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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Get a Dental Exam as Soon as Possible if you Suspect Gum Disease
...Plaque buildup most often occurs when a person doesn't practice effective oral hygiene: daily brushing and flossing and professional cleanings at least twice a year...

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton's Guide to Flossing
...It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it! If you would like more information about flossing and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation...

FAQs About Pediatric Dentistry
... Yes, it’s important to start a daily oral hygiene routine as soon as the first baby tooth appears — usually sometime between six and nine months of age...

How Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik Gets Her Kids to Floss
...Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home: Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth...

3 Things You May Not Know About Orthodontics
...However, both these scenarios can be anticipated: the orthodontist will watch for and monitor signs of root resorption and adjust the tension on the braces accordingly; and diligent oral hygiene plus regular dental cleanings will help prevent damage to the tooth enamel...

Dwight Howard: A Bright NBA Star With a Smile to Match
... Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate! The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene...

We'll Help You Maintain Your Oral Health After Gum Disease
...But now you must face a hard reality: because you’ve had gum disease you’ll need to be extra vigilant with your oral hygiene to avoid another round with this destructive disease...

Expert Advice: Vivica A. Fox on Kissing and Oral health
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing...

How to Help Your Kids Form Good Oral Hygiene Habits
...Kids who handpick their own oral hygiene supplies may be more likely to embrace the toothbrushing task...

Keep up Regular Dental Care While You're Pregnant
...Be sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene habits like daily brushing and flossing...

Practice the Dental Care Basics to Ensure a Healthy Smile
... This isn’t to pick on millennials, but to point out that good oral hygiene naturally leads to good oral health, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity...

Dental Visits are Key to Detecting Early Developing Tooth Decay
...With dedicated oral hygiene and regular dental visits that uncover early decay, chances are good your teeth can remain healthy for a lifetime...

A New Resolution - Floss!
...Here’s one simple resolution that can help keep your smile bright and healthy through the New Year and beyond: Floss every day!Your oral hygiene routine at home is your first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease...

Managing Diabetes and Gum Disease Together will Lessen the Effect of Both
Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive bacterial infection caused primarily by bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces not adequately removed by daily oral hygiene...

The 3 Top Ingredients That Make Your Toothpaste a Super Plaque Buster
...Today, most of the world has replaced these substances with toothpaste, a mainstay of daily oral hygiene...

Why You Should Floss Around the Implants Supporting Your Bridge
...You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework...

In Today's NFL, Oral Hygiene Takes Center Stage
...That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene...

See Your Dentist if You Have one of these Top 3 Oral Problems
...You can improve your dental health through daily oral hygiene and regular dental treatment...

Look for These Basics When Buying Your Next Toothbrush
...Choosing the right one for you can make a huge difference in your oral hygiene effectiveness...

Here's What You Can Do to Avoid Gum Disease
... Gum disease most often begins with dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces mainly from poor oral hygiene...

Be on the Alert for White Spots on Teeth While Wearing Braces
...You'll need to be extra vigilant with daily oral hygiene while wearing braces to reduce plaque buildup...

It's Best to Avoid This Online Trend for Your Enamel's Sake
...Advocates of using activated charcoal for oral hygiene claim the ingredient kills harmful microorganisms in your mouth...

4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum Recession
...Practice daily oral hygiene...

The Preventive Program
...At the initial visit oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
...If your bad breath persists even after good oral hygiene, there are special products your dentist may prescribe, including Zytex, which is a combination of zinc chloride, thymol and eucalyptus oil that neutralizes the sulfur compounds and kills the bacteria that causes them...

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

Braces (Orthodontia)
... Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity...

Implants
...In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene...