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Why are third molars called "wisdom teeth?" Do we need them?

Wisdom tooth
Mar 12 2015

We all hit our peaks of wisdom between the ages of 17 and 25, right? Okay, so maybe that's not exactly true. Why, then, are our third molars dubbed "wisdom teeth?" The eruption of our third molars marks a transitional period in our lives between adolescence and adulthood. It is thought that with age, we become wiser and more mature.

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Dental Emergency: Trip to the ER or a Visit to the Dental Office?

Woman with toothache
Mar 04 2015

When faced with a dental emergency, you might be tempted to rush to the emergency room to take care of the pain. However, going to the ER should be the last option you consider to treat a toothache. When an injury involves the external jaw and lips, other parts of the face, or results in significant blood loss, the ER is the appropriate place to seek help. On the other hand, injuries that involve broken teeth or toothaches should most always be treated by a dentist.

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Seniors & Oral Health

Happy senior woman smiling
Feb 27 2015

In the past, people often lost some (or all) of their teeth early in life. However, thanks to raised awareness about dental health, more Americans are keeping their teeth longer. To ensure that teeth stay healthy, it is important for seniors to keep up with their semi-yearly visits to the dentist. Here are a few common dental problems experienced by older adults:

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There's still time to WIN scholarship money! Enter Center Street Dental's poster contest!

Children at YMCA coloring - Center Street Dental Poster Contest
Feb 18 2015

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and we've had a blast so far during our visits to local schools! Today, we dropped by the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA to spend some time with the kids while they created posters for our 4th Annual Poster Contest. The theme is “Brave Smiles,” and it was so much fun to see what imaginative ideas the kids came up with for their posters.

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Is anxiety standing in the way of your beautiful, healthy smile?

Center Street Dental - Dental Anxiety
Feb 12 2015

If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, you're not alone. Ten percent of Americans have dental phobia- a clinically diagnosed fear of dental visits. Nearly twenty percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety. This fear and anxiety present major obstacles for individuals who know that their oral health is important but who are too worried or afraid to make that first call to schedule an appointment.

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It's World Cancer Day. Are you informed about oral cancer?

Visit the dentist to prevent oral cancer
Feb 04 2015

In the U.S., oral cancer causes over 8,000 deaths per year. The death rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high because the cancer is often caught too late. This is partially due to the lack of a routine, comprehensive program to screen for oral cancer, and it is also due to the fact that, in its early stages, oral cancer can develop without producing pain or other recognizable symptoms.

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Center Street Dental 4th Annual Poster Contest: "Brave Smiles"

Feb 02 2015

At Center Street Dental, we understand that good oral health habits are formed early. This February, Center Street Dental celebrates National Children's Dental Health Month with its 4th annual poster contest! We invite all K-6 children from Androscoggin county to participate. The theme for our poster contest is “Brave Smiles.” We hope that our contest will inspire children to think about their dental health in a fun and interactive way, and we encourage participants to use their imaginations!

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Take care of your smile during the cold weather

Jan 28 2015

With over two feet of snow on the ground and howling winds at our doors, it's important to stay bundled up when headed outside. Your face is very vulnerable to effects of the cold weather, and your lips have some of the thinnest skin on your body. Your cheeks and lips are important players in the overall function and health of your mouth, so it's necessary to take some extra measures to protect them against the harsh repercussions of winter. 

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The Chamber's 127th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

Jan 23 2015

Last night, we had a great time at the Chamber's Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet at the Ramada Conference Center. Many local businesses and individuals were recognized throughout the evening, and outgoing President Chip Morrison was celebrated for his enthusiasm, dedication, and vision. The presentation of awards was carried out in “Academy Awards” style, and everybody in attendance seemed to enjoy the ceremony. Video presentations featured award winners and communicated the passion, hard work, and pride that characterizes our community.

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Keep your mouth healthy during cold and flu season

Jan 15 2015

If you or a loved one is sick this cold and flu season, you know how important it is to keep your home sanitary. You know to disinfect your doorknobs, light switches, and faucets, but did you know that it's also recommended to disinfect your toothbrush and night guard? You use your toothbrush every day, and, if not properly cared for, it can act as a breeding ground for lots of bacteria. Remember to rinse your toothbrush after each use and then store it upright. Allow the toothbrush to air-dry; covered toothbrushes tend to foster the growth of bacteria.

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How to have fun at your holiday parties and keep your mouth healthy

Dec 11 2014

Candy canes, egg nog, and holiday stress- oh my! This special time of year is filled with joy and celebration, but it can also be really tough on your teeth. December is a busy month, and you probably have at least a couple of holiday parties on your calendar. Worried about bad breath? Concerned about what all of those sugary beverages and desserts are doing to your teeth? Not to fear! We here at Center Street Dental have a few tips to stay cool and collected in those festive red and green sweaters- well, about your oral health at least ;)

1) Limit hard, sticky candies

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Smile! Don't let holiday stress take a toll on your teeth.

Auburn Dentist Office
Dec 02 2014

The holiday season is a busy time of year, but that doesn't mean that it can't be fun and relaxed. Amidst all of the to-do lists, shopping, and cooking, find time to decompress and focus on your health. It's no secret that stress influences your overall well being. Stress can cause you to develop canker sores, clench and grind, eat poorly, and neglect your ordinary dental health routine.

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Show your smile this Thanksgiving

Auburn Dentist
Nov 25 2014

Center Street Dental wants you to smile your brightest this holiday season. Trends in holiday gifts and recipes can go out of style, but a beautiful smile is timeless. Whether you've been thinking about calling to become a new patient or you've been wondering about porcelain veneers for a revitalized look, a step forward on the path to great oral health is the best gift you can give yourself this winter.

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Center Street Dental Accepts Award at Androscoggin Land Trust Annual Meeting

Nov 19 2014

Yesterday evening at the Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) Annual Meeting, Dr. Rosemarie Sheline accepted the 2014 Androscoggin Partner Award. Center Street Dental values conservation efforts and shares ALT's belief in the potential of the Androscoggin River and the surrounding communities. Conservation of land helps to protect our agricultural land, allows access to the fresh local farm products we love, preserves wildlife, maintains the area's aesthetic and residential desirability, and conserves access to clean drinking water.

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