Sometimes patients have questions about dental care or dental office policies. We compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers. We hope that by reviewing some of these, you will have a better understanding about our dental office.
- How often should I visit the dentist for a dental exam?
For most patients, the American Dental Association recommends a dental exam and cleaning twice a year. Individuals with special dental needs may need more frequent visit. Regular checkups in combination with good home care will help our patient keep their teeth and gum tissue healthy.
- Are x-ray necessary and how often do I need to take them?
Dental x-rays are valuable diagnostic tools. There are many dental problems which may go undetected without the aid of x-rays. We recommend a set of decay detecting "bitewing" x-rays on an annual basis and a paranomic film in 3-5 years.
- At what age do you recommend my child have their first dental visit?
We love to see children and we recommend that they have their first visit by the age of three. We like the first dental visit to be fun and informative. It is our goal to make your child's first dental visit a positive experience and set the foundation for a lifetime of great dental health.
- When should I start brushing my baby's teeth?
Start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as they come in. Use a soft cloth instead of a tooth brush until all of the baby teeth grown in.
- What are sealants and would my child benefit from them?
Sealant is a protective coating that are often placed in the pits and fissures of premolar and molar teeth. By sealing the pits and fissures we can often prevent decay from getting started.
- Why do my gums become sensitive and bleed during brushing?
Bleeding and sensitive gums can occur due to many factors, including medical problems, pregnancy, improper brushing and flossing, or gum disease.
- What is gum disease and how do we know if I have it?
Gum disease is an inflammation of the tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth. If left untreated it can progress to the point of tooth loss. A person will gum disease will typically has red, swollen gum that bleed easily. A bad mouth odor or taste may develop. A thorough examination by your dentist can determine the health status of your teeth and your gum tissues.
- How do I know if my filings needed to be replaced?
A filling may need to be replaced due to crack in the old filling, tooth fracture, recurrent caries, discoloration, shredding floss (tight contact), no contact, grossly over contour, or marginal gaps at wall of bonded fillings.
- What causes bad breath?
Bad breath can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. There are various reasons one may have bad breath. Some of the common reasons are poor oral hygiene habits, gum disease, dental cavities, dry mouth, tobacco products, hunger, missed meals, and certain medical conditions and illness (ex: chronic sinus infection, bronchitis, and pneumonia).
- What payment options available for my dental treatment?
We accept many types of dental insurance. we also accept cash, check, and most major credit cards. In addition we offer individualized low monthly payment plans for necessary dental treatment.