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Welcome to 2022 and to Dr. Hena Patel, D.M.D.

Happy New Year to all of our patients, friends, family, and neighbors! We want to wish you much positive health and happiness (and only negative COVID tests) for 2022. We would also like to make an official introduction (and give a warm, Drews Dental welcome) to the newest addition to

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Top 5 Reasons People Avoid the Dentist

I have a secret ambition to host the gameshow ‘Family Feud,’ except I’d make all the questions dental related. I’ve done this before when we asked 2 dentists to name something you wish everyone would put on their New Year’s resolution list and then talked about the top 7 answers

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It’s Time to Show Off Your Smile (again)

Thanks to modern science and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, mask restrictions are easing off a bit, though it’s still important to keep up with mask mandates and recommendations (here’s Maine’s Face Covering FAQs). I’m a dentist, so I’m pretty comfortable with the idea of wearing protective gear. However, I’m

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Why Do I Need A Root Canal If My Tooth Is Dead?

According to the grief and loss experts, there are several phases people navigate when they go through the bereavement process; Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. I can attest that a dental patient who’s been told that their tooth has “passed away” also experiences a combination of these when they’re

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Dentistry: Why It’s An “Essential” Service

We know it’s been a long twelve months, and there is no denying that March 2020 marked the start of an unprecedented, unbelievably tough time that presented us all with some pretty rough hardships including unpredictable work hours and volatile incomes. Businesses and schools were shut down which meant many

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The Importance of Flossing & Flossing Alternatives

Happy National Flossing Day! What? You didn’t know there was a national flossing day? Well, evidently there is. It turns out it was first celebrated in 2000 and is always celebrated on black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. What better day to celebrate flossing than after a day of national

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