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Choosing The Right Toothbrush

Brushing is important to maintaining good oral health. This is taught to us from a young age by our parents and dentist. Yet, brushing alone is not always enough. It is also important to know how to brush, which toothbrushes are best, and which toothbrushes to avoid. Brushing incorrectly or using the wrong brush can actually do more harm than good when it comes to your oral care.

How to Brush

It can seem natural to just drag the toothbrush across your teeth, but this can actually cause harm to your gums. It is important when brushing to hold the bristles towards your gums at a forty-five-degree angle so they can sweep ...

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Learn How to Protect Your Child’s Smile

New parents often have many questions about how to care for their child’s teeth. We all know that children have two sets of teeth. Primary teeth are temporary and begin to emerge between the ages of 6-12 months. These teeth are then replaced with permanent teeth around the age of 6. This process can continue into adolescence. 

Parents commonly wonder about the importance of routine brushing and flossing for their toddler since the teeth will be lost anyway. Yes, baby teeth will fall out, but it is still vitally important that their teeth remain clean and cavity free. There are a number of good reasons for protecting the health of your child’s baby ...

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Solving the Missing Tooth Problem

It’s always difficult to lose a tooth, whether it’s part of a dental treatment plan or a result of decay or disease. The outcome’s still the same, and now you have an important decision to make. What are you going to do about that obvious empty space?

There’s a lot to consider, and choosing the solution that works best for you can seem pretty overwhelming. But don’t worry, because we’re here to help! Today we can offer you several options for giving you back your beautiful smile!

So let’s take some time to talk about your options for tooth replacement so that you have all the necessary information to make that big ...

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Braces or Invisalign?

Invisalign in Wilmington DEInvisalign Is the Clear Alternative

Are you considering having your teeth straightened? Maybe you’re wondering about your options and are stuck because you know you don’t want traditional braces.

Have you heard about Invisalign? In many cases, Invisalign is superior to traditional metal braces. With the availability of Invisalign, you have a better alternative, and there really is no good reason to go with braces over Invisalign.

Here are a few things you should know before you make your decision?

Is Invisalign Less Noticeable than Braces?

There’s no doubt that people will notice that you are wearing metal braces. You just can’t hide those conspicuous brackets ...

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Does Your Child Need Dental Sealants?

Does your family have a history of chronic oral health problems? Does it seem to you that some lucky people just enjoy healthy, strong teeth, making them seem impervious to cavities?

In truth, genetics plays a big part in our dental health, and if you’ve got cavity-prone teeth, there’s a good chance your child does also. One of the things we can do to level the genetic playing field is to reduce the odds of your child developing cavities by using dental sealants.

Why are Dental Sealants Necessary?

Kids DentistryDental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to healthy teeth to prevent cavities. Protecting your child’s ...

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Are Lumineers Right for You?

Are you looking for an easy way to brighten your smile and correct cosmetic flaws? If the answer is yes, and you don’t want to go through the discomfort and time it takes to place veneers, Lumineers may be the answer. Patients who have had Lumineers placed at our Wilmington office are amazed at how quickly they see the results.

Lumineers are a quick, painless option for people who are looking to improve their smiles with veneers. Traditional veneers take longer to place and involve shaving of your teeth that can be uncomfortable for many people. Lumineers, on the other hand, can easily be placed in just two visits.

Sometimes referred to ...

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Periodontal Disease - Why You Should be Concerned

Periodontal Disease Wilmington DEYou may be hearing a lot more about periodontal disease these days than you have in the past. The reason is simple – periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious public health concern that affects millions of people.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. That’s a whopping 64,000,000 people with mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease.

Why We’re Worried

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks healthy gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth.

Without treatment, periodontal disease can ...

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