Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you provide dental care for patients covered under dental insurance?
A: Yes, we provide dental care for anyone, regardless of dental insurance. We are prefered providers on many dental insurances. Please contact the office for details, as we are adding our office to various dental insurance plans on a routine basis.
Q: How long is the first appointment?
A: It may vary; but generally speaking, the first appointment will be a dental cleaning with or without x-rays. Our dentist or dental hygienist will be checking your overall oral health. Your second visit will be one of discussion or initiation of the discussed treatment plan. Unless you are an emergency patient; if that is the case, we will address your chief complaint immediately.
Q: Who performs my treatment?
A: We have a great staff. All dental cleanings will be performed by one of our dental hygienists. All cosmetic, surgical and restorative dental procedures will be performed by the doctor.
Q: Why is visiting the dentist so important?
A: Visiting the dentist on a regular, semi-annual basis will not only help keep your teeth and oral health intact, it will help keep the rest of your body healthy.
Dental care is important because it:
- Helps prevent periodontal disease which can lead to loss of teeth.
- Regular dental cleanings remove the bacteria that cause inflammatory diseases such as kidney, liver or heart disease.
- Routine dental x-rays allow us to see, and subsequently treat, all forms of dental diseases in their earliest phases.
- Helps remove stains caused by food, drinks, and cigarette smoking.
- Routine exams are the first line of defense against oral cancers.
Q: My teeth feel fine; do I still need to see a dentist?
A: It is easier and less expensive to treat dental problems when they are found in their early stages.
Q: How can I take care of my teeth in between dental checkups?
- Do not forget to brush your teeth after meals. Floss at least once a day!
- Avoid sugary drinks and foods.
- When brushing your teeth, brush your tongue as well! By doing so, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount
of mouth bacteria.
- See your dentist twice a year for your routine cleaning and exam.
Q: At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
A: We recommend you bring your children in at age four so that your child can get comfortable with the dental office. Around age 4 1/2, we will clean their teeth. You can start brushing their teeth with water and a toothbrush as soon as their first tooth erupts.
Q: When should I change my toothbrush?
A: It is highly recommended to change your toothbrush when the bristles splay or bend.