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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

•  Taking temperatures and pulse oximetry measurements of every patient and caregiver before they enter our clinic.
•  Screening each person entering the building for any symptoms and redirecting them if symptoms are present.
•  Modifying our waiting rooms and how we deliver care to honor social distancing.
•  All caregivers will be masked as well as patients anytime they are not receiving treatment.
•  Increased cleaning procedures, frequency, and improved products for cleaning
•  We also request that patients please arrive as close to their appointment time as they can and that they please not bring additional persons to their appointment if possible.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we may charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for choosing West End Dental. We are committed to safe, compassionate care, especially as we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19. If you have any concerns before, during, or after you visit, please do not hesitate to make us aware of them. We are all in this together and are committed to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

How Brushing Too Often Can Damage Your Gums

Posted on 3/25/2020 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
How Brushing Too Often Can Damage Your GumsWe all know brushing twice a day is important for our oral health. Brushing our teeth remove bacteria and the food bacteria likes to eat.

Left alone, bacteria in our mouth can wreak havoc. Bacteria not only like to eat food left in our mouth but also our teeth. If they each enough of your teeth, they can cause tooth decay and even gum disease.

Brushing often helps remove these bacteria. However, can you brush your teeth too much? You can brush your teeth too much. Besides doing damage to your teeth, it also damages your gums. When you brush too much, your gums take a real beating. Toothbrush bristles are abrasive and scratch up your gums. If you brush too often, your gums don't have time to heal between brushing. These microscopic wounds can let bacteria in your body and cause infection.

How to Avoid Brushing Too Much

If you notice your gums aching, it may be because you brush too often. At most, you should be brushing three times a day. Normally, you should stick to just two times a day. A sign that you may be brushing too hard or too often is if your gums bleed. Bleeding gums indicate that there are serious wounds or inflammation in your gums. If you notice bleeding while brushing, you should stop immediately. If your gums bleed every time you brush, try being gentler.

If gum bleeding continues for more than a few days, you may have another problem. Gum bleeding may also indicate the early stages of gum disease. When bacteria attack our gums, it can cause them to bleed. If you have bleeding gums, please contact our office. We can help prevent gum disease from advancing. Advanced gum disease can lead to infection and premature tooth decay, so it's important to act fast.
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