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Detect Oral Cancer Early with Regular Dental Visits

Dental exam to detect oral cancer
May 21 2015

The ADA recently released an article that explores the connection between regular dental visits and early detection of oral cancer. Twice-yearly dental check-ups not only help maintain optimal oral health in terms of the prevention of decay and gum disease, but they can also prove to be life-saving. At each regular dental visit, our providers perform an oral cancer screening to identify early signs of oral cancer and also to open up the conversation about risk factors for the development of oral cancer.

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Mouthguards aren't just for boxers. Your little champions need them, too!

Sports Mouthguards
May 11 2015

On May 2nd, professional boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao faced each other in the ring for what was dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” The event was highly publicized and raked in close to 400 million dollars. In the lead up to the fight, the New York Times reported on Mayweather's flashy style and remarked on both the aesthetic and functional significance of both fighters' custom mouthguards. Mayweather reportedly commissioned 10 mouth guards- including one with a baked-in 100 dollar bill and gold foil detail.

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Tips to help prepare for your child's appointment

Your child's oral health is important
Apr 30 2015

The best way to prepare for your child's visit with the dentist is to have an open, calm conversation with him or her about why it's important and what will happen during the appointment. Kids are very perceptive, and they might have picked up on certain myths and assumptions about the dental office that could make them anxious or afraid. As a parent, you can explain the positives about going to the dentist and encourage them to feel curious and excited instead of nervous and scared.

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Xyli-what? Get the scoop on natural sweetener xylitol

Does xylitol have benefits for your teeth?
Apr 23 2015

We've talked a lot about sugar and its effects on your mouth and body, but what about sugar alternatives? Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is found in many sugar-free products such as gum, toothpaste, some cough drops, and sweets. Recently, it has gained attention as a possible sugar substitute that actually has benefits for your teeth- some sources go as far to claim that xylitol can prevent cavities. Hey, if that's true, sign me up!

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Confused about toothpaste? Learn more about common ingredients

Toothpaste
Apr 14 2015

Not sure which kind of toothpaste to use? Overwhelmed in the grocery store's oral health aisle? Don't worry! We've broken down the different types of toothpaste and have explained the purpose of some of the most common toothpaste ingredients to help you make a more informed decision. Happy brushing, and don't forget to floss!

Here's a breakdown of some of the more common ingredients in toothpaste and an overview of each of their functions: 

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How to prevent tooth sensitivity

Lewiston Maine Teeth Cleaning
Apr 07 2015

Tooth sensitivity is the result of the demineralization and loss of the enamel. Symptoms of demineralization include transparency, cracking, and discoloration of the teeth. This can be caused partially by diet (i.e. over-consumption of acidic foods, large amounts of sugar, and also certain medications), hygienic issues (excessive brushing, brushing with excess force, and bleaching), and other behaviors (trauma, habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth, acid reflux, and frequent vomiting). Some people are even genetically prone to tooth sensitivity.

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Oral Health During Pregnancy

Auburn Maine Dentist
Mar 31 2015

During pregnancy, it is especially important to maintain proper oral health. The hormonal changes that occur throughout pregnancy can increase the risk of oral problems such as gingivitis and tooth decay. Good oral hygiene- maintained by daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an alcohol free antimicrobial mouthwash- can prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria. This build-up may harbor viruses that are detrimental to your oral health, and thus proper brushing, flossing, and rinsing can reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

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

Lewiston ME Dentist
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?

Lewiston ME Emergency Dentist
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 your Lewiston / Auburn dentist.

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Seniors & Oral Health

Lewiston ME Dentist Office
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!

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.

By entering our poster contest, your child could win scholarship money for college! For more information, view a PDF of our flyer here.

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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?

Lewiston ME Dental Office
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"

Lewiston ME Dental Office
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

Lewiston ME Teeth Cleaning
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

Lewiston / Auburn ME Chamber Awards
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

Auburn ME Dentist
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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