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5 Tips to Fight Your Phobia

Holly Klock - Saturday, September 09, 2017
Dental anxiety is very real and affects a vast number of people. From getting nervous in the waiting room to completely avoiding check ups, the range of dental phobia is endless. Maestri Family Dentistry is here to help you overcome your fears and get comfortable with your experiences at our office. Let’s get to the “root” of the issue. Many people feel as if they have no control during their visits and this couldn’t be further from the truth! Make sure you meet with your dentist, ..
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Benefits of Smiling

Holly Klock - Friday, August 25, 2017
Did you know that smiling can instantly improve your happiness? Smiling actually activates a neural messaging system that benefits your mood, in addition to your happiness, by activating parts of your brain that fights off stress. Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin, the ‘feel good neurotransmitters,’ are released when you smile, an act that not only helps to relax you, but also to lower your heart rate and blood pressure and to act as a natural pain reliever. Smiling is basica ..
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Bi-Annual Dental Hygiene Checklist

Holly Klock - Thursday, August 10, 2017
As the summer ends, many of us form to-do lists to help us get back into a routine. However, many have probably forgotten to create their dental hygiene list, which is important to keep in mind as you and your family get busier. We’re here to help, though! We’ve constructed a dental health checklist to get you on the right track. Your Dental Health Checklist: Brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, for a total of two minutes, every time. Make su ..
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Good Habits for Back to School

Holly Klock - Thursday, July 27, 2017
As the summer months come to a close, it’s time to start preparing your child for getting back into the routine of going to school, which includes making sure that he or she has healthy dental hygiene. Have you scheduled your next dentist appointment yet? According to the American Dental Association, getting your child’s teeth examined is just as important as getting immunizations and booster shots. A trip to the dentist should be a regular part of preparing to go back to school.  ..
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Why is Fluoride Important?

Holly Klock - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Fluoride helps prevent decay by increasing a tooth's resistance to acid attacks from bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse early decay and advances remineralization of tooth structure. But do adults need it? The answer is "yes!" Even though your teeth have stopped developing, fluoride treatments ensure that your tooth enamel remains strong and solid by retaining important minerals in it. It is the most preventative treatment that a dentist can give you. Fluoride helps with tooth e ..
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Sleep Better With a Night Guard

Holly Klock - Monday, June 26, 2017
Are you experiencing frequent tooth pain, sore jaw, or dull headaches? You may be experiencing Bruxism or TMJ which is a common condition of teeth grinding and jaw clenching while asleep. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms frequently, one of the common solutions for this pain is wearing a night guard. A night guard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Read below to learn more about the benefits of wearing a night guard and how to  ..
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9 Helpful Oral Hygiene Tips

Holly Klock - Monday, June 12, 2017
Use these helpful oral hygiene tips from Dr. Maestri to ensure beautiful smiles and good oral health in between your visits at our Lafayette clinic. Tip #1: Seriously, Keep Flossing! We know it’s at ask and it’s easy to forget when you’re in a rush to head out the door or get in to bed. However, flossing can help remove food in between the teeth and damaging bacteria that even regular brushing can’t reach. Flossing prevents bad breath, formation of cavities, tartar buil ..
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Taking Control: Diabetes and Dental Health

Holly Klock - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans in the U.S. The disease affects your body’s ability to process sugar. Most people are aware that diabetes can harm the kidneys, heart, eyes, and other important organs in the body. However, were you aware that this disease can also cause problems with your oral health? Without the proper care of their teeth and gums, you can be more susceptible to bacterial infection. Read below to learn some of the common symptoms of diabetes and how to manage ..
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Benefits of Botox Treatments

Holly Klock - Monday, May 15, 2017
There are various misconceptions individuals have about Botox treatments and the way that they work. More and more professionals are using Botox treatments to serve their patients the care that they desire. All of us eventually must deal with lines and wrinkles in our skin that are associated with aging. However, not only can Botox assist in diminishing the appearance of these wrinkles, but Botox treatments can also assist to alleviate certain conditions for individuals. Read be ..
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Get the Beauty Rest You've Always Wanted!

Holly Klock - Friday, April 28, 2017
The TAP®3 Elite is the newest addition to the TAP family of appliances for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). What is TAP? Based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) was designed to keep the airway open to allow for air to pass. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring and OSA. The TAP device holds the lower jaw in a forward position, maintaining a clear airway to reduce  ..
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Education is key

Education is a lifelong journey and a truly dedicated family dentist never stops learning. To this end, Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS obtains 75-80 hours of continuing education every year, twice the state’s requirement. In addition, Dr. Maestri and her team focus on educating our patients through hands-on techniques and the open sharing of information. Well-informed patients tend to make better decisions when it comes to at-home dental hygiene and lifestyle choices that impact oral health. If you have any questions about family dentistry or feel that you need some professional guidance, please feel free to ask.

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