Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with every oral health decision you make by developing a deep sense of TRUST in our practice — and, by understanding the difference between dental "musts, shoulds, and coulds."

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Your 1-20 year old smile

A LIFETIME of sound oral health begins with early preventative care and education. One of the best ways to ensure this is to help your children and teens develop a great relationship with their dentist. There are basic, obvious lessons to be learned about tooth care. But, don't forget that children and teens are becoming increasingly aware and sensitive about their appearance. The condition of their smile can have a tremendous impact on their developing self image.

MUST DO

Regular check ups should begin before a child's third birthday.

Dentists are often the first to see signs of Bulimia. Sometimes a dentist's counsel goes farther than parents' when it comes to subjects like soda pop consumption or tongue piercing.

 

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Extensive orthodontics are often prevented by an alert dentist, e.g. space retainers maintain important space in early tooth loss.

Sealants are a liquid plastic applied to chewing surfaces to prevent decay—especially in hard-to-reach places children neglect.

Understanding the causes of bad breath ensures lifelong prevention.

 

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A teen's smile is so important to their self image. Even subtle smile enhancements can make a world of difference.

Whitening is a safe, affordable boost to socially-conscious teens.

Studies show that athletes who wear custom mouth guards have 60% fewer injuries to their teeth, lips and gums.

Your 20-40 year old smile

IT MAY BE TEMPTING during this stage in life to skip or procrastinate regular check ups because "nothing hurts." But too often what you don't see causes the most trouble in the long run. For many, this stage also represents the most active in terms of significant, long-term social interaction and career advancement.

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Regular check ups for early signs of gum disease, cracks in teeth, infections, cavities and potential problems with fillings. Most can be reversed when caught early.

Oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer with the worst five-year survival rate of all major cancers. It can go unnoticed without regular exams.

Gum disease can raise a pregnant woman's risk of developing a dangerous condition known as preeclampsi which can lead to eclampsia, or seizures late in pregnancy or after delivery. Eclampsia can cause organ damage and even death.

Wisdom teeth make their presence felt and can disrupt one's bite causing long-term problems.

 

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A healthy, gorgeous smile compliments your career and social life. Your dentist stands ready to help.

Surveys show that 92% of North Americans agree an attractive smile is a crucial social asset. 74% believe an unattractive smile hurts a person's chances of career success.

 

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Consider how the smile of your dreams could literally change your life — far more comfortably, beautifully, and affordably than ever before!

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Your 40-65 year old smile

THE BEST PART OF LIFE IS BEGINNING. It's a great time to be this age! And don't forget, as science continues to prove, the crucial role proper dental care plays in your overall health and appearance. So eat right, exercise, enjoy yourself along the way, and flash that gorgeous smile more often!

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It's estimated that up to 3/4 of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. Work with your dentist to be sure you don't.

63% of "boomers" with an oral health problem considered to be an indication of a more serious problem, are unaware of the connection. Don't skip your regular check ups.

 

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You probably still have silver mercury amalgam fillings, placed when you were a teen. Not only are they unsightly and can damage tooth structure, but some believe they may present other disadvantages. Work with your dentist to systematically replace them with greatly-improved, durable white composite fillings.

Half your life lies ahead. You remodeled your home after a few decades—it's time to remodel your smile. A great dentist provides "upgrades" that will allow you keep your teeth for rest of your life.

 

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Well beyond botox, breast implants, and viagra... Nothing makes you look AND feel younger than a beautiful smile. It's a fact. Today's whitening treatments—often combined with one of many porcelain veneer options—can create a personal smile makeover that is truly your "fountain of youth."

Your 65+ year old smile

THERE ARE NO AGE LIMITS. There are no age limits on a fantastic, engaging smile! Did you know—for the most part—that losing your teeth during your golden years has nothing to do with aging and everything to do with gum disease?! That same disease is also linked to diabetes, cancer, and heart problems. But you need NOT be a victim. As average life spans increase, it's an important time to understand your aging smile.

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As we get older, our receding gums can expose roots to cavities and decay. Don't ever postpone your regular professional visits.

Some of the dental work in your mouth may be many decades old, thus greatly increasing the risk of decay setting in around the edges of old fillings or crowns. See your dentist to be sure you aren't at risk.

 

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Today's dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If you're missing teeth, advanced restorative implants may be the solution for you.

Boost self confidence. A recent study indicates that nearly 90% of dental implant patients who previously wore dentures say confidence is up, and, the procedure was worth repeating.

It isn't complicated and there's very little discomfort. More and more "seasoned" citizens are keeping their teeth AND beautifying their smiles with cosmetic veneers. Now you can too.