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Travis Gillespie, DDS & Mary Brummett, DDS

Did You Know !

If children do not have a balanced diet, their teeth may not develop properly. For strong Decay resistant teeth, children need protein, vitamins and minerals (especially calcium, phosphorus and proper levels of flouride.)

Plaque?! Yuck!
Plaque is a thin sticky bacteria laden film that constantly forms on teeth. When you eat foods or drink liquids containing sugars and starches, the bacteria in the plaque product acids that attack tooth enamel. After repeated attacks, the enamel breaks down and a cavity forms. If you often indulge in sugary or starch foods or liquids, the result may be tooth decay and possible tooth loss.

Eating Habits...
If your diet is low in certain nutrients, it may be harder for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to periodontal (gum) disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not actually cause periodontal disease, researchers think that a poor diet may allow the disease to progress more rapidly and become more severe.

As You Grow Wiser
Oral changes associated with aging, including depressed levels of taste and smell perception that result in appetite decline, can have a significant effect on dental health. The sense of taste for salt and bitterness in food declines with age, but not for sweet and sour. Older adults should add seasonings to their food instead of relying on an excessive intake of salt and sugar.

Awww Sugar!
Get in the habit of checking food labels for sugar content. Avoid between meal snacks that contain sugars. Avoid sipping soda containing sugars throughout the day. Diet sodas are fine, but regular sodas contain massive amounts of sugar. Avoid sugar contained in cough drops, hard candy, breath mints, and even most anti-acid tablets as these stay in the mouth a relatively long time and are heavy with sugar. The prolonged acid attacks on your teeth resulting from these sugar intakes, greatly increase the likelihood of tooth decay. Research indicates that certain foods such as cheese, peanuts, or sugar-free gum may actually be "tooth friendly". Eating these foods may actually help to counteract the effects of acids.
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Welcome New Patients !

Office Visits

Visits to our office are all about you – your comfort, your health, and your happiness!

We are committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, and expert dental care. We take into consideration that you, or your child, may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We pride ourselves in being sensitive to your needs, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing you with the best care possible.

You can expect the following at your first visit:

Review your dental and medical history forms
Take X-rays of your teeth and mouth
Clean and polish your teeth, checking your teeth and gums for any cavities or early signs of tooth decay or gingivitis
After your checkup and teeth cleaning are complete, the doctor will meet with you to discuss your X-rays, discuss your own individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have.

Along with your smile, remember to bring these with you to your first appointment:

Your completed patient information forms
Your insurance card

Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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Meet Dr. Mary Brummett !

Dr. Mary Brummett is a native of Hutchinson. She attended Wichita State University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. She graduated in 1988 and moved to Hutchinson to establish her general dentistry practice. Dr. Brummett and her husband Glenn, also a Hutchinson native, have three children, Adam and his wife Becca, Katie and her husband Jake, and Sarah. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Kansas Dental Association, and the Hutchinson Rotary Club. As a general dentist, she is skilled in all phases of dentistry and would enjoy visiting with you about your dental needs.
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