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I am nervous about my appointment. What should I do?

Talk to us about what it is you are nervous about. We would be glad to discuss your concerns and provide as much information as you need to feel reassured. We also have televisions in our operatories so you can watch television or you may prefer to listen to music. In appropriate circumstances, we also offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas to calm patients during treatment. If you need something more or need to be put to sleep, we do the option of IV sedation or a general anesthetic for your dental appointment.

What is your policy on cancelling appointments?

When you make an appointment, we reserve this time for you. As a courtesy to our staff and other patients, please provide at least 48 hours notice if you need to reschedule your appointment.

Why is cleaning teeth so important?

The mouth is a gateway to your body.

Bacteria that build up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system attacks the infection and gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues till it is controlled. Over time, the inflammation results in gum disease called periodontitis. This inflammation can cause symptoms in the rest of the body too.

How do medications affect my mouth?

Certain medicationslike chemotherapy drugs, blood pressure medications, antidepressants cause dry mouth. This can increase your risk of dental decay and yeast infections. It also can affect taste.

What is the relationship between Diabetes and periodontal health?

High blood sugar provides ideal conditions for infection to grow, including gum infections. Fortunately, you can use the gum disease-diabetes relationship to your favor: managing one can help bring the other under control.

How is Heart disease and Periodontal health related?

Some researchers speculate that bacteria in the mouth, which are involved in the development of periodontal disease, move into the bloodstream and cause inflammation in the blood vessels — changes that, in turn, contribute to heart disease and stroke.

Studies have been conducted that both support and refute the possible link between these two diseases. Irrespective of the possible link between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, maintaining optimal oral hygiene is an important component of your overall health.

Heart attacks (myocardial infarction), strokes, angina, stress, heart failure and high blood pressure all have an effect on your dental treatment. Please discuss with your dentist how we can best manage your dental health.

How does pregnancy affect my teeth?

Before getting pregnant:
Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy.

While pregnant: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk for periodontitis.

Does smoking affect my oral health?

Yes it does. Not smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your mouth and your body. According to the CDC, a smoker’s risk of severe gum disease is three times higher than someone who does not smoke.Nicotine in cigarettes causes blood vessels to constrict. This interferes with your gums’ ability to fight infection. Not only that, smoking interferes with treatment – gum surgeries tend to be more complicated and recovery more difficult.