Frequently Asked Questions
- New Patient Forms (download the forms here)
- Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
- Identification such as Driver’s License, Military ID or State ID
- First, take your time. Spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth. It takes that long to remove the plaque and bacteria that destroy tooth enamel.
- Don’t brush too hard. It doesn’t take much pressure to remove plaque and bacteria.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Limit your sugar consumption, and consider brushing after sweets are consumed.
- If you can’t brush after a meal, try rinsing with water or chewing sugarless gum.
- Visit your dentist regularly to identify any issues early.
Simply put, an x-ray shows us a lot more than an oral examination. It can reveal:
- Areas of decay between teeth or below existing fillings
- Bone infections
- Gum disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities or tumors
- Root growth and health
We know that many patients are concerned about excessive x-ray exposure which is why we will only take the minimum necessary to ensure good oral and physical health. If you have any questions or concerns about x-rays, feel free to discuss it with us at your next appointment.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Some city water contains additional fluoride as well. It is important to dental health because it helps make your enamel more resistant to acid created from the plaque in your mouth. Additionally, it has been shown to reverse early tooth decay and help prevent osteoporosis.
If you have additional questions about fluoride, ask your dentist or hygienist about it at your next appointment.
Sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. This coating acts as a barrier that protects your teeth against decay causing bacteria. Sealants are typically used as a preventative measure for children, because they are cost effective (as compared to fillings) and effective for preventing cavities.
If you have questions or would like to know whether sealants are a good option for you or your family, ask us at your next appointment.
Yes, in some cases. If you have lost a tooth due to an injury, please schedule an emergency appointment immediately and take the following steps:
- Rinse (do not scrub) the tooth to remove dirt or debris.
- Place the clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum.
- Do not try to replace the tooth into the socket as this could cause further damage.
- Get to the dentist as fast as possible.
If it’s not possible to see the dentist right away, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk.
Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of gum and the supporting bone structure. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth or bone loss. Additionally, untreated periodontal disease has been linked to higher risks of heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, and prostate cancer. Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding, red, or swollen gums
- Loose or moving teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when chewing
If you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment to come see us.