Patient Education

Dr. Wilson is committed to helping his patients become educated on dental hygiene, preventative care and dental procedures that will help them live a happy life with a great smile. This section was created to help people get a better understanding of dental related care and procedures that are available to support a healthy dental lifestyle.

How often should I see a dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings, although we may recommend visits for more often for patients who build up deposits (tartar) at a faster rate, or have other special conditions to be monitored.

What do I do if I have a crown or bridge and it comes off?

You can use Denture adhesive to temporarily keep it in place until you can get into see Dr. Wilson. This is the same if the crown or bridge are temporaries. Most times Dr. Wilson can re-cement permanent crowns or brides, but sometimes, the restoration needs to be replaced.

My tooth is cracked but it doesn't hurt, can't I just wait to fix it?

A cracked tooth will break; it's just a matter of when. It's entirely up to you, but our philosophy is to restore a cracked tooth while the treatment and outcome are predictable. If you wait until the tooth breaks, you can't predict the outcome. Other outcomes range from needing a Root Canal to possibly losing that tooth entirely and then requiring more expensive replacement options.

My insurance didn't cover the 3rd cleaning. Why not?

Every insurance plan has an annual maximum, a deductible, and percentages they pay for a type of service. The other part to your insurance is frequency limits and replacement policies. The majority of the plans out there limit certain procedures to a maximum number of times per year. This usually applies to cleanings, x-rays, exams and how often they'll pay (usually 5 years for replacements) to replace crowns, bridges and dentures. Our front office is happy to help you better understand your insurance and to maximize your dental benefits.

Do I really have to floss every day?

Flossing your teeth at least twice a day helps to prevent cavities by removing stray food and built up plaque from forming between teeth. It can really help in places where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also promotes healthy gums. Electronic flossing devices are also available.

Can pregnancy affect my teeth and gums?

You've probably heard a few old wives' tales about pregnancy, including "A tooth lost for every child." While it seems far-fetched, it actually is based loosely in fact. Your teeth and gums are affected by pregnancy, just as other tissues in your body. You may not be aware that the health of your gums may also affect the health of your baby-to-be.

About half of women experience pregnancy gingivitis. This condition can be uncomfortable and cause swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. Conversely, a more advanced oral health condition called periodontal disease (a serious gum infection that destroys attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth) may affect the health of your baby. Dr. Wilson's typically recommends getting your teeth cleaned more frequently during your pregnancy.

Can Gum Disease really increase my risk of a Heart Attack?

Previous studies have found the incidence of heart disease is about twice as high in people with periodontal (gum) disease, but until recently no plausible cause had been suggested. Now studies indicate that the most common strain of bacteria in dental plaque may cause blood clots. When blood clots escape into the bloodstream, there is a relation to increased risk of heart attacks and other heart illnesses.

People with periodontal disease (over one half the adult population) have an infection that causes chronic inflammation of the gums. Also, it is a path for these bacteria to enter the bloodstream.

A recent study describes the association between heart disease and gum disease to be at least as strong as the linkage of heart disease to cholesterol, body weight, or smoking.

I was told I have Periodontal Disease but my gums don't hurt?

Unlike most diseases that give us early warning signs, gum disease progresses silently, often without pain. It may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly. More than half of all people over 18 have at least the early stages of periodontal disease. Even more frightening, after the age of 35, three out of four people are affected to some degree. Periodontal disease is an infection that destroys the gum surrounding your teeth and also destroys the supporting bone that holds your teeth in place.

I have bad breath and I brush twice a day. What can I do?

Periodontitis is a disease affecting gums and bone that support the teeth, and it results from inadequate tooth brushing and flossing. In this disease, the irritated gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets fill with bacteria and pus which give off a foul odor.

Patients with bad breath need a complete dental evaluation by Dr. Wilson. If gum disease and/or dental decay are diagnosed, it can be treated readily. The patient will no longer have an infection in his or her mouth, and he or she will no longer have the embarrassment of bad breath.