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At least twice each month, Charpentier Family Dentistry shares blog articles about topics that relate to dental procedures, dental technology, oral health, and many other topics that pertain to dentistry. Feel free to read, share, and join the conversation!

Posted January 27, 2021 / Blog, Dental Health
Dr. Charpentier

Suffering with a Sore Throat & Bad Breath? You Might Have Tonsil Stones

You’ve heard of kidney and gallbladder stones, but have you heard of tonsil stones or experienced their formation yourself? The symptoms of tonsil stones may include: Bad breath Sore throat Difficulty swallowing Ear pain None of these are pleasant, so your dental team at Charpentier Family Dentistry is here to tell you ways you may […]

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Posted January 13, 2021 / Blog, Dental Health, Patient Care
Dr. Charpentier

Is Flossing Really Necessary?

How do you feel when you see that little plastic floss container in your medicine cabinet? Eagerness to achieve that clean feeling in your mouth? Or regret over a habit you have trouble keeping? Did you get excited about recent headlines saying flossing isn’t necessary? We’re sorry to break the news, but as your oral […]

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Posted December 27, 2020 / Blog, Dental Services
Dr. Charpentier

Integrative Orthodontics for Kids

Dr. Rebecca Charpentier at Charpentier Family Dentistry finds integrative orthodontics for children a fascinating subject that many people may not know about, and today we’d like to give you a brief overview of some of the benefits. We used to have plenty of room for all our teeth, and anthropological evidence shows no genes for […]

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Posted December 13, 2020 / Blog, Dental Services
Dr. Charpentier

Gum Disease: More Than Just Gums

Your Mouth: A Picture of Health Did you know that when a dentist looks at your mouth, they can tell a lot more than just how often you’re brushing? It’s true—your oral health is like a window into your lifestyle and habits. Dr. Rebecca Charpentier at Charpentier Family Dentistry should know. We’ve seen mouths from […]

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Posted November 27, 2020 / Blog, Dental Health
Dr. Charpentier

I Had Braces, Now My Jaw Hurts: Can Orthodontics Cause TMJ?

You had braces when you were younger and never experienced any jaw pain or other TMJ symptoms prior. Then, after you completed your orthodontic treatment, you developed a pain in your jaw, maybe accompanied by popping, locking, clenching and grinding. Maybe you developed these symptoms shortly after having your braces removed, maybe it was a […]

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Posted November 13, 2020 / Blog, Dental Services
Dr. Charpentier

Dental Bridges 101

A hole in your smile is never a positive thing. It negatively affects physical appearance, eating, speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and well-being. Let Charpentier Family Dentistry bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be! A missing tooth or teeth can also cause jaw pain […]

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Posted October 27, 2020 / Blog, Patient Care
Dr. Charpentier

Benzocaine is Not Safe for Teething!

Benzocaine has been an over-the-counter local dental anesthetic for people of all ages for many years. It is available in most drugstores, often under product names such as Anbesol®, Orajel™ , Hurricaine®, and Baby Orajel™.  Recently, the use of benzocaine has been linked to a rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder that reduces […]

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Posted October 13, 2020 / Blog, Dental Technology
Dr. Charpentier

The Discovery of X-Rays

Dr. Rebecca Charpentier  can diagnose and screen for a host of maladies thanks to sophisticated imaging technology. X-rays are now so frequently used and so effective that most of us take their capabilities for granted—but it was not so long ago a tumor or damaged bone couldn’t be found without the patient actually being cut […]

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Posted September 27, 2020 / Blog, Dental Health, Dental Services
Dr. Charpentier

I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

Have you ever heard someone say, “I would rather have a root canal”? Most of us are used to hearing root canals compared to some genuinely unpleasant circumstances, but Dr. Charpentier would like to set the record straight and talk about how root canals can do some serious dental good.  Root Canals Save Teeth Here […]

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Posted September 13, 2020 / Blog, Patient Care
Dr. Charpentier

Can Dentists Detect Eating Disorders in Children & Teens?

At Charpentier Family Dentistry, we want our dental family to feel safe and comfortable in our practice, and for each experience in our care to be positive. We also want our patients and their families to be informed, which sometimes means discussing heavy topics—today’s heavy topic is eating disorders. Wondering why a dentist would broach […]

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