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Dr. Anna Guarna

Dentistry
Stamford, CT
37 years experience female

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Stamford, CT

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Stamford, CT
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Bio

General dentist with 25 years of clinical experience. I have also had 9 years of teaching experience as an Assistant Clinical Professor. Practice focused on relationship centered care, I had a focus on cosmetic dentistry and hypnotherapy for dental pain management and TMJ management.

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Dentistry

Languages spoken

Italian

Doctor Q&A

166 Answers
43 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: It may be related to the drop in fluid volume...Depending on rate. Check with your doc if doesn't stop within a day or two.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Daily: Bacteria can buildup daily...When not in use, soak them in a cleanser...There are many types...Retainer brite, polident.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: Hypnosis can help management the stress related to this chronic disease...It may also be beneficial in pain management. It should be incorporated int... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Witch hazel is great for numerous problems, especially for skin irritation. Try using it before and after shaving, that should help. Call doc if you... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Medication: Tetracycline/ and othe meds can cause a discoloration of the teeth.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Treatment for TMJ depends on the severity of the condition and can range from something as simple as a nighguard to condylar surgery. See a doc and d... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Witch hazel is great for numerous problems, especially for skin irritation. Try using it before and after shaving, that should help. Call doc if you... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Tension/stress: Assuming there is no other physical damage in the tmj, stress is usually the culprit for bruxism (grinding and clenching). Mouthguards can help preve... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: It's natural for a baby to bite with new teeth. Additionally they need to latch on to breast feed. You can try to break the seal by placing your index... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Did this start from a toothache? Or sore throat? Did you have a procedure done? Speak to your doc, it could be due to low BP or weakness from lack of... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Numerous : The type of "novocaine" used varies, depending on the dentist (we each have our "favorites), how many carpules (vials) are going to be used and the du... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: It depends on many factors- level of color you're trying to reach, the thickness of your enamel, sensitivity of your mouth, any pre-existincavities/or... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Medication: Tetracycline/ and othe meds can cause a discoloration of the teeth.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
See your dentist: Pain from wisdom teeth may mean that they are coming in on a slanted angle and putting pressure on the area/other teeth. Or there may simply not be en... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
None: Whitening products will not whiten porcelain on craowns or veneers...It is possible that it can breakdown the bonding material used to hold the veneer... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Local hospital: Check with your local hospital, they will have a list of docs with hospital priveleges. You can check with an oral surgeon as well. General (full) a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes, but...: You can and should, esp if having a problem, but your dentist should work with your oncologist on the best 'timing'...Check platelets, confer on meds,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
You can: Teeth can look yellowed after braces removal. First have a thorough dental cleaning and follow that up with removal (by your dentist) of any remaining... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Whitish or yellow: Tartar is hardened plaque stuck to the teeth. Sometimes you can see it as a whitish or yellowish "ring" along the gumline. If you can't remove it easi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Everyone has differing rates of recovery. Generally, the first 2-3 days are intense and then it improves from there. If the pain persists, you may ha... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Dental cleaning: Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) is a great "tool" for periodontal (gum) maintenence, but the stains can be unsightly. Have a thorough dental cleani... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Can you clarify?: Would you clarify whether you mean internal cleansing or skin cleanser? Also if you mean detoxification for heavy metals?
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Fluorosis is characterized by stains on the teeth because of high amount of fluoride...Demineralization if the breakdown of enamel, which can also be ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Lumineers are a cosmetic procedure only. How many you have done is a cosmetic issue. If teeth are damaged, you may need other types of restorations.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Sugar free: If chewing gum find sugar free gum that doesn't stick to dental work. Xylitol (a natural sweetener) gums are good. Chewing a stick of gum after a m... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Not sure of question: If you're asking whether you can have hypnosis, most people are able to have hypnotherapy done...You're willingnes to have the procedure goes a long w... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
No: Gingivectomies are typically safe and relatively simple procedures.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Orthodontics: Invisalign is a brand name for an invisable aligner...There are other brands as well. Essentially, invisible aligners are "braces" that are clear and... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Individual response: I assume you mean a removable partial denture?(sometimes part dent is used in reference to bridgework-which is very easy to get used to). For rem par... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
See your dentist: Getting cuts when brushing is not normal. See your dentist for a full eval and brushing review...Be certain to bring a list of any current medication ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Intraditional removable dentures base metals are mixed into an alloy...However, semiprecious alloys can be used as well. If you're asking about metal... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
6 mos-1yr: Bitewings are "check up" xrays and in some offices are done every 6 mos, in others, every year (i am not referring to how often your insurance will pa... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Can be: Some people have retained "baby" teeth well into adulthood due to the fact that their permanent teeth did not form. The retained teeth can last for ma... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Coffee/tea/red wines/tomato based sauces/berries...Foods with deep color/juice. Enamel starts out thick and can wear with age. You can still enjoy you... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: Any doctor who is licensed can prescribe a variety of medications, however, we each prescribe within our specialty. A rheumatologist is an arthritis ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: Bad breath is caused by a number of different conditions...If your tonsils are "infected" they may contribute to bad breath.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Overbite is the length that the top teeth come over the bottom...In some cases, this is very "deep" and should be corrected...It the teeth are in a no... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: A neti pot is a good method for maintenance/ healthy sinus balance...But for an active infection see an ENT or dentist (if you have facial/dental pain... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: If you think you have a sinus infection, see an ENT (eyes.Ears.Nose.Throat) specialist to confirm. I have seen patients with sinus infections (and eve... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: All equipment in the dental office is either disposable or sterilized. The suction tips (that go directly in the mouth) are disposable. The interna... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: The higher the percentage of peroxide, the more likelyhood your teeth will become sensitive.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
No: No, but if it feels burning or uncomfortable it may be the alcohol...Try listerine zero instead of regular.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Not unusual: Some single canals can be difficult-curved or closed down. In order to finish (fill) it, the canal needs to be a certain size requiring the dentist/en... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Bruxism: Bruxism is a general term for clenching, gnashing, grinding generally caused by stress. Bite discrepencies can also exacerbate this. A nightguard ca... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Valtrex/zovirax: If taken as soon as you feel tingling, valtrex/zovirax can help ward off a cold sore. At worst, it will shorten the duration.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
It's possible: It is possible to have minor corrections done in a year's time frame...The time frame is dependent of the severity of the malocclusion.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Dentist will recommend 3, 4, 6 month (sometimes even sooner or longer) check ups depending on the health staus of your mouth. Have a thorough dental ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Nose: Better to nose breathe so that air can be filtered. Also, mouthbreathing makes the mouth dry and that can lead to more bacterial buildup and other iss... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
6 mos-1yr: Bitewings are "check up" xrays and in some offices are done every 6 mos, in others, every year (i am not referring to how often your insurance will pa... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Fluorosis is characterized by stains on the teeth because of high amount of fluoride...Demineralization if the breakdown of enamel, which can also be ... Read More
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Apr 6, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Guarna is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Guarna is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you so much for your response to my question!! I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to help me!!
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I have seen the dentist she says my gums are fine
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Thanks for your quick reply! Appreciate your help

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, MA
Graduated 1986MD

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