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Welcome to the Maestri Family Dental blog. Our goal is to educate you on each of the products and services we offer, common dental myths, and preventative dental measures. If there are any specific topics you would like to learn about, let us know!

Sedation Dentistry: Putting the Questions to Rest

Most people are not fond of dental visits and related processes. The American Dental Association estimates that 22 percent of Americans avoid dental visits because of fear and anxiety. This can increase the probability of tooth loss, serious dental infections, or even oral cancer. Luckily, dentists are now employing dental…

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Back To School Dental Appointment

Back-to-School = Back to the Dentist!

As children are going back to school, it's the best time to implement a stricter schedule and routine. Especially in these unprecedented times, stability and consistency is key to a child’s success. The same can be said about their oral health. The more a child is exposed to good dental…

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Enamel Erosion

Enamel Erosion and How You Can Prevent It

Did you know that tooth enamel is harder than bone and even steel? Tooth enamel is defined as the hard, outer layer of your teeth that serves to protect against tooth decay. Considering all of the foods that humans enjoy eating— such as apples, nuts, chips, and meat— tooth enamel…

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Do I Need A Root Canal?

The root canal of your tooth is the part of the pulp cavity lying in the root within the tooth. Root canal therapy is the dental process or operation of saving a tooth by removing the contents of its root canal and filling the cavity with a protective substance. According…

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Porcelain Veneers

Are Porcelain Veneers Worth It?

Porcelain veneers are a great dental alternative for men and women, both young and old, and can help a myriad of issues from broken teeth to teeth staining. If you've researched porcelain veneers and have been wondering if they might be the right alternative for you, read on to learn…

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Fresh Breath: How Do I Get It?

Keeping your breath fresh and clean at all times should be a priority, as bad breath can be a warning sign of gum disease. Medically referred to as halitosis, bad breath can also be a result of poor habits that start at an early age. Family dental care may have…

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Ideal Age For Getting Braces

Although braces are likely the last thing on your mind when your little one’s teeth begin to emerge around the age of 6 months old, a seasoned local dentist will be on guard and looking for signs from that very initial appointment by age 1. Baby teeth are intended to…

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What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

What's the difference between the orthodontist and the common dentist you meet twice per year? While the orthodontist is educated in specialized medicine, you wouldn't seek out the expert for a simple toothache. Your local family dentist should be the initial point of contact for any oral health concerns ,…

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Sports Drinks And Oral Health

Sports Drinks and Oral Health

Summer would usually be the time where athletes start to train for the on-coming fall sports season. Although COVID has put a halt on most sports and other activities, sports drinks are still an important topic of discussion. Pediatric dentists are always willing and able to answer which beverages are…

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Dental Prosthetics

Prosthetic Dentistry: Getting Your Smile Back

A smile is usually the first thing a person sees about another person. If you have a less than perfect smile, you no longer have to feel self-conscious about it! Maestri Dental specializes in prosthetic dentistry, which can help you restore your smile. By using both fixed and mobile prosthetics,…

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Drinks Good And Bad For Oral Health

Summer Sips: What to Drink and What to Avoid for Oral Health

The beverages that we consume daily play a monumental role in the health of our teeth. A local dentist can certainly give recommendations when it comes to what to drink for supreme oral health and what ingredients will help to keep your family’s dental care up to par. And let’s…

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Teeth Whitening

The Science of Teeth Whitening

If you find yourself searching for “teeth whitening near me,” but want to know the basics of teeth whitening, then you’ve come to the right place! Over time, due to our daily lives, our teeth can go from bright and shiny to dull and yellow. Having a shining set of…

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How Can Botox Help with TMJ?

Botox: a buzzword if there ever was one. This minimally-invasive procedure has cultivated a large following, from celebrities to every-day citizens searching for methods to look and feel their best.  What Exactly is Botox? Botox is a neurotoxin, which sounds alarming, but is perfectly safe as long as it is…

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Emergency Dental Services

Dental Emergency: Tips and What to Know, Just in Case

Our mouths are used constantly throughout our days. Whether we are talking about our day at the dinner table, or eating the meal set before us, our teeth, jaw, mouth, and gums are very important. However, they can take a back seat to other major illness or ailments. In these…

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry – What Are My Options?

Does the notion of visiting the dentist bring on thoughts of worry or feelings of anxiety? Have you been pushing off your next dental check-up due to fear of what’s to come? If you suffer from dentophobia or an intense fear of visiting the dentist, then know that you are…

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Preparing Your Child For Dental Checkups

How to prepare your child for a dental check up

Most parents would agree that the overall health of their children is very important and should be a family priority. Oral hygiene is an important factor that contributes to the overall health of both children and adults. Unfortunately, routine dental appointments are not at the top of most parents priority…

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Home Dental Care Tips

Tips for At Home Dental Care

As you likely already know, the Louisiana Department of Health has mandated that dental providers only open for essential procedures until further notice due to Covid 19 safety precautions. This means if you had any routine appointments, including preventative hygiene/routine visits, orthodontic treatment, deliveries of appliances, and non-urgent dental procedures,…

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How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

Dental check-ups serve as a means to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Although it may seem obvious, family dental care is of the utmost importance, especially in a day and age where multiple factors can pose a threat to your family’s oral health. Sugary, sour, and acidic foods can…

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Choosing the Right Local Dentist

Although we may be a tad biased when it comes to the best local dentist in Lafayette, if you ever move to a new city, state, or country, then you’ll have to find a brand new dentist. A simple Google search of “family dentist near me,” or even “affordable dentist…

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Wisdom Teeth

All About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are molars located at the back of the mouth that develop during the late teens/early twenties. A molar is different from the “front teeth” (incisors, canines) because their history dates back to the hunters and gatherers. With a diet strong in nuts and raw meat, and without the…

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3 Ways to Prevent Gingivitis

Gingivitis refers to the swelling, inflammation, and redness of the gums. An estimated 64.7 million American adults have some form of gum disease, ranging from mild to severe, and if your initial gingivitis is not taken seriously, it can lead to periodontitis (a serious gum disease that can result in tooth…

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Dr. Maestri Going Over The Smile Advantage Program

GIVE YOUR SMILE AN ADVANTAGE

Are you ready to get quality dental care at a price you can afford? Our Smile Advantage Plan is the best option for you! It's an annual payment that includes 2 cleanings, fluoride, any necessary x-rays, and more.
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DAILY HABITS YOU DIDN’T REALIZE WERE CAUSING BAD BREATH

When making a first impression, there are a few key things you need to check for beforehand. Stains on your clothing, breakfast leftovers in your teeth, and last but not least bad breath! The last impression anyone wants to make is someone thinking you have poor oral hygiene. The majority…

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH!

Your teeth are very delicate, one lousy fall, and BAM! Landing face-first into a hard surface, and you feel it instantly. You have just chipped your tooth. Initially, you start to panic. Fear and anxiety of having a broken smile forever begin to take over. Luckily, because of science and…

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WHAT THE COLOR OF YOUR TEETH SAYS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Everybody slowly starts to see their pearly whites lose their luster throughout the years. It seems like no matter how much we brush, floss, and use whitening treatment our teeth always seem to fade back into a shade we don't like. The problem with stained teeth sometimes goes beyond just…

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How Nail Biting Is Ruining Your Smile

HOW NAIL BITING IS RUINING YOUR SMILE

Infections and tooth decay are potential symptoms of one of the most common compulsive habits in the world! Over 30% of the population has the compulsion or has struggled with it at some point in their life. We're talking about the notorious NAIL BITING, the habit that bites back! And…

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Trick Or Treat, Clean My Teeth!

TRICK OR TREAT, CLEAN MY TEETH!

Halloween season is filled with scary movies, crazy costumes, and tempting CANDY! We can imagine your teeth start to cringe just walking through the store at this time of year. Although all candy can lead to cavities, we all enjoy snacking on our favorite treat every now and then. Here…

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KEEP YOUR (MOUTH) GUARD UP

Keep Your Guard Up Its that time of year again. Weekends have a purpose still, because it's football season! For youngsters, this time of year is a time to kick back, take a seat, and make bets. As for the parents and families of the athletes, this time adds a…

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Essential Oils For Oral Care

NATURE’S ORAL HEALTH CARE – ESSENTIAL OILS

It is no secret that essential oils have skyrocketed in organic health care over the years. Even some of our favorite social media influencers have endorsed the oil trend: Celebs like Victoria Beckham and Kourtney Kardashian swear by essential oils and are continually referencing them in their daily care. Typically…

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Non Dairy Calcium Rich Foods

NON-DAIRY CALCIUM RICH FOODS

We’ve all been given the advice, “Drink your milk and you’ll have strong bones.” But what we’re not often told is where to get our calcium from if we’re allergic to milk, if we don’t drink milk, or if we prefer to drink alternative sources of cow’s milk. Calcium is…

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Chewing Gum And Your Teeth.

CHEWING GUM: SUGAR-FREE EDITION

Chewing gum offers many benefits related to tooth and mouth care, but has also been shown to improve memory, reduce stress & anxiety, and help with weight loss. When choosing a pack of gum to chew on throughout the day, it’s extremely beneficial to choose one that is sugar-free and…

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Are You Brushing Too Hard? Wooden Tooth Brushes In A Mason Jar

ARE YOU BRUSHING YOUR TEETH TOO HARD?

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a vital part of keeping and maintaining clean and healthy teeth, but is there such a thing as brushing your teeth too hard? Yes, it is possible to brush too hard and it can even lead to irreversible damage because if you brush…

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Rethink That Sugary Drink! Image Of Lots Of Sugary Drinks

RETHINK THAT SUGARY DRINK

What is tooth decay? Tooth decay is when bacteria from your mouth uses the sugar from sugary foods and drinks to produce acids that dissolve and damage your teeth. Sugary drinks that are high in acid include: regular and “diet” soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and fruit…

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10 DENTAL MYTHS BUSTED

We have all heard our fair share of myths about the craziest things, especially as kids. Chocolate milk comes from brown cows, if you swallow gum it would stay in your belly forever, opening an umbrella inside the house would lead to bad luck, and many more. But as adults,…

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Red Toothbrush - Tooth Sensitivity

WHAT IS TOOTH SENSITIVITY

What is Tooth Sensitivity? Ever wondered why you feel a painful sting in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot or acidic, biting into something cold, chewing on some ice, or enjoying a frozen treat? The answer to your question may be tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is when a…

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WHAT REALLY CAUSES BAD BREATH?

Some other causes of bad breath are: Flavorful food and drink such as onions, garlic, vegetables, and spices are one of the most common causes for bad breath. The leftover food particles from those kinds of food can enter your bloodstream and get carried to the lungs. Once the food…

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WHAT CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY?

Pregnant? We know what you’re thinking when the dentist office calls about your next appointment.."oh, great, something else I need to worry about!" But when you're pregnant, visiting your dentist regularly is just as important as your prenatal checkups. There is direct correlation between your oral health and your baby’s…

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5 TIPS TO COMBAT SUPERMAN SYNDROME

Superman Syndrome is the idea that men think of themselves as invincible, so they tend to not worry about their body and oral health. Some men are too prideful and will ignore the warning signs in hopes that their problems will simply go away. This may be no surprise, but…

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SURPRISING FOODS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH

If you’re like me and used the beginning of 2019 as your trial months and is now ready to start on the journey back to your mindset of “new year, new me”, then you’re in the right place. I feel like year after year we always have the same New…

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HOW YOUR DENTAL HEALTH AFFECTS YOUR BODY

Ever wondered if your oral health has an effect on your overall health? Recent studies have shown that there is a connection between your oral health, more specifically gum disease, and your overall body health. Although these studies have not been 100% proven, the chronic conditions that may come from…

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How To Curb Your Sweet Tooth

HOW TO CURB YOUR SWEET TOOTH

Many people know that sugar can cause cavities but have you ever thought of how? According the NICDR, the mouth is full of beneficial bacteria that is good for your oral health but certain harmful oral bacteria feeds on sugars that you eat, this creates acid that can lead to…

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RESOLUTIONS FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY SMILE IN THE NEW YEAR

New year…new you…new smile? As we wrap up 2018, it’s time for us to look forward to the new year. With the new year comes those new year’s resolutions that put us better off than last year. What will yours be? Pay off your student loans? Go to the gym?…

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LIVING THE FAST LIFE: HOW TO MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HEALTH AS A WORKING ADULT

Adult hygiene is just as important as hygiene is as a child or teenager. You can keep your teeth for your lifetime if you follow and maintain a healthy mouth. The following are tips for adults to maintain their oral health: Drink fluoridated water Brush with fluoride toothpaste Brush teeth…

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WHY DENTAL HEALTH CHECK-UPS ARE SO IMPORTANT

A regular dental check-up is important. These check-ups help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional. There are two main parts to a regular dental visit. They include your check-up and the cleaning. At…

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HOW TO EAT RIGHT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Eating habits are very important for kids when it comes to them maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, maintaining eating habits for kids can sometimes be a struggle for parents. Some of the easiest ways to keep your children’s eating habits healthy include portion control and having a limit on sugar…

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TOOTHBRUSH CONVENIENCE AND CLEANLINESS

One little trick that many do not think about can change your hygiene for the better! Every time you go to the dentist, you're sent home with a cute goodie bag that usually includes a toothbrush, small toothpaste tube, and some floss. How often do you get home and throw…

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ESSENTIAL OILS ARE GOOD FOR TEETH & GUMS

Essential oils are all the hype right now and for good reason - They’ve been found to relieve stress, boost energy, have healing properties, enhance your immunity, and much more! And NOW, Dr. Maestri with Maestri Family Dental has come to find different ways they can boost your oral health.…

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Red Tooth Brush

DEALING WITH SENSITIVE TEETH

Do you usually avoid cold or hot drinks because you know they’ll make your teeth hurt? Sensitive teeth could be caused by acidic foods, brushing too hard, clenching teeth, or over-bleaching. Fortunately, sensitive teeth can be treated and your symptoms can improve! Read our tips below to find out how…

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MAN UP YOUR HEALTH

Nationally, the month of June is recognized as Men’s Health Month. Your oral health plays a large part in your overall health and vice versa. Check out these few tips and some concerns for men to be aware of in order to keep that charming smile clean and healthy this…

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Tooth Travel Tips

TOOTH TRAVEL TIPS

Summer is officially here and it is time to hit the beach! But before you pack your bags, read these few tips and tricks to make sure your dental hygiene doesn’t suffer over the next couple of weeks. You may be on vacation but your teeth are not so be…

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FOODS TO ENJOY & AVOID FOR ORAL HEALTH

When it comes to dental health and gum health, prevention is key! Here are a list of food and drink items to add and take away from your diet to ensure your oral health is in tip-top shape for your next dental appointment: Foods to Eat in Moderation or Avoid…

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Pediatric Stuffed Animal That Helps Show Kids The Benefits Of Flossing In A Fun Way

BE THE BOSS OF YOUR FLOSS

Flossing can be a task, we know. We can’t remember to do it but when we do, we don’t have floss on hand or we just don’t feel like it. We know you’ve heard this before but let us remind you again, it’s imperative to your oral health to floss…

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welcome

Welcome to exceptional family dentistry in Lafayette. Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS and her team of dedicated dental professionals are here to provide you and your family with a level of caring clinical excellence you’ve never experienced before. From our state-of-the-art technology to our many comfort amenities, we have everything you need to feel relaxed while you enjoy gentle dentistry in Acadiana.

find us @

1601 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

337-704-2126

welcome

Welcome to exceptional family dentistry in Lafayette. Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri DDS and her team of dedicated dental professionals are here to provide you and your family with a level of caring clinical excellence you’ve never experienced before. From our state-of-the-art technology to our many comfort amenities, we have everything you need to feel relaxed while you enjoy gentle dentistry in Acadiana.

find us @

1601 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

337-704-2126

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