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Q: How Often should I see the dentist?
A: We recommend coming in every six months, and every three months for people with gum disease.

Q: When should my child's first dental visit be?
A: We suggest that at six-months-old should be their visit to the dental office. At this time we can check for the early development of cavities as a result from using a bottle too much, and we can give the parents important instructions on how to maintain their child's teeth.

Q: What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?
A: We strongly recommend the Oral B Braun 3D electronic brush. We sell them at the office at a discounted price of $75. Included are two handles and four brush heads. As for toothpaste we recommend Arm and Hammer Baking Soda with Peroxide.

Q: How do I know if I have a cavity?
A: Almost every time you wouldn't know. With most cavities you will not have any substantial pain or discomfort. By the time you realize the pain it will have already hit the nerve and putting you at risk of having an abscess tooth. Therefore it's of the utmost importance that you come in every six months so we can catch cavities before they become very dangerous and painful.

Q: What is an abscess tooth?
A: It's where bacteria from the cavity has infected the inside of the tooth, called the nerve, and spreads to the supporting bone. This can cause swelling, dead tissue, and can potentially make you very ill. You may not even know that you have an abscess tooth till a dentist takes an x-ray to view the bone destruction.

Q: I've never had nitrous before what is like? Will I be awake?
A: Also called "laughing gas", nitrous will make you feel good and relaxed. It decreases your gag reflex and increases your pain threshold so that you don't feel too much pain or discomfort. Many patients are able to easily fall asleep with the use of nitrous, as time will go by much quicker. There is no side-effects or risk to using nitrous, as we carefully monitor all of our patients to make sure they have the desired result of being happy and relaxed.

Q: What's the best way to whiten my teeth?
A: We are asked about this a lot, and the best way is to come into our office and be evaluated by the dentist. We offer at-home whitening with comfortable disposable trays that have to be worn for only a hour a day. One system of trays, that includes 10 upper and lower trays, costs $105. Most patients to whiten optimally will require the use 3-4 systems, but they will notice significant whitening after their first system. For more information see our Teeth Whitening Procedures.

Q: How do I know what is covered on my dental benefits?
A: Certainly read your policy booklet, which explains those benefits, however, our excellently trained staff would be happy to research your dental or medical benefits for you and give you an estimate of what will covered.

Q: Do you have a payment plan?
A: Yes we do. We have many available financing options from CareCredit. Included are interest free options for 3, 6, or 12 months depending on which you qualify for. Or additional payment plans exist for up to 4 years for those that qualify. For more information check our Financing Options or the CareCredit web site.

Q: What is the single most effective way to prevent cavities?
A: It depends on the location, but overall sealant are the #1 preventive method against cavities. Sealants protect the deep grooves and pits that are found on the biting surface of the teeth, where 75% of the cavities are found. For more information see our Procedure on Sealants.

Q: We really don't have to worry about cavities forming on baby teeth, because they are going to lose them anyways right?
A: Wrong. Primary or baby teeth are extremely important for your child's health, well-being, and comfort. Cavities, even on baby teeth, can cause pain, infection, and discomfort for your child. In addition it can actually harm the development of the permanent teeth that are growing below them.

Q: How often should I brush?
A: At least twice a day.