What is dentistry?

Dentistry is the area of medicine concerned with the anatomy of teeth and gums. Dental treatment aims to diagnose and prevent diseases in these areas.

What is a dentist?

A dentist is a medical professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases in teeth and gums.

When should I visit a dentist?

Both children and adults should schedule visits twice a year with their dentist.

What can I expect on my first visit?

The dentist will examine your teeth and gums, possibly taking X-rays for further inspection. We are looking for signs of cavities, plaque, tooth decay and gum disease.

You will receive a thorough cleaning to remove stains and plaque from the gumline. You will leave our office with clean, polished teeth.

How should I care for my teeth?

In addition to your regular dental check-ups, you should brush twice a day and floss daily. You may be surprised to find out that there are various brushing and flossing techniques. Our staff can show you the most effective methods. Also, replace your toothbrush every other month or when the bristles begin to look worn out.

Other good oral hygiene habits include cutting back on items that are bad for your teeth. Sugary foods like candy and desserts should be eaten in moderation. Choose healthier items such as fruit, vegetables, whole grain breads and so forth. Substitute water or juice for soft drinks. Do not smoke or use chewing tobacco.