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Why is it important is it to treat gum disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults today.  It is usually painless in its early stages.  Without treatment, gum disease can progress to a point where teeth become loose and need to be removed.  Periodontal disease has been shown to contribute to other diseases including: diabetes, osteoporosis, pre-term and low birth-weight babies, stroke, heart disease, lung disease, pancreatic cancer, blood cancer and kidney cancer.

Why do some teeth need crowns or caps?
Many teeth have had large fillings placed to repair a large cavity.  Over time, chewing on these large fillings weakens the tooth and cause tooth fractures or cracks.  Sometimes a large piece of the tooth or filling will break completely from the tooth.  Placing a crown will return the tooth to full function and protect the tooth from further damage.  Porcelain crowns also cosmetically improve the appearance of the tooth.

Why are my teeth sensitive to cold?
Cold sensitivity can be due to several causes including gum recession, tooth cracks or fractures, cavities, and tooth grinding or clenching.  If you are experiencing cold sensitivity, we can evaluate the cause and remedy the situation.

At what age should I bring my child in for their first dental appointment?
As a general rule, age 3 to 4 is a great time for a first dental office visit.  We make their first visit fun for them so they will have a good experience and be enthusiastic for their next visit.

Are metal fillings bad for you?
There is much controversy regarding metal fillings.  The current scientific evidence and recommendations from the American Dental Association, the National Institute of Health and other national and governmental health organizations all recommend dental amalgam as a safe and effective material to restore teeth.  We can discuss the benefits of all available materials and techniques with you to come up with the ideal material and technique for your individual dental needs.  We use the newer tooth colored, non-metallic composite fillings as well as the traditional amalgam fillings.

How important is diet to my teeth?
Your diet plays a key role in determining the long and short term health of your teeth and gums.  High sugar and high acid foods and drinks damage the enamel of your teeth leaving them susceptible to decay and excessive wear.  Soda pop both diet and regular, chewy “fruit leather,” and all foods with high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars are but a few examples of foods that can damage your teeth.  Fresh fruit and vegetables as well as dairy foods high in calcium and protein are the best foods for your teeth and gums.