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Did you know that mouth guards may prevent concussions?

Did you know that mouth guards may prevent concussions?
Sep 12 2016

Custom-made mouth guards are crucial in the prevention of sports-related dental injury. In addition to the prevention of dental trauma, a study1 shows that custom mouth guards may also reduce athletes' risk of sports-related concussion. The study suggests that high school football players who wore store-bought, over-the-counter mouth guards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild brain injuries/concussions than those who wore custom-made, uniquely fitted mouth guards.

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Oral hygiene and braces: what is the connection?

Oral hygiene and braces: what is the connection?
Aug 30 2016

Braces work to straighten your smile by placing light pressure on the teeth as they move in the jaw. Traditional braces include brackets that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth, wires that are placed through the brackets of each arch of your smile, and elastic bands that hold these wires in place. An orthodontist will tighten the wires every 4-6 weeks or so to gradually move the teeth into their intended, proper places. This can typically be achieved in 1-3 years.

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Do you like to smile?

Do you like to smile?
Aug 23 2016

According to the ADA's latest report on how adults in Maine view their oral health, 1 in 3 adults avoid smiling due to the condition of their mouth and teeth. This attitude toward smiling can affect one's general life satisfaction, interaction with others, expression of joy and happiness, and overall self-esteem. Here at Center Street Dental, our goal is to bring smiles to our patients' faces.

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Which fruit is the best for your smile?

Which fruit is the best for your smile?
Aug 16 2016

The answer? An overwhelming “it depends.” We've all been told at one point or another to pack our diets with fruits and veggies. However, that last part – the veggies – is often overlooked in favor of fruity snacks instead. In order to have great overall health and dental health in particular, it's best to strike a balance between your fruit and vegetable intake – and, ideally, consume more vegetables than fruit on a daily basis.

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How do Olympians care for their teeth?

How do Olympians care for their teeth?
Aug 09 2016

When out on the field, in the pool, or on the pommel horse, Olympic athletes should be able to focus on their performance – not be brought down by a toothache. However, we know that vigorous, increased physical activity can sometimes create negative effects on one's dental health. Therefore, athletes have to be very vigilant about preventative care and good dental hygiene at home and on the go.

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Why is it important to catch small problems early?

Why is it important to catch small problems early?
Jul 22 2016

When you visit the dentist for your twice-yearly check-up, we always look for any early signs of dental problems. We assess your gum health, check for signs of oral cancer, and identify any cavities. When you are seen by the dentist regularly, these problems can be caught before they develop into bigger issues that more negatively impact your overall health and possibly require more advanced procedures.

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Summer can be healthy and fun

Summer can be healthy and fun
Jul 12 2016

Summer is in full swing, and we love to savor every bit of sunshine and warm weather we can get here in Maine. The kids are out of school, and there are plenty of fun summer activities to keep them busy for the next couple of months. Whether it's a day at the beach or an afternoon out by the pool, we want to give parents a few tips to help keep their little ones smiling and safe!

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What is the value of your dental cleanings?

What is the value of your dental cleanings?
Jun 24 2016

Here at Center Street Dental, we recommend twice-yearly dental cleanings as an integral part of your preventative healthcare. When you take really great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist twice a year, you are more likely to enjoy better health and a better quality of life. Here's how professional cleanings can improve your dental health:

1) Fresher breath and brighter teeth

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What are the benefits of sealants?

Dental sealants
Jun 17 2016

Dental sealants are made of a plastic material that is most commonly applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The material bonds to the enamel and hardens and creates a barrier between food, plaque, etc. and the deep grooves of the teeth. Sealant application is a quick, effective method to prevent the development of cavities.

Typically, children are great candidates for sealants because we want to stop the likelihood of decay early in life. However, adults can get sealants, too! Ask us about sealants at your next dental visit.

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Why is hydration important to oral health?

Why is hydration important to oral health?
May 27 2016

Proper hydration and good dental health are strongly connected. Water is beneficial for your overall health and wellness, and it's particularly good for your mouth. When you are hydrated, your mouth is better able to keep clean because the water washes away unwanted food residue, sugar, and bacteria on your teeth. Along with regular brushing and flossing, drinking water helps to prevent cavities.

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I have gum recession – now what?

Center Street Dental - Gum Recession
May 13 2016

When you visit the dentist, we check not only your teeth but also your gums to see if they are healthy. Sometimes the gums can pull away from the teeth; this is called gum recession. This can happen for several different reasons, and it can happen even if you take great care of your teeth. However, if you have gum recession, it's important to take steps to keep your gums in the best shape possible moving forward.

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Are you happy with your smile's appearance?

Center Street Dental - Cosmetic Dentistry
Apr 22 2016

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a happy, confident reflection of yourself? Is there anything you'd like to change about your smile? Cosmetic dental services offer great solutions to dental imperfections such as discoloration, staining, broken or chipped teeth, slight misalignment, and can also improve the overall appearance and function of your smile.

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Why do you need to change your toothbrush?

Why do you need to change your toothbrush?
Apr 14 2016

It's spring cleaning season! When's the last time you switched out your toothbrush for a new one? We recommend changing your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you have an electric toothbrush) every 3 months or so. Your toothbrush is instrumental in cleaning all of that plaque and food debris off of your teeth every day. After a while, your toothbrush begins to show signs of wear such as frayed and faded bristles. When this happens, your toothbrush is much less effective at cleaning those hard-to-reach spots of the teeth.

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What do we look for at every hygiene visit?

What do we look for at every hygiene visit?
Apr 08 2016

It's Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Did you know that we screen for oral cancer at every hygiene visit? You might remember being asked to stick out your tongue at your last cleaning, but maybe you didn't know why. When you stick out your tongue, the hygienist or dentist is able to check all sides of the tongue for any signs of oral cancer- as well as underneath the tongue on the floor of the mouth. We also look at the back of your throat and your cheeks for any abnormalities that might be cancerous or precancerous.

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A complete smile is a beautiful smile

Center Street Dental - Dental Implants
Apr 01 2016

A dental implant is a light-weight titanium post that is placed in the upper or lower jaw to mimic the root of the missing tooth. After the post integrates with the jaw bone, an abutment and crown are placed to look just like a natural tooth. Dental implants can also support partial or full dentures. The procedure can be done right in our office, and the benefits can last a lifetime.

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