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Dental Q & A with Dr. Martin and Dr. Taylor

Recognized as two of the nation’s top dentists, Dr. Jeff Martin and Dr. William Taylor are frequently asked dental questions. We sat down with the doctors and asked them to share some of the most common or interesting questions they’ve been asked and, of course, their answers!

What are the dangers of oral piercings?

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Dr. Martin says wearing jewelry on the tongue or anywhere in the mouth or lips can cause a person to chip, crack or even break their teeth, especially if the jewelry worn is metal. Often this happens when someone sneezes or gets sick to their stomach. Piercings can also cut tissue which then can easily become infected.

I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?

This is a very solvable problem. Dr. Taylor encourages people to come into the office and discuss the options available to them to deal with their anxiety. He says that many folks who have suffered with fear of the dentist for many years have had terrific results when given conscious sedation at Martin Taylor Dentistry. It is a safe and effective means to help anxious patients totally relax, yet remain awake, while they receive the dental care they need.

There are so many toothpastes to choose from; how do I know which one to use?

Dr Taylor recommends using any toothpaste you prefer, just be sure it has fluoride. If you have sensitive teeth, using a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne can help.

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

Use a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne. Having exposed root surfaces on teeth is what causes the sensitivity. Desensitizing toothpastes contain an agent that bonds with any exposed root surfaces. This protects the sensitive area. Dr Martin suggests first brushing with your regular toothpaste and then using the desensitizing toothpaste on the sensitive areas.

What can I do about my bad breath?

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Dr. Taylor says that good oral hygiene will take care of most bad breath issues. That includes brushing your teeth regularly, flossing daily and seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings. Another practice that can help address bad breath is the use of tongue scrapers. Rinsing  your mouth with mouthwash, especially after eating sugary things, can also help. If you have done all of these things and still suffer from bad breath, you may want to visit your medical doctor as it could be a systemic gastrointestinal issue.

How long will the results of teeth whitening last?

Dr. Martin answered, “A long, long time! For patients getting teeth whitening trays from Martin-Taylor, we can provide extra bleaching to do monthly touch ups if needed.”

I just found out I am pregnant. How can this affect my mouth?

The hormones from pregnancy can cause gum sensitivity and tenderness and can make them more prone to inflammation . The best way to address this, according to Dr. Taylor, is to make sure to follow good oral hygiene at home and be sure to get professional cleanings.

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Dr. Jeff Martin and Dr. William Taylor

Martin-Taylor Dentistry is a partnership between Dr. Jeff Martin and Dr. William Taylor. Highly skilled and experienced, they provide emergency, preventative, restorative, cosmetic, children’s, and implant dentistry services.

Dr. Martin is an alumnus of the University of Arizona and Baylor College of Dentistry. He established his practice in 1978. Dr. Martin has completed on 1,500 hours of continuing education in dentistry. Dr. Taylor studied at the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. He is experienced in general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Dr Taylor has also completed many hours of continuing education.
Both are licensed and skilled in sedation dentistry, so you can be as comfortable as possible.

Together with their excellent team, Martin-Taylor Dentistry will take great care of you.

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Dr. Taylor, Dr. Martin, and their entire staff are the very best. The front desk staff, the dental assistants, and dental hygienists are excellent. I’ve been to many dentists over the years, and they are the most skilled and professional group of people that I have encountered. You can be confident you will be fully informed about what is recommended for a treatment plan and what it will cost. I’ve had the gamut of dental procedures — crowns, implants, root canals, and more routine care. It’s been made as pleasant and comfortable as possible by their skill, as well as their kindness and understanding. I wholeheartedly recommend Martin and Taylor Dentistry.

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Alice L. 4 months ago

I have been a patient of Dr. Taylor’s for most of my adult hood. I have had everything done from a filling to multiple dental implants. All of my procedures have been straightforward with zero complications and as little discomfort as possible. Even after my implants I had minimal pain! Before I saw Dr. Taylor I was terrified of dentists, but he put me at ease with his expertise. The hygienists are kind, thorough but gentle, and knowledgeable. The office staff is very friendly and helpful. The office itself is modern and impeccably clean. I highly recommend Martin Tayler dentistry and won’t trust my teeth to any other dentists.

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Rosemary B. 3 months ago

Welcome the newest member of our team at Martin Taylor Dentistry, Dr. Melvin Abraham!