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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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Your smile and body benefit from workplace wellness

Your smile and body benefit from workplace wellness
Mar 09 2016

This morning, the Wellness Council of Androscoggin (WCAC) held its quarterly breakfast titled: “So, what's the buzz about wellness?” Here at Center Street Dental, we're about to gear up for the largest component of our wellness program: a series of local 5Ks that run (no pun intended) from April to October, culminating with the Dempsey Challenge. Because wellness was on our brains, we thought it'd be a good idea to check out what's new with the WCAC.

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Little smiles deserve lots of love- and fun!

Chelsea and Cecelia - Children's Dental Health Month 2016
Mar 03 2016

It was all about the kids this February in celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month. Throughout the month, we visited over ten local elementary schools and childcare centers to teach kiddos about proper brushing and flossing. With the help of furry friends Flossosaurus and Peter & Peggy Panda, the kids learned a lot about the importance of great oral hygiene. They even had some fun, too!

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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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