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What’s the Deal on Pacifier Use?

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Are you worried about your child using a pacifier? Sure, you really like the idea that a pacifier soothes your child when nothing else seems to work. But you’ve heard that continued use can contribute to long-term dental problems. So what’s the deal, and should you be worried?

Why do Pacifiers Soothe my Child?

It is natural for a baby or young child to suck their thumb. Many babies actually begin to suck their thumbs in the womb before they’re born. Thumb sucking and pacifiers provide a sensory way for babies to become familiar with their environments. Pacifiers and thumbs also provide comfort and emotional support for young children.

When Should I be Concerned?

For the most ...

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Titanium – The Secret Behind Dental Implants

Titanium in Dental Implants graphic

Dental ImplantIf you know anything about dental implants, you know that the implant itself is made of titanium. But what is titanium, and what makes it so unique?

The simple fact is that titanium is one of the strongest, most durable, and longest lasting metals used in medicine today, including modern dentistry. These qualities make titanium a desirable material for everything from knee replacements to dental implants.

Quick Dental Implants Primer

Before we talk about titanium’s amazing qualities, let’s do a quick review of dental implants and how they work. There are three pieces that make up the prosthetic that we call a dental implant:

  • Implant – A ...

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What Can Invisalign Do for You?

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Invisalign is a discreet way to treat many problems that have traditionally been corrected by metal braces. They have given hope to many people who thought orthodontic treatment was too complicated or expensive.

We know that Invisalign is hardly noticeable to other people and that it can dramatically improve your smile by straightening your teeth...but what exactly is Invisalign and how does it work?

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are made of thermoplastic material and look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Each set of aligners is custom-made at an Invisalign lab using impressions we take of your mouth. The comfortable plastic aligners are safe, discreet and, of course, FDA approved.

The advanced 3-D modeling that ...

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You’re Really Going to Brush your Teeth with That?

Teeth Brushing Techniques | Dentist Gasport NY

ToothbrushWhen was the last time you went out and splurged on a new toothbrush? Unlike a comfy pair of shoes or that T-shirt you’ve had for twenty years, developing a long-term relationship with your toothbrush is a bad idea.

We think it’s great that you’re proactive with your oral hygiene, and you may be doing everything right. But if you’ve got a toothbrush that’s been sitting around for six months in your germy (no offense) bathroom, we’ve got a reality check for you. That innocent little brush can be a breeding ground for germs, bacteria and fungus. Yes, we said fungus.

Not to mention the fact that those ...

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You've finally stopped grinding your teeth…problem solved?

You’ve been wearing your custom-made night guard, and your chronic teeth grinding is finally under control. Life is back to normal, and you’re sure that your worries are over.

Not so fast! It's great that you’ve eliminated the grinding, but if you don't bother addressing the damage that bruxism has caused, you could wind up facing some serious oral health problems in the future.

It’s important to understand that over time, the extreme pressure created by grinding can cause your teeth to wear, chip, or fracture, making them vulnerable to infection and decay. Sometimes these fractures can be very small and hardly noticeable, so you may not be able to even see ...

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Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

Tooth Replacement Options

Uh-oh! You’ve lost a tooth! After you get over the initial shock, you have an important decision to make. What to do about that unsightly gap? Deciding on the best way to deal with a missing tooth is never easy. But don’t despair - today you have lots of options for restoring your smile!

Of course, we are always here to help. So we’d like to take some time to educate you about replacement options so that you have the information necessary to make that important decision.

Full or Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures have small clasps that clip on to adjacent teeth to hold them securely in place. This is an economical ...

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Tips for Keeping Your Dentures Beautiful Every Day

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You’ve made the investment, and now you’re loving the way your new dentures look. They fit and feel better than you ever imagined, and you just wish you’d taken the step sooner!

But now you’re at the point where you have to start developing the habits that will keep your dentures looking great and fitting well for many years. Some of the steps below are standard and based on good old common sense. Others may not be as obvious if this is your first experience with dentures.

Brush Your Dentures Every Day

Your dentures are just like your natural teeth! They need to be brushed and rinsed every day to remove food and ...

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