Frequently Asked Questions


“My gums bleed after I brush, is this something to be concerned about?”

Bleeding gums are definitely something to be concerned with. Healthy gums should not bleed. Bleeding gums can be a symptom of disease and you need to make an appointment to check this situation right away. Not only can gum disease cause bad breath along with bleeding and receding gums but it can also lead to the loss of otherwise healthy teeth.


“I brush everyday, but my breath isn’t fresh, why?”

It’s important to understand the source of the breath problem. Whether it is simply foods you’ve eaten, a stomach or digestive system issue or even more importantly, tooth decay or fillings needing to be replaced. We’ll need to assess the source of the odor to help you with this problem. Make an appointment today.


“How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?”

Most adults/children should have their teeth cleaned twice a year. Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities, examination of x-rays (radiographs) which are essential for detection of decay, bone loss and abscess. Also an evaluation of gum disease and oral cancer screening.


“Will you care for my entire family?”

Absolutely! We enjoy creating gorgeous, healthy smiles for patients of any age. As a general dentist office our preventative, restorative, prosthetic, and cosmetic dental services include treatments suitable for patients of all ages. If we find that your child or you would benefit from seeing a specialist, we’ll refer you to a trusted colleague.


“Can Diabetes affect my teeth and gums?”

Yes. People living with diabetes are vulnerable to a host of systemic problems in their entire body. The mouth and teeth are not immune from such problems, and many diabetics with oral problems go undiagnosed until conditions become advanced. Infections and and other problems such as receding gums and gum disease, or periodontal disease, are common due to decreased ability to fight infections and decreased saliva production.


“Do seniors have unique dental needs?”

In our practice we have a very diverse patient family, from toddlers to patients in their 90’s. For example, there are many medications that are often prescribed for seniors with the side effect of a dry mouth. This decrease in saliva flow can cause a patient to become increasingly subject to dental decay, periodontal disease and tooth loss. We monitor our patients, make recommendations and work together so that our patients have a healthy smile throughout their lives.


Dr. Sidney Libfraind complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.