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Stress and Oral Health

Barataria Dental will be closed March 18 - April 16. The health and safety of our patients and staff are of utmost importance to us. As per state mandate, our office will be closed for the next 30 days. We…

COVID-19: Closures & Updates

Barataria Dental Will be Closed March 18- April 16 The health and safety of our patients and staff are of utmost importance to us. As per state mandate, our office will be closed for the next 30 days.  We will…

Yes, Floss Really Does Matter

The idea of dentists and floss can feel overdone, but it really is that important. Even if you brush well and use mouthwash, it’s not the same. Floss reaches places nothing else can. The Benefits of Using Floss Dislodges food…

Are Dental Implants the Right Choice For You?

For patients missing teeth, Drs. Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill recommend dental implants whenever possible. Because of the wonderful results, dental implants can deliver, patients may wonder whether dental implants could be a good fit for them. While dental implants…

Dental Crowns: Not Just for Cavities

When you hear "dental crowns," what is the first thing you think of? Odds are good that your first association is cavities. It's true that cavities are a common reason for dental crowns, but they are far from the only…

What to Know About Bleeding Gums

Many people experience bleeding gums when they brush their teeth or floss. If this happens to you regularly, you may even see it as normal. Unfortunately, bleeding gums are never normal, but a sign of a serious dental health issue:…

Dental Fillings: How Do They Work?

Cavities are an extremely common dental health complaint among patients of all ages. Studies show that roughly 90% of adults have or have had a cavity at least once in their life. A significant portion of these millions of cavities…

Patient Testimonials for Barataria Dental

Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA is a family institution. Rated a top New Orleans dentist by New Orleans magazine, Barataria Dental was founded by Dr. Guy Ribando in 1965. Now Drs. Maria Burmaster and Valerie Hemphill carry on the family…

How to Care for Your Teeth at Home

A twice-yearly dental cleaning is always an important part of maintaining good oral health. But what do you do for the rest of the year? How do you keep your teeth looking and feeling their best for an easy and…

What to Expect from your Dental Cleaning

If you take good care of yourself at home, you may wonder why you need to have regular dental cleanings. The dentist brushes and flosses your teeth just like you do at home, so what's the point? In fact, regular…

Chronic Headaches and Facial Pain? You May Have TMJ

Chronic headaches and jaw pain are common problems experienced by many people, and TMJ may be the cause. Some people may spend years asking medical professionals for help with no result. This is because knowledge of and experience with treating…

Get a Whiter and Brighter Smile

Do you have discolored, yellowed, or darkened teeth? Do you often find yourself covering your smile because you are self-conscious? The professionals at Barataria Dental can help you regain your confidence back with teeth whitening treatment. You can choose quick…

The Benefits of Missing Teeth Treatments

Do you have a missing tooth or teeth? Do you cover your smile because you are embarrassed about your missing teeth? It is important to replace missing teeth not only for cosmetic reasons but for oral health reasons. If missing…

Transform Your Smile With Invisalign Today

Maybe you have incredible genetics, or maybe you are just one of the lucky ones that are born with perfectly straight and spaced teeth. However, if you are not and you are suffering from crooked teeth, then we have options for you.…

Tips To Win The Battle Against Gum Disease

Your teeth and your smile depend on you. They depend on you to take care of them every day for the rest of your life. It may sound like a lot of dedication, but as long as you have the tools…

Why You Need To Treat Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Having crooked teeth is a serious issue, and needs to be addressed as soon as possible, here are some of the issues that crooked teeth will cause if ignored: Gum Disease Developing…

Why Not To Fear A Root Canal

What Is A Root Canal? The term “root canal” actually refers to the natural cavity located at the center of a tooth. Inside of the root canal is soft tissue, or pulp, as well as the tooth’s nerve. Trauma to…

Induction into the International College of Dentists

On October 19, 2018, during the 89th Annual Convocation meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, last month, both Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando Hemphill were inducted into the International College of Dentist. During the induction ceremony, Drs. Burmaster and Hemphill…

It’s National Hygiene Month!

October is National Hygiene Month! Our goal at Barataria Dental is to promote good oral care practices and provide the best quality of care for our patients. Your dental concerns are our dental concerns. We offer general, cosmetic and restorative dental…

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?

Are you searching for a cosmetic solution to revamp your smile? Well, have you considered porcelain veneers? Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin ceramic shells that are permanently bonded to the visible portion of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are specifically designed to meet your cosmetic…

Three Benefits of Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be embarrassing, but more importantly, they can lead to complex dental problems. Replacing your missing teeth can restore health and function to your natural smile. At Barataria Dental  Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill offer a full…

How To Treat Bleeding Gums

If you are experiencing bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, you may be exhibiting an early warning sign of gum disease. Gum disease is often referred to as the silent disease because some patients don't experience any symptoms until they reach the most advanced stage…

Barataria Dental Is Offering A May Invisalign Special

In last month's post, we discussed if Invisalign® is right for you. If you are considering getting Invisalign, May is the month to visit Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA! We are offering a May Invisalign special for our patients. Get started…

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

Crooked teeth can affect the way you view your smile. At Barataria Dental we offer effective, conservative methods to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. One of the most effective ways to treat crooked teeth is Invisalign clear aligners. Marrero, LA dentist…

Happy Dentist’s Day

Every March, we celebrate National Dentist's Day to give a special thanks to Marrero, LA family dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster, Dr. Valerie Hemphill, and their dental care team. At Barataria Dental we are a dental practice committed to providing personalized, comprehensive dental care. We…

Dental Concerns: Solutions for Teeth Grinding

Visiting the dentist regularly can improve the health of your smile. For dental concerns like teeth grinding (bruxism), most patients may not even realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist. At Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA, Drs.…

Oral Cancer Screening

This month we are going to highlight the importance of knowing your oral cancer risk and make sure you have a routine dental appointment scheduled with Dr. Maria Burmaster or Dr. Valerie R. Hemphill. Our comprehensive exams include routine screening for complex dental problems,…

Unraveling the Myths of Root Canals

Did you know that the pain associated with root canals comes from the infections itself? It is true, patients who receive a root canal typically experience little to no discomfort during their treatment. Many patients even feel relief from pain…

Above & Beyond Dental Care

Our motto at Barataria Dental is, “above and beyond.” We offer our patients a dentist office experience. Through comprehensive dentistry, we help patients restore the health, function, and the appearance of their smiles. Each patient who visits our dental office…

Healthy Diet for Healthy Teeth

Did you know certain foods can improve the health of your smile? Some foods are effective at cleaning up plaque while some may actually help whiten your smile. Incorporating some of these nutritious foods into your diet can help you…

The Progression of Gum Disease

Proper oral hygiene can help keep your gums healthy and promotes strong teeth and a stable bite. Caring for your gums is essential for a healthy and beautiful smile and is all too often overlooked. Gum disease is the leading…

Give The Gift of a Beautiful Smile

Whether you are looking for that last minute gift for father's day, or a birthday present for mom, Barataria Dental may have just the right thing. Teeth whitening can be a unique gift to give to any adult in your…

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…