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Tooth Care

It is essential that you are taking every precaution to preserve your natural teeth. At North Rivers Dental Associates, we strive to provide you with the best in dental care with state-of-the-art technology.

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay occurs from a buildup of bacteria that turns into plaque. As plaque is left untreated, this white, sticky substance can cause your tooth to rot. To treat tooth decay, we provide sealants, fluoride treatments and mouth rinses to halt cavity progression.  


With a comprehensive oral exam, we can effectively tend to your teeth. X-rays use radio-technology to get an in-depth view inside of your mouth and any trouble areas regarding your teeth.

X-rays or radiographs are used to detect any abnormalities, so we can make an informed diagnosis.

Care Tips


Your child should visit the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth or by their first birthday. Teething is a natural response as your child’s teeth begin to emerge. Thumb-sucking is a common reflex among infants and promotes security for your child, but prolonged thumb-sucking can lead to crooked teeth.

Primary teeth begin to emerge by 3 years of age and permanent teeth are achieved by 12.


There are many physical changes that occur in the female body—the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and childbirth. As hormone levels change with each transition, women are more susceptible to lesions, swollen gums and gum disease.


If you are over the age of 60, seniors need to take special care of their teeth. Poor care can lead to hypertension, heart disease and diabetes among other conditions. Arthritis is a common condition among seniors and makes it challenging to practice good dental hygiene.

If you have dentures, we recommend brushing them with an abrasive toothpaste to clean them. Rinse your dentures in cool water with a product such as Efferdent and soak them overnight.  


A healthy mouth starts from the beginning. Your child should consume foods that are rich in nutrients to increase great oral health or make their teeth stronger. Dairy is high in calcium and builds strong enamel for you and your child’s teeth. Vegetables and meats are high in minerals that support strong bone and gum health. Please help your child avoid sugary foods as this can cause cavities at an early age.


If you have a dental emergency, we are here to help! A dental emergency can happen in the blink of an eye and we gently treat you as soon as possible. If you have a dental infection or a knocked-out tooth, visit us today.

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Hear It From Them

See what our patients have to say about the level of care you can expect from North Rivers Dental Associates.

Kelley, cleaned my teeth in my visit today, and she was very courteous, funny, professional and helpful.

Mona T.

I have been going to Dr Emerson at North Rivers Dental for years now and every time I go I never had a bad experience.

Cynthia D.

Excellent service. All staff members are very polite and friendly while being professional at the same time. Always greeted byname makes you feel very special.

Dennis S.

I have been going to Dr Emerson at North Rivers Dental for years now and every time I go I never had a bad experience. Thank you all!

Cynthia D.

I have been going to North Rivers for 10+ years, I have always received excellent care, the staff is helpful and very friendly.

Glenn J.

Dr Cates is exceptionally talented in the dental profession. Everyone at North Rivers Dental are so helpful and friendly.

James T.

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