At what age should my child get a first dental checkup?

To prevent future dental problems, we recommend that the visit occur no sooner than the first tooth, no later than the second birthday.

Is it really that important to take care of baby teeth?

Yes! Not only do baby teeth help children with the critical functions of speaking and chewing, they also help form the path that permanent teeth will follow.

How often should I get a dental checkup?

In dentistry, a good offense is typically more affordable and comfortable than a good defense. So, whenever possible, prevent problems instead of waiting for them to occur. For most people, a checkup every six months is ideal.

Will I need x-rays?

If you’re a new patient, a full set of x-rays will be taken. Afterward, fewer x-rays will be done, about every six months, depending on your individual dental healthcare needs. We offer digital x-rays, which use half the radiation of traditional x-rays and offer high-resolution magnification. They allow for earlier detection and treatment of problems.

What’s gum disease and how can I prevent/treat it?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the number one cause of tooth loss. It’s the result of not cleaning plaque from the teeth. The plaque turns into calculus, which invites germs that attack the gums and, eventually, the bone supporting the teeth. The most common signs of the disease include bleeding, swelling, or tenderness of the gums. The dentist can often see gum disease before it progresses to these symptoms. You can’t get rid of gum disease on your own. Professional cleaning is a must. Once you’ve had it, you run the risk of recurrence and will likely need to schedule more frequent cleanings with the dentist.

Do I need fluoride treatments?

Many people think fluoride treatments are necessary only for people who drink well water, since city water is fluoridated. In truth, if the water you drink comes mostly or exclusively from a bottle rather than the tap, you may need fluoride treatments, too.

What can I do about anxiety in the dentist’s chair?

Plenty. When you’re in our dentist’s chair, it’s our job to keep you comfortable, both physically and mentally. We offer a number of services to help keep our patients calm and comfortable. Give us a call, and we can discuss a plan that will help you face your visit fearlessly.