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 cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

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. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

A. Adults should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft bristles.  Research has shown that a stiffer brush does not clean teeth better and it can actually contribute to gum tissue recession.  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.

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. Research has proven that using a powered toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush.  Children may find brushing with a powered toothbrush more exciting. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush may be much more comfortable and easier to use.  In addition, if you have sensitive or gum recession, a powered toothbrush can be beneficial to prevent further recession.

Q. Should I brush or floss first?

A. Our recommendation is that you brush first before flossing.  This is because you want to remove as much plaque as possible with the toothbrush and fine tune with the floss.

Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

A. We recommend fluoridated toothpaste that 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. 

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. As a courtesy we will process your insurance claim for you.  Co-payments are due at the time of service.