Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes. Plan to show up 10-15 minutes early so we can spend a little extra time making sure everything is just right for your first visit.
What should I do if I need premedication?
Some patients require premedication. You’ll need to call your surgeon or PCP and ask them for a prescription. They’ll walk you through when and how to take it the day of.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Make sure to bring your insurance card, a list of medications and, most importantly, your smile.
How long will my first appointment take?
Your first appointment will take 1.5 – 2 hours. We want to make sure there’s plenty of time to answer all your questions before you leave.
Why should I go to the dentist regularly?
The easiest way to keep your smile healthy is prevention. Seeing your dentist regularly means potentially big issues can be caught and addressed early and easily.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the structure surrounding the tooth, which includes the gums. Unchecked, it can cause loss of the tooth.
Do whitening toothpastes work?
What should I do about bleeding gums?
Come see us. Even if you get a checkup every 6 months, some issues can have underlying, non-dental causes. We can help you pinpoint the issue and get you back on track to oral health.
Do I need to see the dentist if I have dentures?
Yes. Your dentist cares for more than just your teeth. Regular visits to your dentist can keep your whole mouth healthy and rule out oral cancer.
Why do I have to floss? Isn't brushing enough?
Brushing your teeth is very important. But your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth. Adding flossing into your regular brushing routine significantly improves the health of your smile.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
It’s important to establish good dental care early in life. A great way to help your kids build those skills is to brush with them! Make brushing a family affair and set them on the road to a stunning smile.
How can I prevent cavities?
Prevention is KEY. Brushing and flossing daily is the best thing you can do to prevent cavities. Make sure to see your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and check up.
Why does the dentist take X-rays?
Just like your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth*, neither can your dentist see between them. X-rays help your dentist spot any potential issues that may need to be addressed.
*Remember to floss to clean between your teeth!
What is fluoride and why is it important to dental health?
Fluoride is a mineral that is often added to toothpaste, mouthwash, and drinking water. It’s used to strengthen the enamel on your teeth and prevent cavities.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be a real pain. But there are a few things you can do to reduce their sensitivity. Good oral care helps reduce the symptoms as well as using over the counter toothpastes that reduce sensitivity.
I just found out I’m pregnant - how does this affect my oral health?
First of all – congratulations! We love helping families set good dental habits early in life. Pregnancy brings a lot of changes with it – your smile included. Be sure to make your 6 month checkup and come see us if you notice any new issues.
I have diabetes. Should I tell my dentist?
Yes. Diabetes and gum disease are linked. Knowing you have Diabetes will keep your dentist on the lookout for any signs of decay. Be sure to set good brushing and flossing habits and see your dentist every 6 months.
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