Androscoggin Dental Group Blog
February 16, 2018
You’re enjoying your lunch one day, and you keep feeling pain on this one particular spot on your tongue. What could it be? Your curiosity finally causes you to take a quick bathroom break to inspect your mouth, and you see you have a noticeable white and red spot on your tongue.
You notice extreme sensitivity, and now that you’re aware of the spot, you can’t stop thinking about it throughout the day. What is this? More so, how can you get rid of this discomfort? Your dentist is here to explain that weird little spot known as a canker sore—and help you address it, too!
January 3, 2018
One of the great things about the world we live in is that it thrives on diversity. Nature loves change and selective traits, and this is quite evident from the plant kingdom all the way up through humanity. Furthermore, whether a rose, beetle or human, just about everything in existence is characterized by sex, with certain tendencies and innate ways programmed into each. Based on that understanding, we can surmise that women and men are naturally different. And your dentist goes further to inform us that the inherit uniqueness of the sexes even has effects on oral health, meaning that women and men approach it from alternate perspectives. Read on to learn more about these differences.
November 15, 2017
Patients missing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth can rely on partial dentures to restore their full smile. Partials are typically crafted using a gum colored base material and metal clasps attached to healthy surrounding teeth. Valplast partials offer patients a different, more comfortable kind of partial denture. Don’t wait to have your smile repaired if you’re missing several teeth, find a restorative dentist and don’t forget to ask about unique Valplast partials.
October 13, 2017
Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry solution that offers many patients a chance to fully renew their smiles without investing great amounts of time or money in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry or orthodontic procedures. If you want to transform cosmetic flaws like chips, cracks, stains, and gaps, porcelain veneers may be a great option. Many patients who would otherwise consider porcelain veneers worry that they are a waste of money because they’ve heard stories about people whose veneers only last a short time. Today, porcelain veneers can last up to ten years with proper care.
October 12, 2017
Even if you take great care of your smile and visit a general dentist regularly, you have likely never heard the word periodontist. You’re not alone! However, periodontists are important specialists who provide essential services for many patients. Visiting a periodontist can help you keep your smile healthy, prevent tooth loss, and replace missing teeth. Keep reading to learn more about periodontics.
August 8, 2017
Root canals often get a bad rap, but this procedure is actually a good thing! It can spare a severely damaged tooth from extraction and thereby help to preserve your natural, gorgeous smile. Plus, modern dental techniques make this procedure more comfortable and patient-friendly than ever. Today, we’ll discuss this oft-misunderstood treatment and discuss some of the reasons why patients might need a root canal in Lewiston.
June 20, 2017
It is estimated that almost 50% of American adults are dealing with some level of periodontal (gum) disease. Are you one of them? The risk for gum disease rises past age 35, then again after age 55. Receiving routine preventive attention from your dentist in Lewiston will help keep your gums healthy. If you do develop an infection, periodontist Dr. Kevin Guze can provide prompt periodontal therapy at Androscoggin Dental Group. Keep reading to find out about gum disease and its impact on your oral and overall health.
May 11, 2017
Besides being extremely painful, you never know when a toothache can be deadly! Vadim Kondratyuk, a young father of two and truck driver, began complaining about a toothache that ended up taking his life within just six days.
After feeling severe pain on the side of his mouth, he sought out medical attention and learned that his tooth pain was caused by an infected tooth. This abscess in his tooth not only affected his smile but his systematic health. He was diagnosed with diabetes and very soon after the infection from his tooth spread to his blood and lungs, causing Vadim to pass away just a few days later.
Diagnosing and treating a toothache in Lewiston early on may be the difference between life and death for our patients! If you ever notice any tooth pain, it’s important to visit Androscoggin Dental Group immediately!
April 10, 2017
True or false: tooth extraction remains the number one procedure carried out on children aged 5-9? True! According to the Royal College of Surgeons study of Hospital Admitted Patient Care Activity for 2015 and 2016, there were 24,945 tooth extractions on small children in hospitals all over the country. Although that number seems high, Dr. Shahinian and Dr. Guze are here to save natural teeth first, not automatically pull them. At Androscoggin Dental Group we do everything in our power to avoid a patient—children and adults alike—from having to undergo a tooth extraction in Lewiston. However, there are a few instances where pulling a tooth or multiple teeth may be necessary to save the rest of your smile. If your oral health calls for it, our dentists will do everything they can to make your extraction quick and comfortable.
March 7, 2017
Did you know that nearly 50 percent of United States citizens are affected by gingivitis? Many adults have become desensitized to the symptoms. About 29 percent of the adults affected by the early stage of gum disease believe that “a little bleeding from brushing and flossing” is normal. Your dentist in Lewiston wants you to be better educated to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Dr. Kevin Guze and Dr. James Shahinian are here to help you recognize the early stages of gum disease and the proper care to prevent you and your family from developing gingivitis.