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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.
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.
Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.
Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health. In addition, nuts that are low in carbohydrates don’t add to your risk of cavities. Why? Because tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that are activated by carbs. Another benefit is that chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce your risk for tooth decay.
What you eat matters
While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? Chew sugarless gum that carries the ADA Seal.
Watch your citrus intake
The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it's not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.