We recommend you brush your teeth twice a day and encourage daily flossing. The most effective way to prevent the build up of plaque is through daily flossing.
You should have one time a day where you spend more time brushing then what you would do in the bathroom. Brushing teeth is not very exciting and with toothpaste in our mouth, standing in front of the mirror, we won't spend enough time. Find a time when you are doing something that only requires 1/2 your attention and brush with a dry tooth brush for about 5 minutes. Watching T.V., reading a book, or on the computer are good times to do this.
What kind of toothbrush is most recommended?
We recommend a soft bristled brush for the optimal health of your gums. We also suggest a small headed brush to get around each tooth more thoroughly.
Hard toothbrushes are popular with some people but they do not clean as well as the soft ones.
Do I need to floss regularly?
Yes, it is important to floss daily because flossing removes plaque between teeth where it is hard for a toothbrush to reach. A major contributing factor to gum disease is caused by not flossing.
How often should I have a dental cleaning and examination?
For optimal oral health, we recommend that you find a dentist get a dental cleaning and exam every six months. An oral exam consists of examining your teeth, removing plaque, potentially taking x-rays, along with a deep tooth cleaning and polish.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Unfortunately, most people that have gum disease are unaware of it. Because gum disease is painless as it begins, it is crucial to schedule regular dental exams. Symptoms of gum disease include consistent bad breath, receding gums, red or bleeding gums, new spaces between teeth, and loose teeth. If you have a concern about gum disease we recommend you make an appointment at our dentist clinic.
How can I get rid of stains or discolorations on my teeth?
There are many products and methods available to whiten teeth. However, we recommend professional teeth whitening as the best way to improve your smile. Contact our dentist clinic today, to find out more information about teeth whitening and if it is right for you.
Should I replace my old silver fillings?
Silver amalgam fillings eventually need to be replaced. The average life span of a silver filling varies due its leakage, breakdown or recurrent decay. During your scheduled appointment with us, we can tell you when they need to be replaced. Replacing your fillings with white filling materials, porcelain inlays, or crowns and veneers can give you the beautiful, long lasting smile you are seeking.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please make sure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us with the necessary paperwork and insurance information. To save time, you can also print the Intake Forms located on our forms page, and bring them filled out to your appointment.
Do you allow same day or emergency dentist appointments?
We do set aside certain times during the day for emergency dentist visits. Once you are an established patient we will try to help you with your dental emergencies whenever they occur.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require 24 hours notice to cancel all appointments. Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the visit.
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