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Dentist in Greenfield Has the Top Healthy Foods for Your Child’s Snack Time

July 22, 2018

Filed under: Family Dentistry — Tags: — bghdental @ 6:14 pm

healthy breakfastAs a parent, you work hard to ensure that your child develops properly and stays healthy. In addition to their physical well-being, you strive to promote a healthy smile. You encourage proper brushing and flossing habits to prevent complications with their teeth and gums. Despite your best efforts, you may be placing their smile at risk by giving them snacks that are damaging to their oral health. Although fruit snacks, cookies, and other sugary treats are convenient, they increase their risk for tooth decay. To keep their smile healthy, your dentist in Greenfield has some great alternatives for snack time.
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Pick Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda, Family Dentists in Greenfield

August 14, 2016

A family-run family dental practice--that’s Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda PC in Greenfield. Read reasons to choose them for your oral health care.Who do you trust with your family’s health? Select Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda PC, family dentists in Greenfield for the best oral health care for you and your loved ones.  These caring practitioners are a family themselves, and so skilled and experienced, they provide whatever preventive, restorative or cosmetic services you need. (more…)

Get to Know the Family Dentist That Serves Deerfield

October 19, 2015

Filed under: Family Dentistry — Tags: , — tntadmin @ 4:59 pm

 

smiling family seeing family dentist

You and your family share a lot of things: meals, memories, maybe the bathroom. It doesn’t make sense to have a different dentist tend to all your dental needs. Why not pick one you can trust to take care of all of them, from the youngest to the oldest? Get to know the family dentist that serves Deerfield today.
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Family Dentistry in Greenfield, MA

March 17, 2015

465162307When it comes to taking care of your family’s health, you often need to enlist the services of several different physicians. When it comes to dentistry, however, you only need to enlist the services of one family dentist in order to take care of all the dental needs of everyone in your family. At Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda, we practice family dentistry to protect and enhance the smiles of people in and around Greenfield, MA.

First and foremost, our dentists and the team at Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda want to help you and each member of your family enjoy the best of oral health; and this is not only for the sake of having healthy teeth and gums, but also for the sake of a healthier you. Studies show that there is a direct link between oral health and overall health. In fact, several bodily ailments ranging from high blood pressure and stroke to osteoporosis and diabetes may be caused by the same bacteria that leads to gum disease.

The Family Dentist Greenfield, MA, Trusts

Therefore, to maintain your good health, we’d like to see you and your family at least twice each year for dental checkups. With this consistency we can keep close tabs on the health of your teeth and gums, and we are more likely to notice any changes that may be cause for concern. At these checkups, we’ll clean your teeth and remove any plaque buildup. We’ll also ascertain the health of your gums and examine your teeth for signs of decay. When necessary, we’ll take digital x-rays to uncover any hidden spots of decay or infection below the gum line.

Call Our Office Today

If you or any member of your family needs to see a family dentist, then schedule an appointment with Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda. Many families in and around Greenfield, MA, count on us to care for their dental health. We’d be happy to have you join our family of happy patients. We also serve families from Deerfield, Conway, Shelburne Falls, Turner Falls, Northfield, Amherst, and Northampton.

 

Do You Have a Tongue Disorder?

October 17, 2014

186475615Most people don’t think much about tongue disorders unless they have a personal experience with them. However, it’s important to be familiar with common maladies of this all too important part of the body.  Problems with the tongue generally fall into two categories: injury or illness. Traumatic injury is the most common cause of tongue discomfort. There are however other things that can cause severe discomfort of the tongue. If you live in Greenfield, MA, or the surrounding communities, you can contact the team at Bagley, Goodwin, & Hrinda today to diagnose and treat your persistent tongue disorder.

Types of Tongue Disorder

Disorders of the tongue can be detected by both abnormal appearance or pain and discomfort.

  • Iron deficiency anemia may make the tongue appear pale and smooth. Pernicious Anemia, caused by a deficiency in vitamin B-12, may alter the appearance of the tongue in the same manner.
  • Sores on the tongue can be caused by allergic reactions, oral herpes simplex virus infection, canker sores, TB, bacterial infections, or early-stage syphilis.
  • Sores can also be caused by allergies or other disorders of the immune system. A bump on only one side of the tongue may be cancerous.
  • Unexplained red or white areas, sores, or painless hard lumps on the tongue may be signs of cancer and should be examined by a doctor or dentist immediately.
  • Some prescription drugs and antibiotics can cause tongue discomfort, as can injury and infection. A common infection causing tongue discomfort is “thrush” or candidiasis, in which an overgrowth of fungi forms a white film that covers the tongue.
  • Intense pain of the entire mouth can be caused by “burning mouth syndrome”. It’s a continuous or intermittent painful burning sensation in parts of or throughout the entire mouth. Symptoms also include thirst, dry mouth and altered taste. Burning Mouth Syndrome can be caused by the use of some antibiotics, the over use of mouth rinses and sprays, ill fitting dentures and allergic reactions to dental products, certain food and drugs.

Tongue Disorder Treatment in Greenfield, MA

Dentists use the process of elimination to find out exactly what’s causing the discomfort. Tongue discomfort not caused by an infection is usually treated by eliminating the cause. For example, the person may try changing brands of toothpaste, stop eating irritating foods, or have a sharp or broken tooth repaired by a dentist. Warm salt-water rinses may help. Thrush can be treated with an antifungal drug. Sometimes anti depressants might abate the symptoms as well. You should contact the team at Bagley, Goodwin, & Hrinda today if you are experiencing any symptoms of a tongue disorder. The doctors at Bagley, Goodwin, & Hrinda proudly serve patients in Greenfield ,MA, Deerfield, Conway, Shelburne Falls, Turner Falls, Northfield, Amherst, Northampton, and surrounding areas.

Fluoride and Dental Sealants Create Healthy Smiles

September 17, 2014

83663430When dealing with a child’s smile, it is important to keep in mind that their smiles are much more susceptible to decay than an adult’s smile is. Because their young mouths are still developing, it is important to instill healthy oral care routines while they are young. That way, they are more likely to carry those routines with them as they grow. When you child starts to see the dentist, there are many things we can do to ensure their smiles remain as healthy as possible. By offering fluoride treatments and dental sealants, we are able to protect their smiles, promising for a future of great oral health.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that deters the start and progression of tooth decay, such as cavities. Though fluoride is not limited to children, they can benefit the most from the treatment, as their smiles are still young and new. Another wonderful thing about fluoride is that it attracts other minerals to strengthen your child’s enamel. With the fluoride and other minerals working in tandem, your child is sure to have a beautiful, strong smile.

Dental sealants are extremely beneficial to children, as it also prevents the possibility of tooth decay. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted in the grooves of your child’s teeth that are located toward the back of their mouths. When your child drinks sugary drinks and eats foods high in starch, dental sealants are able to prevent the bacteria and food particles from setting in the deep grooves of your child’s smile, causing deterioration. If you are interested in fluoride treatments and dental sealants helping your child’s smile, contact our Greenfield, MA dental office today!

Do you want to find out how the doctors at Bagley, Goodwin, and Hrinda can help you? Call us today for an appointment at our Greenfield office. Our team will be happy to assess your needs and recommend a specific plan. If you have any questions afterwards, do not hesitate to ask. We offer care to patients from Greenfield, Deerfield, Conway, Shelburne Falls, Turner Falls, Northfield, Amherst, Northampton, and beyond.

Greenfield, MA Dentists Educate on Gum Disease

May 24, 2013

Filed under: Family Dentistry,Gum Disease — bghdental @ 2:29 pm

GumsAndTeethDon’t panic if one of your Greenfield, MA dentists, Drs. Bagley, Goodwin, and Hrinda. tell you that you have gum disease at your next checkup. While we are passionate about trying to prevent gum disease when possible, the problem is pervasive. In fact, roughly 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease as we speak. You may be one of the majority, or on your way to your first signs of gingivitis (early gum disease). Education and implementation of proper oral hygiene at home can help.

Preventing Gum Disease Before it Starts

You can start your gum disease prevention in two simple ways:

  1. You should visit your Greenfield, MA dentists for checkups and cleanings every six months, year after year. A mere 24% of people in the United States follow this schedule, but it’s never too late to make a change. Gum disease is inflammation that results from infection. It begins with plaque, which calcifies into tartar. When tartar develops, there’s only one person that can clean it off safely and properly – your dental hygienist. This is why twice annual cleanings are so important.
  2. Twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and swishing your mouth with a germ killing rinse approved by the ADA (American Dental Association) will keep plaque and tartar from building up quickly between dental cleanings. Follow a proper regimen, and you’ll likely find that your dental checkups get easier and easier, and your dentist and hygienist will be congratulating you for the good work. (more…)

Children’s Dentistry Offered in Greenfield

May 18, 2013

Filed under: Family Dentistry,Patient Education — bghdental @ 7:39 pm

Father Son BrushingAre you hoping to set a tone for a lifetime of positive experiences at the dentist for your child? Your Greenfield dentists, Drs. Bagley, Goodwin, and Hrinda, are dedicated to offering the best care for patients of all ages. We understand children and are happy to offer kid-friendly dentistry to our littlest patients.

Dental Education at Home

Do you teach your child how to take care of their teeth? Many parents know that they need to tell kids to brush their teeth, but they don’t realize that it’s best to do the brushing at least up to 8-years-old. Children simply don’t have the dexterity and patience to do a proper two minute job. Preventive dental appointments are recommended every six months from the time your baby’s teeth first start to erupt. Don’t forget to encourage your little ones to floss at night. As they get further in to their childhood years, your Greenfield dentists may suggest dental sealants and fluoride treatments which can strengthen, protect, and cause an inhospitable environment for bacteria to congregate on young teeth.

Dental Education in the Office

It’s perfectly normal for children to be uneasy about new experiences. This is why we have armed our office with kid-friendly amenities to make the experience more comfortable and exciting. If your child is particularly nervous, be sure to let them know they have headphones with their favorite music, heated neck pillows and blankets, and lots of friendly faces to look forward to. (more…)

East Deerfield Dentists Explain Gaps in Teeth

May 5, 2013

Filed under: Family Dentistry,Patient Education — bghdental @ 12:59 am

You may not be familiar with the word diastema, but chances are you have seen many of them in your life. Most frequently between the top two front teeth, a diastema is a gap or space. Some people choose to appreciate the teeth they were born with, and sport their gaps proudly. However, many people are very uncomfortable having a significant space between teeth – especially the front ones. Fortunately, for people that feel self-conscious about having a diastema there are several treatment options. East Deerfield dentists, Drs. Bagley, Goodwin, and Hrinda will share them with you.

Causes of Diastemas

Why do you suppose that some people end up with a prominent gap in between their front teeth? Children often have natural gaps in their primary teeth to make room for the permanent ones that will one day erupt. However, there are adolescents, teens, and adults who have size discrepancies in teeth that cause a permanent diastema. Another cause might be an oversized labial frenulum (the skin that connects gum tissue to your lip. Misalignment or protrusion of teeth can also cause spaces in teeth. (more…)

Greenfield Family Dentists Ready to See Your Children

March 18, 2013

Filed under: Family Dentistry,Preventive Dentistry — bghdental @ 3:33 am

Toddler BrushingYour Greenfield family dentists, Drs. Bagley, Goodwin, and Hrinda are crazy about our young patients. Through our experiences as dentists and parents, we are well aware how frightening a child’s first dental appointment can seem. Developing good dental habits early on in life can translate into optimal oral health throughout all of your years. We dedicate our practice to providing warm, friendly, compassionate, and extra gentle care to our patients that are children. Our hope is that they will be loyal to our practice, as we are to them, for years to come. If you’re wondering more about dental habits in the earliest days of your child’s development, read on for more information.

The First Dental Appointment

Many parents ask when their baby or toddler should first go to the dentist. The general rule of thumb is that as soon as their first tooth erupts, you should schedule an appointment. This may seem counter-intuitive since most toddlers don’t have very many teeth to even be cleaned. However, dental checkups at this stage are for more than just preventive care. The jaws and teeth of babies and kids are still growing, so six month checkups can help us detect developmental problems in early (and more treatable) stages. Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent or reverse issues such as over-crowded teeth or (more…)

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