How often should I visit the dentist?
It is recommended that children and adults visit the dentist every six months to ensure that their gums and teeth stay healthy.
What should I expect when I go to the dentist?
If you are going to the dentist for a regular checkup, we will clean your teeth professionally, scaling all of the tartar and plaque that has built up on your teeth. You may also need X-rays, depending on when the last time you had them was. If you have not been to the dentist recently, we will want to go over your medical history with you.
After your teeth are clean, we will do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. If you are having any problems, we will use this time to discuss them with you. We will also talk to you about what you are doing at home to keep your mouth healthy.
What is plaque and why is it bad?
Plaque is clear and sticky bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. As plaque collects, it forms a hard layer called tartar. This typically forms in hard-to-reach areas near the gum line.
Bacteria found in plaque creates toxic chemicals that irritate the gums. These bacteria eventually can destroy the teeth which is known as gum disease. Gum disease can also be linked to other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and some pregnancy complications.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath can be linked to many systemic diseases, though most bad breath originates in the mouth. A dry mouth or low salivary flow can influence bad odor in the mouth. There are two main steps in managing bad breath. First, we need to control the bacteria that produces the sulfur compounds, and then we have to neutralize it.
Why should I visit the dentist two times per year?
Plaque builds up over time and this sticky bacterial film can solidify and end up turning into calculus or tartar. This substance can actually be cleaned off during a regular cleaning visit. If you come in every six months, this will keep your mouth healthy and clean and will allow potential problems to be found and diagnosed earlier.
How early should I arrive?
If it is your first appointment with us, we suggest showing up about fifteen minutes prior to your appointment so that you can fill out all of the paperwork and make sure that your insurance is ready. If you have visited us before, you can simply show up five to ten minutes before your appointment.
Will it be painful?
The examination and cleaning should not be painful; however, if you have not visited the dentist for a while, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity. Every person is different, so if you have any concerns, you can always speak to us prior to starting.
I have a fear of the dentist. Can you help?
Many people are anxious about going to the dentist. Our entire staff understands this and will answer any questions that you may have. We are happy to address any concerns that you have along the way. We can promise you that we will be here every step of the way to help. If your fears continue, we also offer sedation and full anesthesia for patients who need it.
What is fluoride and how can it help?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in some foods and also in water. A lack of exposure to fluoride places individuals of all ages at risk for dental decay. Fluoride is also important to dental health because it helps prevent tooth decay by making your tooth enamel more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria in your mouth.
I have dental insurance, what will it cover?
Each company and each plan is different, so it is important to look into what your plan will cover prior to your appointment. We are here to help as well. We are happy to contact your insurance company to determine what they will pay for and what your estimated cost will be. We are also happy to discuss payments with you. We understand that it can feel overwhelming to understand everything, so we are here to help!