Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I clean my teeth?

We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss between your teeth at least once per day to prevent the buildup of plaque.

Is flossing really important?

Yes. Flossing cleans the areas between your teeth that your toothbrush is not able to reach. It is an important part of preventing both gum disease and cavities.

How often should I visit the dentist?

We recommend a professional cleaning and exam every 6 months for most patients.

What can I do to improve my smile?

One common characteristic of all nice smiles is that they are free from gum disease and cavities. Schedule an appointment for a professional cleaning and exam to start. If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, ask your dentist at the time of your exam, or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Do you take insurance?

We are a Premium Provider for Delta Dental and accept most other insurance plans "out of network". Call to speak with our front desk to ask about your individual insurance plan.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Yes. The radiation exposure from dental radiographs is extremely small and it is part of our philosophy to limit your exposure to the lowest level needed to diagnose your dental condition. That being said, radiographs are a crucial component to our examination. Many conditions are visible on a radiograph long before we can see them clinically, allowing us to treat them when they are still small.

Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Yes. Amalgam has been used in dentistry for 150 years without any evidence of negative health consequences. The ADA, U.S. Public Health Service, and CDC continue to recommend its usage as a restorative material.

When should I bring my child for his/her first visit?

Your child's primary teeth begin erupting when they are around 6 months old. It is important to brush your child's teeth as soon as they erupt into the mouth and to provide a nutritious diet that minimizes the risk for cavities. Schedule your child's first visit around or shortly after their third birthday so we can help ensure a lifetime with a healthy smile.

Does everyone need their wisdom teeth removed?

No, but many do. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and erupt (around age 18). Most people do not have adequate space in their jaws to accomodate these teeth, so they become impacted. The impacted teeth can be a source of infections, cysts, tumors, or can cause bone loss around neighboring teeth. To avoid these complications, we recommend a radiographic evaluation of the wisdom teeth at our office starting around age 16 or 17. We can then properly provide our patients with a recommendation for treatment or no treatment.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an option for tooth replacement or denture anchorage. It involves the surgical placement of a titanium screw-like fixture in the bone and allowing it to heal for a period of several months. Then a crown, bridge, or denture anchor is attached to the top of the fixture.

For any questions you have not listed above or for a more complete explanation, please ask your dentist.

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