Frequently Asked Questions

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How often should I go to the dentist?

You should see your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and cleaning, and more often if you have any dental problems or concerns.

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

Call us immediately if you have a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or severe toothache. We may be able to see you on the same day, or we can give you advice on how to manage the situation until you can get to the office.

What can I do to prevent cavities?

The best way to prevent cavities is to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and avoiding sugary or acidic foods and drinks. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help protect your teeth.

What should I expect during
a dental check-up?

During a dental check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay, gum disease, or other issues. We may also take x-rays, clean your teeth, and provide advice on oral hygiene and preventive care.

What are the benefits of
professional teeth cleaning?

Professional teeth cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, which can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. It can also give you fresher breath and a brighter smile.

How can I whiten my teeth?

There are several options for whitening your teeth, including in-office treatments, at-home whitening kits, and over-the-counter products. One of our dentists can recommend the best option based on your needs and budget.

What should I do if I have sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, you should see your dentist to rule out any underlying dental problems. We may recommend desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, or other options to help reduce sensitivity.

What is a root canal, and
why might I need one?

A root canal is a dental procedure that involves removing the infected or damaged pulp from a tooth and replacing it with a filling. You may need a root canal if you have a deep cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, or an abscess.

What are dental implants, and
are they right for me?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone and used to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They can be a good option if you have one or more missing teeth, but your dentist will need to evaluate your oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

What is gum disease,
and how can I prevent it?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and bones that support your teeth. It can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, and seeing your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

What are the signs of oral cancer,
and how can I prevent it?

The signs of oral cancer include persistent mouth sores, swelling, or lumps. You may also experience difficulty chewing or swallowing and persistent hoarseness or sore throat. To reduce your risk of oral cancer, you should avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist regularly for check-ups.

What is bruxism, and how can I treat it?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching, which can cause damage to your teeth and jaw. Your dentist may recommend a nightguard or other treatment to help protect your teeth and alleviate symptoms.

What are dental sealants,
and how do they work?

Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to help prevent cavities. They work by filling in the grooves and crevices where food and bacteria can get trapped, making it easier to keep your teeth clean.

Can I still see my dentist if I'm pregnant?

Not only is it safe to see your dentist while you’re pregnant, but it’s also important for your oral health and your baby’s health. Always let our dental team know that you are pregnant so we can take any necessary precautions and avoid specific procedures during certain stages of pregnancy.

What should I do if I have
a fear of the dentist?

If you fear the dentist, it’s important to communicate this with us so we can help you feel more comfortable. This may include using sedation, taking breaks during procedures, or providing distraction techniques.

What is the difference between
a filling and a crown?

A filling is used to repair a small to medium-sized cavity while a crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth to restore its shape, strength, and function. Our dentists will recommend the best option for you based on the size and location of the cavity.

How can I keep my child's teeth healthy?

You can help keep your child’s teeth healthy by establishing good oral hygiene habits early on, including brushing and flossing daily, limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and taking them to the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help protect your teeth.

What should I do if I have a dry mouth?

If you have a dry mouth, you should see your dentist to determine the underlying cause and possible treatments. They may recommend drinking plenty of water, using artificial saliva products, or adjusting your medication if that is the cause.

How can I pay for dental care
if I don't have insurance?

There are several options for paying for dental care if you don’t have insurance, including dental savings plans, discount plans, and payment plans offered by some dental offices. Your dentist may also offer sliding-scale fees based on income or provide free or low-cost care through a community program.

How can I find a good dentist?

You can find a good dentist by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or your primary care doctor, checking online reviews, and scheduling a consultation or initial appointment to get a sense of their approach to patient care and customer service. It’s important to find a dentist you trust and feel comfortable with to help maintain your oral health.

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