At times, life can seem to move quickly. Between work, school, sports, and social events, it can seem there is little time left for you and your health. It’s imperative for a healthy mouth and body to always have your next dental appointment scheduled and to prioritize this care. Our team will work with you to find the most convenient day and time for you. If you need to reschedule, we will do our best to accommodate you. Advanced notice of a change is greatly appreciated, whenever possible. Missed appointments without notice are harmful to our practice, as we’ve reserved your appointment time exclusively for you.
Missed dental appointments can lead to worsened oral and overall health. Whether receiving preventive or restorative care, if left without professional treatment, plaque and decay will progress and the state of your oral health will likely decline. Some of our patients are predisposed to more frequent oral health issues. Many times, these guests prefer more frequent office visits. Please know this is an option for you as well. Investing in one extra cleaning each year can often prevent more costly concerns.
We know it can be tempting to skip your dental appointment. Perhaps you’d rather be relaxing at home or you’ve had a last-minute obligation arise. Please make every effort to prioritize your healthy smile, as it significantly contributes to your overall health.
Please know we’re here for you. If you have any questions about our care or practice philosophy, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Normal flow of saliva provides lubrication for swallowing
and begins the process of digestion while you chew. Saliva also protects your
teeth by neutralizing and washing away acids, sugars, and other particles left
behind after eating. From time to time, we all experience some amount of dry
mouth. Hot weather, exercise, and dehydration can all cause a temporary
decrease in saliva production. However, if you have chronic dry mouth, or
xerostomia, you could be at risk of serious oral health complications.
Some of the oral health issues commonly associated with dry
- Much higher rates of tooth decay
- Oral yeast infection
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Constant sore throat
- Soft tissue infections
- Difficulty swallowing
- Denture discomfort
The most common cause of chronic dry mouth is medication.
More than 400 over-the-counter and prescription medications include dry mouth
as a frequent side effect. Dry mouth is also associated with stress, autoimmune
and other systemic diseases, hormonal changes, radiation or chemotherapy treatment
for cancers, and salivary gland disease.
You may find relief from dry mouth through a variety of
methods. Some easy options to help alleviate your dry mouth include:
- Increased water intake
- Sugar-free candies or gum
- Artificial saliva, as recommended by doctor or
- Alcohol-free mouthwash
- Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated soft
- Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in
- Change in medication, only as directed by doctor
Brush and floss regularly to help prevent tooth decay, gum
disease, and other complications.
If you are experiencing dry mouth, make an appointment and be sure to tell our team. We will review your medications and perform a thorough dental exam to check for any potential underlying oral health issues.
Are you embarrassed to show your smile
because of missing teeth? For many people, missing teeth can create a feeling
of diminished self-confidence. Modern dentistry can not only replace the gaps
in your smile, our team can also create long-term replacements that look and
feel just like your natural teeth. You have options. Here are a few of the most
common tooth replacement solutions.
Dentures are a solution for those who have lost many or all
their teeth. They create a realistic, aesthetically pleasing smile. They are
ideal for patients that are missing multiple teeth on either the top or bottom.
Our team will start by taking an impression of your mouth. We will then send the
impression to a lab for a customized set of dentures to be created. Once your
dentures are ready, we will ensure a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments.
Dentures should be cleaned regularly with a non-abrasive cleanser. Our team
will provide you with all the information you need to take care of your
You may have heard of dental bridges referred to as partial
dentures. Dental bridges are a replacement solution for one or more missing
teeth. They help prevent your existing teeth from shifting into the empty gaps
of your missing teeth. Bridges utilize your surrounding teeth as an anchor for
your replacements. Our team can match the bridge to look like your natural teeth;
no one will even notice the difference.
Dental implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement option.
Unlike dentures, which may require replacement, dental implants can last a
lifetime with proper care. Our team will ensure your gum tissue is healthy
enough with adequate bone support to anchor the implant. For some patients,
additional preparations may be necessary such as a bone graft to guarantee your
implant has a strong, stable foundation.
The gaps in your smile can be filled. Our team can help you
decide on a tooth replacement solution based on your individual needs. It is
important to fill the gaps of missing teeth to prevent deterioration to your
gums and the shifting of teeth into these empty spaces. Additionally, tooth
replacement solutions such as dentures, bridges, or implants can help improve
your speech and comfort.
If you are missing teeth, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team.