Yes, we know there are MANY questions about visits to the dentist. We created this portion of the website to address some common questions people have before visiting our office. Please review the topics below to inform yourself about our policies, procedures and other dental information.
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How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
|The American Dental Association advocates brushing twice each day. Although there is research indicating that brushing once a day is sufficient to disrupt the formation of plaque that feeds the bacteria that cause decay, this may not be enough for some people, depending on factors such as their diets and the efficacy of their brushing technique. ADHA recommends that you discuss this with your dental hygienist who understands your individual oral health needs and will be able to make a recommendation appropriate for you.
What kind of toothpaste should I use?
|There are a lot of products to choose from, and much of the decision depends on individual preference. A fluoride toothpaste is essential for optimal oral health. Beyond that, we can alert you to any other features that make one product more suitable than another for you as an individual.
Can I show up without an appointment?
|While we do encourage you to make an appointment by contacting us ahead of time, you are welcome to drop in during our normal business hours.
I don’t have insurance. What options / resources are available to me?
|We have financial options available. Please call our office to discuss.
When should a child have his or her first dental appointment?
|The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child have his or her first oral health care appointment around age one. ADHA suggests an oral health visit as soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts.
What is the best way to get my teeth whiter?
|Most people have teeth that are naturally darker than “pure” white. If you want them whiter, the best thing you can do is talk to your professional oral health care provider about your options. Whitening products vary by individuals. We recommend a consultation in office to determine the best treatment to meet your needs. Sometimes all it takes is professional prophylaxis to remove stain and then abstinence from behaviors that stain teeth, such as drinking coffee or tea, or smoking tobacco. Some people respond well to the use of whitening toothpastes while some do not. Other options available include bleaching, at home or in the office.
How do I get rid of bad breath?
|That depends on what is causing it. Often, bad breath results from less-than-optimal oral health, and sometimes people are not aware that they are not performing oral hygiene as effectively as they could be. A dental hygienist or dentist will be able to evaluate your oral health procedures and make recommendations for improvement; also, these professionals will be able to recognize any associated problems that might be contributing to an unpleasant mouth odor. If it turns out that the problem isn’t in the mouth, a physician appointment is advisable. Sinus problems, stomach problems, certain foods and medications, and other factors can contribute to bad breath.
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