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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page! We’re glad you’re here. Asking questions is a crucial first step toward achieving and maintaining good dental health. Whether you’re curious about our services, treatments, or how to take better care of your teeth, we’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out—your journey to a healthier, brighter smile starts with a single question!

Preventive Care:

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth and under the gumline.

What are the best practices for maintaining good oral hygiene?

Use fluoride toothpaste, brush for at least two minutes, floss daily, use mouthwash, limit sugary snacks and drinks, and visit your dentist regularly.

How often should I visit the dentist for a check-up?

It’s recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a routine check-up and cleaning. However, your dentist may suggest more frequent visits based on your individual needs.

Common Dental Issues:

What causes cavities and how can I prevent them?

Cavities are caused by tooth decay from bacteria that produce acid, which erodes the tooth enamel. Prevent cavities by brushing and flossing daily, reducing sugary foods and drinks, and visiting the dentist regularly.

What are the symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease?

Symptoms include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in bite.  It’s painless, and you can lose all your teeth from this condition.  We recommend coming in every 6 months to prevent this debilitating tooth loss. 

How can I treat sensitive teeth?

Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, avoid acidic foods and drinks,  or use a soft tooth brush.  Call us for treating chronic sensitivity and more definitive treatment options such as bonding, crowns and root canals.

Why are my teeth getting shorter and cracking?

You are probably grinding your teeth. Most bruxing, better known as grinding, is done unconsciously as a coping mechanism for stress and usually this happens while sleeping.

Dental Treatments and Procedures:

What is the process for getting a dental crown or filling?

For a crown, the dentist shapes the tooth, takes an impression, and places a temporary crown. The permanent crown is fitted in a subsequent visit. For a filling, the dentist removes decay, cleans the area, and fills the cavity with a suitable material.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, improve chewing and speech, prevent bone loss, and enhance the appearance of your smile.

How do orthodontic treatments like braces or Invisalign work?

Braces use brackets and wires to gradually move teeth into alignment, while Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners. Both methods apply gentle pressure to reposition the teeth over time.

Cosmetic Dentistry:

What options are available for teeth whitening?

We offer the Opalescence Go take-home kit for $95

How can I fix chipped or crooked teeth?
Treatments include bonding, veneers, crowns, and clear aligners, such as Invisalign.  We can recommend the best option during your consultation appointment.
What are veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They can fix discoloration, chips, gaps, and minor misalignment.

Emergency Dental Care:

What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

Rinse the tooth gently, try to place it back in the socket, or keep it in a container of milk or saliva. Seek emergency dental care immediately.

How can I manage a dental emergency until I see a dentist?

For pain, use over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses. For broken teeth, rinse with warm water and use gauze for bleeding. Preserve knocked-out teeth in milk or saliva.

What are the signs of a dental infection?
Symptoms include severe toothache pain, swelling, heat, redness, trouble swallowing, loss functionality, and a bad taste in your mouth. Seek dental care promptly if you experience these signs.

Oral Health and Overall Wellness:

How does my oral health affect my overall health?

Poor oral health can lead to systemic issues such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, and complications during pregnancy.

Can certain medical conditions affect my dental health?

Yes, conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases can impact oral health, making regular dental care essential.

Are there any dietary recommendations for better oral health?

Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy. Avoid excessive sugary foods and drinks, and drink plenty of water.

Insurance and Payment:

Are mobile dental services covered by insurance?

We offer premium, personalized dental care designed to meet your unique needs. Our services are crafted to provide exceptional quality and convenience, often beyond the scope of traditional insurance plans.

What payment options are available?

Our payment options include:

Customized Payment Plans: We work with you to create a payment schedule that fits your budget, allowing you to spread the cost of your treatment over time.

CareCredit: Use CareCredit to finance your dental care with low monthly payments and special financing options, making it easier to afford the treatments you need.

By offering these flexible payment solutions, we aim to ensure that you can receive the highest quality dental care without financial stress.