February 2012

With the new year underway, we are in full swing at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry. We’d like to gain welcome in Dr. Brad Turchetta and Dr. Michael Kacewicz from the Rhode Island Orthodontic Group, leader in quality orthodontic care servicing Rhode Island for over 50 years! Their addition to our office has been met with great enthusiasm. A big thank you goes out to all of our patients as we continue to grow and expand the services offered at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry. If you or a family member is interested in orthodontic care, please call for a consultation, as schedules are filling up quickly!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Andrea Barone and Dr. James Goff for being recognized as two of Rhode Island Monthly’s Top Dentists! Maple Avenue Family Dentistry is becoming one of the leading practices in our area and is proud to provide a multitude of well-trained doctors, offering a number of procedures. With the addition of friendly and conscientious front desk personnel, hygenists, and assistants, we are a full-service dental practice. Unsure of where to begin? Let Dr. Barone be your quarterback! Book an initial appointment with him today; after you up with the right professional to best suit your needs. Dr. Barone continues to have hours Monday through Friday.

Dr. Robert Bouffard, a retired Naval Commander recently based in Newport, still travels all the way from his home in Maryland to regularly join forces with the team here at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry. Bringing his knowledge and expertise to Rhode Island, Dr. Bouffard treats patients for periodontal, implant, and oral surgical procedures. Among them is the extraction of wisdom teeth. Third molar teeth, or wisdom teeth, are the last to erupt in your mouth between the ages of 16 and 21. Without enough room to fully develop, they commonly affect other teeth, often becoming impacted in the jawbone and gum tissue.

When in doubt, take it out! Extraction of wisdom teeth is encouraged to prevent damage to the adjacent teeth. Impacted teeth can be painful and lead to infection and more serious issues, but not all problems related to third molars are painful or visible. Damage can occur without your being aware of it. In fact, it is estimated that about 85% of third molars will eventually need to be removed. Preventative removal usually results in much less complicated healing process. Wisdom tooth extractions are performed right here in the office. Dr. Bouffard is available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have and is available for appointments on alternate Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Dr. Seth Bozarth, general dentist, keeps the office bustling on alternate Saturdays and also sees patients on Monday mornings.

Dr. Christopher Napolitano, also a general dentist, sees patients on Monday afternoons and Thursdays.

Dr. James Goff, although semi-retired now, has hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. He also treats patients with sleep disorders. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and is looking for alternative treatment, please call the office for a consulatation.

Dr. Paul Kaplan, our singing endodontist, still keeps Tuesday morning hours for root canal treatment.

Dr. Brad Turchetta and Dr. Michael Kacewicz, our orthodontic team, are also both preferred providers for Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. They are currently accepting patients on Tuesdays, offering full services for children and adults.

With New Years resolutions still ringing in our ears, many of our patients have a renewed focus on health and fitness. When thinking of our overall health, please remember the importance of oral hygiene. Along with brushing and flossing, proper nutrition will make the teeth and gums less susceptible to gum disease, bone loss, and tooth loss. Sealants, fluorides, and diagnostic x-rays are 3 other important ways to protect not only yout teeth, but the overall health of your body.

Toothy Tidbits:
• The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay! The first is the common cold.
• Always replace a toothbrush after you have a cold, sore throat or infection. The bacteria stays on the toothbrush which can lead to reinfection.

Please Note: Additional parking is available in the lot across from Holy Angels Church. For those parking by the emergency room entrance, take elevator up to the second floor where our office is located.

Maple Avenue Family Dentistry is open 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with convenient evening hours. A dentist is always on call for emergencies. Most dental insurances are accepted.

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