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

Wisdom tooth
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.


Dental Emergency: Trip to the ER or a Visit to the Dental Office?

Woman with toothache
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 a dentist.


There's still time to WIN scholarship money! Enter Center Street Dental's poster contest!

Children at YMCA coloring - 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.


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.


Center Street Dental 4th Annual Poster Contest: "Brave Smiles"

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!


Center Street Dental: 4th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back

Auburn child dentist
Oct 28 2014

Center Street Dental is hosting its 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back! This year, we're buying back candy all week long! Stop by our Auburn dental office at 26 Cross Street anytime during normal business hours Monday, November 3rd through Friday, November 7th, and your little ones can get cash for their Halloween treats! For every pound of candy you bring in, you receive $1 and your school receives 50 cents! Plus, you'll get a free dental goody bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. All candy is donated to our troops through Operation Gratitude.


Would you still drink sugary beverages if you knew this?

Auburn kid dentist
Oct 21 2014

A bottle of soda or fruit juice takes approximately 50 minutes of running to burn off. Researchers at John Hopkins University conducted a study, now published in the American Journal of Public Health, that involved the placement of signs in convenience stores that displayed key facts about the caloric and sugar content of juice and soft drinks. Such facts included, “Did you know that a bottle of soda or fruit juice has about 16 teaspoons of sugar?” and “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 5 miles of walking?”


It's National Dental Hygiene Month!

Auburn dentist
Oct 15 2014

At Center Street Dental, we encourage great dental hygiene all year long. This month is special, however - it's National Dental Hygiene Month! During October, the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company raise awareness about good oral hygiene habits. They stress the importance of brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing every day, rinsing with mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum.


Cavities: Debunking Common Myths

Lewiston Dentist
Sep 11 2014

Many of us have an idea of what cavities are. We know that they can hurt, and we know that good dental hygiene can help keep them away. However, there are many myths that surround dental health and decay. At Center Street Dental, we want our patients to be educated on the causes of cavities so that they can develop better habits and practices to prevent them.


Remember Your Child's Teeth this Back-to-School Season

Auburn Pediatric Dentist
Aug 14 2014

It's August, and for a lot of people, back-to-school shopping is on the brain. You know that having some new threads, a sturdy backpack, and pencils and paper will help make your child's transition into the new school year a little easier. We want every child to feel prepared going into the classroom. Good dental health is integral to your child's overall well-being throughout the school year.


What to Expect at your Child's First Visit to Center Street Dental

Auburn Pediatric Dentistry
May 30 2014

Your child's baby teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth! Making your child's first few visits to the dentist as fun and relaxing as possible is critical to their future dental experiences.

What to expect for your child's first dental visit with us:

  • The Hygienist will introduce herself and anything unfamiliar in the room.

  • Your child will get to choose their preferred flavors of toothpaste and fluoride.

  • The Hygienist will clean your child’s teeth gently as much as your child allows.


Protecting Your Athletes Teeth with Mouthguards

Auburn Preventative Dental Care
Apr 27 2014

If you have an active child or teen who participates in organized sports activities, it is just as important to properly protect their teeth as it is to prevent any other injuries. A mouthguard should be a standard part of your child's athletic gear from the time they begin sports activities. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to have an injury to the mouth when not wearing a mouthguard. The mouthguard cushions impact that may otherwise cause broken teeth, jaw injuries, or cuts to the lip, tongue or face.


Repairing Cavities in Baby Teeth is Important

Maine Pediatric Dentist - Child Oral Care
Feb 23 2014

Because your child's baby teeth have a thinner layer of enamel than permanent teeth, it is much easier for them to get cavities. Even with your best efforts to prevent cavities, sometimes your child can still get them. Once a small cavity starts, unless it is treated, the decay can rapidly spread to your child's other healthy teeth because it is a source of bacterial growth.

Early cavities are not always easily detected, so regular checkups at the dentist with a clinical exam and x-rays are necessary to catch any hidden decay.


Tooth Heros: Sealants and Fluoride

Lewiston / Auburn Maine Dentist
Feb 20 2014

In the past cavities were almost impossible to avoid but this is no longer the case. The increasing use of sealants and fluoride have allowed for a dramatic decrease in decay. Fluoride is a natural mineral that not only strengthens tooth enamel to prevent decay but also helps repair early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride is a perfectly safe and healthy form of prevention when used appropriately.


Child's First Visit to Auburn Dentist by First Birthday

Child's First Dentist Visit: Auburn Maine
Feb 09 2014

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by a dentist by their first birthday. Many parents do not realize that their child should have their first dental checkup as soon as his or her first tooth emerges. Baby teeth are especially susceptible to decay because the enamel is much thinner than permanent teeth. Tooth decay can occur as soon as your child's teeth erupt from their gums.



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