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Mission:
Our mission is to facilitate the oral health and the general well-being of the people we serve, thereby enabling them to attain and appreciate dental wellness. We believe in developing relationships based on trust, mutual respect, integrity and shared values.

Office Hours:
   Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays:
   8:00 - 1:00 & 2:00 - 5:00
   Closed on Wednesdays
   Fridays: 8:00 - 1:00

   Please call for updated hours.

   525 S. Highway 1
   P.O. Box 27
   Washington, Iowa 52353
   319-653-4451




Informational Links:

   American Dental Association
   Diabetes
   American Heart Association



 



Dental caries, also known as cavities, is the breakdown of teeth caused by activities of bacteria on the teeth. A cavity is the result of a process that happens over time, and more importantly, that in the earliest stages, the decay process can be halted or reversed to avoid a cavity.  A cavity can appear in many colors on the tooth from yellow to black.

If the start of a cavity is caught and treated early enough, while there is still a "white spot" (a spot where minerals have been lost) the tooth may be able to repair itself.  Over-the-counter toothpastes containing the minerals calcium, phosphate and fluoride can help strengthen or re-mineralize these white spot lesions.  If your dentist thinks you need more tools to keep your teeth healthy, he or she may apply prescription-strength fluoride varnish and dental sealants.

Limiting between meal snacks and the use of soda will also help.  Remember to see your dentist for regular exams and professional cleanings!
    
Caring For You:

Quality care begins with your comfort. We sincerely hope that you will find our office comfortable and accommodating. Our staff members are well-trained and dedicated to making a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. Please feel free to share with us your questions, concerns and suggestions.

Tips from Dr. Jim & Dr. Ann Harris:

If you cannot brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water, which can help remove food from your teeth.  Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help.  Chewing stimulates the flow of saliva which acts as a natural plaque-fighting substance.

Remember your regular dental visits.  In most cases, it is recommended to visit your dentist once every 6 months for a dental exam and cleaning.  Good dental habits will go a long way to prevent cavities or an emergency visit.
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