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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about dental health for your family, our office practices and other common patient inquiries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do regular visits to the dentist matter?

 

Regular dental visits allow you to identify and treat oral health problems early on when treatment options are likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.

 

How often do I have to go to the dentist?

 

There is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment. Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year while others may need more visits. You are a unique individual, with a unique smile and diverse needs when it comes to keeping your smile healthy.  At your appointment we’ll determine your ideal frequency.

 

How often do dental X-rays need to be taken?

 

X-rays are a useful diagnostic too to help your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. Our office uses digital x-rays, which drastically reduces the levels of radiation exposure. 

 

Is your office open on Weekends?

 

Yes, we have weekend hours available for bookings. Please contact us for an appointment here.

 

Does your office have direct billing to insurance?

 

Yes, we are an assignment office and the ability to bill directly to insurance companies.

 

Do you offer teeth whitening in your office?

 

Yes. Contact our office for an appointment booking.

 

What are your options for patients with dental treatment anxiety?

 

We are highly experienced at dealing with patient anxiety. Our friendly staff is very experienced and we maintain a welcoming, warm atmosphere. We also offer various modalities of sedation to help our patients relax through appointments. If you are an anxious patient, consider bringing an ipod with soothing music or any other device that might help.   

 

Do you see patients of all ages?

 

Absolutely. As a general dentist office, our services include treatments (preventive, cosmetic, restorative, orthodontic) suitable for patients of all ages. . If we find that you or your child would benefit from seeing a specialist, we'll promptly refer to a specialist for optimal care.

 

Do I need to visit the dentist during pregnancy?


Yes. Due to hormone changes during pregnancy, some women’s dental care needs special attention during this time. For instance, you may notice that your gums appear to bleed more easily.

 

What causes cavities?


A cavity is a little hole in your tooth caused by destruction of tooth enamel. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down.

 

What is gum disease?

 

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

 

Why is it important to floss?

 

Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can't reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.

 

What is tooth sensitivity?

 

Tooth sensitivity means experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks, ice cream or even when brushing or flossing. Several factors can contribute to tooth sensitivity including cavities, gum disease, a fractured tooth or worn enamel. Come and see us to determine whether you have sensitivity or a cavity.

 

What are dental implants?

 

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

 

What causes bad breath?

 

Bad breath has many possible causes:

 

  • smelly gases released by bacteria that coat your teeth and gums

  • food trappings in between teeth

  • strong food such as garlic, coffee and onions

  • medical conditions such as dry mouth syndrome

  • diabetes or liver/ kidney problems may also cause bad breath

  • infections in the throat, nose or lungs

  • smoking

 

Our team will work with you to identify the cause of your bad breath and help you resolve it.