Frequently Asked Questions

I have a missing tooth. What ways are there to replace it?

Bridge, partial or implant crown.

I recently moved and need a new dentist. How can I find one?

Ask family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations. Also you can call the local dental society.

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth place on premolars and molars to prevent tooth decay. Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in between the ages of 6 to 14. The dentist will make the recommendation if they feel there is a high cavity index.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

Teeth may become sensitive during the whitening process.

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

Around the age of 2

How safe are dental x-rays?

We use digital x-ray machines that limit the radiation beam and exposure to the small area being x-rayed. It is usually much less than the conventional xray films before digital xrays became available.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Every three to four months

Which is better? Manual or power toothbrush?

Power toothbrushes remove more plaque and reduces gingivitis

What is a good mouthwash?

Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash

How effective are whitening tooth pastes?

All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only

How do I know what toothpaste to use?

When purchasing a toothpaste for you or your child, select one that contains fluoride. Fluoride contain toothpastes have been shown to prevent cavities.

How often show I get my teeth cleaned?

Minimally every six months, but the dentist/hygienist may recommend a shorter interval (3-4 months instead of 6)

How often do I need x-rays?

Usually once a year unless a problem occurs and is requested by the dentist upon evaluation.