We are pleased to announce that we are now permitted to provide all dental procedures and services. Our communities have been through a lot over the last few months. Smile Center is committed to the safety of our patients and our team. We will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. We thank you for your understanding during this changing time.

We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and our team.

Smile Center has implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff. We will be scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between appointments.

Upon arrival at our office,
  • Call us before entering the building to let us know you have arrived. We will call or text you once the office is ready for you to enter.
  • We ask that patients enter the office unaccompanied.
  • A member of our team will meet you at the door to take your temperature with a contactless thermometer.
  • Every person entering the office is expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry.
  • A COVID-19 questionnaire will be reviewed with you.

Clear plastic screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens. Air exchange devices and new suction systems have been obtained and are being used to ensure the safety of patients and team.

Our doctors and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE).

Thank you for being part of our family dental practice. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back.

For Buffalo dental center, oral health is a family affair

A happy family dentistry

Your family’s oral health reflects everything from diet to stress level. Some common conditions such as gum disease also have a family link. Dr. Gordon Kent and his team at the Smile Center address these and other factors that influence oral health to get your family looking and feeling its best.

Disease and DNA

Destructive gum disease is most commonly caused by inadequate preventive care. However, the American Academy of Periodontology reports half of all cases of gum disease have a genetic component.

Since the Smile Center takes pride in the long-term relationships that have resulted in treating generations of families, Dr. Kent and his team get to know patients well enough to connect the dots between some families and increased risk of gum disease. Identifying risk early helps the Smile Center proactively treat younger family members before disease develops. In its earliest stages, with proper professional treatments and at-home care, damage can be reversed and the progression of the disease halted.

Decay and diet

One of the big threats to the health of your teeth comes from decay. Your teeth are layered. Enamel is the outermost layer. This protective covering is stronger than bones. Yet, it is no match for the acids produced when sugars and mouth bacteria combine. Some of the biggest sources of sugar come from popular drinks. For instance, you may think sports drinks or fruit juice are healthy alternatives to soda. These drinks contain very little actual fruit. Instead, the sweet flavor comes from high sugar content. This acidic combination works its way from the enamel toward the inner chamber. The bacteria that produce plaque and its hardened form, tartar, feed on sugars so it’s important to rinse your mouth regularly with water if you must consume sugary drinks. Of course, proper brushing and flossing is necessary to remove sugars and food debris.

Encourage mouth-healthy foods. Eat your fruit. Think of all the foods that are good for your body. Those foods are also great for your family’s oral health. Calcium and phosphorus in milk and cheese are thought to protect the enamel and restore (or remineralize) enamel damaged by acids. Firm and crunchy fruits and vegetables stimulate the flow of saliva, a natural cleanser. Beware of excessive consumption of acidic fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes and citrus.

Lifestyle and lingering oral health problems

Chronic stress is linked to a host of health consequences. You or a loved one’s inability to properly manage or channel stress can have disastrous consequences for your teeth. By inhibiting immune function, your body can’t fight off harmful invaders such as the bacteria responsible for gum disease.

Teeth grinding and clenching are also associated with stress. The pressure placed on the teeth from such grinding and clenching is further linked to disordered jaw movement and stiffness, facial and neck pain, and headaches.

The Smile Center family will guide your family to better oral and overall health. Check-ups and professional cleanings at intervals as prescribed by Dr. Kent are a cornerstone of oral health. To schedule an appointment, contact your family dental center in the Buffalo area, the Smile Center, at 716-634-4090.

Dr. Kent and his team are like family, and apply their relationship-based approach and proactive care to treat you and your loved ones as a family dental center

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The Smile Center has been a reliable office for over 6 years! I have been greeted warmly, treated with respect and welcomed into their family. The hygienists (shoutout to Mary) especially make the appointment a pleasant experience. The wait time is almost always under 10 minutes. The front desk people are on top of the game as well! Definitely recommend.