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Tips to Find the Best Family Dentist in Owings Mills, MD

If you want to have a healthy, beautiful smile it’s important to start practicing good oral health care as early as possible. Along with daily brushing and flossing, it’s essential that you not only visit your dentist in Owings Mills routinely but if necessary, a...

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Full or Partial Affordable Dentures

Missing teeth can cause a lot of problems, including difficulty eating properly and hiding your smile. Missing teeth can even cause the muscles in your face to droop, which may cause premature aging. The good news is there are affordable dentures in Maryland to...

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Pros and Cons of Laser Teeth Whitening

Having white, bright teeth is no longer thought to be a sign of vanity; it is more of a visual as well as a health concern. Everyone wants to have a smile they can be proud of and a pristine laser teeth whitening treatment is an effective method of achieving a...

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The Complete Guide to Cosmetic Dental Treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry is one of the easiest ways to get the smile of your dreams. It has been getting a lot of attention lately and for good reasons. It provides you a beautiful sparkling smile you always dreamt of. Cosmetic dental treatment involves processes like...

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The Relationship Between Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease

February is American Health Month, which strives to raise awareness about heart health in an effort to prevent heart disease. Did you know? Heart disease is almost twice as likely to occur in people who have gum disease. The human body is a complex network of...

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Understanding the Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer kills one person every hour, every day of the year. An estimated 50,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and the death rate associated with mouth and upper throat cancer is incredibly high, due to detection not occurring until late...

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How To Protect Your Teeth from Grinding

Many patients come to our practice complaining that they clench or grind their teeth. This is what we call bruxism. We often notice the results of grinding: chipping and wearing on the edges of the front teeth and also on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. At...

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Should I Replace My Black Fillings?

It’s early morning. Squeezing toothpaste onto your brush, you stare into the bathroom mirror and open wide. Before raising your hand to your mouth to start cleaning, the unsightly black blotches on your second molars grab your attention once again. You wince and...

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Do I Have Gingivitis?

“Do I have gingivitis?” We frequently field this question from patients who have noticed that something is not quite right with their gums. Gingivitis, also known as periodontal disease, is gum inflammation and the early or beginning stage of gum disease. When not...

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Why We Love Dental Sealants (And Why You Should Too!)

Dental sealants are no longer a treatment intended solely for children. Many adults, especially those susceptible to tooth decay, benefit enormously from adding them as a preventive treatment. Deep grooves and fissures in our back teeth make the area difficult to keep...

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Why Do It Yourself Orthodontics Can Be Dangerous

Do It Yourself orthodontics is a growing trend in which dental guidance and/or procedures are solicited from unlicensed companies. When patients choose these options, the end result can lead to countless, irreversible problems, including damage to tooth enamel and...

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Your Guide to Canker Sores

Beautiful Smile ExpertsYour Guide to Canker Sores A canker sore can make eating, drinking, and talking difficult and even painful. Maintaining your oral health by brushing and flossing may also be difficult with a sore in your mouth, but keeping up with...

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Be Prepared This Summer!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsBe Prepared This Summer! Summer is the time for a relaxing vacation with family and friends, whether it be at the beach, a new city, or somewhere outdoors. But being away from home means you’re also away from us at Crossroads...

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Excuses, Excuses

Beautiful Smile ExpertsExcuses, Excuses We hear it all the time. “I’ve been meaning to schedule my dental appointment, but it keeps slipping my mind.” We get lots of excuses about not scheduling appointments at the dentist, and here are our thoughts on...

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How to Deal with Sensitive Teeth

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHow to Deal with Sensitive Teeth Tooth sensitivity is a condition that can make everyday activities such as eating, drinking, and even walking outside in colder weather painful and unpleasant. If you frequently experience a sharp...

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An Important Reminder About Your Next Dental Appointment

Beautiful Smile ExpertsAn Important Reminder About Your Next Dental Appointment At times, life can seem to move quickly. Between work, school, sports, and social events, it can seem there is little time left for you and your health. It’s imperative for...

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Do I Really Need an Exam?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDo I Really Need an Exam? It’s highly likely that after visiting our practice, you understand the value of a thorough, professional dental cleaning. It’s also likely that you may not fully understand the importance of a complete...

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3 Steps to a Healthy Smile

Beautiful Smile Experts3 Steps to a Healthy SmileDid you know that tooth decay is the single largest cause of school absences? The longer decay goes untreated, the worse it gets. Not only can this mean costlier expenses for you, but it also jeopardizes...

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One Tool for Better Gum Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOne Tool for Better Gum Health Loose teeth, bad breath, and painful, bloody gums – these are among the signs and symptoms of periodontal, or gum, disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can also begin without any obvious...

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3 Simple Ways to Reduce Tooth Decay

Beautiful Smile Experts3 Simple Ways to Reduce Tooth DecayA happy smile is a healthy smile! There are a number of steps you can take to keep your smile healthy by reducing your risk of developing tooth decay. Here are a few suggestions from our team....

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Fix Your Bad Breath For Good

Beautiful Smile ExpertsFix Your Bad Breath For Good It’s probably safe to assume that you don’t want the first thing people notice about you to be your bad breath. In fact, depending on the frequency and severity of the odor, bad breath could be hurting...

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6 Harmful Habits That Affect Your Teeth

Beautiful Smile Experts6 Harmful Habits That Affect Your Teeth Nearly everyone has at least one habit that they wish they could break. Did you know that some of them can affect your oral health? Here are a few common habits and tips for how to break...

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5 Teeth Sensitivity Myths

Beautiful Smile Experts5 Teeth Sensitivity Myths Do you suffer from regular sensitivity? Teeth sensitivity is often misunderstood, but our dental team can help you find relief. We’re here to separate the fact from fiction in sensitivity. MYTH: People’s...

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5 Interesting Dental Facts

Beautiful Smile Experts5 Interesting Dental Facts Did you know your oral health can impact your overall health? We’ve compiled a list of 5 tidbits about your teeth and oral health. Say Cheese Cheese has been found to promote dental health by helping...

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Don’t Ignore Chronic Bad Breath

Beautiful Smile ExpertsBAD BREATH, A Topic That Can’t Be Ignored!Bad breath can be socially debilitating. If we haven’t experienced it ourselves, we all know someone with it. It can be a very embarrassing condition. What’s important to know is that bad...

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Composite or “White” Fillings

Beautiful Smile ExpertsComposite or “White” Fillings More recently, I’ve had patients asking questions about their fillings such as “what kind of filling am I getting?”, and “what is my filling made of?” and “how does it work?” I love when patients ask...

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Maintaining Your Oral Health During Cancer Treatments

Beautiful Smile ExpertsMaintaining Your Oral Health During Cancer Treatments Before, during, and after cancer treatment it is necessary to keep up with your oral health routine. Cancer and cancer treatments can impact your mouth, so talk to our dentist...

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Help! 5 Tips to Know When You Can’t Brush

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHelp! 5 Tips to Know When You Can’t Brush Occasionally you might find yourself in a situation where you won’t be able to brush your teeth, perhaps through a lack of time or your location. Though it is vital to brush twice each...

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5 Tips for Denture Wearers

Beautiful Smile Experts5 Tips for Denture WearersTaking care of your dentures can seem like an added chore. Don’t worry, with a little effort your dentures can stay clean. Here are 5 tips for keeping your dentures clean and your smile healthy. 1. Rinse...

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8 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR DENTAL LUCK

Beautiful Smile Experts8 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR DENTAL LUCK With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we wanted to discuss some ways to improve your dental health and avoid dental problems, therefore increasing your “dental luck.” These are easy, everyday...

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What’s your excuse?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat’s your excuse? Sadly, there are way too many people who do not visit the dentist at all, or not as often as they should. We want to take a look at the most common reasons people put off their dental check-ups and discuss why...

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One Simple Treatment Can Save Your Child’s Smile

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOne Simple Treatment Can Save Your Child’s Smile Our dentist might suggest dental sealants for your child during a visit to our office. Sealants are a way to protect your teeth against decay. With any dental treatment, it helps to...

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Dental Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDental Tips for Breastfeeding MomsIf you are a mother who is breastfeeding your baby, there are several important points to be aware of regarding your baby’s teeth. We suggest you talk with your doctor about your plans on feeding...

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Looking For Healthy And Easy New Year’s Resolutions?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsLooking For Healthy And Easy New Year’s Resolutions?2017 is right around the corner, and most of us are brainstorming ways to improve for the New Year! Common resolutions include: go to the gym, lose 10 pounds, drop a dress size,...

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7 Ways to Get Your Calcium Dairy-Free

Beautiful Smile Experts7 Ways to Get Your Calcium Dairy-Free Calcium is an important mineral for building strong, healthy teeth, but not everyone can tolerate the lactose found in dairy. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. About...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHappy Thanksgiving! Dr. Rief and her team are thankful for many things in their lives. Besides health, happiness, family, and friends, we are thankful to have you as one of our patients. If you are a potential new patient, we...

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Getting a Healthy Start with Children’s Dentistry

Beautiful Smile ExpertsGetting a Healthy Start with Children’s Dentistry Our convenient local dental office is featuring children’s dentistry services for families in our community. The American Dental Association recommends that all patients follow a...

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4 Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids

Beautiful Smile Experts4 Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids As a parent, the best way to help ensure your child has a lifetime of healthy teeth is to help them establish great dental hygiene habits as they grow. Here are some useful tips for keeping...

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To Floss or Not To Floss?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsTo Floss or Not To Floss? By now, you have likely seen news reports questioning whether flossing is necessary for your oral health. We want to answer your question right away with an absolute YES. Cleaning between your teeth is an...

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Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhy Do I Need Dental X-Rays? At Crossroads Dental Arts we take X-rays as needed. If a patient comes to our office with a toothache, lost filling, or broken tooth, we generally take a single radiograph of that particular tooth. The...

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHow to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthier The food children eat affects their long term oral health. Some foods have nutrients teeth need. Others are full of acids and sugars that are harmful to teeth. With so many unhealthy food...

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Providing Relief from Periodontal Disease

Beautiful Smile ExpertsProviding Relief from Periodontal Disease Over 45% of U.S. adults have moderate to severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease ranges from a mild inflammation of the gum tissues to periodontitis, a major oral disease that can...

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Thank You

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThank YouThank you for trusting me with your dental health care. You are a valuable part of my work and my life. I want you to know that my team and I appreciate your time, your trust, and your teamwork in your oral health care. A...

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What To Expect From A Second Opinion

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat To Expect From A Second OpinionIn our dental practice we get phone calls all the time from prospective patients wanting a second opinion on dental work, or costs associated with dental treatment. We love these calls! We are...

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The Importance of Oral Health Care While Pregnant

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Importance of Oral Health Care While Pregnant Are you or a loved one currently pregnant or considering becoming pregnant? Congratulations! Since May is the month of Mother’s Day, we wanted to share some vital information....

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Help Us Stop Cancer Before it Starts!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHelp Us Stop Cancer Before it Starts! Did you know that regular screening can allow Dr. Rief to identify and treat oral cancers even before you develop any symptoms? In an oral cancer screening, Dr. Rief will use her expert...

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Do You Brush Your Teeth Too Much?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDo You Brush Your Teeth Too Much? Brushing your teeth is a vital step in maintaining good oral health. However, is there such a thing as over-brushing? The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for 2 minutes,...

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Why Smiles are Important

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhy Smiles are Important A smile comprises 60% of the weight of the face, creating an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. Contact our office to learn about the dental services we offer. 10 Crossroads Dr |...

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Can Lemon Water Damage Your Teeth?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsCan Lemon Water Damage Your Teeth? Dentist in Owings Mills Jennifer Aniston, Claudia Schiffer, Beyonce, and Gwyneth Paltrow are just some of the stars who have said they enjoy fresh lemon squeezed into warm water as a healthy...

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Why Regular Dental Care Now Can Save You Big Later

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhy Regular Dental Care Now Can Save You Big Later Proper at-home dental care and regular preventive dental visits can help you save money! See below for interesting information comparing the costs of dental care and see how the...

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Start the New Year With a Smile!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsStart the New Year With a Smile! Happy New Year from our team. For many reasons, January is a great time to start the year with a beautiful and healthy smile. If you have been putting off treatment or cosmetic daentistry, there’s...

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Why We Take X-Rays

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhy We Take X-Rays Did you know that x-rays can help us detect bone loss and infections?  Read below for more important information about x-rays.  Please contact us to schedule your next dental visit. 10 Crossroads Dr | Suite 203...

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New Year, New You!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsNew Year, New You! Many of us spend the majority of our lives giving to others, caring for others and providing for others. This can be a very rewarding way to live. However, at times it can leave you wondering when there will be...

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We’re Digital!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWe’re Digital! At Crossroads Dental Arts, we emphasize the importance of visiting our dental office at least twice per year to maintain and achieve optimal oral health. One of the main reasons we encourage you to see us is so that...

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Get The Facts About Gum Disease

Beautiful Smile ExpertsGet The Facts About Gum Disease Did you know that gum disease often has no symptoms? Take a look at these facts about gum disease. Contact our Owings Mills dentist for more information or to schedule an appointment. 10 Crossroads...

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10 Dental Facts You Should Know

Beautiful Smile Experts10 Dental Facts You Should Know Did you know that once a tooth gets knocked out, it starts to die within 15 minutes?  If you put it in milk or hold it in your mouth, it will survive longer! Take a look at some of these interesting...

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Are you at high risk for Periodontal Disease?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsAre you at high risk for Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. It can impact your overall health and is linked to various serious diseases, including: heart disease, stroke and diabetes....

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Dental Facts to Sink Your Teeth Into

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDental Facts to Sink Your Teeth Into Did you know that about 75% of the United States population suffers from some stage of periodontal gum disease?  Take a look at some interesting dental facts that you can sink your teeth into....

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Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsAm I a candidate for dental implants?At Crossroads Dental Arts, we offer dental implants as a long-term solution for tooth loss. Dental implants resemble natural teeth and can completely restore your smile and substantially...

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The Truth Behind 5 Popular Dental Misconceptions

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Truth Behind 5 Popular Dental Misconceptions Clearing up misconceptions about oral health can help improve personal oral hygiene efforts for a beautiful and healthier smile. If you keep up with your oral hygiene regimen,...

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Oral Health and Overall Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOral Health and Overall HealthAt Crossroads Dental Arts, there is more to proper oral care than just having a beautiful and healthy smile. Researchers have found that there are over 100 medical conditions that can be detected in...

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Chew on This: Foods for Healthy Teeth

Beautiful Smile ExpertsChew on This: Foods for Healthy Teeth No time to brush or floss your teeth? When brushing or flossing isn’t convenient, you can still keep your mouth feeling fresh by eating certain foods. When you’re on the go or in a hurry, try...

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A Guide To Better Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsA Guide To Better Health Did you know that 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they are in kindergarten? Read about how to maintain and achieve a healthy smile.  If you would like to schedule an appointment with our...

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Interesting Facts About Teeth

Beautiful Smile ExpertsInteresting Facts About Teeth Here are some interesting facts about your amazing teeth:  Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, according to Dr. Leslie Seldin, a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association. A quarter of...

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Dental Myths & Facts

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDental Myths & Facts Did you know that you know that you should replace your toothbrush after illness? Read more about dental myths, facts and oddities. Contact us to schedule an appointment! 10 Crossroads Dr | Suite 203 |...

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Unexpected Ways to Use Toothpaste

Beautiful Smile ExpertsUnexpected Ways to Use Toothpaste Toothpaste does a great job of cleaning teeth, but there are many other uses for toothpaste that you might not expect. The same ingredients that help polish our teeth can also soothe some common...

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Why Your Smile Matters So Much…

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhy Your Smile Matters So Much… Studies show that more than 99% of adults say an attractive smile is an important personal asset. Read more about the surprising benefits for achieving a healthy and beautiful smile below. We...

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Common Dental Problems and How to Fix Them

Beautiful Smile ExpertsCommon Dental Problems and How to Fix Them Dental problems are never fun. Not being able to eat or speak properly can drastically decrease your overall confidence. If you are experiencing a dental problem, it is never too late to...

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Quick Facts About Toothbrushing

Beautiful Smile ExpertsQuick Facts About Toothbrushing According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Ask...

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What Are Veneers?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat Are Veneers? Veneers are aesthetic solutions that may be recommended for those who are interested in restoring the color and appearance of their teeth. Veneers can be used to: ▪ Re-shape teeth▪ Improve the look of your teeth...

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Symptoms and Preventions of Periodontal Disease

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSymptoms and Preventions of Periodontal Disease Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and is one of the most common health conditions in our population. It is caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that forms...

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Nutrition & Oral Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsNutrition & Oral Health Registered dietitians at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognize a link between mouth health and nutrition. Oral infectious diseases, as well as acute, chronic and terminal illnesses with oral...

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Thanksgiving and Oral Healthcare

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThanksgiving and Oral Healthcare Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! This day marks an event where everyone can feast and eat all the food that their tummies can handle. It is one of the few days of the year when people break...

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History of the Toothbrush

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHistory of the ToothbrushIn 3500 BC, the Babylonians and Egyptians used chewing sticks to clean their teeth. Look how far the toothbrush has come! Learn more about the history of the toothbrush below!10 Crossroads Dr | Suite 203 |...

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What to Do in Case of Dental Emergency

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat to Do in Case of Dental Emergency Accidents always happen. Be sure to know what to do when one arises – it can be the difference of saving a tooth or losing one. A dental emergency is an injury to your teeth or gums that can...

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Does Your Oral Health Put Your Heart at Risk?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDoes Your Oral Health Put Your Heart at Risk? Our dentists and generous team not only care about your oral health but we also care about your overall wellness. Your total wellness includes your heart health. Many people do not...

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Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

Beautiful Smile ExpertsTips for Choosing the Right Dentist Looking for the right dentist for you and your family? Finding the right one to meet your needs is not as hard as you might think. One of the first steps in choosing a dentist is determining the...

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Tips for Keeping a Fresh Smile while ‘On the Go’

Beautiful Smile ExpertsTips for Keeping a Fresh Smile while ‘On the Go’ For many people, brushing during the day can almost seem impossible and inconvenient at times. Being consumed by work, school or even travel can prevent us from keeping a fresh and...

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Dr. Rief Volunteers at Mission Of Mercy

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDr. Rief Volunteers at Mission Of Mercy Last November my husband and I had the privilege of participating in our first MOM program. MOM stands for mission of mercy. This particular program took place for two days in Cumberland,...

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Owings Mills Dentist – Is Your Jaw Sore?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOwings Mills Dentist – Is Your Jaw Sore? Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are issues you experience with your jaw, as well as the joint and facial muscles surrounding your jaw. This can...

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Dentist Owings Mills – Pick Up A Pack (Of Chewing Gum)

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDentist Owings Mills – Pick Up A Pack (Of Chewing Gum) If you are in the habit of chewing sugarless gum on a regular basis, you’ll be happy to know that this can have a positive effect on your oral health. It is a simple way to...

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Owings Mills Dentist – Preventing Dry Socket

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOwings Mills Dentist – Preventing Dry Socket After having a tooth extracted by the dentist in Owings Mills, it takes time for your mouth to heal. You have just undergone a procedure that will benefit you in the long run, and you...

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Dentist Owings Mills – Caring for Dental Implants

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDentist Owings Mills – Caring for Dental Implants If you have received a dental implant from your Owings Mills dentist, you have invested both time and money into the future of your smile. It is important to protect this...

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Owings Mills Dentist – Dental Emergencies

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOwings Mills Dentist – Dental EmergenciesAccidents happen all the time. Teeth get knocked out, fillings or crowns fall out. But when dealing with any type of discomfort, pain or injury to your gums or teeth, it is important to...

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Dentist Owings Mills – Diabetes and Your Oral Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDentist Owings Mills – Diabetes and Your Oral Health There are nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes. Diabetes is a group of diseases that affects how your body uses blood glucose, or blood sugar. Glucose is very important...

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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth And Some Animal Teeth Trivia!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsBrushing Your Dog’s Teeth And Some Animal Teeth Trivia!WHEN YOU SAW THE IMAGE ABOVE did you think you were on your veterinarian’s blog? OK, it’s a little unusual to talk about animals’ teeth on our practice blog but we know lots...

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Chewing Sugarless Gum Can Help Prevent Cavities

Beautiful Smile ExpertsChewing Sugarless Gum Can Help Prevent Cavities THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS people chew gum. For some, perhaps it’s just a long-standing habit. But ever since a man named Thomas Adams invented chewing gum back in 1870 it’s been used...

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Nail Biting Can Be Hard On Your Teeth And Your Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsNail Biting Can Be Hard On Your Teeth And Your Health WHETHER IT’S DONE consciously or subconsciously, nail biting habits affect people of all ages. As you can imagine there are lots of possible reasons why people start biting...

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Brushing Up On Some Dental Basics

Beautiful Smile ExpertsBrushing Up On Some Dental Basics DID YOU KNOW THAT OCTOBER IS DENTAL HYGIENE MONTH? You didn’t? (Well, actually, we’d probably be a little worried about you if you did. Maybe you need more hobbies.) In honor of Dental Hygiene...

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Three Reasons Why Your Smile May Be A Fountain Of Youth

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThree Reasons Why Your Smile May Be A Fountain Of YouthCOULD THE SECRET TO PERPETUAL YOUTH be found in your smile (wink, wink)? Well, that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration! But as you know, here at our practice, we obsess over...

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5 Easy Tips For Limiting Sugar And Better Dental Health

Beautiful Smile Experts5 Easy Tips For Limiting Sugar And Better Dental HealthHOW MUCH SUGAR ARE YOU CONSUMING EACH DAY? Do you know? In many countries, the average can be well over 20 teaspoons per day! Sugar can be a major contributor to tooth decay....

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What Every Woman Should Know About Her Dental Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat Every Woman Should Know About Her Dental Health DID YOU KNOW THAT WOMEN HAVE special challenges when it comes to their oral health? Hormonal cycles can affect the way women’s bodies react to bacteria and plaque inside their...

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The Effects Of Stress On Your Smile

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Effects Of Stress On Your SmileYOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT, but did you know that when you’re stressed out, our team might be able to tell by the signs in your mouth? Stress can have a huge effect on your oral...

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Is It Time For A New Toothbrush?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsIs It Time For A New Toothbrush? SHAKESPEARE WROTE, “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”. But from everyone here at our practice, we can assure you that the sorrow part ends the second you start brushing with a new toothbrush. Take A...

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Midnight Snacks And Your Oral Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsMidnight Snacks And Your Oral HealthNO, YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE who enjoys sneaking a late-night snack. We know how it is. Some things just taste better after midnight, right? But did you know that late-night snacking can actually...

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Great Oral Health Contributes To Your Healthy Pregnancy

Beautiful Smile ExpertsGreat Oral Health Contributes To Your Healthy PregnancyPREGNANT? KNOW SOMEONE WHO’S PREGNANT? There’s plenty to think about during this time! But while you’re picking out baby clothes and reading up on childcare philosophies, our...

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Could Bad Breath Suggest A More Serious Problem?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsCould Bad Breath Suggest A More Serious Problem? DOES YOUR BREATH STINK? Do you know if your breath stinks? What causes it? What can be done about it? Here at our practice we get lots of questions about bad breath. Sometimes the...

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How About Some Tooth Trivia?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHow About Some Tooth Trivia? Did You Know… DID YOU KNOW THAT THE STERN-FACED FARMER that American artist Grant Wood used as the model for his famous painting American Gothi cwas actually his dentist? Yes, it’s true. A Few Other...

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Vacationing? Be Prepared For Dental Emergencies

Beautiful Smile ExpertsVacationing? Be Prepared For Dental EmergenciesPICTURE THIS:  YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE BACKPACKED to a gorgeous mountain lake. You’re about to do some early morning fishing when a family member starts complaining about a bad...

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June is Migraine Awareness Month

Beautiful Smile ExpertsJune is Migraine Awareness MonthFOR MIGRAINE SUFFERERS, IT MAY SEEM AS THOUGH there are only two options—either suffer in silence with a bottle of ibuprofen, or go to the doctor for something stronger. However, experts say that as...

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Why Our Practice Has A Facebook Page

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhy Our Practice Has A Facebook Page FOR US, IT’S ALL ABOUT ONE-TO-ONE RELATIONSHIPS and being easily accessible to you—our valued patients and friends. It’s Simple, Really Our website is adequate for conveying static...

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Smiling Can Improve Life And Your Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSmiling Can Improve Life And Your Health CHANCES ARE YOU DON’T THINK MUCH about smiling. It just “happens” once in a while, right? You hear something funny. You meet someone new. You cuddle your newborn daughter. Smiling feels...

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The Most Confusing Aisle In The Store??

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Most Confusing Aisle In The Store?? If you have been shopping for toothpaste lately, you know that it can be very confusing. Unlike the old days when the choices were few, these days it seems that there are way too many...

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Tooth Decay Is On The Rise In Preschoolers

Beautiful Smile ExpertsTooth Decay Is On The Rise In Preschoolers A RECENT STORY IN THE NEW YORK TIMES has left parents worrying about their young children’s oral health. Why, you ask? Tooth decay is on the rise, especially in toddlers and preschoolers....

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A Warm THANKS For Your Kind Referrals

Beautiful Smile ExpertsA Warm THANKS For Your Kind Referrals IT ISN’T VERY OFTEN that we get a chance to extend a big “virtual hug” to you—our valued patents and friends—for the trust and confidence that you demonstrate in us each time you recommend our...

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Confused About Which Toothpaste To Buy?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsConfused About Which Toothpaste To Buy? DO YOU EVER FEEL OVERWHELMED by the wide variety of toothpaste choices available at your grocery store or pharmacy? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! A recent American Dental Association survey...

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String Floss Or A Waterpik?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsString Floss Or A Waterpik? AN OFTEN-ASKED QUESTION here at our practice is whether or not to use regular string floss or a waterpik during daily oral care. Let’s talk a little bit about the pros and cons of each… The pros/cons of...

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The Effects Of Chewing Tobacco On Your Smile

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Effects Of Chewing Tobacco On Your SmileLET’S FACE THE FACTS…chewing tobacco may be smokeless, but it’s definitely not harmless! In fact, the effects of chewing tobacco on your teeth and overall health are very serious, so...

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Understanding Dental Implants

Beautiful Smile ExpertsUnderstanding Dental Implants THOUGH THE TERM MAY SOUND VERY FAMILIAR, you might still be a little unsure about what dental implants actually are—and why they are such a great solution for tooth loss. Don’t let that embarrass...

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Links Between Your Oral Health And Heart Disease

Beautiful Smile ExpertsLinks Between Your Oral Health And Heart Disease IF YOU’RE LIKE OUR OTHER PATIENTSHERE AT CROSSROADS DENTAL ARTS, you want to take the very best care of your heart, right? Of course! Well, did you know that your lowly...

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Do You Have A Canker Sore Irritating Your Smile?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDo You Have A Canker Sore Irritating Your Smile? CANKER SORES ARE NO FUN, especially when it’s time to brush your teeth. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways in which the pain from these bothersome blisters can be relieved....

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You’re Only Two Minutes Away From A Healthier Smile!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsYou’re Only Two Minutes Away From A Healthier Smile! EXCUSES FOR NOT BRUSHING OFTEN are all over the map! In a recent survey conducted by the Chicago Dental Society, more than half of the dentists surveyed said that their...

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What’s The Deal With Mouthwash?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat’s The Deal With Mouthwash?EVEN THE MOST DILIGENT FLOSSERS AND BRUSHERS sometimes forget about the added benefits of mouthwash. But don’t worry—even if you already brush, floss, AND rinse with mouthwash everyday, you’ll find...

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Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDo You Have Sensitive Teeth? ARE YOU READY FOR A “SENSITIVE” DISCUSSION? A sensitive teeth discussion, that is… Here at our practice, we realize that this isn’t an ongoing problem for a lot of our patients. However, it is for...

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What’s Up With Bad Breath?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat’s Up With Bad Breath?A COMMON QUESTION WE GET ASKED HERE AT OUR PRACTICEIS, “What causes bad breath?” Many times, this complaint actually comes from a long-suffering spouse or family member rather than the actual offender....

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How Do Dental Implants Work?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsHow Do Dental Implants Work?FROM COMMON THINGS LIKE WEAR AND TEAR, TO TRAUMA OR DISEASE, some adults have experienced permanent tooth loss. Regardless of the level of loss, oral discomfort and/or a lack of confidence are the...

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Good Oral Health Does More Than Improve Your Smile

Beautiful Smile ExpertsGood Oral Health Does More Than Improve Your Smile GOOD NEWS! Taking care of our mouths actually improves our smiles! In fact, today’s research continues to connect the dots between your healthy mouth and your healthy body. Here...

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Interested In Whitening Your Smile?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsInterested In Whitening Your Smile?SMILE WHITENING HAS BECOME VERY POPULAR over the past few years, and for good reason! There’s something remarkable about a smile that sparkles versus one that doesn’t. Who doesn’t want a whiter,...

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‘Tis The Season To Be Thankful!

Beautiful Smile Experts‘Tis The Season To Be Thankful!CAN YOU BELIEVE THANKSGIVING HAS ALREADY COME AND GONE!? Here at our practice we love this time of year and the wonderful spirit it brings. A whole day dedicated to gratitude and humility—what an...

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Overcome Your Dental Fears With Communication

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOvercome Your Dental Fears With Communication WHAT MAKES A DENTAL VISIT a feared chore? Why do thoughts of reclining plastic chairs and tiny handheld mirrors give some people the chills? Setting aside the high pitched,...

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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsAre Dental X-Rays Safe? MOST OF OUR PATIENTS KNOW THAT a visit to our practice sometimes involves an x-ray or two. And though it’s true that discovering and treating oral problems before they get out of hand is best way to save...

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Oral Health Does More Than Improve Your Smile

Beautiful Smile ExpertsOral Health Does More Than Improve Your Smile GOOD NEWS! Taking care of our mouths actually improves our smiles! In fact, today’s research continues to connect the dots between your healthy mouth and your healthy body. Here at our...

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Take Extra Care Of Your Teeth This Halloween Season!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsTake Extra Care Of Your Teeth This Halloween Season! HERE AT OUR PRACTICE, WE LOVE OCTOBER. Why, you ask? Well, it’s no secret that October ushers in pumpkin-carving contests, frightful haunted houses, spiced apple cider, spooky...

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Not All Dental Habits Are Good Ones

Beautiful Smile ExpertsNot All Dental Habits Are Good Ones teeth daily, floss regularly, and have your regular checkups with Dr. Rief twice a year. For the most part, getting in the habit of completing these simple tasks will keep your teeth healthy and...

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Dealing With A Toothache?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDealing With A Toothache? DO YOU HAVE A TOOTH THAT HURTS WHEN YOU CHEW OR WHEN YOU EAT SOMETHING TOO HOT OR TOO COLD? Here at our practice we understand that toothaches are no fun. Sometimes a simple toothache may be caused by a...

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The Benefits A Healthy Smile Will Bring You

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Benefits A Smile Will Bring YouARE YOU NEWLY GRADUATED, stuck in a mid-life crisis, starting a new career, or re-entering the dating scene? No matter what change your life may be going through, having an unforgettable smile...

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Improve Your Smile With Clear Aligners

Beautiful Smile ExpertsImprove Your Smile With Clear Aligners INTERESTED IN STRAIGHTENING YOUR TEETH WITHOUT having to commit to all the metal? Here at our practice we offer Invisalign, and it may be just the thing for you! With this state-of-the-art...

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Are Dentures Right For You?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsAre Dentures Right For You? IT’S NO LONGER LIKE THE OLD DAYS when it comes to denture technology, materials and fit. If your parents or grandparents had dentures, chances are they had a much different experience than what yours...

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Root Canals Are Nothing To Fear!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsRoot Canals Are Nothing To Fear! DO YOU HEAR THE WORDS “ROOT CANAL” AND CRINGE? For some crazy reason, a root canal seems to be the default treatment used in just about every tired joke that revolves around dentistry. Somehow,...

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What To Do With A Knocked Out Tooth

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat To Do With A Knocked Out Tooth REGARDLESS OF HOW WELL YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH, something as common as an overly aggressive flag football game, or something as unexpected as tripping over a curb can result in a knocked-out...

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You Are What You Eat…

Beautiful Smile ExpertsYou Are What You Eat… WE’VE ALL HEARD THE SAYING “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.” Surprisingly, it’s actually quite true—especially when it comes to your teeth and gums. When you eat or drink sugary and starchy foods you are also feeding...

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Protect Your Baby’s Teeth

Beautiful Smile ExpertsProtect Your Baby’s Teeth EACH YEAR, MANY INFANTS AND TODDLERS SUFFER FROM EXTENSIVE TOOTH DECAY that could be avoided—and the culprit is surprising. Milk and sweet liquids are the biggest contributors to something referred to as...

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When Should A Child Start Using Toothpaste?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhen Should A Child Start Using Toothpaste? EVERY PARENT KNOWS THAT TAKING CARE OF THE SMALL  MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY IS A FULL-TIME JOB. Along with diaper changes, bath time, and medical checkups, parents also need to take care of...

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Some Thoughts About Chewing Gum

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSome Thoughts About Chewing Gum DO YOU LOVE CHEWING GUM? Do you like to chew gum because it helps keep your breath fresh? Do you chew gum to relieve stress? Is it just a long-standing habit? If you’re like many of us here at our...

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Thoughts On Oral Piercings And Your Oral Health

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThoughts On Oral Piercings And Your Oral Health ALTHOUGH ORAL PIERCINGS’ ORIGINS TECHNICALLY GO BACK TO ANCIENT MAYAN AND AZTEC tradition and religion, this unique form of accessorizing didn’t really become a means of...

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What You Can Do To Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhat You Can Do To Help Prevent Tooth Decay VISITING OUR PRACTICE REGULARLY HAS PROBABLY TURNED YOU INTO a cavity prevention expert, right? Well, there’s always more than meets the eye—especially when it comes to the little things...

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The Benefits Of Dental Crowns

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Benefits Of Dental Crowns WHEN MOST PEOPLE HEAR THE WORDS “COSMETIC DENTISTRY” they automatically associate it with smile design, tooth whitening and dental reconstruction. However, here at Crossroads Dental Arts we like to...

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The Links Between Obesity and Gum Disease

Beautiful Smile ExpertsThe Links Between Obesity and Gum Disease OBESITY-RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS HAVE BEGUN REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS over the last 20 years—and the trend doesn’t appear to be reversing itself. According to the Center for Disease...

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Some Root Canal Basics From Dr. Rief

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSome Root Canal Basics From Dr. Rief IF YOU’RE LIKE SOME OF DR. RIEF’S PATIENTS HERE AT CROSSROADS DENTAL ARTS, you may have heard rumors that root canal therapy is painful and/or difficult.However, surveys continue to show that...

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Less Taste, More Fillings?

Beautiful Smile ExpertsLess Taste, More Fillings?THE BAND STEELY DAN ONCE SANG about “Gold Teeth”—but more of us probably have silver in our teeth than gold. Recently many patients have been asking about the difference between traditional “silver”...

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Some Basics of Gum Disease From Dr. Rief

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSome Basics of Gum Disease From Dr. Rief HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ADVISED TO WATCH FOR SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE? Chances are, if you’ve ever visited a dentist, you’ve been checked—to some extent—for symptoms of this problem. Here...

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Dr. Rief Talks About Single-Tooth Anesthesia, The Wand

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDr. Rief Talks About Single-Tooth Anesthesia, The Wand HERE AT DR. RIEF’S PRACTICE, we take great pride in staying on the leading-edge of dental technologies, materials, and techniques. STA(Single Tooth Anesthesia) is a...

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Dr. Rief Can Fix Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

Beautiful Smile ExpertsDr. Rief Can Fix Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers ARE YOU UNHAPPY WITH YOUR UNEVEN AND/OR DISCOLORED SMILE? Have you noticed small chips or cracks in any of your teeth? Well, don’t worry—Dr. Rief can help! Dental veneers are an...

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A Reminder Not To Brush Too Hard

Beautiful Smile ExpertsA Reminder Not To Brush Too Hard YES, OF COURSE… Brushing your  teeth regularly and thoroughly is an important component of our lifelong oral health! But, did you also know that there’s some important techniques to brushing your...

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When You Have Braces, Clean Your Teeth Special Care

Beautiful Smile ExpertsWhen You Have Braces, Clean Your Teeth Special Care DO YOU HAVE BRACES? Or, does someone you love have braces? Underneath all that metal, your pearly whites are inching you ever closer each day toward an absolutely fantastic...

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Understanding Dental Implants From Dr. Rief

Beautiful Smile ExpertsUnderstanding Dental Implants From Dr. Rief IF YOU’RE LIKE MOST OF OUR VALUED PATIENTS, you may still feel a little unsure of exactly what dental implants are—and why they can be such a wonderful solution for your own tooth loss...

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Some Thoughts About Dental Emergencies

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSome Thoughts About Dental EmergenciesAT CROSSROADS DENTAL ARTS, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. Unfortunately, no matter how careful all of us are, or how much we try, sometimes life hands us emergencies. It’s a...

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Problems with TMJ? Dr. Rief Can Help

Beautiful Smile ExpertsProblems with TMJ? Dr. Rief Can Help DO YOU EXPERIENCE  PAIN IN YOUR FACE OR JAW? If so, is it occasional or constant? Don’t let yourself suffer—we can help! Dr. Rief and her team use principles of “neuromuscular dentistry” to...

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Snow, Romance… And Your Teeth!

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSnow, Romance… And Your Teeth! FOR A SHORT TIME LAST FEBRUARY, there was snow on the ground in all fifty states—possibly the first time that has happened in the U.S. since weather statistics have been recorded! So even though...

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Simple Basics About Dental Implants From Dr. Rief

Beautiful Smile ExpertsSimple Basics About Dental Implants From Dr. Rief FROM COMMON THINGS LIKE WEAR AND TEAR, TO TRAUMA OR DISEASE,, there are lots of adults who have experienced permanent tooth loss. Are you one of them?Regardless of the level of...

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