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How Your Dental Team Prepares for Your Visits During COVID-19

June 29, 2020

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disinfecting countertop as part of dental safety protocol

Before COVID-19 posed a threat, your dental team had a fairly simple procedure for preparing to treat you. They would thoroughly wash their hands, don appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure that they had sterile instruments available. Now, however, things have changed. Additional measures are necessary to promote the health and safety of both you and your dental team. In this blog post, we will discuss a portion of the dental safety protocol in Auburn that is being used to protect you during your appointments.


Keeping Up with Dental Hygiene Through the Quarantine

March 25, 2020

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woman in white shirt brushing teeth at home

Not long ago, Covid-19 may have seemed like nothing more than a news item affecting other parts of the world. Now, however, it has hit close to home, and people across the United States are experiencing unprecedented changes in their daily lives. One such change is the need to delay non-emergency dental treatment as part of recommended social distancing protocols. If one of your dental appointments has been canceled, it is important that you make efforts to continue keeping up with your dental hygiene through the quarantine. In this blog post, we provide practical tips to help you do just that.


Dental Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers — Which Is Better?

November 5, 2019

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perfect teeth close-up

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your teeth? Modern dentistry offers several ways to enhance the way your smile looks. Many patients choose either dental bonding or porcelain veneers to disguise flaws in their teeth. Both treatments can produce stunning results, but you may wonder which is better. In this blog post, we discuss the pros and cons of each. Then, you will be in a better position to choose the treatment that is the best fit for your circumstances and preferences.


Invisalign Vs. Braces — Which Should I Choose?

October 2, 2019

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young woman with Invisalign

If you have misaligned teeth, you may be considering orthodontic treatment. That is a wise decision. Straightening crooked teeth will benefit your long-term oral health and may even give you a confidence boost. Still, even after you decide to receive orthodontic treatment, you have an important choice to make: will you opt for Invisalign or traditional metal braces? In this blog post, we will discuss both treatments so you can gain a better idea of which one may be the right choice for you.


Loose Dental Crown? Here Is What You Should Do

June 16, 2019

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shocked man covering mouth

A dental crown serves a number of important purposes. It can protect a damaged or decayed tooth, thus saving it from extraction. It can restore the tooth’s function and even repair its appearance. Clearly, dental crowns are an important part of modern dentistry. If one of your crowns becomes loose, you could face some serious consequences. In this post, we will discuss why a crown may become loose and what you can do to solve the problem.


An Oral Surgeon Discusses Risk Factors for Cleft Lip & Palate

March 4, 2019

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pregnant woman and doctor

Cleft lip and cleft palate are some of the most common birth defects. These conditions occur when the tissues in a baby’s lip and/or palate do not fuse together properly during the second or third month of pregnancy. Genetics can certainly play a role in causing a cleft lip or palate, but do other factors come into play? An oral surgeon is here to discuss prominent risk factors for these deformities and how you might be able to prevent your child from developing a cleft lip or palate.


Let Your Children’s Dentist Prevent Cavities With Dental Sealants

January 4, 2019

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smiling girl at dentist

Dental caries (cavities) are astonishingly common among children. In fact, in 2015 -2016, 43 percent of children ages 2 – 19 had at least one cavity. That statistic marks a 50 percent decrease over four years earlier, which means that fewer children are suffering from dental decay. As amazing as that is, there is still a lot of room for improvement. That is why your children’s dentist in Auburn may recommend that your child receive dental sealants. This simple treatment has the potential to stop cavities before they start and prevent your little one from becoming another statistic.


Willow Run Dental Association is a 42 North Dental Care, PLLC practice and is owned and operated by dentists Dr. Samuel Shames, DDM. and Dr. Ronald Weissman, DDM. Gentle Dental is supported by 42 North Dental, LLC, a dental support organization that provides non-clinical administrative and business support services to the practice. 42 North Dental, LLC does not own or operate the dental practice or employ dentists to provide dental services. Find more information about 42NorthDental, LLC and the dental practices it supports at