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Do stereotypes stand in the way of your beautiful smile?

Do 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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4th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back!

4th Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back!
Oct 28 2015

We're hosting our 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back! This year, we are excited to buy back candy all week long from Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 6th. Stop by any time during normal business hours, 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, receive a free dental health goody bag! 

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We found the most bizarre tweets about the #dentist

We found 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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Did you know that yoga can help prevent bruxism?

Did you know that yoga can help prevent bruxism?
Oct 15 2015

A recent article in TIME suggests that the effects of bruxism (commonly known as “teeth grinding”) can be alleviated by certain yoga poses. Bruxism can be brought on by often occurs at night while sleeping, so it's hard to stop. You might wake up in the morning feeling unrested, or your jaw might feel sore. Other signs of bruxism might include worn-down teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, or even cracked and broken teeth.

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It's okay if your child cries at his first appointment

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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Carrie Underwood's “Smoke Break” and your oral health

Carrie Underwood's “Smoke Break” and your oral health
Oct 01 2015

Have you heard the new song, “Smoke Break,” by country music sensation Carrie Underwood? The new hit single references a couple of hard-working, respectable people who don't normally engage in unhealthy habits but who occasionally need that "well-earned" “smoke break.” Although the song lyrics are all in good fun, one could argue that they imply that smoking is okay if you just do it once in a while.

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Top 3 ways to keep your teeth healthy this fall

Augusta, ME - Preventative Dentistry
Sep 21 2015

The transition from summer to fall in Maine brings colder weather, plenty of apples and pumpkins, and, of course, the return to school. As you settle into your seasonal routine, here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy and strong.

1) Drink water in between that pumpkin-spiced latte or apple cider. Everybody loves a nice, warm cup of seasonally spiced coffee or cider, but most of these tasty beverages are packed with lots of sugar. It's okay to indulge once in a while, but make sure you follow up with sips of water.

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Are you ready 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 healthy 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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How to feel like a billionaire every day

A smile can make you feel rich and successful
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 oral health facts you need to know this season

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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 surprise 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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Does air pollution have an effect on the health of your teeth? Samples from ancient human teeth suggest yes

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Jul 07 2015

According to HealthDay News, samples taken from the tartar of 400,000 year-old teeth reveal the earliest evidence of air pollution created by human activity. The air pollution is thought to have stemmed from indoor fires used to roast meat. The discovery sheds valuable insight not only into the lifestyle of the people who lived in Qesem Cave almost half a million years ago but also into the sometimes negative consequences of human progress on the environment.

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Does air pollution have an effect on the health of your teeth? Samples from ancient human teeth suggest yes

Air pollution affects your teeth and lungs
Jul 07 2015

According to HealthDay News, samples taken from the tartar of 400,000 year-old teeth reveal the earliest evidence of air pollution created by human activity. The air pollution is thought to have stemmed from indoor fires used to roast meat. The discovery sheds valuable insight not only into the lifestyle of the people who lived in Qesem Cave almost half a million years ago but also into the sometimes negative consequences of human progress on the environment.

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