can cause damage to your appliances, and even result in chipped teeth! Daily Maintenance You know how important brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile — especially now that you're in orthodontic treatment...

Age One Dental Visit
...Tips on cleaning and brushing effectively will be reviewed and a follow-up visit will be scheduled as required...

Sealants
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...

Teething
...From toothbrushing for your toddler to helping your teenager stay away from tobacco, Dear Doctor magazine offers the most important tips for healthy habit formation through childhood and beyond...