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5 Steps for Good Self Care after Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery | Harleysville PA Dentist
We know how difficult it can be to hear that you need oral surgery. At our Harleysville, PA dental office, we’re sensitive to your concerns, and our supportive team will do everything to make sure your procedure as comfortable and efficient as possible.After surgery, it is important to follow certain guidelines to protect the surgery site and promote healing. Here are some tips we usually offer to our patients before they leave our office:Take it easy on the day of surgery. When you nap or go to sleep the first night, use an extra pillow to limit swelling and prevent excess bleeding.Keep yourself comfortable. Take over-the-counter or prescription pain meds ...

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Ensure the Long-Term Success of Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment | Harleysville PA
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It is a problem that can quickly get out of control, and gum disease treatment is the key to saving your smile.Mild Gum Disease - GingivitisAt our Harleysville, PA dental office, we have different methods for treating gum disease designed for your specific needs. In its mildest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is easily treated with improved oral hygiene and routine professional dental cleanings.If gingivitis isn’t treated, it develops into periodontitis and continues to attack the gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that damages the soft tissue and can ...

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3 Reasons Why You Might Need A Dental Crown

Dental Crowns | Harleysville PA
For decades, dentists have relied on crowns to repair a damaged tooth. But materials and techniques have improved so much over the years that Dr. William McMaugh now offers all-porcelain crowns that restore function and look great doing it.We refer to crowns are a restorative dental treatment because they restore the health and function of your tooth. You may hear crowns referred to as “caps,” which is appropriate because they surround and protect your tooth like a little helmet. Crowns have been used for decades, but updated all-porcelain crowns have changed the way we approach many dental treatments.Dental porcelain is a perfect material for creating crowns because its appearance resembles ...

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3 Tips to Keep Up with Oral Care When You Are Sick

Oral Care when Sick | Harleysville PA
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season peaks between December and March but can hang around until May.We hope you have made it this far without getting sick! But if you are currently suffering with a bad cold or flu, it’s important not to neglect your oral health care.Harleysville, PA dentist Dr. William McMaugh would like to share a few simple things you can do to keep up with your oral health care while you are ill:Keep up with Your Oral Hygiene – We know that when you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed to brush and floss. But your ...

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5 Advantages Tooth-Colored Fillings Have Over Silver Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings | Harleysville PA
For decades, if a dentist wanted a strong and durable filling, he or she would choose amalgam (silver) material. But the days are long gone when amalgam was our only choice for creating a durable filling.Today, with the focus on cosmetic dentistry at our Harleysville, PA dental office, we choose only tooth-colored composite fillings. Tooth-colored fillings offer a number of advantages over older amalgam fillings:No damage to your smile – Unlike amalgam fillings that leave an unsightly “black mark” in your mouth, composite fillings blend in beautifully with your smile.Improved esthetics – Tooth-colored fillings can be customized to match the natural shade of your teeth, so the repair blends seamlessly with your ...

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Helping Your Child Develop Positive Oral Care Habits

Children's Dental | Harleysville PA
When it comes to their children, parents want the best for them—and that includes good oral health. It’s important to instill good habits into children while they are still young, and there are a number of ways parents can do that. And for parents who are looking for a kids dentist in Harleysville, they need look no further than William T. McMaugh, DDS, for dental excellence and compassionate care.The First Step toward Developing Good Oral Care HabitsMaking sure your child is accustomed to the dentist is one of the first ways you can start developing good oral habits. Even before they have teeth, you can bring your kids in to ...

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Dental Fear and Kids: Getting Past the TV Stereotypes

Children's Dental Anxiety | Harleysville PA
Dentists have certainly had to do a lot of PR to show patients that we’re not just scary people in white coats. Even as patients are seeing for themselves that we really are good guys, the negative stereotype persists.Pediatric dentistry is an important part of your child’s overall healthcare, and the team at our Harleysville dental office is committed to changing this perception.Sometimes it’s difficult enough to convince adults that dentistry can actually be a pleasant experience. But kids are like little sponges – they pick up everything they see and hear even though you may not realize it. When they constantly see or hear negative portrayals of dentists, you ...

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