FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For your convenience, we’ve answered some of the most common questions received at our dental office.

At each dental well check you will receive an exam by the doctor and a cleaning with our hygienist.

With each exam you will receive an oral cancer screening and a thorough check of tissue and teeth. During your cleaning our hygienist will use special tools to remove any build-up from the teeth. This is also called scaling. Once scaling is completed, your teeth will then be polished and flossed. We will complete your cleaning with a fluoride treatment. At the end of your appointment we will schedule your recall visit. Coming at least twice a year helps to teeth and gums healthy.

A fluoride treatment is a preventative anti-cavity gel. The fluoride is placed at the end of your dental cleaning using a foam tray or brushed on your teeth. Fluoride treatments are recommended for the four main reasons:

  1. Cavity Reduction Agent
  2. Anti-microbial
  3. Remineralize
  4. Desynthesizing Agent.

Dental radiographs, (x-rays), are used to help our doctors visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding areas that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam. Additionally x-rays help our doctors to find and treat dental problems early on that may help prevent and additional pain, cost and maybe even save your life. New patients are commended a full set of x-rays as a baseline record. Current patients are recommended to have one set of bite wing x-rays every 12 months and a full mouth series every 3-5 years depending on dental health. Additionally, if any treatment is needed, most insurance companies require a pre-operative x-ray to help with claim consideration.