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Laura McCaslin RDH Smiles

Laura McCaslin RDH Smiles

 

I truly enjoy my job here as a dental hygienist, each day brings something new. I love working with children from their first tooth all the way into adult hood. I will help your child learn the skills necessary for good oral hygiene and work with your family to help keep those healthy habits going at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura McCaslin's Smile Up Close

Laura McCaslin’s Smile Up Close

 

I love when children and parents ask me lots of questions about their oral health! Dr. Medina and I work closely together regarding soft tissue management. This means we are dedicated to making sure every patient is educated in their oral health status and what treatment is best to prevent or treat their periodontal health. I am also licensed in local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable during your tissue management here with us.

 

 

 

Laura McCaslin - May I show you how to brush?

Laura McCaslin – May I show you how to brush?

I like to keep current with the standard of care and will make sure we have what is needed to give you the best care possible.Originally I am from Massachusetts, but moved to Maine to pursue my education and dental hygiene license and decided to stay. I love living in Maine, even through the harsh winters and mud season! My husband Marty and I have settled into the Augusta area with our daughter Alice and our fur baby (cat), Wally. When I’m not in the dental office I can be found outside walking with my family, at the beach or doing something crafty around the house.

I look forward to meeting with you and being part of your good experience here with us!

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Take Home Instructions for Invisalign

Take Home Instructions for Invisalign - Seasons of Smiles Dental - Rockland Maine

Congratulations on getting your Invisalign aligners! They should only be removed while eating, drinking (anything other than cool water), and while brushing and flossing.  Before inserting your aligners wash your hands thoroughly and check that you are inserting the proper aligner by checking the printed code- U is for the upper aligner and L is for the lower aligner. You will leave wearing aligner #1 and we may give you aligners to take home with instructions to change on a certain date.  To insert push aligner gently over front teeth first then use firm pressure to insert over the back teeth.  TIP- DO NOT bite your aligners in place! Use the “Invisalign “chewies”” provided to fully seat the aligners. Be sure and … Continue reading →

Bad Breath? – Problem Solved

Bad Breath - Problem Solved - Lifehacker video 6/22/2015.

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath can be a real stinky problem to have. Quit often, we have patients asking us, if there is a solution to this problem. The American Dental Association recently sent this video link.  I hope you find it as informative as I did. Common causes are: Dry mouth Bacteria accumulation on the tongue Food particles left behind after eating Eating food and drink like garlic, coffee, alcohol Best way to help prevent bad breath: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water Chew sugar free gum or sugar free mints to stimulate saliva Use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the tongue Brush and floss thoroughly after each meal Eating a healthy and nutritious … Continue reading →

Looking for Lumps and Bumps

Mouth Sores and Spots

Looking for Lumps and Bumps Ever wonder what we are doing when we say “Stick out your tongue.”, “Say Ah.”, and feel your neck?  We are looking for lumps and bumps that do not belong, or discolorations as part of an Oral Cancer Screening. What we know about oral cancer: Oral cancer kills an average of one person an hour here in the U.S. and 100 new cases will be diagnosed each day. The leading cause of oral cancer is no longer tobacco use, but exposure to HPV.  HPV, or the Human Pappilloma Virus is a sexually transmitted disease that people can carry and not have any symptoms. For more facts on oral cancer you can check out this link: 50 … Continue reading →

Are your teeth sensitive?

Toothbrush Abrasion

Are your teeth sensitive? Do you avoid ice cold drinks or hot foods in certain areas?  Does coming to the dentist cause you anxiety because you are waiting for that “ZING!”? Tooth sensitivity is typically seen in areas where the gums have receded exposing the root surface.  This may be caused by toothbrush abrasion or an incorrect bite.  When the root surface is no longer protected, small tubes that go from the outside to the inside where the nerve is located are exposed or open.  When left open these small tubes can be easily stimulated and trigger pain.  Another form of tooth sensitivity can be caused by teeth grinding due to the excessive force and trauma on the teeth.  We do not … Continue reading →

The Best Electric Toothbrush

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The Best Electric Toothbrush We love electric toothbrushes.  At our last trip to Yankee Dental Convention in Boston we learned a fun fact, that just brushing once (two full minutes) with an electric or powered toothbrush is equal to a typical persons month of manual brushing! You don’t have to take our word for it, we found this article comparing the electric toothbrushes on the market: The Best Electric Toothbrush. And we agree! Making the switch to an electric toothbrush can be very affordable and will be invaluable to your oral health. Are you ready to make the switch?


New recommendations on water fluoridation.

Healthy teeth with flouride

Since we strive to be your greatest resource for safe and reliable information for you and your families dental health we wanted to make sure you understand what the Department of Health and Human Serivices is recommending in the latest change in water fluoridation. We love fluoride! And the FDA and ADA still do too, they are just adjusting the dosage. In the simplest terms fluoride is a safe mineral that helps keep enamel hard.  Hard enamel is healthy and cavity free.  You can get fluoride in two ways: systemically (swallowed) and topically (directly onto the teeth).  Systemic fluoride is important for the teeth that are developing in the jaw of young kids, topical fluoride cannot reach these areas. A typical 8 … Continue reading →

What is Dakin’s Solution?

What is Dakin’s Solution? Dakin’s solution is used to kill and prevent the growth of bacteria or germs in wounds. You can think of the infection present in your mouth as an open wound, caused by specific bacteria. If we can kill and control the germs we hope to keep the infection under control. This recipe for Dakin’s solution allows you to affordably mix your own solution at home. The germ killing part of the solution is Sodium hypochlorite solution 5.25%. That’s right. Bleach!  What better way can you think of to clean a germy area than bleach?  In a diluted solution it will have the same effect on the germs causing the infection in your mouth. We recommend the full … Continue reading →

Healthy Smiles Program

Deep Scaling and Root Planning (lingual)(after)

What is the Healthy Smile Program? You may have gum disease and we want to help! In this blog post we have included before and after photos to illustrate what the Healthy Smile Program can do for you. The goal of our Healthy Smile Program here is designed to bring your gums or the soft tissue surrounding your teeth and bone back to health by treating the active infection and disease. More than half of Americans have some form of gum disease. In the following photos, you can see tartar/plaque on the teeth and inflammation of the gums before periodontal therapy and cleaned tooth surfaces and healthy gums. In these photos you can see the tenacious calculus on the lower front … Continue reading →

Is my saliva acidic?

The tooth is broken down completely.  There is a hole where the enamel has worn away.

It may have been a few years ago.  Do you remember discussing pH in high school chemistry?  Here’s a quick recap, in case it has been awhile.  pH is a number that ranges from 0 to 14.  You can think of 7 as the middle.  So, for example, water has a neutral pH with a pH of 7, right in the middle.  Is that high school chemistry class starting to come back?  Acids have a pH with anything smaller than a 7.  The smaller the number, the more acidic the food. Alkalines, or bases, have a pH with anything above 7. So what does it mean when your saliva is acidic? Saliva that is too acidic or at a pH less … Continue reading →

Why can’t I just have my teeth cleaned?

Signs of early gum disease, gingivitis. 4-5 mm pocketing with bleeding points.

There are many questions you may have when discussing periodontal or gum disease and the treatment we recommend.  We have great resources available to you online to research like this,  ADA’s brochure on preventing periodontal disease or this ADA’s Brochure on treating Periodontal Disease. but sometimes it is easier to explain in the simplest terms. As a hygienist I was trained to focus on my patients gum and bone health by recognizing signs of gum disease and use that knowledge to appropriately treat to my best ability. My goal is for you to have a healthy and disease free mouth! Why can’t I just have my teeth cleaned? A “regular” dental cleaning to us is known as a dental prophylaxis or prophy. By definition a … Continue reading →

Post Operative Instructions following Periodontal Therapy

Perio - Post op Instructions

Post Operative Instructions following Periodontal Therapy Periodontal therapy was completed including scaling and root planing to remove bacterial toxins from under the gums that was causing bone loss and pocketing.  The purpose is to create a healthy environment to encourage healing and decrease inflammation caused by gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is normal to feel some discomfort after todays hygiene visit including soreness of the gums and/or other oral tissues, chapped lips, and temperature sensitivity. If local anesthesia was used we recommend avoid eating until the numbness has worn off.  This is to avoid accidental cheek and/or lip biting. Rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water.  We recommend 1 tsp salt dissolved in 3 oz of … Continue reading →

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