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How to have a happy smile and stellar attendance in school

How to have a happy smile and stellar attendance in school
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?

Who needs chocolate when you can smile?
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

Don't let oral health slip in the summer
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

Healthy foods for your next cookout
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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Billions worldwide affected by untreated tooth decay

Billions worldwide affected by untreated tooth decay
Jun 10 2015

A paper1 titled, “Global Burden of Oral Conditions in 1990-2010: A Systematic Analysis,” outlines an international research project led by Professor Marcenes of the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary to investigate oral health as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. The study determined that nearly 4 billion people in the world- almost half the globe's population- suffer from untreated tooth decay.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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?”

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