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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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Welcome to Our Blog
...Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice...

Warning: Chewing Tobacco IS Hazardous to Your Oral Health
...In reality, chewing tobacco is harmful to your health — and especially your oral health...

Dental Services
Regular dental visits are essential to make sure oral health problems — from tooth decay to oral cancer — are detected and treated in a timely manner...

Patient Resources
Oral Health Topics Introduction Fluoride The Preventive Program Fillings Infection Control Medication and Heart Disease Latex Allergy Age and Oral Health Tobacco Oral Piercing High-Tech Office Tooth Care What is Tooth Decay...

Know the Causes and Treatments for Chronic Dry Mouth
... Chronic dry mouth (or xerostomia) can have a greater effect on your oral health than discomfort...

Television Host Nancy O'Dell Provides Advice for New Mothers
...The book, “Full of Life: Mom to Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant,” covers a wide range of topics — including oral health during pregnancy...

Certain Medical Conditions Call for Antibiotics Before a Dental Visit
...Working together, we can ensure the dental procedures you need for oral health won't have an adverse impact your general health...

Actress Florence Henderson Shares Her Secrets for Keeping Your Natural Teeth as You Age
... During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Henderson discussed her oral health as well as her role as spokesperson for Polident (denture cleanser) — even though she does not have dentures...

Monitoring Blood Pressure is Important for Both Your General and Oral Health
...Many anti-hypertensive drugs have side effects, such as dry mouth, that can affect your oral health...

Nancy O'Dell Speaks Out On Her Experiences With Pregnancy Gingivitis
... To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pregnancy and Oral Health...

Overcoming Dental Care Obstacles in Children With Chronic Diseases
...Establishing daily hygiene and regular checkups can reduce that risk and alleviate concern for their long-term oral health...

Saliva is a Key Ingredient in Oral Health
... If you would like more information on the importance of saliva to oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

How The Biggest Loser Star Jillian Michaels Keeps Her Winning Smile
... Since good health also includes good oral health, here's a sampling of what Jillian discussed about healthy habits in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine...

Extra Care is Required When Treating Teenagers With Lost Teeth
Permanent tooth loss at any age greatly affects long-term oral health...

Actress Jennie Garth Shares Tips for Making Oral Health Fun!
...You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health...

Iron Chef Cat Cora: Protecting Your Children's Teeth Starts Early
...” Cat is right on target with her approach to her children's oral health...

Straightening Teeth can Lead to a Better Smile and Better Oral Health
...After that, we can discuss your orthodontic options for not only correcting your smile, but improving your oral hygiene which can have a pronounced improvement in your oral health as well...

Introducing the Royal Baby...and His New Teeth!
...Essentially, because proper dental care in the early years helps to establish routines that will lead to a lifetime of good oral health...

Are Cavities Contagious?
...Maintaining good oral health means brushing and flossing every day, and getting regular check-ups: It’s important for you, and for everyone you care about...

TV Designer Nate Berkus Is Thankful for Childhood Preventive Dental Treatments
... During a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Nate discussed his career as well as his oral healthcare...

4 Reasons why Quitting Chewing Tobacco is Good for Your Oral Health
...Here are 4 oral health reasons why you should spit out smokeless tobacco for good...

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...

Extracting Wisdom Teeth Now May Prevent Dental Problems Later
...By extracting an impacted wisdom tooth at the appropriate time, we can avoid more serious problems in the future and improve oral health...

From Model to Mogul, Kathy Ireland Maintains a Sparkling Smile
... Discussing her oral health, Ireland says that she required serious professional assistance on more than one occasion...

TV Anchor Nancy O'Dell Discusses Pregnancy and Oral Health
... If you are experiencing any pregnancy-related oral health issues, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Transforming a Cleft Lip or Palate into a Beautiful Smile
...It’s a chance for them to gain a normal life — and a new lease on physical, emotional and oral health...

Sofia Vergara: 'Obsessed' With Oral Hygiene
...Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages...

Orthodontics and Your Teen
...It’s far easier to clean teeth with clear aligners, which can be removed, but the aligners themselves can build up bacteria, leading to the same types of oral health issues if they are not cleaned each day...

Tips to keep your teeth white after a whitening procedure
...Your overall health will improve along with your oral health...

Brushing and Flossing Hard to Do? Consider Your 'Power' Options
Brushing and flossing are foundational to good oral health and an essential part of daily life...

Even Celebrities Like Jennifer Lawrence Aren't Immune From Bad Breath!
...These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health...

Nancy O'Dell on Making Oral Hygiene Fun for Kids
...We would like to see every child get off to an equally good start! If you have questions about your child’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
... Your general health Even if your oral health is great if you are dealing with any systemic health issues including chronic diseases like diabetes that aren’t under control, or if you have a weakened immune system this could affect the success of the implant...

Regular Cleanings Benefit Both Your Dental Health and Your Smile
...For patients in good oral health, the basic cleaning approach is known as prophylaxis, a term derived from the Greek for guarding or preventing beforehand...

Actor David Ramsey Discusses Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
...You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children...

That Small Mouth Sore is Likely Nothing - but Still Have it Checked
...Just keep up with the basics — good oral hygiene and regular checkups — to ensure you have the most optimum oral health possible...

Beyonce Makes Flossing a Family Affair
...You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health...

People Born with Missing Teeth can Still Gain a Beautiful Smile
...But all the effort will be rewarded, as a person born without teeth can have a new smile and improved oral health...

Don't let Gum Disease - the 'Other Dental Disease' - Rob you of Your Smile
...But there's another dental disease just as dangerous to your oral health and nearly half of U...

Stop White Spots Before They Appear While Wearing Braces
Braces can be a long, involved process, but gaining a more attractive smile and better oral health is worth it...

Start Early with Your Baby's Dental Care
... Getting into dental care with your children as soon as possible will set the foundation for good oral health...

The Benefits Of Same Day Crowns
...In addition to living with treatable cosmetic imperfections that can take a toll on an otherwise healthy smile, foregoing regular dental screenings and treatment by a dentist poses a serious risk to oral health in the long term...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
...Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health...

Be Alert to the Unintended Consequences of Cancer Treatment to Oral Health
... Saliva is essential to oral health, providing antibodies to curb the growth of disease-causing bacteria and neutralizing acid, which can erode enamel...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
... Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health...

Instill in Your Child the Daily Habit of Brushing and Flossing
...You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health...

Gum Disease Could Affect More than Your Teeth and Gums
...You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall...

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
... Your oral health is just as important as keeping the rest of your body healthy, so isn’t it time that you took a moment to consider what you’re doing for your smile and what you should be doing that perhaps you aren’t...

Look at Your Options for Saving a Tooth First Before Replacing it
...For function and long-term oral health, you can't beat what nature provided you in the first place...

Pediatric Dentists Specialize in Dental Care for Children and Teens
... Your child may have other needs related to their oral health that could benefit from a pediatric dentist...

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...

Risk Factors for Gum Disease
... To learn more about risk factors for gum disease, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Assessing Risk for Gum Disease” and “Pregnancy and Oral Health...

Tackling Dental Plaque
...If you have questions about dental hygiene, plaque control or another oral health issue, we are happy to talk with you...

Restore Your Smile Quickly
...Hart DDS Family Dentistry twice a year, as advised by the American Dental Association, for oral exams and cleanings--great insurance against tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems...

Sometimes It's Good to Be a Quitter: Smoking and Oral Health
...If you have any questions about smoking and oral health, please contact our office or schedule a consultation...

Why Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Couldn't Have Braces
... “I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine...

Holiday Tips for Healthier Teeth
...So here are some simple tips to help keep your oral health in good shape while you’re enjoying the holiday season...

Winter Tooth Tips
...Staying well hydrated keeps your gums and teeth moist and helps you produce more saliva, which is key to good oral health and fresh breath...

3 Reasons Why Smoking Doesn't Mix with Dental Implants
...Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health...

How to Help Your Child Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...Children feel more invested in their oral health when they get to pick out their own supplies, such as a toothbrush with their favorite character and toothpaste in a kid-friendly flavor...

Baseball's Francisco Lindor Shines as "Mr. Smile"
...If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help...

Food for Thought - What to Eat for Optimum Oral Health
March is national nutrition month—a good time to look at the connection between diet and oral health...

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
...Phillip Hart, here are some ways to promote better oral health: Brush Twice a Day Are you brushing your teeth in the morning and again at night before bed...

We'll Help You Maintain Your Oral Health After Gum Disease
It’s been a long road back to oral health for you after periodontal (gum) disease...

There's a Good Reason for Adults to Consider Orthodontics - Better Oral Health
... While improvement in oral health is the primary reason for considering treatment for a malocclusion, don’t discount the benefit of orthodontics to your appearance...

Good Oral Hygiene Isn't Just for Teeth
In October, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association sponsors National Dental Hygiene Month to remind everyone that having good oral health is directly related to practicing good oral hygiene at home...

Guide Your Older Children or Teens through These 3 Oral Health Areas
Helping your infant or toddler develop good dental habits is one of the best head starts you can give them toward optimum oral health...

Wisdom Teeth Warrant Close Watch to Avoid Future Health Issues
...Patients who are having adverse oral health effects from impacted wisdom teeth should consider removing them, especially if they’ve already encountered dental disease...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
... Controlling periodontal disease and maintaining good oral health helps to reduce bad breath...

Bulimia Nervosa
People with eating disorders can suffer from oral health problems as well...

Wisdom Teeth
...Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health...

Periodontal Exams
Periodontal exams are vital in the maintenance of your oral health as they are used to assess the health of your gums and teeth...

What is Tooth Decay?
... A good way to help your oral health between brushing is chewing sugarless gum; this stimulates your body's production of saliva, a powerful chemical that actually neutralizes plaque formation and rinses decay-causing food particles and debris from your mouth...

Women and Tooth Care
Women have special needs when it comes to their oral health...

Nutrition and Your Teeth
It has long been known that good nutrition and a well-balanced diet is one of the best defenses for your oral health...

Extractions
...  Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health...

Cosmetic Dentistry
...A dental exam will take many factors into consideration, including your overall oral health...

Introduction
...What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health...

General Dentistry
The first line of defense against oral health problems In general dentistry, the dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums and maxillofacial (jaw and face) parts of the body...

Age and Oral Health
...Here you will find helpful answers to some frequently asked questions about oral health questions you may have as you get older...

Tobacco
... Frequently asked questions: tobacco products What effects can smoking have on my oral health...

Your First Dental Visit
... Making sound decisions about your dental care and oral health is an easy thing to do with the right preparation beforehand: Make a list of questions to ask our office, so you don't forget anything on the day of your appointment...

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Patient
... You have the responsibilityto adhere to regular home oral health care recommendations...

Links
American Dental Association Academy of General Dentistry American Association of Public Health Dentistry Federation of Special Care Organizations in Dentistry Centers for Disease Control/Oral Health Resources Healthfinder...