Frequently Asked Questions
What questions should I ask a new dentist?
Asking questions before choosing a dentist is very important. That way, you can get to know the dental team and the environment in order to decide whether they’re a good fit for you.
Here are some questions you’ll want to ask a potential dentist:
- Is gum disease or gingivitis something I should be worried about?
- Am I at risk for future dental issues?
- What are your tips for better oral hygiene at home?
- Do you have any payment plans?
- Why are my teeth so sensitive?
- Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening treatments?
- What is causing the pain in my teeth?
- Do you offer any procedures that would benefit me?
Your dentist should be an advisor and an advocate for your dental health. Our dentist can recommend dental products, give advice on issues before they become problematic, and provide information on ways to improve your dental hygiene based on your specific needs. We are here to help you and want to make sure you’re comfortable at our office.
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Visiting the dentist is important for the appearance of your smile and also for the health of your mouth. Even if you take good care of your teeth, there are areas of your mouth that can be difficult to clean consistently. Those areas can become prone to cavities or bacterial infection.
When you visit us every six months for your cleaning and exam, we’ll thoroughly clean every area of your mouth and see if you need any additional treatments. When the focus is on prevention, you’re less likely to undergo invasive dental procedures if you keep up with your regular appointments.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
The easiest way to get your kids to brush their teeth is to make it fun. If you’re excited about brushing, they will be too. Children tend to mimic their parents’ behaviors, for better or worse. So set a good example by participating in a regular oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing every day.
Children may need a little guidance when flossing until their motor skills are developed enough to do it on their own. If you’re still having trouble motivating them to participate in oral hygiene routines, let our dentist know at your appointment, and they can offer some helpful advice.
What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?
Fluoride is a mineral that fights bacteria and plaque, which erode enamel, thereby preventing cavities. While our bodies naturally make fluoride, it’s also present in some tap water, certain kinds of toothpaste, and some mouthwashes.
Since fluoride aids in protecting against cavities, we recommend using dental products that contain fluoride as part of your oral care. We also offer professional fluoride treatments that are highly concentrated and only take a few minutes to apply.