Patient Education

Our Online Dental Education Library

Dr. McGuffie strengthens his professional relationships with his patients by encouraging them to become informed and educated. This ensures that together you and Dr. McGuffie can make the best decisions for your treatment needs.  Please browse our dental library to learn more about dental conditions and treatments available. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please contact us.  An informed patient is a healthy patient.

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Actor David Ramsey Discusses Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
... Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice...

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...

FAQs About Pediatric Dentistry
...Use a very soft-bristled child-sized toothbrush and just a smear of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice)...

How to Help Your Kids Form Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...You can start teaching children brushing techniques around age two or three, using a toothbrush just their size with only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste...

Practice the Dental Care Basics to Ensure a Healthy Smile
...The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a thorough brushing with toothpaste containing fluoride twice a day...

Dental Visits are Key to Detecting Early Developing Tooth Decay
...Besides an already formed hole or cavity, we might also pick up on other unusual appearances like white spot lesions: these slight blemishes often occur in the areas of contact with other teeth, which we can treat with topical fluoride...

The 3 Top Ingredients That Make Your Toothpaste a Super Plaque Buster
...Fluoride...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel...

If You're Older, be on the Lookout for Root Cavities
...Your dentist can also recommend or prescribe preventive rinses, or apply fluoride to at-risk tooth surfaces to strengthen them...

Be on the Alert for White Spots on Teeth While Wearing Braces
...For one, we can give your enamel a boost with fluoride applications or other remineralization substances...

4 Supposed Health Dangers in Dental Care That Aren't Dangerous
...Fluoride contributes to disease...

Glossary
... back to top F Fluoride - Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter and for good reason...

Fluoride
For decades, fluoride has been held in high regard by the dental community as an important mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, which thereby helps to prevent decay of tooth structures...

The Preventive Program
... Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed...

Brushing
... Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day...

Prevention Tips for Children
...Parents are advised to avoid fluoride toothpastes on children under the age of 2...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...