William T. McMaugh, DDS
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5 Simple Steps to Ensure Healthy Gums and Avoid Periodontal Disease

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Have you noticed a change in your gums recently? Do they look red and puffy or easily bleed when you brush and floss?

Both are early signs of periodontal (gum disease), a bacterial infection of the gums. Gum disease won’t go away on its own and ultimately causes severe damage if not treated. Let’s take a look at what gum disease is and steps you can take to avoid it.

What is Gum Disease?

Throughout your day, a sticky film called plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque is made up of food particles and saliva that attract bacteria. If plaque isn’t removed routinely with brushing and flossing, the gums become infected, ...

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Can Your Child Benefit from Sealants or Supplemental Fluoride?

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Do you worry about your child’s oral health and wonder how you can help them achieve a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime?

Regular cleanings and exams help keep track of the condition of your child’s teeth and identify small problems before they grow and threaten their oral health. But wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to avoid them having any dental problems?

Fluoride Applications

Fluoride is essential for protecting your child’s healthy teeth from decay and is available through many sources. You will find fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, non-bottled drinking water, and foods like fresh vegetables.

So, in most cases, your child may already get enough fluoride. However, if they ...

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Why Your Child’s Oral Health Habits are Important

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If you’re a parent, we don’t have to tell you that raising kids is a lot of work! There are many responsibilities, but if oral health isn’t a priority for your child, it should be.

Have you ever had a mild toothache that left you feeling irritable and out of sorts? But, as an adult, you know that all you have to do is call your dentist who will address the problem and provide the relief you need.

But imagine you’re a little child with the same uncomfortable toothache. If they are too young to understand what pain is, they not only hurt, but they may be confused and not understand what’s ...

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3 Cosmetic Dental Services We Offer at Our Practice

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Whether you're dealing with missing teeth, or just the normal wear and tear that happens over the years, these issues can diminish the appearance of your smile. The good news is that modern dentistry offers solutions and numerous options for restoring your smile, or creating the smile of your dreams.

Here are some of the services you'll find when you visit your cosmetic dentist in Harleysville, PA.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges

Today's dental crowns are typically made of porcelain, which is not only durable, but also highly aesthetic and natural looking. Crowns are designed to restore teeth that have been fractured or damaged by deep decay. They can be customized to match ...

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Improve the Appearance of Your Smile with a Dental Bridge

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Life with a failing tooth is unpredictable. Eating and chewing may difficult and painful. Smiling may feel embarrassing due to the appearance of your tooth. If your tooth is already missing, the situation could even be worse.

The good news is that there are excellent solutions for restoring your smile, and a bridge may be the right one for your needs. Here is everything you should know about dental bridges in Souderton, PA.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is an appliance that is fixed into your mouth, which means that it can't be removed. It has a crown on either side that anchor to your healthy teeth. In between the crowns, ...

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Correcting Oral Surgery Myths

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Learning that you need oral surgery may feel scary and even overwhelming. This is because there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding oral surgery and what it entails. Here are a few of the common myths we hear and the truths to go with them!

Myth #1: Oral Surgery is Painful

Truth: Thanks to modern dentistry and excellent anesthetics most patients don't feel a thing during their procedure. It is common to feel some soreness for the first few days after your surgery, but this can be successfully managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication as needed. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain they actually felt throughout the process.

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Pain, Swelling, and Other Symptoms? You Might Have a Dental Emergency

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It started off with sensitivity to hot coffee. While it made your mornings more challenging, you didn't worry too much because it dissipated quickly. The next thing you knew, your tooth woke you up during the night, with pain and swelling and this time it wasn't going away. It's time to contact your dentist because you may be experiencing an emergency.

What is Causing My Pain?

Your pain is likely indicating a dental infection. This is typically caused by decay that has progressed into the nerve of your tooth, and it's important to note that a dental infection needs to be treated right away to prevent it from spreading to other critical ...

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