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Healthy Smiles are Beautiful Smiles

At Barataria Dental we believe that a beautiful smile is a healthy smile. New Orleans cosmetic dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill begin cosmetic dentistry by ensuring a stable bite and restoring health to the teeth and gums.…

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Are you looking for a permanent, natural-looking solution to replace your missing teeth? Whether you are missing one tooth, or feel frustrated with ill-fitted dentures, dental implants can restore the function, health, and beauty to your natural smile. Marrero, LA…

Do Not Tolerate Bad Breath!

Is your persistent bad breath keeping you back from living your life to the fullest? Bad breath can be embarrassing, and if it does not go away with a thorough brushing and flossing, it may be an indicator of a…

Yellow teeth? You Have Teeth Whitening Options

Everyone should feel confident in their smile. Our smiles are one of our best attributes and when healthy and bright, can improve the quality of your lives. Discoloration and stains on your teeth are a normal part of aging. Marrero…

Brush Better

Marrero LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando want all of their patients to enjoy optimal oral health. Oral health begins with an at home oral hygiene routine. We all know we should brush and floss, but is…

Fact or Fiction Diabetes Quiz

More Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes every year. A growing health concern, diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar levels. Diabetes can also lead to complex dental health concerns. Do you know how diabetes can take a toll…

Cosmetic Veneers

As you age you may develop cosmetic concerns about the appearance of your teeth. Your overall oral health is important and it starts with a functional, healthy and beautiful smile. If you have teeth that are discolored or damaged or…

Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

The scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth,…

Oral Health And Aging

Marrero, LA Dentists Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill emphasize the importance of striving to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible to enjoy the best quality of life. Modern advances in both materials…

Causes Of Toothaches

No matter how careful and thorough you are with maintaining your daily oral care, at some point in your life you will probably experience the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Although a cavity is normally the cause, tooth decay…

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is one of the most common reasons people avoid routine dental care. Dental anxiety is a real condition affecting many people, and can often be the result of a previous bad experience in…

Cosmetic Dentistry for a Smile Makeover

Are you embarrassed to smile? Are you afraid to show your teeth? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then cosmetic dentistry can help you gain the confidence to share your natural smile once again while improving your…

Diabetes And Oral Health

Diabetes is quickly becoming one of the most frequently diagnosed systemic diseases for both children and adults. There are a wide range of factors affecting the surge in diabetes, including increased added sugar in the modern American diet, the prevalence…

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April of each year marks Oral Cancer Awareness month as sponsored by various health organizations and the American Dental Association (ADA) in an effort to shed a brighter light on this often deadly disease affecting thousands each year. Oral Cancer…

Aging And Oral Health

Modern dentistry recommends that we strive to keep our natural teeth healthy for as long as possible for the best quality of life. With the advent of new technology in the dental field and improved standards of oral health in…

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

Though it may feel like your child is too young for the dentist, experts agree that the earlier children begin a healthy relationship with oral hygiene and the dentist, the better. To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, Marrero, LA…

Make a New Years Resolution For Better Oral Health

Though January 1 is a great time for resolving to eat better, exercise more, and make more time for the things we love, any date on the calendar is a great time to resolve to have better oral health. Whether…

Maintain Your Dental Health Through The Holidays

The holidays are full of busy days, parties, family memories- and lots of great sweets and goodies that can affect not only our waistline- but our oral health! Marrero, LA Dentists Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill…

TMJ: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Suffering with frequent headaches? Jaw pain? Difficulty chewing? You may have a Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), or bite disorder, commonly called TMJ. TMJ, which means temporomandibular joint, is a dental health condition where the chewing muscles within the mouth are greatly…

How to Deal with Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common complaint and can be caused by a variety of lifestyle habits or health concerns. Dr. Maria R. Burmaster and Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill understand your personal concerns and will take the…

Back-to-School Cavity Prevention

As parents, the end of summer marks the beginning of back-to-school preparation. This includes school supply shopping, summer reading, and visits with your child’s doctor and dentist to ensure that he or she is healthy for the upcoming school year.…

Oral Health Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings with it many joys and surprises, but it also brings about some health changes. Among the other bodily changes that occur during pregnancy, some changes in your oral health status may occur as well. Hormonal gingivitis is common…

Maintaining Healthy Gums

Properly caring for your gums is essential for having strong teeth. Did you know that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? Marrero, LA dentist Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill and their staff…

Risk Factors for Oral Health

Do you ever feel frustrated when you are told you have a cavity despite diligent tooth brushing and flossing? There are many factors influencing your oral health and understanding how to identify your individual risk factors can play an important…

Restorative Dentistry Can Help Your Smile

One of the most important aspects of modern dentistry is restoring and maintaining a patient’s dental health because of the role it plays in both overall physical well being and daily quality of life. Marrero, LA dentist Dr. Maria Burmaster…

Great Results: Before and After Invisalign Treatment

Barataria Dental in Marrero is a New Orleans area Invisalign provider and recently helped a patient get the smile he desired while improving his overall dental health. Jimmie T. came to us in August, 2009 with misaligned teeth and overbite that…

Stop Grinding Your Pearly Whites

Today millions of adults in America unknowingly grind their teeth while sleeping or during stressful situations. It is also common for athletes when playing intensely. For many teeth grinding is a natural reaction to perceived stress, but it can also…

Smoking is Bad For Your Dental Health Too!

Is your New Year's resolution to finally quit smoking?  We all know that smoking is harmful to your health and can contribute to cancer and heart disease, so have you ever considered how damaging tobacco is to your teeth? We at Barataria Dental would like…

How to Look Younger by Changing Your Smile

One of the biggest concerns for people over the age of 40 is aging. Women and men want to look their best and feel healthy. Your dentist can really help you with this aspect of your life! What makes your…

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with us!

The goal of modern dentistry is to prevent the development of dental problems with good oral hygiene and routine preventive care in an effort to maintain the integrity of the natural teeth for as long as possible. Studies have shown…

Your Dental Health can Affect Overall Health

For many, a routine dental visit often seems like a chore and feels unnecessary: why have to pay to have your teeth cleaned when you do it daily at home? Dentistry doesn't always seem as important as those regular physicals…

Porcelain Veneers For your Cosmetic Dental Concerns

Barataria Dental, a New Orleans family and cosmetic dentist, offers a variety of cosmetic procedures to their patients who are either in need of restorative dental work or want to enhance their natural smile! For patients who want a smile…

Handling a Dental Emergency and How to Avoid One

Barataria Dental in Marrero offers some tips on avoiding a dental emergency and what to do if you have one. Damage to a tooth or the gums can lead to tooth loss if not repaired or treated in a timely…

Bleeding Gums? Sore Gums? Time to See the Dentist!

Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues with more than 75% of adults having some form of the disease at some point in their lives. Treating gum disease is important for both dental health and overall…

Oral Cancer Awareness Month is Here: Have you Been Screened?

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month- do you know the common symptoms? Oral cancer symptoms can include: Persistent hoarseness Pain or difficulty swallowing Lump in the throat or neck Persistent earache- often in both ears Numbness in or around the…

Dental Implants can Help Reduce Bone Loss After Losing a Tooth

The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry and the focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry as new options have become available that are both highly functional and natural looking. One of the problems…

Maintaining good oral health is important- even as we age!

While routine dental health care is important for helping young patients establish healthy habits, maintaining preventive care visits and good at home oral hygiene is just as important for older adults and seniors. The wear and tear that our teeth…

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health month and we want to take a moment to consider the importance of pediatric dentistry: keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy- even their primary, or “baby” teeth. At Barataria Dental, Dr. Burmaster and…

Dental Implants vs Dentures: Which is The Better Option?

Missing teeth, or losing a tooth, can be a traumatic experience and affects daily life for many patients: chewing food is difficult in many cases and speech can also be affected. Frequently, embarrassment is also a factor and patients find…

Porcelain Veneers Can Give You the Smile You Desire!

Barataria Dental, a family and cosmetic dental practice in Marrero, offers a variety of cosmetic procedures to their patients who are either in need of restorative dental work or want to improve their smile! For patients who want a smile…