First Appointment
How early should I arrive for my first appointment?

Please plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to complete paperwork and insurance information.

What should I bring to my initial visit?

Insurance card, names of medications you currently take, the name of the previous dentist and current primary care provider.

How long will my first appointment last?

First visits typically last about an hour. Expect to receive an oral exam, teeth cleaning and have x-rays taken if you have not provided a recent set.

General Dentistry
How often should patients visit the dentist?

The general rule of thumb is twice a year. It allows for professional cleaning and early detection of disease

Why should I visit the dentist regularly?

It allows your dentist to monitor your oral health and look for changes.

What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?

In the case of a dental emergency, contact your dentist immediately. If you have an abscess, go to an ER or Urgent Care facility.

Why should I floss if I brush my teeth every day?

Flossing removes plaque and leftover food debris in places your toothbrush can’t reach like between the teeth and below the gum line.

How can I prevent tooth decay and cavities?

Brush two times a day with FDA-approved fluoride toothpaste, with proper nutrition and the use of supplemental fluoride which can strengthen the teeth.

Why does the dentist take digital X-rays?

A dentist takes x-rays to gain a clear understanding of your dental health. It provides a clearer picture than what the visual examination can provide. It also will the diagnosis and treatment of diseases before it becomes serious.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the advanced form of gum disease that destroys the soft tissue of the mouth and bone that supports the teeth. Left untreated, it can result in tooth and bone loss.

Why do my teeth get discolored or darken?

This can happen both intrinsic and extrinsic.

  • Intrinsic is in the inner tooth or dentin with too much exposure to fluoride as a child and or antibiotics such as tetracycline.
  • Extrinsic means the staining of the outer tooth with liquids such as coffee, wine soda, and smoking as well.

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