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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.


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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.

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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

According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what you eat every day.
  • Grains. Make sure at least half of the grains you eat are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
  • Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary your protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. 

In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, try to resist the urge to snack constantly.  While it’s normal for pregnant woman to have the desire to eat more, frequent snacking can be an invitation to tooth decay.  When you do snack, choose foods that are nutritious for you and your baby such as raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese, and make sure to follow your physician’s advice regarding diet.

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Killingly Dental Care

(860) 779-1053
1040 N Main St Dayville, CT 06241-2143