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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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Apr 30 2015

The best way to prepare for your child's visit with your Auburn 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

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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

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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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