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Dr. Hart and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.

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Tooth Staining and Discoloration 101 - Options for Brightening Your Smile
...Among their causes are excessive fluoride levels or tetracycline antibiotics given in childhood and during tooth formation...

Actress Jennie Garth Shares Tips for Making Oral Health Fun!
...A soft, child's size toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste and plenty of parental help is good for toddlers...

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings
... Glass Ionomer — Made of acrylic and glass powders, these inexpensive, translucent fillings blend in acceptably well with natural teeth and have the advantage of releasing small amounts of fluoride to help prevent decay...

TV Designer Nate Berkus Is Thankful for Childhood Preventive Dental Treatments
...“I'm grateful for having been given fluoride treatments and sealants as a child...

The Effects Ordinary Tap Water Has On Your Oral Health
... It all began back in the 1930's when it was discovered that fluoride had oral health benefits...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
...These materials are also suitable for children's teeth and can incorporate fluoride to reduce tooth decay...

Limit Sugar in Your Diet for Better Oral and General Health
Even after decades emphasizing oral hygiene and supplemental fluoride to fight dental disease, we’re now seeing an increase in tooth decay, especially among children...

Beyond Their Marketing Claims, Most Toothpastes are Surprisingly Similar
... Fluoride...

Tips to keep your teeth white after a whitening procedure
...Fortunately, quality fluoride toothpastes usually contain a percentage of whitening hydrogen peroxide, the same bleaching agent found in professional whitening gels...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
... It doesn’t take much to manually perform them — a quality soft-bristle toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and string floss...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...Use a small, soft-bristled, child-sized brush or a clean, damp washcloth and just a thin smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice...

Determining the Right Whitening Approach is Key to Brightening a Dull Smile
...It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline...

White Spots on Your Teeth After Braces May Be An Early Sign of Enamel Loss
...The extra effort required in brushing can be aided by specialized toothbrushes designed to clean around brackets and wires, along with prescription-level fluoride toothpastes for added enamel strength...

Actor David Ramsey Discusses Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
... Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice...

4 Big Benefits for Beginning Early Dental Visits for Your Child
...Besides monitoring and treatment for decay, we can also perform measures to protect teeth (especially in children at high risk) through topical fluoride applications or sealants...

Stop White Spots Before They Appear While Wearing Braces
...One way is by aiding enamel re-mineralization through saliva stimulation (the mouth's acid neutralizer) or applying fluoride to the teeth to strengthen enamel...

Keep Your Baby's Fluoride Intake within Moderate Limits
...But, if you use a powdered form that you mix with water your child may be taking in more fluoride than they require...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel...

Keep an Eye on Your Young Children's Fluoride Intake
We've known for a long time that fluoride strengthens tooth enamel against decay...

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
... Some great habits to adopt when it comes to caring for your smile include: Brushing at lease twice a day (remember to also brush your tongue!) Flossing once a day Following a diet that is healthy and limits junk food, processed foods and sugar Using an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste Making sure to replace your toothbrush head once the bristles start to splay out Talking to us about whether you could benefit from fluoride treatment or dental sealants Not place a used toothbrush in a closed container, as this can increase the amount of bacteria and fungus that grows on it Quitting smoking Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports Wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth if you grind or clench your teeth Whether you have questions about your oral care routine or you need to schedule your upcoming cleaning, our Bartlett, TN, family dentist is at your service...

Pediatric Dentists Specialize in Dental Care for Children and Teens
...Both offer the same kind of prevention and treatment services like cleanings, fluoride applications or fillings...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
...But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss...

Support Your Child's Dental Development with Preventive Care
...It’s also an opportunity to apply other preventive measures such as sealants that discourage tooth decay development on biting surfaces and topical fluoride for strengthening enamel...

A Child's Teeth Grinding is Normal - But You Should Still Keep an Eye on it
...To avoid these problems, it's best to keep your child's teeth as healthy as possible by practicing daily brushing and flossing, and regularly seeing a dentist for cleanings, treatments and preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants...

What You Can Do to Support Your Child's Dental Development
...We can provide preventive treatments like sealants or topical fluoride to reduce the risk of tooth decay, while continually monitoring for signs of the disease that may require treatment...

5 Causes of Bad Breath and What You Can Do About It!
...This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day...

New Dental Advances Promise Better Outcomes for Treating Decay
...” If caught early enough, we can encourage the re-mineralization of enamel that acid has eroded with CPP-ACP, a substance acquired from milk, or strengthen teeth with topical fluoride applications...

Good Oral Hygiene Isn't Just for Teeth
...This includes brushing twice each day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once per day...

Same Day Crowns and Their Benefits
...Here are some tips: Get professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months Brush your teeth twice a day for two full minutes Receive fluoride treatment and use fluoride-containing products Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris Stop chewing tobacco and smoking Avoid drinking too much coffee and tea Do You Need a Consultation...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Fluorosis
Fluorosis is a condition in which your body has been exposed to too much fluoride...

Sensitive Teeth
... In some cases, desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, desensitizing ionization and filling materials including fluoride, and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods can alleviate some of the pain associated with sensitive teeth...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Simple Preventative Measures The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Brushing
... Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day...

Fluoride Facts
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that is absorbed into and strengthens tooth enamel, thereby helping to prevent decay of tooth structures...

Mouth Rinses
... In general, therapeutic rinses with fluoride have been shown to actually fight cavities, plaque and gingivitis...

Prevention Tips for Children
...Parents are advised to avoid fluoride toothpastes on children under the age of 2...

Nutrition and Your Teeth
...Fluoride supplements may be helpful if you live in a community without fluoridated water, but consult with our office first...

Introduction
...Does fluoride, in spite of everything we've been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good...

Fluoride
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, which thereby helps to prevent decay of tooth structures...

The Preventive Program
... Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed...

Fillings
...Glass ionomers can release a small amount of fluoride that help patients who are at high risk for decay...

Glossary
... back to top F Fluoride - A harmless over-exposure to fluoride resulting in tooth discoloration...