Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Education & FAQ’s

Part of our commitment to our patients includes providing information that helps them make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. As a practice, we believe preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental care. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re also concerned about your health. We are focused on dental health care. Therefore, we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary.

This website is a resource we hope you will you find useful and interesting. Our goal is to provide helpful information about our practice in addition to dental conditions and treatments. Visit our site frequently for updated information.

Dental Education:

What is included in a dental exam?
Typically, comprehensive dental exam is performed at your initial visit to the dentist. After your initial exam, regular check-up exams are performed. Exams usually include the following:

What is involved in a dental cleaning?
A dental cleaning appointment involves the removal of calculus (tarter, plaque and teeth polishing. A check-up exam is also performed at most cleaning appointments.

What type of toothbrush should I use to brush my teeth?
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and directly before bed at night. The best toothbrush is small with soft rounded-end bristles. The toothbrush should not be more than three months old. The bristles should be soft enough not to cause irritation and damage to gum tissue. The head of the brush should be small enough for access to all areas of the mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) has given its stamp of approval for the use of electronic toothbrushes. The ADA notes brushes with oscillating or rotating heads are more effective than others.

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Is fluoride treatment necessary?
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.

Although most of us receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. We may sometimes recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:

Please remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important for you follow preventive measures for good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly and eat balanced meals. You should also reduce sugary snacks and be sure to schedule regular dental appointments with us.

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