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?
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
• a change in the fit of partial dentures
Can I prevent gum disease?
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
Eating a balanced diet that limits between meal
snacks and visiting your dentist regularly.
American Dental Association Denture Information
need additional information on dentures, please visit
the American Dental Association's site. Clickhereto go to their
Why are x-rays important?
are extremely useful and important as a diagnostic
tool and may reveal the following information:
• position of your teeth
• impacted teeth
• presence and extent of dental decay
• any bone damage
• an abscessed tooth
• jaw fracture
• any malocclusion of teeth
• other abnormalities of the jaw bone or
What is nitrous oxide sedation?
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?
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
What causes bad breath?
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.