Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why do I need X-rays?
X-rays are used to detect cavities and to assist the doctor and hygienist to diagnose the health of your gums.
2) How often should X-rays be taken?
If you are a new patient, ask to have your x-rays transferred to our office prior to your first appointment. If you have not had x-rays taken within the past year, a full set of x-rays may be taken on your first visit. Depending upon your physical and/or dental health, you may only need x-rays once a year.
3) How safe are dental X-rays?
There is little risk in dental x-rays. Lab aprons and digital x-rays are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.
4) Do you take my insurance?
Our office will work with you to maximize your dental insurance. Due to the number of different insurance plans, we recommend that you call our office so we can verify the provider and covered benefits.
5) When should I bring my children in for their first visit?
We like to have children come in to the office when their front baby teeth have erupted, generally at 1 year to 18 months.
6) Are baby teeth that important to my child?
Primary or baby teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming the path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready erupt.
7) How do dental sealants work?
Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth causing cavities. This application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
8) How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Children should visit a dentist regularly beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. At these visits, the hygienist will recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet will give your children a lifetime of healthy habits.
9) Can I just get a cleaning?
A cleaning alone may or may not be the proper treatment for your teeth and gums, that is why we recommend an initial appointment with the doctor so we will be able to determine the health status of your mouth and provide the correct treatment.
10) How often should I brush my teeth?
The American Dental Association (ADA) advocates brushing twice each day and flossing at least once a day to disrupt the formation of plaque that keeps the bacteria that causes decay. This may not be enough for some people, depending on factors such as their diets and the efficiency of their brushing technique. We recommend that you discuss this with your dental hygienist who understands your individual oral health needs and will be able to make a recommendation appropriate for you.