How often should I visit the dentist?

For most people, twice a year is usually sufficient; however, only you, your dentist and your hygienist can determine how often is actually necessary. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.   Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. Regular checkups are a MUST in order to maintain a healthy, happy smile!

What are the signs of gum disease?

• red, swollen or tender gums
• gums that bleed when you brush
• gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• bad breath that does not go away
• pus between your teeth and gums
• loose teeth
• a change in your bite (the way you teeth come together)
• a change in the fit of partial dentures

Can I prevent gum disease?

You can help prevent periodontal (gum) disease by:

Brushing your teeth really well twice a day with a toothbrush in good condition.

Cleaning between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner.

Eating a balanced diet that limits between meal snacks and visiting your dentist regularly.

What is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide (N2O) or laughing gas, is colorless, sweet-smelling, and nonirritating and when administered will create a state of mild sedation. This technique is advantageous for those patients that experience mild anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist.  This technique's use is dependent upon the level of anxiety of the patient.

Can my teeth be whiter?

There are a variety of products and procedures available to help you whiten your smile. Start by speaking with your dentist to determine whether whitening procedures would be effective for you.

How does food cause tooth decay?

When you eat, food passes through your mouth where it encounters germs or bacteria that live in your mouth. This union of food, germs and bacteria create a sticky film of bacteria called plaque.

Bacteria loves sugars found in many foods, and will use the sugar to produce acids that are able to destroy the hard surface (enamel) of the tooth. If this sticky substance is not removed from your teeth, tooth decay will eventually occur.

What causes bad breath?

If you do not brush and floss daily, particles of food will remain in your mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, around the gums or on your tongue can rot, leaving an extremely unpleasant odor. Dentures, not cleaned properly, can also contain odor-causing bacteria and food particles.