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When you eat, food meets germs or bacteria that live in your mouth. This union of food, germs and bacteria create a sticky film of bacteria called plaque.


Bacteria loves sugars found in many foods, and will use the sugar to produce acids that are able to destroy the hard surface (enamel) of the tooth. If this sticky substance is not removed from your teeth, the result is tooth decay.

Q:
How does food
cause tooth decay?

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If you do not brush and floss daily, food collects between the teeth, gums and on your tongue. These particles rot, leaving an extremely unpleasant odor. Bad breath can also be an indicator that something more serious is going on with your health.

Dr. Chin will help you manage and eliminate bad breath, giving you confidence again.

Q:
What causes
bad breath?

A:

Dr. Chin gives his patients an emergency phone number to call in NON-life threatening situations. Calling 911 may be the most appropriate action in some dental emergencies.

Please see helpful dental emergency tips on the American Dental Association's website at:

Q:
What should I do in
a dental emergency?

A:

For most people, twice a year is usually sufficient; however, only you, your dentist and your hygienist can determine how often is actually necessary.
Checkups are needed for regular assessments of the condition and well being of your mouth; therefore, regular checkups are a MUST in order to maintain a healthy, happy smile!

Q:
How often should
I visit the Dentist?

A:

In our office we take pride in adhering to and exceeding the highest possible infection control standards. All instruments are sterilized in an autoclave, individually wrapped for safe, sterile storage between patients, and we regularly test the effectiveness of our sterilization equipment for your safety. We take our patient's comfort and safety VERY SERIOUSLY!

Q:
How can I be sure a
dental office is clean?

A:

Your first visit includes a comprehensive dental exam, an opportunity to have any questions answered, and time to go through all your expectations for your oral health and appearance. The exam includes: diagnostic x-rays, oral cancer screening, gum disease evaluation, examination for dental decay, and examination of existing dental restorations (fillings and crowns). No procedures will be performed without your consent and full understanding of the procedure and costs involved.

Q:
What happens at
my first dental visit?

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