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Dr. Anna Guarna

Dentistry
Stamford, CT
36 years experience female

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Stamford, CT

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Stamford, CT
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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 female asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Typically: Playing an hypnosis tape while sleeping works on the subconscious directly bypassing the conscious...It'll work as well if not better.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Have they always looked small? Are they fractured/broken? Do they look short or small in width? See your dentist.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Assuming that the TMJ is not severely compromised and you simply have bruxism (grinding/clenching)...Yes. Mouth/nightguards do not stop the bruxism, ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
See your dentist: See your dentist as soon as possible. You may simply need a bite adjustment or the nerve may be dying for which you may need a root canal procedure. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
32: Typically, adults have 32 teeth, however, some adults can have less or more.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment is used to correct tooth discrepencies. Depending on the severity of the cross bite, invisable aligners or braces (brackets) c... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Depends on how nervous/tolerant you are as a patient and the severity of the teeth (are they upright or impacted?). You can use just "novocaine", nit... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: It depends on what you've tried already. If you're just starting, you may want to try hypnosis...It's relatively quick, easy and no medications (whic... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: It could be tooth/nose/ or sinus related. Your dentist can check for cavities and/or cysts. If ok see your ent.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Don't: "popping" pimples can cause infections in the area which will exacerbate your problem. Additionally, it could leave scars behind which over time will ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Changing the batteries (actually, the entire device is replaced) depends on the settings you need to pace your heart. Approximately 5 years, however,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Different ways: A number of ways to do this. Some of the simple ones: a neti pot will help keep passages clean (which will help keep them balanced and moist), saline ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Check with doc: Check with your doc, you may be allergic to it-try switching to a different med.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: If traditional brackets were used, they are removed with forceps that snap under the bracket breaking the bond...It can feel very odd and may even fee... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
They can: Typically the dentist/orthoontist will pull them together...Definitely let them know if you would like the space preserved as is. In addition, if you... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Several options: Depends on whether an adult or child. If child ortho can be done to close the gap(s), then dental shaping or veneers can be done for cosmetics. Or s... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes: You can remember any/all suggestions while under hypnosis, whether it's light or deeper. I review with my patients, in advance, the suggestions we... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: If the teeth can be repaired, it's best to do so. However, if the teeth a severely decayed, it may be necessary to extract them. Depending on the ar... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Hormones: 1.Certain times of cycle hormones are at a higher level and can promote bleeding gums(severe or very mild). Birth control mimics this effect. The met... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Non fluoride: Non fluoridated is best...There are several brands. Try oragel toothpaste, children seem to like the taste.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Most commonly this is from gingivitis/periodontitis/gum disease...See your dentist for eval and thorough cleaning. Less common, bleeding ulcer/disc... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: It depends on your level of nervousness. Some people have just nitrous, others just sedation, and some people have both nitrous and sedation. Discuss... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Possibly: After endo therapy sensations to hot/cold are eliminated...There may be an accessory (extra) nerve remaining (can be very small/difficult to see)...Ta... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
See your dentist: A bump between the teeth may have any one of several causes...It could be food trapped under gumline (such as popcorn kernel), a gum abcess or tooth a... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Take your power back: The first thing to realize is that no one can hurt you unless you give them permission...Take your power back, understand your worth and try to see th... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Circular: The bass method is best...Point bristles of brush toward the gumline and gently move brush in a circular motion toward gum then away. Use gently press... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
YES!: It's great to be involved with your tests/treatments, but you should always have the doc explain what test results mean and/or why it is important.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Lavender is ok: Lavender is a great anti infective, but if you're stuffy try eucalyptus. Boil some water (distilled preferably) and add in 1-2 drops of eucalytus, th... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Possibly: In younger children, a palatal expander can be used to help expand the jaw and allow space for teeth. As an adult, braceswill not lengthen the jaw, bu... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Otc cement: Drugstores sell temporary dental cements. Clean and dry temporary, mix cement according to instructions and place onto tooth...The temporary crown wil... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Not exactly: Strep mutans is one type of bacteria that naturally lives in the mouth and which can cause cavities.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Different factors: Implants replace missing teeth, so any time there is a tooth to be extracted or already missing, is a time to consider implant. Sometimes, implants a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Asap: If you're not seeing your dentist regulary, then you should go as soon as you have broken tooth/pain/"hole"/or any concern that you may have a cavity.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can't erupt: Impaction means that the tooth/teeth are 'caught' under the bone, usually because the tooth/teeth are on an angle and can't come up (erupt). Impactio... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Not usually: Typically the amount of enamel removed is small and dentists are careful to leave enough enamel on tooth for protection. If a significant amount need... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
No: Chlorhexadine rinses remove bacteria known to cause periodontal disease...Hiwever, the oral/pharyngeal cavity maintains a delicate balance, it's possi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: If traditional brackets were used, they are removed with forceps that snap under the bracket breaking the bond...It can feel very odd and may even fee... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: The cavities can be caused by many things. Does child sleep with a bottle?--bottle caries mouth. Does child have good brushing and mom brushes or che... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
You cannot: In most areas of the country, you can find dental clinics that charge very low fees. Er's may also be able to provide treatment at very low cost or fr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Call a dentist: Are you seeing a dentist? Are you currently on antibiotic? See your dentist for proper treatment...Never "pop" an oral abcess on your own, it can s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: This depends on the case/situation/issue. Generally, if a pediatrician (or any general practitioner) feels a case is beyond his/her skill set, they wi... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Inside or outside?: If on the inner lip kenalog (triamcinolone) works well, if outside of lip, try denavir/zilactin.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Did you have endodontic treatment? Is there decay? Does it have an existing crown? There are many treatment protocols, it's best to speak with your de... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Filling: A cavity is prepared and debrided of all decay, then some med may be place prior to filling material, then filling material placed, trimmed (bite adju... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Remember: Remember that when implementing a lifestyle change, start with one thing at a time.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
To: To feel full, eat every 3-4 hours. Have protein each meal and use the "palm" rule to measure portion.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 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
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Ortho corrections are based on a wide variety of issues...It can take a few months to a a couple of years. After having an orthodontic evaluation, th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Review: Typically the 1st appt is "record taking" (assuming you've already met/consulted with the orthodontist) and the 2nd appt is a consultation/review of f... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 36 years experience
Usually: Itching in the mouth usually indicates a food allergy...Notice when it starts to itch, after which food? You may want to cut back on that. Also, itc... 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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