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Ask Dr. Peter Nelson

An Informative Cosmetic Dental Health Blog from the office of Dr. Peter Nelson

Contagious Cavities and Your Children

On Thursday July 21, 2016. Posted in Ask Dr. Peter Nelson


Dear Dr. Nelson,

I was told a mother can give a child cavities because they are contagious… is this true?

     Kristen Davis | Glastonbury, CT

Dear Kristen,

As strange as it may sound, the statement that “cavities may be contagious” is not too far from the truth. But I think the most helpful answer will first include a quick review of how and why we get cavities.

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“Smile” to Do Well in a Job Interview? “Maybe.”

On Tuesday June 21, 2016. Posted in Starting Over with A Beautiful Smile


When it comes to job hunting and interviewing, everyone understands the importance of a positive first impression. From clothing to hair to resume, employment consultants and recruiters agree that a positive appearance can often be the deciding factor among qualified candidates. But appearance attributes extend beyond last-minute, pre-interview prepping and grooming.

Your smile strongly influences how you will be received—and remembered.

A healthy, attractive, bright smile conveys a friendly,

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Sensitive Teeth Can “Hurt Your Feelings”

On Tuesday March 29, 2016. Posted in Dental Health Education

Does the idea of biting into a frozen ice cream cone make you cringe? Do you find brushing, or flossing, or even just rinsing a painful ordeal? Do you have to wait for hot beverages to cool down before you can sip them?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you are not alone. A recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association concluded that one out of every eight Americans suffers from mild to extreme “dentin hypersensitivity,” or sensitive teeth.

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8 Great Tips to Cure Your Husband’s Bad Breath!

On Thursday March 3, 2016. Posted in Ask Dr. Peter Nelson


Dear Dr. Nelson,
Lately I have noticed my husband’s breath becoming increasingly unpleasant. Not always, but often at times when it can be most embarrassing (when company is visiting or we are enjoying a “date night”). I don’t want to embarrass him by making a big deal out of it, but I am really hoping this isn’t just a condition that comes with “gracefully growing older.” Could this be a dental issue?

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A “New Year Resolution” to Start Eating for “33!”

On Thursday February 11, 2016. Posted in Ask Dr. Peter Nelson, Dental Health Education


As the excitement of celebrating a new year quickly fades, so do commitments to resolutions focused on self improvement. “Eating healthier” and “becoming more fit” have always been popular “promise to myself” resolutions . And while veering from those goals may produce obvious consequences related to body image—it can also lead to partially hidden consequences regarding your dental health.

If you don’t already do so, I hope you’ll consider the advantages of consciously eating for “33”…your 16 upper teeth,

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“Ramping Up” to Better Serve our Cosmetic Dental Patients!

On Tuesday December 15, 2015. Posted in ACD News & Milestones


Operating a modern cosmetic dental practice within the walls of a nationally recognized historic treasure delivers many delightful, aesthetic benefits—but also many design challenges!

Built in 1803, the Jacob Pledger House has been the home to Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry for over 25 years. The building is listed as a significant and protected property on the National Register of Historic Places. This prestigious recognition carries with it a responsibility to adhere to period-correct details whenever we renovate or repair the property.

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A Life-Saving Dental X-Ray? Now That’s Something to Smile About!

On Friday December 4, 2015. Posted in Dental Health Education

According to the American Dental Association, dentists are committed to delivering the “highest quality care” to patients on an individual basis to ensure the safest and most effective treatments possible. This includes the skilled use of today’s most advanced technology—including high detection, low radiation digital X-ray.

Everyone understands the main purpose of dental X-rays is to determine the health and condition of your teeth. X-rays can detect conditions that include cavities,

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Top 5 Reasons for Metal Filling Replacement

On Tuesday October 6, 2015. Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry Today

Dark, shiny “metal” tooth filling therapy has long been used by dentists as a way of halting tooth decay. Often referred to as amalgam filling therapy, this process removes part of the tooth affected by decay, and then fills the area with a semi-soft metal. While usually successful (at least when initially administered), this solution focused solely on short-term dental functionally with little regard to aesthetics or the “wear effects” that are often experienced over time as metal fillings “compress.”

Over the past couple decades,

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Welcome to the New ACD Website and Blog!

On Wednesday July 22, 2015. Posted in ACD News & Milestones

Whether you are an existing patient—or someone in search of a more relaxing, more effective dental experience—you’ll find our new, improved website filled with helpful information.

For starters, we’ve switched our website URL (our website name) from “DrPeterNelson.com” to “AdvancedCosmeticDentistryCT.com” —a change we think better communicates on internet searches exactly what we do.

We’ve also added the domain name “TheOneDentist.com” as an alternate website name. TheOneDentist.com is easier to remember, easier to type in a web browser,

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Invisalign® Braces: the Pros & Cons

On Friday March 20, 2015. Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry Today

For many years, conventional metal braces were the only treatment available to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. And while very effective when administered correctly, the discomfort and appearance of metal braces often deterred many of my patients from seeking this corrective therapy.

Over the past decade, an alternative brace therapy—Invisilign® braces—has rapidly grown in popularity with both my patients and the orthodontists I partner with. Often referred to as “invisible” braces, Invisalign offers many advantages that make them a great choice for qualifying patients.

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