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...

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...

Wearing Dentures 24/7 May Not Be a Good Idea - Here's Why
...While they’re out, it’s also a good time to clean them: Manually brush them for best results (be sure you’re only using regular soap or denture cleanser—toothpaste is too abrasive for them)...

Friendly Bacteria Can Help Protect Our Mouths From Disease
...For example, researchers have proposed including a form of the agent in toothpaste...

4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Damage From Gum Recession
...A little “elbow grease” may be appropriate for other cleaning tasks, but not your teeth—use gentle strokes and let the mild abrasives in your toothpaste do the main removal work...

Fluoride
... ADA statement on FDA toothpaste warning labels The American Dental Association`s Council on Scientific Affairs believes that one part of the warning now required on fluoride toothpastes by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could unnecessarily frighten parents and children, and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger posed by fluoride toothpastes...

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
...Water is suitable in lieu of toothpaste (because the baby may swallow the toothpaste)...

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

Dentures
...Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures...

Teeth Whitening
... Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter...