Rhode Island’s Top Dentists 2020

153 dentists who will make you smile.

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Office Comforts

Keep yourself and your pearly whites safe in a corona world.

Aside from handling emergencies, most dentist offices closed for a few months this spring because of the pandemic. If you haven’t been for a while, you’ll notice a few changes at your next routine visit. On arrival, you may be asked to wait in your car to avoid a crowded reception area. You may also have your temperature taken, be provided hand sanitizer as well as asked some health questions. Some dentists, like Providence’s Gary D. Light, have installed glass barriers at the front desk that separate patients and employees. You’ll also find medical grade HEPA filters and UV lights for constant sterilization. Employees may be wearing gowns, booties, KN95 and N95 masks. Lena D. Karkalas, whose practice is on the East Side, points out that dentists have always used universal precautions to ensure a safe, clean environment, and are specially trained to handle airborne pathogens. “We’re considered masters of sterilization,” she writes in an email. Bottom line: Your appointment may take a little longer than before, but all these additional measures will keep everyone healthy.


Toothbrush And PasteTooth Truths

The naked truth about teeth and dentistry.

Opt for fresh fruit as a snack rather than dried fruits, which can stick to teeth and create harmful plaque acids.

If you’re pregnant or planning to be, see your dentist. Changing hormone levels can aggravate some dental problems.

Desensitizing toothpaste works. It contains compounds that help block sensations on the tooth surface before they reach its nerve.

Keep your gums healthy; you may lessen the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body.

About 25 percent of adult Americans have no teeth.

Silver fillings can last many years; replacing them for aesthetic reasons can weaken the tooth and may not be covered by insurance.


Did You Know?
75 percent of Rhode Islanders visit the dentist regularly.


59The Big Brush

Download these apps for kids and adults and polish up your smile.
By Emma Bartlett

Cost: free
Includes educational tips, photos and
videos to help care for teeth with braces.

Beam Dental
Cost: free
Allows users to view their insurance card information, find in-network dentists and record daily brushing activity.

Brush DJ
Cost: free
Motivates users to brush and floss by playing music for the recommended two-minute brush time.

Chomper Chums
Cost: free
Animated animals help kids learn to care for their teeth and make healthy
food choices.

Colgate Connect
Cost: free
Optimizes dental health with personalized brushing, real-time feedback and mouth-mapping technology.

Disney Magic Timer
Cost: free
Provides fun videos with Disney characters to teach children how to properly brush
their teeth.

Cost: free
A.I. brushing recognition senses which areas of the mouth are being over- or under-brushed.

Toothsavers Brushing Game
Cost: free
A fairytale game to help kids clean their teeth while also saving a kingdom from an evil sorceress.


Did You Know?
If your child is age three to six, brush his or her teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Younger than three: an amount the size of a grain of rice will do.