How often should I go to the dentist?

Most patients should see the dentist twice a year. These checkups every six months can help maintain your oral health and prevent tooth decay. Decay can lead to cavities and other issues that may require more intensive treatments. Some patients may be advised to visit the dentist more often than twice a year depending on their treatment plans.

What dental symptoms require a visit to the dentist?

Ideally, seeing a dentist on a regular basis will help prevent most symptoms and issues. It’s important to address any pain or other unexpected changes to your mouth, gums, or teeth by promptly scheduling an appointment with your dentist. These symptoms include sores in your mouth, pain in your jaw, face or gum swelling, sensitivity, broken teeth, bad breath, and other issues. When in doubt, get it checked out!

Does my insurance cover my dental appointment?

Many insurances do cover preventive dental care, such as your regular cleaning appointment. If you’re not sure whether your policy does, feel free to give us a call. We’ll be happy to check for you.

Will my dental procedure be painful?

We’re dedicated to ensuring that you’re comfortable during your dental appointment. We are gentle whether you’re in the office for a cleaning or a root canal, and you can expect to be at ease during both. We use the latest technologies and numbing agents to make sure that you remain as relaxed as possible during your appointment.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an issue that affects the soft tissue in your mouth — your gums. It sometimes can occur when plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth through poor oral hygiene. It can cause gum bleeding, loose teeth, inflammation, pain and other issues, so it’s important to schedule an appointment with us if you think you might be experiencing any of those symptoms. Gum disease can be treated with the proper plan in place.

Is my child old enough to see the dentist?

If your child has teeth, they are old enough to come and see us! Dental experts recommend that by at least age 1 — or within six months of their first tooth coming in — children should have their first dental visit. It’s important to begin care and good oral hygiene habits as early as possible.

How can I take care of my teeth between appointments?

One of the best ways you can prevent cavities and other issues in your mouth is to take good care of your smile between appointments with your dentist. It’s important to brush thoroughly at least twice a day, and floss regularly. If you don’t have the opportunity to brush after eating or drinking something sugary, acidic, or otherwise harmful, try to rinse with water.

Do I have to have an X-ray at the dentist?

X-rays at the dentist are safe, and we limit their use to keep you even safer. It is important to perform periodic X-rays to monitor ongoing health and issues that might not be immediately apparent to the naked eye.

If I don’t like my smile, what are my options?

If you don’t like your smile, there could be a number of things we can do to help. First, ask yourself, what about your smile do you not like? If it’s the shape of your teeth, their alignment, one tooth in particular, the color, or another factor, simply tell us what you have in mind. Our team can suggest plans and approaches to help you start feeling confident about your smile.


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