Q. What is Plaque?
A. A sticky film that consistently forms on all areas of your teeth; It is composed of bacteria, by-products of bacteria, and saliva. Plaque
can also build up along the gumline and between the teeth where it can be harmful. Extended build up of plaque can turn into tartar.
Q. What do I do if I knock out my tooth?
A. For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without
touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that
has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.
Q. How often should I see a dentist?
A. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional
Q. What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency during regular
business hours, we will be glad to work you into our schedule the same day. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays.
Please call our office for the after hour emergency contact number.
Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?
A. Adults should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles. The head of the brush needs to be small enough
to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, specifically the back of the mouth, which can be hard to reach. Children should use small
toothbrushes with soft bristles. People with sensitive teeth can benefit from using gentle, soft bristled toothbrushes.
Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?
A. The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months. With each use, the bristles become
worn and cleaning effectiveness decreases. Depending on your oral health, you may need to replace your brush sooner. Typically,
children toothbrushes need to be replaced more regularly than adults.
Q. Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?
A. Generally, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as powered toothbrushes. Children may find brushing with a powered
toothbrush more exciting. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, or are an aggressive brusher, a powered toothbrush may
be much more comfortable and easier to use.
Q. Should I brush or floss first?
A. As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing before
brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.
Q. What happens if I don't have dental insurance?
A. We offer discounts for people with no insurance. We also work with a variety of different third-party financial institutes. Discounts
are available for patients who pay in full prior to the onset of treatment. Please contact us for more information.
Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?
A. No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means it
has been assessed for safety and effectiveness. Studies consistently show that fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure,
and helps prevent dental decay. Please do not hesitate to ask our team members for special reason.
Q. Is sensitivity normal after a composite filling?
A. Yes, it is normal for the tooth and surrounding area to be sensitive after a filling. This sensitivity generally lasts for a few weeks, but in rare cases can last for over a year.