Time is precious, so when you schedule an appointment, we realize that time is valuable. We want to make sure to honor the time we spend with our patients as efficiently as possible and strive to give every patient the 100% quality care they deserve. As a result, there are times when appointments may run longer than expected.
Being on time for your appointment will help us keep your treatment time on schedule. A good rule of thumb is to arrive 5-10 minutes early, or if you are a new patient needing to fill out dental forms, come in even earlier.
Keeping your scheduled appointments help us address any problem areas in your oral health while they are small and intervention is most successful, as well as review any oral concerns you may have.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gums and can affect the bone structure that supports your teeth. In severe cases, it can make your teeth fall out. Smoking is an important cause of severe gum disease in the United States.
Gum disease starts with bacteria (germs) on your teeth that get under your gums. If the germs stay on your teeth for too long, layers of plaque (film) and tartar (hardened plaque) develop. This buildup leads to early gum disease, called gingivitis.
When gum disease gets worse, your gums can pull away from your teeth and form spaces that get infected. This is severe gum disease, also called periodontitis. The bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place can break down, and your teeth may loosen and need to be pulled out.
*How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
You can help avoid gum disease with good dental habits.
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss often to remove plaque.
- See a dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
- Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit.
Taking kids to the dentist is necessary to keep their teeth healthy and promote excellent oral hygiene habits. When preparing for a visit try not to include too many details. Doing so will raise more questions, and adding more information about an extra treatment, like a filling, may cause unnecessary anxiety. Don't use the 'S' (shot),'H' (hurt) or 'P' (pain) words with children. The doctors, hygienists & assistants will use their own vocabulary to help kids understand what's going on. It is normal and age-appropriate for a young child to cry, whine, wiggle, and not want to be examined by a stranger. Stay calm and remember that the dentist and staff are used to working with children and have seen their share of tantrums.
Now more than ever, it’s important to eat a well balanced diet. That’s because what you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your baby, including the teeth. A baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of the pregnancy.
What to Eat
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