Frequently Asked Questions
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.
A. For life-threatening emergency please call 911. Otherwise, please call our office as soon as possible. If this happens during regular business hours, we will be glad to work you into our schedule. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the emergency contact number.
Adults 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. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. People with sensitive teeth can benefit from using gentle, soft bristled toothbrushes.
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. Typically, children toothbrushes need to be replaced more regularly than adults.
Generally, manual toothbrushes can be just as effective as powered toothbrushes. Children may find brushing with a powered toothbrush more exciting. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush may be much more comfortable and easier to use. In many cases powered brushes can provide the desire pressure and access.
As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.
Yes. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We will process your insurance claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment.
If you have had a joint replacement and taken antibiotics before dental work in the past, you may not need to make a trip to the pharmacy before your next procedure. It is no longer necessary for most dental patients with orthopedic implants to have antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infection. For more information visit https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/a/joint-replacement
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