Category Archives: General Dentistry

A reminder to make the most of your dental benefits this year

It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about using up your dental benefits before they reset at the end of the year! At McDowell Dental Group, we want to help you make the most of the dental benefits you pay for. This means being diligent about getting routine dental work done and […]


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The worst Halloween candies for your smile

Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating and enjoying delicious candy, but it’s also a time to be careful with your teeth. Some Halloween candies are worse than others when it comes to your oral health and wellness, and you should be aware of the potential damage some of them can do. This Halloween, work with […]


What is dentin dysplasia?

Patients with abnormal development of the tissue and tooth may find that they have a rare genetic condition known as dentin dysplasia. This condition results in specific effects that can significantly impact your oral health. It is vital that patients work with their dentist in Abington, PA, for regular evaluations to monitor for this and […]


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The connection between heart health and oral health

Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA, are a dental team at McDowell Dental Group who work with patients to ensure they have healthy smiles. But did you also know that a healthy smile also means a healthy heart? By fully understanding the oral-systemic connection, you can have a better grasp of the importance […]


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What is the process of placing a dental filling?

Sometimes you know you have a cavity. You feel sensations when enjoying hot or cold beverages, or have a tinge of discomfort when enjoying a sugary piece of candy. Other times, you may not even know one exists. Because of this, it is vital that patients visit their dentist every six months as directed by […]


How to make time for your dental appointments

If your family’s schedule is as busy as most, you know how difficult it can be to work in a routine dental visit. Between extra-curricular activities, school, work, and other household responsibilities, fitting in an hour for a cleaning seems almost impossible. Unfortunately, your oral health needs should take precedent. Our dentists at McDowell Dental […]


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Common causes of bad breath and how to fix them

Having fresh breath is important, especially when it comes to business and personal relationships. Bad breath can have an impact on how successful your blind date is or how your business clients might view you. Some patients have specific incidents of bad breath, while others might deal with it daily. Bad breath, known medically as […]


Oral healthcare recommendations for each life stage

Regardless of your age, it is important that you take good care of your smile. However, there are certain stages in a patient’s life during which certain steps should be taken to ensure proper oral health and wellness. Below is a quick guide to the care needed during different times in one’s life as recommended […]


What can vaping do to my smile?

We’ve known for years that smoking and chewing tobacco is bad for overall health and wellness. However, the introduction of e-cigarettes and vaping products has hit the market and made vaping a popular habit. However, many patients believe that vaping is much better for you than smoking cigarettes—but is it really? Drs. Gary McDowell and […]


When is the removal of wisdom teeth necessary?

Whether you are having problems with your wisdom teeth or find that they are not causing any problems, it is important to work with your dentist to determine if you may need wisdom tooth removal down the road. Some patients are able to keep their wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, without any problems, […]


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