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What's your New Year's resolution for your smile?

What's your New Year's resolution for your smile?
Dec 23 2016

'Tis the season for merriment! It's also the time when people think about their goals for the year to come. Many people make resolutions to become more fit, to quit smoking, to make better financial decisions, etc. What resolutions do you have to improve the health of your smile? Here are our suggestions for things to keep in mind as this year comes to a close:

1) Make a promise to yourself to brush and floss at least twice a day

2) Schedule your cleaning appointments ahead of time to ensure you never miss a preventative visit

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Want to keep your teeth strong and bright this holiday season?

Want to keep your teeth strong and bright this holiday season?
Dec 08 2016

Christmas is right around the corner. You've started shopping for gifts, you have recipes in mind for family gatherings and parties, and all of your decorating is done. What about your teeth? There are many smiles to be shared this season, so you want to make sure you practice good oral health habits to keep your teeth clean and strong. 

1) Don't forget to brush and floss in the holiday hustle-and-bustle

2) Don't overdo it on sugary drinks and sweets 

3) Schedule your twice-yearly cleaning if you've only had one this year!

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How do vitamins play a role in your oral health?

 How do vitamins play a role in your oral health?
Nov 18 2016

Nutrition is a big part of the picture of your overall oral health. To have healthy teeth and gums, your body needs several vitamins and minerals. Of course, we all know your teeth love calcium! From a young age, we've been told to drink milk and eat cheese or yogurt for strong teeth. Your teeth also like potassium. Potassium helps prevent the blood from becoming too acidic; highly acidic blood can take away calcium from your teeth and bones. Look for bananas, tomatoes, or avocados to get your potassium intake up to par.

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How can I guard against decay this Thanksgiving?

How can I guard against decay this Thanksgiving?
Nov 11 2016

The holidays are coming! For many, this means eating anything and everything that looks delicious. However, that mentality can often lead to increased sugar attacks on the teeth. Increased consumption of sticky and sugary foods like cakes, pies, candy, and acidic foods and drinks like coffee, alcohol, etc., can contribute to the development of tooth decay.

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Seniors and Oral Health: What You Should Know

Seniors and Oral Health: What You Should Know
Oct 27 2016

As we age, it's important to be mindful of how to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Continued good oral hygiene habits are crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth. Brushing, flossing, and good nutrition —when combined with regular twice-yearly dental visits — are the keys to the prevention of gum disease. If you are elderly, and it's hard to keep up brushing and flossing like you used to, talk to your dentist about options. An electric toothbrush is sometimes easier to hold and maneuver around the mouth, so feel free to ask us questions at your next visit. 

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You know what time it is?

Capitol Dental Care Halloween Candy Buy Back
Oct 21 2016

Capitol Dental Care is hosting its 5th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back! Stop in anytime during normal business hours Tuesday, November 1st through Friday, November 4th and trade your candy for cash! You get $1 for every pound you trade in, and your school gets 50 cents – it's a win-win! Plus, get a free dental health goody bag! All candy is donated to Operation Gratitude which sends candy (in moderation!) in care packages to our troops. We hope to see you after Halloween!

Give us a call at 207-622-9215 for more information.

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How to keep your teeth protected from the sugar monsters

How to keep your teeth protected from the sugar monsters
Oct 13 2016

Halloween comes every year. As the spooky date approaches, big bags of sugary sweets begin to line the foremost shelves in grocery stores across the country. The enticing displays of candy beckon young and old people alike to indulge in the yummy treats, and that's exactly what most people do the night of Halloween! Whether it's caramels, chocolate, or lollipops you fancy, here's what you need to know about how to keep your teeth safe from all of the sugar monsters out there on October 31st.

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Oral hygiene and braces: what is the relationship?

Oral hygiene and braces: what is the relationship?
Aug 30 2016

Braces work to straighten your smile by placing light pressure on the teeth as they move in the jaw. Traditional braces include brackets that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth, wires that are placed through the brackets of each arch of your smile, and elastic bands that hold these wires in place. An orthodontist will tighten the wires every 4-6 weeks or so to gradually move the teeth into their intended, proper places. This can typically be achieved in 1-3 years.

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Do you enjoy smiling?

Do you enjoy smiling?
Aug 23 2016

According to the ADA's latest report on how adults in Maine view their oral health, 1 in 3 adults avoid smiling due to the condition of their mouth and teeth. This attitude toward smiling can affect one's general life satisfaction, interaction with others, expression of joy and happiness, and overall self-esteem. Here at Capitol Dental Care, our goal is to bring smiles to our patients' faces.

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Which fruit is the best for your dental health?

Which fruit is the best for your dental health?
Aug 16 2016

The answer? An overwhelming “it depends.” We've all been told at one point or another to pack our diets with fruits and veggies. However, that last part – the veggies – is often overlooked in favor of fruity snacks instead. In order to have great overall health and dental health in particular, it's best to strike a balance between your fruit and vegetable intake – and, ideally, consume more vegetables than fruit on a daily basis.

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How do Olympians take care of their teeth?

How do Olympians take care of 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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Why is it best to catch small problems early?

Why is it best 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 fun and healthy

Summer can be fun and healthy
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 importance of your dental cleanings?

What is the importance of your dental cleanings?
Jun 24 2016

Here at Capitol Dental Care, 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 advantages 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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