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  1. Q. How often should I see my pediatric dentist?

    A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

  2. Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

    A. One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

    During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.

  3. Q. What does "painless dentistry" mean?

    A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.

  4. Q. What if I have an emergency?

    A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

  5. Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

    A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards.

  6. Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

    A. Teens should use a small to medium size toothbrush with soft to medium bristles. 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. If you have sensitive teeth use gentle, soft bristled toothbrushes. Many kinds of toothbrushes are available. Your pediatric dentist can help you decide which type of brush is most suitable for you.

  7. 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.

  8. Q. Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

    A. Generally, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as powered toothbrushes. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush may be much more comfortable and easier to use. Regardless of what toothbrush you choose, be sure to select one you like and find easy to use.

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

    A. No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and 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.

  10. Q. How often should I floss?

    A. You should floss once daily to prevent cavities from forming in between the teeth. Flossing also helps preserve the health of your gums.

  11. Q. Should I brush or floss first?

    A. As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss, or floss then brush. But flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.

  12. Q. I play sports. How should I protect my teeth?

    A mouth guard should be a top priority on your list of sports equipment. Athletic mouth protectors, or mouth guards, are made of soft plastic and fit comfortably to the shape of the upper teeth. They protect your teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries. Any mouth guard works better than no mouth guard, but a custom-fitted mouth guard fitted by our doctor is your best protection against sports-related injuries.

  13. Q. How safe are dental X-rays?

    With contemporary safeguards, such as lead aprons and high-speed film, the amount of radiation received in a dental X-ray examination is extremely small. Even though there is very little risk, pediatric dentists are particularly careful to minimize the exposure of patients to radiation. In fact, dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.

  14. Q. Tongue Piercing – Is it really cool?

    Nowadays, many people have piercings on their lips, tongue or cheeks. Most people are not aware that oral piercings can be dangerous. Oral piercings can cause blood clots, blood poisoning, and chipped or cracked teeth. Infection is a very common side effect. These are just a few of the complications caused by oral piercings.