Dental care can be confusing and overwhelming at times, which can result in a lot of unanswered questions. So, to help you, we have provided answers to the following frequently asked questions! If you have additional questions that were not answered in this blog, please feel free to call our office and talk to a member of our friendly team.
How often should I get a dental cleaning?
It is strongly recommended that you receive a dental cleaning and checkup every six months. These appointments allow our dental team to deeply clean your smile, reduce the risks of gum disease, and nourish and strengthen your teeth. It also gives our dentist the chance to examine your entire smile and identify as well as treat any problems you may have.
When should I take my child in for their first visit?
We recommend bringing your child into our office for their first appointment by the time they are 1 year old or 6 months after their first tooth erupts. The first appointment will be simple, easy, and pain free. It will also give you the chance to ask the dentist any questions you have about your child’s oral health.
How safe are dental x-rays?
Exposure to any amount of radiation can be dangerous, but the dose of radiation you are exposed to while taking x-rays is extremely small. With the latest advancements in dentistry, many dental offices are able to utilize digital x-rays, which only use tiny amounts of radiation.
How can I prevent dental problems?
Prevention dentistry is a great way to prevent dental issues. Make sure you attend your six month checkups and you are consistent and diligent in your oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with fluoride, bacteria-killing, or anti-gingivitis mouthwash daily. You can also prevent dental issues by protecting your teeth with dental sealants.
I’m afraid of the dental office. What should I do?
If you’re afraid of the dental office, the best thing you can do is talk to your dentist about it. Before your treatment begins, you can discuss a “stop” signal that will give you the control you need. You can also bring music into the office with you and listen to it during your treatment. Dental offices also have sedation dentistry, which is a great tool in helping you feel more comfortable in the dental chair.