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A healthy smile = a happy heart

A healthy smile = a happy heart
Feb 10 2016

Sunday is Valentine's Day! Did you know that the health of your smile is closely connected to the health of your heart? In celebration of Valentine's Day, here are some heart-happy and mouth-healthy facts to share with a loved one:

 -Smiling naturally boosts your mood

 -Smiling lowers stress and reduces your heart rate

 -Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of heart disease 

 -People with good oral hygiene are more likely to stay active and control their blood pressure

 -A healthy smile reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke

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Tasty Treats that are Good for your Teeth?! Yes, Please!

Tasty Treats that are Good for your Teeth?! Yes, Please!
Feb 03 2016

 

Do you have plans to watch the Super Bowl this weekend? If so, everybody knows that one of the best parts of watching the Super Bowl is the chance to eat all of the delicious snack food that goes along with it! However- and this may come at no surprise- not all snack food is healthy for your teeth and body. We're here to help give you some inspiration for Super Bowl treats that are tasty and good for you!

 

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Have you heard of the First Visit, First Tooth program?

Have you heard of the First Visit, First Tooth program?
Jan 27 2016

It's almost February, and you know what that means: National Children's Dental Health Month! Throughout the whole month of February, we focus on little smiles and the habits that can make them healthy. The CDA (Canadian Dental Association) recently launched a new program titled First Visit, First Tooth that gives parents and offices resources to help make early dental visits more fun and productive.

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Achieve a stunning, bright smile the safe way

Jan 15 2016

Everybody wants a beautiful smile. However, sometimes that smile can come at a damaging cost if you're not careful. A recent report1 indicates that the growing pressure to have whiter teeth has encouraged many people to go out and purchase over-the-counter whitening kits. Without the supervision of a dentist, whitening at home can cause serious negative health effects.

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You'll Love these Holiday Health Tips for Healthy Smiles

You'll Love these Holiday Health Tips for Healthy Smiles
Dec 17 2015

The holiday season is here! Despite the seasonal hustle and bustle, have you taken the time to take care of yourself? One of the best gifts you can give yourself this season is a healthy smile! While you enjoy holiday festivities, keep the following few tips in mind to maintain the best oral health you can- while still enjoying the holiday treats you love the most in moderation, of course!

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Visit the dentist regularly for a healthy smile as you age

Visit the dentist regularly for a healthy smile as you age
Dec 11 2015

20% of American adults over 75 haven't seen the dentist in the past 5 years (ADA). Older adults may experience a number of difficulties that could prevent them from seeing the dentist. For example, one may have trouble with mobility or transportation. They may also lack the support to prioritize dental care, and, in some cases, may not be able to financially manage their dental care.

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Meet Nikki and Jess, our Expanded Functions Dental Assistants

Nikki and Jess, our Expanded Functions Dental Assistants
Dec 02 2015

Nikki and Jess have been valuable members of the Center Street Dental team for 12 years. They have completed a one-year intensive program at York County Community College to become Expanded Functions Dental Assistants (EFDAs). Before acceptance into the program, Nikki and Jess were both Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) and had a wealth of dental experience.

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Do dental stereotypes stand in the way of your beautiful smile?

Do dental stereotypes stand in the way of your beautiful smile?
Nov 05 2015

It's no secret that dentists commonly get a bad rap in pop culture depictions. From the terrifying (and unarguably irresponsible) dentist in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” to the humorous, drill-happy dentist in Finding Nemo, dentists are often portrayed as fearsome- even sadistic- subjects. Make a mental collage of these portrayals, and it's no wonder why so many Americans harbor anxiety or fear when it comes to seeing the dentist.

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5th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back!

5th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back!
Oct 28 2015

We're hosting our 5th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back! This year, we are excited to hold the buy back at Norway Savings Bank Arena and will host a public skate at the same time! Stop by the arena at 985 Turner Street in Auburn anytime Sunday, November 1st between 4:30pm and 6:30pm, and your little ones can get cash for their Halloween treats! Plus, the whole family will be able to skate for free! For every pound of candy you bring in, you receive $1 and your school receives 50 cents!

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What are the most bizarre tweets about the #dentist?

What are the most bizarre tweets about the #dentist?
Oct 22 2015

If you look up any hashtag on twitter, you can find out what people from around the world are saying about that particular topic. Out of curiosity, we went on twitter and searched for #dentist. We picked our favorite tweets to share with you here:

1) #Haiku for Now

A moment to rest

Perhaps a quick nap is best

My #dentist visit

Truly a party trick of mine…

Asleep during teeth cleaning

2) That #awkward moment when you run into your #dentist while shopping for candy for #Halloween #quickdropthebagofSnickers

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Did you know that yoga can help prevent bruxism?

Did you know that yoga can help prevent bruxism?
Oct 15 2015

A recent article in TIME suggests that the effects of bruxism (commonly known as “teeth grinding”) can be alleviated by certain yoga poses. Bruxism can be brought on by often occurs at night while sleeping, so it's hard to stop. You might wake up in the morning feeling unrested, or your jaw might feel sore. Other signs of bruxism might include worn-down teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, or even cracked and broken teeth.

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What happens if your child cries at her first visit?

What happens if your child cries at her first visit?
Oct 09 2015

In order to have happy, healthy smiles for life, we recommend that children see a dentist when their first tooth arrives or when they reach the age of one. Early preventive dental care is key to the promotion of good oral health for years to come. Before you bring your child to the dentist for the first time, it's important to know that every child reacts differently to new situations. Crying, for example, is a completely normal response to the unknown for a child.

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Carrie Underwood's “Smoke Break” and your smile

Carrie Underwood's “Smoke Break” and your smile
Oct 01 2015

Have you heard the new song, “Smoke Break,” by country music sensation Carrie Underwood? The new hit single references a couple of hard-working, respectable people who don't normally engage in unhealthy habits but who occasionally need that "well-earned" “smoke break.” Although the song lyrics are all in good fun, one could argue that they imply that smoking is okay if you just do it once in a while.

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Top 3 ways to protect your teeth this fall

Auburn, ME - Preventative Dentistry
Sep 21 2015

The transition from summer to fall in Maine brings colder weather, plenty of apples and pumpkins, and, of course, the return to school. As you settle into your seasonal routine, here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and strong.

1) Drink water in between that pumpkin-spiced latte or apple cider. Everybody loves a nice, warm cup of seasonally spiced coffee or cider, but most of these tasty beverages are packed with lots of sugar. It's okay to indulge once in a while, but make sure you follow up with sips of water.

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Are you prepared for the unexpected?

children's dentist in Auburn ME
Sep 03 2015

School is back in session, and you want your child to have a fun, successful year. Students are signing up for school sports, and outdoor recess is in full swing as we all try to savor the last few weeks of summer weather. A dental emergency can occur regardless of what season it is, however, so it's important to know how to quickly recognize dental trauma in order to get your kids the best care as soon as possible.

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