September/October 2015

Start the school year with a healthy and beautiful smile! Close up of school lunch for child back to school shot in the classroom with blackboard background

As summer slowly winds down, it’s time to fall back in step with preventative care. September is a great time to schedule a thorough cleaning and check-up and also get back on track with routine orthodontic care. No Time?We’re here to help! Maple Avenue Family Dentistry is the one-stop location to suit all your family’s needs (both children and adults). We continue to do all we can to have appointments run timely and efficiently, offering convenient evening and Saturday hours to accommodate our patients’ demanding schedules. A dentist is always on call for emergencies, and most dental insurances are accepted. Let us coordinate the right treatment to get you looking and feeling your best!

2015 is running out! Avoid the holiday rush and maximize your insurance benefits, which typically expire December 31st. For those of you planning to use insurance benefits before the close of the year, please make your appointments today. While we do our best to accommodate the growing need of our patients, the schedule here at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry fills up quickly! Let our friendly and knowledgeable front desk personnel assist you in getting the most out of your coverage.

Office Updates: In addition to bringing brand new, state-of-the-art computers into our rooms, Dr. Barone has also brightened them – come in to see our newly repainted office!

After a year of good service at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry, Dr. Richard Kim is returning back to school. He is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Health at Harvard University. We thank him for being a part of our team and wish him well in the future. Good luck Dr. Kim!

We are proud to offer care from ten of Rhode Island’s top dentists, many of which are highlighted in the current issue of Rhode Island Monthly as this year’s Top Dentists. So we don’t miss a beat here at Maple Avenue, owner Dr. Andrea Barone has carefully selected Dr. Angie Brafford to join our team. Just in from Chicago with her family, Dr. Brafford is a prosthodontist looking to practice general dentistry in a private practice. She will be stepping into Dr. Kim’s schedule starting mid-September. Welcome Dr. Brafford!

One blue mouthguard isolated on white background Remember to add a mouthguard for each child to your list of school supplies. Approximately 5 million teeth will be knocked out this year due to sports-related injuries. Don’t want to come in for an emergency treatment? Consider protecting your child’s teeth proactively by custom fitting them for a mouthguard. Visit with your hygienist or dentist at your next appointment to discuss the options and learn how mouthguards can help your athlete avoid dental traumas!

Manage it with Moe:

For over a decade, Maple Avenue Family Dentistry has exclusively used composite (tooth-colored) material for all fillings and restorations. Some dental insurances do not reimburse in full for this procedure; however it is standard care in our practice. Please ask if you need assistance with your insurance company.

Courtesy Note to Parents: Please remember, children below the age of 18 cannot be dropped off and left without an adult present to first check in and speak with the dentist/orthodontist. Thank you!

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Fillings are a type of dental restoration used to treat low to moderate tooth decay or damage. They are generally used when damage has only affected
the surface, or enamel, of your tooth. At Maple Avenue Family Dentistry, we only use amalgam-free, composite fillings. Made of composite resin material, composite fillings are aesthetically superior and do not present the health risks associated with metal fillings. Some more information about composite:

  • tooth colored
  • bonds to the tooth structure; hence, less drilling is required to hold the material in place and less tooth is cut away
  • strengthens the decayed tooth
  • less likely to fracture
  • mercury-free!

Apple for the teacher? Grab one for yourself too! In addition to their basic health benefits, apples have numerous dental benefits. Because of their slightly astringent quality, they are an ideal food for cleansing and brightening teeth. The apples have sugar and acid in them which can damage the teeth, however. If a tooth brush is not available, rinsing the apple down with some water may

be the next best thing.


Whether you’re on the treadmill, catching a break at work, or just think it’s time for a change and want to learn more about your options, take a minute and visit our website, We have everything you’re looking for and more!

  • 2-3 Minute Videos: Top 5 Advantages to In-Office Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants: High-Tech Teeth, Top 5 Ways to Prevent Bad Breath, How to Clean Teeth With Braces, Age One Dental Visit, Preventing Cavities in Kids
  • Hundreds of Informative Articles: The Impact of a Smile
    Makeover, The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth,
    Porcelain Crowns and Veneers, How and Why Teeth Wear,
    Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children, The Field-Side Guide to
    Dental Injuries, Orthodontics for the Older Adult and much, much more!
  • Patient and Doctor Blogs: countless topics including Restorative Treatments for Worn Teeth, Veneers vs. Dental Implants: What’s the Difference?, Does Anxiety and Stress Affect Your Dental Health?, The Benefits of Invisalign, Sensitive Teeth
  • On our website, you can fill out medical forms, request and appointment, and make payments.
  • Also find Testimonials, Patient Reviews, Services, Awards, Meet the Doctors, and more.

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Be our Word of Mouth! One of the highest compliments from our patients is the referral of family and friends. Dr. Andrea Barone and his associates are currently accepting new patients, offering customized levels of care to fit each patient’s unique needs. Please continue to spread the good word by reviewing us online. Visit websites such as,,, and to help others find the right dentist for them!

Please Note: Additional parking for Maple Avenue Family Dentistry is available in the lot on the opposite side of our building, across the street from Holy Angels Church. For those parking by the emergency room entrance, take the elevator up to the second floor where our office is located.

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