Frequently Asked Dental Questions

How do I know when it's time to come in for a check up and cleaning?

What about my children, at what age do they first see a dentist?

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

What makes you different from any other dental practice I can visit?

How often should I brush and floss?




How do I know when it's time to come in for a check up and cleaning?

An average, healthy adult person typically benefits from a professional cleaning and check up every six months. However, it's tough to generalize because every mouth is different. Some people are prone to gum disease, bruxism, or other ongoing oral health concerns that require more frequent visits; others simply need a routine professional tartar removal at regular intervals. That's why we're so careful to check methodically and determine what kind of ongoing professional treatment will achieve your optimum dental health.


What about my children, at what age do they first see a dentist?

Early visits provide several advantages: they give us the opportunity to spot and prevent any potential oral health/dental problems; they can also give the child a positive, non-threatening dental office experience. Also, the American Dental Association recommends that children have their first visit by the age of one. We recommend parents bring their child in at this time, or at whatever age they're most willing to communicate with an adult other than a parent.


What if I need to cancel an appointment?

In order to maintain a well-run office, we appreciate as much notice as possible for appointment cancellations. This enables us to work on other patients who need to be seen as well as staff our office effectively to keep health care costs down. A minimum of 24 hours notice is requested. Patients who cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, except in the case of emergencies, will be charged a fee.


What makes you different from any other dental practice I can visit?

When you become a patient of our practice, we get to know you as an individual. Since our goal is to help you obtain and then maintain the best possible oral health, we take time to understand your dental history, assess your current dental health status, and think through the best options for your particular needs. We also make sure we equip you with the information you need to make wise and healthy choices for your own long-term dental health.


How often should I brush and floss?

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) and floss at least once a day. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.