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Do you have questions about your dental care? Well, we are happy to help you! Dentistry can be confusing and a bit overwhelming, but we are here to answer your questions and help you better prepare for your dental appointment. If you have additional questions that aren’t included in this blog, please feel free to call our office today and talk to our dental team.

How often should I get a dental cleaning?
It’s best if you get a dental cleaning every six months, every three months if you are a victim of gum disease. These appointments are vital if you want a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. While you are at our office, our dental team will deeply clean your teeth, nourish your smile, and reduce the risks of gum disease. The dentist will also examine your smile and identify and treat any dental issues you have.

When should I take my child in for their first visit?
It is recommended that you bring your child in for their first visit by the time they turn 1 or 6 months after their first tooth erupts. This appointment will help your child become associated with the dental office and the dental team. It will include a simple, easy, and pain-free exam as well as a fluoride treatment if it’s needed. This appointment is a great time to talk to the dentist about your pediatric dentistry questions.

How safe are dental x-rays?
Exposure to radiation is dangerous, but with the advancements in dental technology, many offices utilize digital x-rays, which are x-ray machines that only use a small amount of radiation. Even with traditional x-ray machines, the amount of radiation used is still a small amount.

How can I prevent dental problems?
There are many things you can do to prevent dental problems, like attending your six month checkups, staying consistent with your oral hygiene routine, and utilizing dental sealants. As long as you do these things, your smile is likely to stay in tip-top shape.

I’m afraid of the dental office. What should I do?
Many people are afraid of the dental office, so there’s nothing to be ashamed of. But there are many things you can do to make that fear disappear. First, you can talk to your dentist about a “stop” signal. Throughout the treatment, you can give this signal at any time and the dentist will give you the break you need. You can also bring music to your appointment, which will help you stay relaxed and calm. Lastly, you can use sedation dentistry. If you talk to your dentist, you can decide on a dental sedative that will help you get through your appointment with ease.