FAQ

How often should I see a dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

What if I have an emergency?

Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will do everything we can to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. If you require care after hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

Are you taking new patients?

YES. Our patients love us they often refer their friends and family because they want to see them receive the same level of care. We are proud of the confidence our patients have placed in us and giving us a high number of patients from referrals.

My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Taking care of these problems early can prevent painful dental emergencies down the road.

At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

We suggest around age two having your child come along to your visit or an older sibling’s appointment to watch. This allows them to hear the noises, smell the smells and see how the chair moves and the items being put in the mouth. We will give the child a “ride” in the chair and count teeth at this visit if they are willing.   We believe by starting dental visits at an early age, you will help your child have a favorable outlook towards dental care throughout life.  After the first visit, be sure and schedule regular checkups every six months.

When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for 2-3 minutes each time. We recommend that adults and children should change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions as you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks in order to keep any bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as you start feeling better.

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly, and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease.

Common signs of gum disease:

  • Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gum line
  • Abscessed teeth
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are a thin resin coating placed on newly erupted molars. They fill the deep grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces to prevent bacteria causing cavities in these spots.

Is it normal for my teeth to be sensitive after new filling or crown?

Yes. Teeth are often sensitive, especially to cold, for a few days after a new filling or crown. If the sensitivity lingers for more than a few weeks, please call us to have the tooth checked for other problems.

Why am I getting sent to a specialist?

We provide all general dentistry services and refer to dental specialists when specialty care is required including Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatrics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. We feel it is best to have you see someone that specializes in the procedure you require.

Our close working relationship with these specialty doctors helps us to provide dental care that is seamless and consistent. Collaboration also provides educational opportunities and professional growth as we work together on behalf of our patients’ needs.

Do you accept online payments?

Yes. Online payments can be made thru the patient portal link at the bottom of this page.