Frequently

Asked Questions

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.

Why are primary teeth so important?

Aren’t they going to fall out anyway? We hear that question a lot, but primary teeth, also called “baby teeth,” should be cared for just as adult teeth are.

These teeth are important to your child’s health and development, serving critical functions as your child learns to eat and speak. Baby teeth will fall out, eventually, but in the meantime they are holding the space for the adult teeth to develop and erupt naturally. Even cavities in baby teeth can cause toothaches and lead to an infection. Although we can extract baby teeth, this may lead to complication down the line. Having premature missing teeth can result in the need for braces, speech and/or chewing difficulties.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride fights cavities by preventing the loss of minerals in tooth enamel. It helps strengthen areas that are weak and discourages acid from breaking down the tooth.

What are sealants?

A sealant is a hardened plastic material applied to the deep grooves and pits on the chewing surface of the back teeth (premolars and molars). Sealants act as barriers to food debris, plaque, and bacteria.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity typically occurs when the protective layer of the tooth, known as enamel, has worn down. This causes an adverse reaction to hot, cold, acidic, or sweet products. When used twice per day or more, special desensitizing toothpaste may be helpful in treating mild cases of tooth sensitivity.

Causes for enamel wear may be:

  • Exposed roots (due to receding gums)
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding during sleep)
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Whitening
  • Orthodontics
  • Fillings

If you are concerned about tooth sensitivity, schedule a visit with us today.

Testimonials

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  • I have been coming to Eastpark Dental for several years. Most recently, I visited to have a cavity filled. As always, Dr. Weaver and his staff were friendly and professional, they did their best to make a necessarily uncomfortable experience as pleasant as possible, and I was in and out in under an hour. I would highly recommend their office.
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