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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to have a happy smile and stellar attendance in school

Auburn ME dentist
Aug 21 2015

With school just around the corner, it's important to make sure your kids are prepared. Pencils? Check. Backpack? Check. Dental check-up? Parents should schedule twice-yearly check-ups to help maintain their kids' oral health and to catch small problems early.

According to a recent study, 31% of American parents reported that their kids between the ages of 6 and 12 missed school last year due to a dental health issue. Parents in the Northeast reported the most absences due to dental problems.

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Next time you crave chocolate, why not smile instead?

dentists in Auburn Maine
Aug 07 2015

In his TED Talk on “The hidden power of smiling,” HealthTap founder Ron Gutman draws a connection between the act of smiling and one's overall wellbeing and success. Specifically, Gutman talks about the smile as a very powerful human expression- one that can chemically induce similar feelings as winning or finding a large sum of cash. In the same vein, Gutman contends that one smile can produce the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate. Wow.

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Top 5 summer oral health facts you need to know

Auburn ME dentists
Jul 30 2015

ADA's MouthHealthy issued a “Summer Teeth Quiz” that helps separate seasonal oral health fact from fiction1. Summer is a fun time filled with cookouts and sweet treats, but don't let these come at the cost of a healthy, beautiful smile. Now, let's get to it!

1) Chewing ice is a dangerous habit for your teeth. Sure, it might cool you down, but it can cause tooth fracture and can even damage your protective enamel.

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The biggest health secret of your summer cookout

family dentists in Auburn ME
Jul 07 2015

It turns out that most everyone's favorite summer foods are also good for your teeth! Summertime = cookouts, pool parties, and beach days. Life in Maine is just better outside, and the best thing you can do at your next barbecue (besides smiling, of course!) is to eat fresh, nutritious foods that actually do work to keep your mouth healthy. Not a bad deal, huh?

Here's a short list of the all-stars:

Carrots/cucumbers

Leafy greens/spinach

Chicken/beef

Walnuts/almonds/cashews

Water!

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