Dental Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine

Partnership For A Tobacco Free Maine (800) 207-1230

Are you thinking about quitting smoking? We as your dental care providers are hoping to reach out to you in our office in a positive way to encourage you to do so. We are very fortunate in the state of Maine to have great resources to assist you as you kick the habit, and we would love to inform you of these resources. So at your next cleaning or at your next exam don’t be offended if we ask your tobacco status. If you’re ready, we’ll help you out with a referral to Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine. They are ready to assist you with counseling over the phone. They can also provide medications to help you quit, free of charge! If … Continue reading →

Pain medications at the dental office.

Pain medications at the dental office.

Today in the dental office Pops – Dr. Medina to most of you- and I started talking about drugs. I was telling pops that as an ER nurse, I have about 30 drugs I give out regularly. From heart attacks to rashes, abdominal pain to migraines, I’d say everything gets treated with approximately 30 meds. Pops said he has his favorite 10. I asked him to tell me more, and found out about the BIG THREE. Obviously all pain medications given at the dental office are designed for short term pain relief only, while treatment is provided. If you come to the dental office for big pain- usually a toothache- Dr. Medina could give you the BIG THREE. These three … Continue reading →

A lot can happen in 7 days – Invisalign G7

Invisalign G7 - A lot can happen in 7 days. Shorten treatment time with weekly aligner changes.

Shorten treatment time with weekly aligner changes. It’s 2016 and Align Technologies has done it again.  In the past the recommendations where that each aligner needed to be worn 2 full weeks.  Now with G7, the aligners have been designed to get the same movement and results in 1 week, without compromising outcomes. You are going to love your new Invisalign smile and now with Invisalign’s G7 you can get your ideal smile that much sooner. Download the Invisalign G7 PDF below that fully describes this feature plus much more! … Continue reading →

Brush up on Brushing – Infograph

Brush up on Brushing - Infograph

Brush up on Brushing You brush your teeth so often you probably don’t give it much thought. Take a moment to review some basic information and maintain a healthy mouth. Choose your weapon – Select a brush with soft bristles that fits your mouth and is comfortable to hold. Perfect your technique – Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short strokes and an up-and-down motion. Add another rep – Brush two times a day is great, but three times is ideal. Watch the Clock. Or TV. – It’s best to spend two minutes a day. A favorite show can help pass the time. Surprise your mouth – Switch up your brushing pattern to keep from … Continue reading →

Dental Health and Aging

Time takes a toll Our mouths change as we age. Nerves can shrink and your teeth become less sensitive, thus making it harder to notice problem areas. Like cavities, which never stop being a threat to our teeth, no matter how old we get. Gum disease is also a major issue. It’s caused by bacteria between the teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Signs of trouble Oral cancers are a health concern for everyone but far more likely to affect people over the age of 65. Early detection is a key weapon in the fight against them, so it’s important to watch for changes and problem areas. In addition, your mouth can show early warning signs of … Continue reading →

How do I whiten my teeth? The first step.

This was a gift from wiseintro.co. They recommended showing what you sell. Smiles and youth. This was to used with smilez.one.

There are so many ways to brighten your smile but the least expensive and the most conservative way is to whiten your teeth. So what is the first step? I would recommend measuring where you’re at before you start. If I may explain. Have you ever been on a diet? How do you know if it’s working? You measure. Before you start on the diet, you jump on the scale. And as time progresses with your diet, you jump on the scale to check if the pounds are coming off. How often do you jump on the scale? Every other day? Once a week? Before you start your diet, how many pounds are you hoping to loose? How many pounds … Continue reading →

Straight talk about crooked teeth

CROOKED TEETH & ORAL HEALTH When left untreated, crooked teeth can often lead to periodontal disease and premature wear on your enamel. Periodontal disease may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. Straighter teeth and a proper bite can help you avoid these negative effects on your health. A beautiful smile is not the only benefit of having straighter teeth. Did you know that properly aligned teeth can also affect your overall health? Watch this video to learn more about the effects of crooked teeth on your oral health. … Continue reading →

Long in the tooth

Are you getting "long in the tooth"? We can help.

Have you ever heard the expression that someone is “long in the tooth?” “Long of tooth” doesn’t have to be.  Are you interested in keeping your youthful smile?  Give us a call and we can help. – Dr. Medina It refers to a condition we call recession. Gum tissue recession occurs when the tissues around the teeth pull away from the tooth and bone, exposing root surface.  It can occur anywhere in the mouth and happen at any age. Why is recession an issue? Exposed root surfaces are normally covered and protected by bone and tissue. Once exposed, these become more susceptible to decay as root surface is softer than enamel. They are also more susceptible to erosion from acidic foods, … Continue reading →

5-Things-To-Know-About-Tooth-Whitening

Female patient in deltal office receiving dental filling drying procedure.

5 Things to Know About Teeth Whitening 1. There are many effective methods Today’s tooth bleaching materials are composed primarily of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Many whitening techniques have proven to be effective, although results vary depending on type of stain, type of bleaching product and other factors. 2. Different shades yield different results Certain stains respond better to bleaching than others. Whitening products work the best on teeth with yellowish color. Brown staining doesn’t respond quite as well. Teeth with a grayish or purple color are typically the most difficult to whiten. 3. You’ll repeat the process Tooth whitening is not permanent. Depending the foods and beverages you consume, the shade will begin to fade in as … Continue reading →

7 Signs You Need To Visit Your Dentist

Frustrated young man touching his cheek and keeping eyes closed while sitting on the couch at home

Everyone knows to visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. But when you experience any of these symptoms you should consider making an appointment right away. 1. Loose Teeth This can be an indication of gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria. Left untreated, it can advance into periodontitis and put your teeth in jeopardy. 2. Temperature Sensitivity A reaction to hot or cold foods may be a sign of decay in a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface resulting from gum recession. It can also indicate cracks in a tooth’s enamel. 3. Bleeding Gums Seeing blood after brushing or flossing could be a sign of an infection. Seek treatment … Continue reading →

This little Invisalign smile of mine . . .

Chantel Woitko - This little Invisalign smile of mine . . .

Does Chantel Woitko have the prettiest smile ever? Today as she walked in, I knew this was going to be a fun day because Chantel has reached a milestone in her Invisalign journey. This is the day we are scheduled to take her Invisalign buttons off! She no longer has to wear her aligners 24×7 and  will now be transitioning to Vivera Retainers by Invisalign to maintain her beautiful smile! I was so taken by the moment I composed a song for her on the spot.  Good thing there where no recorders preset to record. Are you familiar to the tune of This Little Light of Mine? Same melody, different words. This little smile of mine . . . I’m gonna let it … Continue reading →

The Latest Dental Imaging Technology – Invisalign Itero Element

Michelle, Stay on the Farm!

Aligntech’s Itero Element Every Smile tells a story and every story creates an impression.  That’s why we’ve invested in the latest digital imaging technology.  In just a couple of minutes our iTero Element scanner can capture an incredibly accurate digital impression of your teeth. Once complete we can use this model to begin the journey to the smile you’ve always wanted and deserve. The 3d digital impression can be used with all invisalign related services. Including the Invisalign outcome simulator that will show you what your new smile might look like. Say goodby to the gooey mess associated with the traditional way of taking impressions, and say hello to a more comfortable procedure. iTero Element Scanner and Seasons of Smiles Dental working … Continue reading →