Are Dental X-Rays Safe For Your Children?

When you head in for your visit to the dentist, especially if it’s your first visit, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be getting a set of x-rays done. While some patients express concern about x-rays out of fear of the radiation involved, you receive more radiation from your time spent in the […]

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What Are Those Things In The Dentist’s Office?

It’s no secret that a trip to the dentist’s office doesn’t rate very high on people’s list of favorite things to do, but the mystery surrounding their collection of instruments doesn’t help. To help patients like you gain a little more confidence during your dental visit and to help demystify some of the equipment used […]

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When To Wear A Mouthguard

While most of us associate mouth guards with those participating in an active lifestyle, especially school-age children participating in their school’s sports program, these aren’t the only reason you or your child may need a mouth guard. Available in a broad range of styles and with sizes available for all ages there’s sure to be […]

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How To Respond To Dental Emergencies

Conversations about First Aid often center around injury, disease, and mishap to almost every area of the body but the mouth, leaving many people to believe that damage to the teeth and gums isn’t treatable with first aid. This falsehood has cost many people teeth that could otherwise be saved or to think that certain […]

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The Consequences of Pacifiers And Thumb-Sucking Use In Older Children

When we were children, most of sucked our thumb or used a pacifier at some point. For some of us, this ended early, often not long after our first teeth came in. For others, it persisted nearly until we entered kindergarten, and in some cases, we may have held on to that habit for significantly […]

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The Importance Of Infant Dental Visits

If you have a child on the way or have recently had one join your family, then it’s likely that you’re starting to think about all the essential questions. When should I start a college fund? Are all my doctor’s appointments scheduled? Have I made their first dental appointment? What’s that? You haven’t thought about […]

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Get Your Child’s Dental Health Habits Started Right By Flossing Early!

When we become parents, we often think we know all we need to know about taking care of our children’s dental health, but then we really start thinking about it. Questions like: “When should my child see their dentist for the first time?”, “When do their teeth normally come in?”, “How can I help with […]

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How To Prepare For Your New Braces

Anyone who is considering getting braces knows the mixed bag of emotions that comes with the decision. There’s the excitement of knowing that in a few months you’ll have a magnificent smile with all of your embarrassing imperfections corrected, combined with the dread of the things people may say about your new bling or even […]

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How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

There are a number of options available to those looking to ease their dental concerns with sedation and one of the most well-known, and most misunderstood, is Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous Oxide has a reputation that in part is due to its commonly known nickname ‘laughing gas’ as being something both harmless and somewhat comical. In […]

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5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Brush

It’s a common theme during a dental visit with your children, a predictable admonition to start teaching your kids the fundamentals of brushing early.  Mounting evidence has demonstrated that good oral hygiene is the key to overall good health, and that makes getting off to a good beginning with care is important. We know that […]

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What is a Composite Filling?

Composite fillings, also known as resin or white fillings, are tooth-colored restoration methods that are a combination of glass and plastic. They are used most commonly to restore decaying teeth, but can also be used to improve teeth by altering their color or shape. Composite fillings are a popular choice among patients because of their […]

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How Children’s Teeth Erupt and Fall Out

Over the course of approximately three years, your child will have twenty of their primary teeth erupt in their mouth. The process of how children’s teeth erupt and fall out is rather predictable, and understanding this process will help you take better care of your child’s teeth. While this process is not necessarily the same […]

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Dental Sedation For Children

There are certain dental procedures that may cause children excess stress and anxiety. During these procedures it is often helpful to the child, parent, dentist, and hygienists, to have the child in a relaxed state. The calmer the child is, the quicker and smoother the procedure will go. Because of this, dental sedation has become […]

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Three cartoon teeth with the middle tooth being extracted by dental forceps.

What is an Extraction?

A tooth extraction is the act of removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. While this may not sound ideal, sometimes extractions are necessary to maintain positive oral health. Most people will usually need to have a tooth extracted at some point in their lifetime, and understanding more about tooth extractions can […]

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Here’s When a Tooth Extraction Might Be Necessary

Extraction is the removal of a tooth because it’s medically necessary. A dentist will never remove a tooth just for the heck of it. It’s always done because there’s either something wrong with the tooth or a procedure requires that tooth to be removed. Here are some of the most common reasons Dr. Kavety will […]

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What’s an amalgam filling?

With an estimated one billion amalgam fillings placed every year, chances are you’ve seen one or two around. These fillings, also called silver fillings, are the most common materials used to treat dental caries. And while they’re called silver fillings, this material is actually not silver. It’s a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. […]

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Why Is Extraction Necessary

No one wants to have a missing tooth, but sometimes there’s no alternative but to extract a tooth. While it doesn’t have to be painful, it’s certainly not an experience many people look forward to, and in some cases the tooth that requires removal can be somewhat complicated to get at. There are a number […]

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What are amalgam fillings?

Hands down the most well known filling material, amalgam fillings are also known as silver fillings. These fillings, however, are far from being just silver. In fact, they’re actually made of a mixture of mercury, tin, silver, and copper. It’s estimated that about half of the mixture is mercury, as this helps to create a […]

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