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Jerome Smith | Doctor
Dr. J. Jerome Smith

Dr. J. Jerome Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana, then completed his studies at LSU’s School Dentistry. He has been practicing comprehensive, state-of-the art dentistry for more than 35 years. For the past three decades, he has focused on implant dentistry and comprehensive adult reconstructive care.

Among Dr. Smith’s many career highlights are receiving recognition as a Diplomate for the International Congress of Oral Implantology and serving as a Past Continuing Education Chairman for the Academy of General Dentistry. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU School of Dentistry. He is involved with Latin World Ministries Dental/Medical Project and the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic.

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Daniel Domingue | Doctor
Dr. Danny Domingue

Dr. Daniel Domingue was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, graduating from St. Thomas More. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate degree, then completed his DDS degree at the LSU School Dentistry in New Orleans. Prior to joining his uncle’s practice, he practiced dentistry for several years in Lake Charles.

Dr. Domingue has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including Diplomate from the American Board of Oral Implantology, the highest award possible for general dentists practicing implantology. He was the youngest dentist to ever receive this recognition.

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  • “ Dr. Smith and Domingue are absolutely amazing! They do amazing work and they are very accommodating. Dr. Domingue saw me on Labor day to do an emergency fix for me on his day off! They have the nicest staff. I recommend them 100%.”
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  • “ I have had the best experience with Dr. Domingue and his staff! He's kind, professional, and is extremely involved with every aspect of the patient care. His staff is one of the friendliest I have ever met. They don't only work in your mouth, they form real professional relationships. Dr. Domingue recently told me he was going to work with my time because, "you are way busier than I am". What a humble statement! I was so impressed when he recently shared that he was going on a mission trip to serve in Mexico. I think he is a gift to the lafayette community, and everyone needs to know.”
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  • “ Most people don't enjoy going to the dentist but I actually do. Dr. Domingue is extremely caring and knowledgeable and the entire staff is so kind every time I have an appointment. Thank you for your excellent service! I HIGHLY recommend this group.”
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Mouthwash Myths And Benefits

Preventive Dentistry Lafayette LA

Most people know to brush at least twice a day and to floss at least once day, but mouthwash can also be incredibly helpful to your oral health. That is, if you are using the right product and using it correctly. There are several different opinions on mouthwash and several different types to choose from, so it can be difficult to choose the best mouthwash for your dental needs.

Mouthwash Myths and Benefits

All mouthwashes are good – No matter what the bottle says on the front or how many dentists the ad says recommends it, it is always important to pay attention to what is actually in your mouthwash. Many mouthwashes contain a high amount of alcohol which can lead to root sensitivity. Even alcohol-free mouthwashes can cause side effect such as staining but they will be less harsh on your mouth.

Mouthwash cures bad breath – The only cure to minor bad breath problems is good oral hygiene. While mouthwash may temporarily hide bad breath, it cannot cover up bad breath forever. Not only will your saliva eventually rinse all mouthwash out of your mouth, many experience bad breath due to the foods they eat that when digested move into your bloodstream and eventually your lungs which cannot be overpowered by mouthwash.

A little goes a long way – To get the full benefits of mouthwash it takes more than a little amount and a quick swish. Most of the time it takes about thirty seconds of constant gargling and swooshing to benefit from using mouthwash, but it is best to check the directions for the recommended dosage.

It can replace brushing – Brushing and flossing are probably equal in their importance when it comes to oral care. Though mouthwash can be helpful, it cannot replace brushing. Brushing actively removes food particles from the surface of your teeth so plaque and bacteria can’t grow. Mouthwash can help prevent plaque build up, but it can’t remove it.

Mouthwash can just be used in your mouth – Because of it’s high alcohol content, sometimes it is best to use mouthwash as a way to rinse mouth guards, whitening trays, and toothbrushes to help rid them of active bacteria so it wont grow between uses.

Consult a Dentist

The best way to find out which mouthwash will work best for your needs is to talk to your dentist. They will know what rinse will actually benefit your oral health. If you are in the Lafayette, LA area and need more information about mouthwash, it’s benefits, and which to avoid, please contact Drs. Smith and Domingue today!