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Gum Health For Adults
toryhilldental : July 27, 2018 12:55 pm : Dental Implants, Oral Health

Many people spend a lot of time making sure that their teeth stay white. It is just as important for you to take care of your gums. If adult gum health is neglected, then a number of problems can result. Gingivitis is one of the problems that can develop if you do not take care of your gums. It is a mild form of gum disease. Some people may need more frequent hygiene visits to maintain their gingival health.

If adult gum health continues to be neglected, then it can lead to periodontitis. This is an advanced form of gum disease that can destroy the tissue and bones that are connected to the teeth. It can also lead to tooth loss.

Taking care of your gums is one of the keys to avoiding any oral problems. There are several ways that you can take care of your gums.


Flossing is one of the most important things that you can do for healthy gums. Your toothbrush cannot reach below the gum line. This means that if you are not flossing daily, then you may be leaving behind a lot of bacteria and plaque. Bacteria and plaque can cause gum inflammation if they are not removed.

You will need to floss at least once a day. There has been a lot of debate about when is the best time to floss. However, it does not matter whether you floss in the morning, after lunch or at night. As long as you floss every day, you are protecting your gums.

Change Your Toothbrush Regularly

Many people will brush their teeth for long periods of time without replacing their toothbrush. However, this is harmful. Your toothbrush can hold a lot of fungus and bacteria. The bacteria on your toothbrush can easily end up on your teeth and gums. It is a good idea to change your toothbrush at least once every three months. If you notice the bristles start to change, then this is another sign that it is time for you to get another toothbrush.

Additionally, if you get sick, then you will need to replace your toothbrush right after you have recovered. You can make yourself sick again if you continue to use the same toothbrush.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is not only bad for your general health, but it is also bad for your oral health. There have been many studies done that have linked smoking to gum disease. Smoking suppresses your immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight infections. Additionally, if your gums are damaged, then smoking will make it harder for you to heal.

Minimize Your Sugar Consumption

Sugar feeds bacteria. If you already have a gum infection, then it will be easier for the bacteria to spread if you are eating a lot of sugar. Sodas, pastries, cookies and dried fruits are examples of some of the foods that you will need to avoid. Not only do they feed the bacteria, but the sugary coat can remain on your teeth and gums for hours.

Eat Healthy Foods

Cheese is one of the best foods for your gums. It can help remove the plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. The calcium from the cheese also helps strengthen your enamel. Apple and celery are some of the other foods that you will need to add to your diet.

They are both high in water, so they can naturally clean your mouth. The water can rinse away food debris and neutralize the acid in your mouth.

Brush With Fluoridated Toothpaste

You have many toothpaste options today. However, it is best for you to choose one that has fluoride. The fluoride helps strengthen your enamel and protect your gums. You will also need to make sure that the toothpaste has the ADA seal of acceptance.

Use a Mouthwash

There are also several different mouthwashes for you to choose. Many of them are just designed to freshen your breath. However, you need a mouthwash that can kill bacteria, prevent gingivitis and prevent tartar from developing. The best mouthwash for you to use is one that has been approved by the ADA.

Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

You will need to see a dentist at least once every six months. Your dentist will be able to detect gum disease and treat it before it gets any worse. You will also be able to reduce your risk of developing teeth and gum problems in the future.

You will also get a thorough cleaning during your visit. The cleaning will remove plaque and bacteria. It will also remove tartar. Additionally, if you have gingivitis, then a good cleaning will be able to reverse it.

Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth. If you take the steps necessary for protecting your gums, then you will be able to keep your smile healthy for years.

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Teeth Whitening: Facts and Fiction
toryhilldental : June 15, 2018 6:41 pm : Whitening


Your pearly whites

There is nothing that is more attractive than a perfect smile. Two rows of straight, glistening teeth speaks volumes about your health and makes a terrific first impression. Also, it is great for the self-esteem … Imagine waking up in the morning and knowing that, at the very least, your mouth is flawless! It gives you something to smile about all day long.

A glistening grin makes you seem approachable (and sexy) from the moment you step into view.

In fact, brightening your teeth only a couple of shades can make a tremendous difference to your self-image as well as how others perceive you. That is probably why teeth whitening treatments are some of the most popular procedures in modern dentistry. Through our desire to show off our pearly whites and dazzle whatever room we’re in, there have been countless in-office and DIY options that have been developed to brighten your smile.

Because of the numerous options that are available to you, we wanted to talk about teeth whitening treatments, and separate facts from fiction …

Store-bought teeth whitening kits are the same as at-home kits from a dental office

While many “store bought teeth whitening kits” brag about how they are easy to use (and cheap) most “do it yourself” whitening alternatives end up costing you more money, due to their short-lived effects. Besides, most DIY kits use damaging abrasive components as ingredients which will agitate your mouth. Many of these harmful materials slowly erode the enamel of teeth, which will make your mouth more sensitive and make it easier for you to stain your teeth further down the road.

Sensitive teeth can’t be whitened (painlessly)

Many store-bought options will intensify teeth sensitivity. But, that is very rarely the case in teeth whitening treatments administered by a qualified dentist. With a limitless number of whitening possibilities at their beck-and-call, your dentist can work find a solution that will work with sensitive teeth.

Additionally, most of the custom home whitening kits are very quick and gentle. For example, your dentist may only need to recommend a daily-use toothpaste that is specifically designed for oral sensitivity. Problem solved!

Whitening treatments remove enamel

Though many DIY solutions usually contain abrasive components that can really damage tooth enamel – doctor recommended teeth whitening treatments are intended to brighten your teeth and aid your oral health.

Rather than using a method that will strip your teeth of stains chemically, dentist applied whitening options work by exposing your teeth’s pores. This lets their gentle whitening properties whiten the tooth systemically (from the inside) – minus harming the enamel.

Teeth whitening makes teeth look “unnatural”

Regardless of you may have seen on “that one episode from Friends”, your teeth will not glow in the dark after a whitening treatment. It is the goal of your dentist to create a realistic (yet brighter) smile

Teeth whitening is permanent

Teeth whitening does require a little up-keep. Many DIY treatments last anywhere from several hours to a week, but (in many cases) a whitening from your doctor can last up to 2 years!

Tory Hill Dental

You do not need to settle for a mediocre teeth whitening treatment. The Tory Hill Dental team is ready to tackle of your dental needs. Schedule a no-pressure discussion with Dr. Joel S. Doyon by visiting today!

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Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
toryhilldental : May 15, 2018 8:02 pm : Dental Implants


Why do people get Dental Implants?

Due to an ever-increasing lifespan, tooth loss is one of the most common dental issues faced by Americans. Regardless of how advanced dental care and oral hygiene have become, replacing loose or missing teeth is still an accepted dental treatment to fix damage caused by periodontal disease, tooth loss, injury, or just the natural ravages of time.

It used to be that, if you were missing a tooth (or several), being fitted with uncomfortable dentures was the only treatment option that you had. They were sometimes unattractive and required a lot of maintenance, conventional dentures were the last resort for some doctors. However that is now a thing of the past, because you can now receive dental implants courtesy of Joel S. Doyon DDS and the Tory Hill Dental team.

Dental Implants & Tory Hill Dental

Dr. Doyon of Tory Hill Dental is the premier expert in dental implantology in the Buxton, Maine area. Applying the most progressive techniques and technology, Dr. Doyon provides his patients with the smile they deserve. With our core philosophy of “comfort and quality”, Tory Hill Dental is the number-one destination for all of your cosmetic dental needs. To schedule an appointment today, visit our website by clicking here: Tory Hill Dental or by calling our front desk at 207.929.6626 .

What are Dental Implants?

Implants from your dentist are the life-lasting, attractive, tooth replacement choice for the selective patient. Different from dentures (or even crowns), dental implants can replace the entire tooth down to its core, offering a safe footing for your teeth replacements. Post treatment, your implants will work like your original teeth – only now they will be straighter and whiter!

Dental implants are definitely one of most inviting alternatives to old-school tooth replacement choices. Since getting an implant does not demand the usual “trimming” of the teeth on either side of the missing one, more of your healthy teeth will remain intact – improving your long term dental health goals. Additionally, dental implants are personally made to bond to your jaw bone, thus becoming your permanent teeth. This makes them hold better, look more natural, and work like your regular teeth while saving the wearer any further upkeep that is usually required with conventional treatments.

Can I receive Implants?

If you live in the Buxton area, and are looking for a tooth replacement alternative to dentures, you needn’t look farther than dental implants courtesy of Tory Hill Dental. Plan to have a no pressure consultation with Dr. Doyon now, to have the beaming grin that you’ve always wanted.

When should I get Dental Implants?

Hesitating to accept any needed medical treatment carries many risks, and it’s the same with cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. If you have severely damaged (or missing) teeth, you are playing roulette with your overall health. Spanning all medical specialties, correlations have been found between dental issues and other – even scarier – conditions. By choosing not to confront your dental- health needs, there is an increased chance of: stroke or heart attack, diabetes, excruciating and extensive inflammation, kidney or liver disorders, malnutrition, depression, even some forms of cancer! Suffice it to say, you should contact a cosmetic or general dentist immediately.

Do not settle for an “okay” dental treatment. Your Tory Hill Dental team is here to address any and all of your cosmetic dental needs. Plan a risk-free consultation with Joel S. Doyon DDS by visiting today!


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Same Day Crowns
toryhilldental : April 27, 2018 2:49 pm : Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer, Oral Health

Cosmetic Dentistry at Tory Hill

It’s hard to achieve the perfect smile. Unfortunately, some of us were not destined to have the pearly-white teeth of our dreams, regardless of how great our oral hygiene regimen is. If you – like many of our patients – have weak, loose, or discolored teeth, then receiving a crown  from Dr. Joel S. Doyon is the best choice you can make for the health of your mouth.

Dr. Doyon of Tory Hill Dental in Buxton, ME is the top rated dentist in the Buxton area. Using the most sophisticated methods and technology known to dentistry, Dr. Doyon will give you the beaming smile of your dreams for a fee that you can afford. To schedule a no-pressure consultation, please visit today.

Same Day Crowns

Many people think that when they see their teeth begin to loosen or become discolored, that their only option is to receive dentures. However, under the care of the Tory Hill Dental team you may have more appealing alternatives.

Crowns, for example, are seen as a more permanent solution than dentures. Not only do crowns last longer than many other tooth-replacement options but they also do not need to be removed at night, they require less maintenance, look more natural and fit more comfortably.  Also, with advances in medical science, your crown(s) can be finished within on day!

It is no wonder why crowns and dental bridges are some of the most in demand dental procedures for our patients!

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a custom fitted sleeve for a damaged or weakened tooth. Made from a variety of substances (porcelain, gold, etc.), this “sleeve” fits over the troubled area, reinforcing the tooth and completing your smile.

What is involved in receiving a Dental Crown?

At Tory Hill Dental, receiving a crown is quick and gentle. Often completed over the course of one visit, Dr. Doyon will begin by shaping your tooth so it is suitable to receive a crown. Once the original tooth is sufficiently prepared, that tooth, the adjacent teeth and opposing teeth will be digitally scanned and a three dimensional model will be created in a computer upon which your new crown will be designed and created. The crown will then be precisely milled out of a solid block of porcelain and then securely bonded to the prepared tooth in your mouth.

When should I get a Dental Crown?

It can be risky to “put off” medical treatment of any kind, and it is no different in dentistry. In the case of loose, discolored, or missing teeth, there are several more serious issues that could start from neglecting your oral care, or by ignoring obvious dental concerns. Poor oral health is a known signal of the possible development of conditions such as:

  • Increased Stroke or Heart Attack risk factors
  • Painful Inflammation through the entire body
  • Liver and Kidney Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Malnutrition
  • Even Cancer!

That is why it is important to confront any medical issue as soon as the problem appears.

Are you ready?

Your quest for the beaming grin of your dreams begins today! Our team of skilled professionals will assist you in scheduling a pressure-free consultation with Dr. Joel S. Doyon.

During a relaxed conversation, Dr. Doyon will help you to design a smile to die for, at a fee you can live with.

Let’s get started!


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Dental Care as We Age | Buxton Dentist
toryhilldental : March 13, 2018 11:51 pm : General Dentistry, Oral Health, Sensitive Teeth

Daily dental care doesn’t really change as we continue to age. Brushing your teeth, flossing between each and rinsing are steps we take daily to ensure our dental health is optimal. Our lifestyle habits will dictate the state of our teeth as we go through life, and the results will steer how we need to take care of our teeth going forward. Some need dentures, some have sensitivity to heat or cold – regardless of the issue, the better we treat our teeth, the longer we get to keep them. As you progress into your later years, keep these tips in mind to ensure your smile remains just as lovely as ever:

Some things never change. It doesn’t matter what age you are, the basics of your daily dental routine shouldn’t change. If you find it difficult to complete this routine, you may need alternative methods to your routine, like an electric version.

Sensitive teeth are natural. If you find that your teeth have become sensitive to hot and cold foods, try switching your toothpaste to a more tooth-sensitive variety.

Your mouth can say more than words. Not only can your mouth affect other health issues, but the reverse is also true. Talk to your dentist about any health issues you have. Some conditions and/or medications can cause oral health issues.

There’s no lost and found for teeth. If you have lost a tooth, or some that have loosened, make an appointment to visit your dentist as soon as possible. There are dentures and other dental implants that can replace the problem and improve your smile.

If you would like further information regarding dental hygiene, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.

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Candy Love in Chocolate Hearts | Buxton Dentist
toryhilldental : February 14, 2018 12:11 am : General Dentistry, Oral Health

It’s that time of year again – where we show the one we love that we care by showering them in love and affection. And more often than not, this includes lots of heart-shaped candy. And while these little holiday notions are lovely thoughts on this day of lovers, they aren’t exactly the healthiest for our smiles.

The main issue we have with candy and our dental health is that the sugar in candy breaks down tooth enamel. Once broken down, these teeth will begin to develop tooth decay and a dental visit will be necessary. So, when you are looking for the ideal gift for your significant other, try to stay away from these particular options to keep their loving smiles as big as possible:

Sour candy. These types of sugary treats are the worst for our smiles because they contain extreme amounts of citric, fumaric and malic acids, all of which do major damage to our teeth. The acids in these sour confections wreak havoc in record time. Avoid these sour candies as much as possible.

Gummy candy. Gummy candy tends to be less sugary than others, but because they are sticky, the damage they do is slightly different. If you have dental implants or braces it is best to avoid these, as they can loosen or even cause these dental fixtures to dislodge.

Hard candy. Because of the nature of these sweet treat, hard candies tend to stay in our mouths longer. This gives bacteria more time to hunker down in your mouth if not brushed regularly. Additionally, biting into hard candies can also cause dental issues so it is important not to do that as well.

If you would like further information regarding dental hygiene, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.

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Do I Have TMJ Disorder? | Buxton Dentist
toryhilldental : January 22, 2018 8:24 pm : General Dentistry, Oral Health, TMJ

It isn’t the most common dental issue, but at least 12% of Americans suffer from problems with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The symptoms generally involve jaw pain, grinding or clicking, stiffness, or limited movement. In fact, some may not even realize their random habits are creating an issue. In case you aren’t sure where the TMJ is located, it’s the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull on either side of your head.

There are plenty of causes for developing TMJ disorder, such as physical injury, infections, stress, and even dental problems. This causes it to be difficult to diagnose so finding the proper professional to both diagnose and treat TMJ disorder is important. Dedicated TMJ treatment centers, staffed by doctors who specialize in all of the potential causes of TMJ disorders, are often the most likely to properly diagnose and treat the disorder quickly.

Because there are so many different ways to develop TMJ disorder, the treatment methods will vary by case. Treatments may include combinations of pain medications, dental or orthodontic procedures to align teeth for proper bite, surgery to correct physical injuries, physical therapy to adjust muscle tensions that are causing problems, or even sleep and stress therapy to assist patients in relaxing so that their own muscles do not cause strain for the jawbone.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your jaw, consider seeing a specialist. While diagnosis may not be as easy as other medical problems, a dedicated TMJ doctor can help relieve your pain and solve your jaw-related problems.

If you would like further information regarding TMJ disorder, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.

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Keep Your Smile Safe During the Holidays | Buxton Dentist
toryhilldental : December 20, 2017 12:20 am : General Dentistry, Oral Health

This is the time of year where people let their diets go to indulge in everything the season has to offer – good friends, good family and good food. Everywhere you look there is another celebration to attend chockful of tasty eats. Unfortunately, it is your mouth that takes the brunt of your celebrations. In honor of the season, here are a few things you would be wise to avoid if you’d like your next dental visit to go as smoothly as you hope.

Because you are going to be surrounded by lots of sweet temptations, make sure you are aware of what, and how much, you are eating. No one wants to deprive themselves of all the delicious treats the season has to offer, but keeping things in moderation will help keep your smile cavity-free. If you have to have certain sweets, balance it out with some healthier snacks in between. Saliva production is a great way to naturally wash away cavity-causing bacteria, so munching on things like veggies and proteins will help remove some of the sugars left on your teeth by those sweet treats.

Candies like caramels and gumdrops are prevalent during this time of year, but their chewy texture gets lodged in your teeth, giving bacteria plenty of chance to wreak havoc. And candy canes may be the mascot of the season, but it is a candy that takes time to finish, leaving lots of sugar in your mouth. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to brush your teeth afterwards. Rinsing your mouth with water if you don’t have a toothbrush handy works too.

If you would like further information regarding holiday dental tips, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.

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Am I Brushing My Teeth Correctly? | Tory Hill Dentist
toryhilldental : October 19, 2017 9:56 pm : General Dentistry, Oral Health

Did you know that October is not only home to Halloween but also National Dental Hygiene Month? It’s true – the sugariest holiday on the calendar is also the month we should focus on our dental health and how we can improve our daily dental routines. Sure, we know the basics, but you may be surprised to know you may have picked up a habit or two that aren’t kosher with optimum dental care.

In general, proper oral care involves these four steps:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each session
  • Flossing once a day, ideally before bed
  • Limiting the amount of sugar you consume
  • Visiting the dentist every 3-6 months for regular checkups and professional cleanings

The idea of having to brush your teeth for two whole minutes may come as a surprise, but it is the suggested time frame you should be aiming for in order to properly maintain your bright grin. To put it in perspective, the average person spends around 30 seconds brushing their teeth. When brushing your teeth, use short, gentle strokes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, paying extra attention to your gums, the back teeth and areas around dental work.

When flossing, hold 1-2 inches of an 18-inch length of floss between your thumbs and index fingers, then gently slide it in between the gaps of your teeth.

Remember, brushing and flossing are two of the most important things in making sure that you have a beautiful and healthy smile, so proper technique is a definite must.

If you would like further information regarding autumn dental tips, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.

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Autumn Teeth Whitening Tips | Tory Hill Dentist
toryhilldental : September 17, 2017 2:59 am : General Dentistry, Oral Health

As we begin to welcome in the cool crisp weather, we begin to change our diet as well. We trade in our iced tea for hot tea, our BBQ foods for heartier stews. It’s important to remember that some of our favorites tend to tinge our pearly whites. However, there are plenty of foods that does the reverse. Keep these choices in mind as we welcome in the autumn season:

Fruit. Apples are known to play a huge role in good health, but it’s the crispiness of the apple doing most of the work. Biting into an apple helps strengthen your gums, while the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, clearing out cavity-forming bacteria. Another autumn fruit that does similar work while also neutralizing odor-causing, staining bacteria for your teeth is the pear. If you are looking for citrus, try an orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, the citric acid also scours your teeth.

Vegetables. When it comes to vegetables, we would never correlate an onion as a dental secret, but if you eat anything oniony, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Ever notice broccoli looks like a toothbrush? Munching on these little “brushes” will not only supply your body with iron, but will give your teeth a quick scrub. And celery is basically Mother Nature’s version of floss.

Dairy. Chockful of calcium, foods like milk, yogurt and cheese strengthen your teeth and gums. The stronger your teeth enamel is, the whiter & healthier they become.

If you would like further information regarding autumn dental tips, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information.

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