FAQs

How often should x-rays be taken?
Each patient is different form the next, so the scheduling of X-ray exams are individualized for each patient. Your dentist will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether you need x-rays and what type. If you are a new patient, the dentist may recommend x-rays to determine the present status of the hidden areas of your mouth and to help analyze changes that may occur later.

Needing x-rays at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Children may need x-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and because their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.

Should I brush or floss first?
The sequence makes no difference as long as you do a thorough job. Look for products that have the ADA's Seal of Acceptance. Brush twice a day. While tooth brushing removes plaque from tooth surfaces, it can't do the entire job of removing plaque. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss removes debris where your toothbrush cannot reach.


How can I make my teeth whiter?
Before you purchase any tooth whitening products in the store or online, it is important to understand what is causing your teeth to stain, the risks, as well as the benefits to whitening your teeth. Schedule an examination and cleaning with your dentist to discuss your oral health and recommendations for teeth bleaching products or procedures that will work for you.

When should my child first see a dentist?
It is recommended by the American Dental Association that your child's first dental visit should take place around 12 months of age or shortly after their first baby tooth appears. Do not wait until your child has a toothache or a dental emergency to take him/her to the dentist for the first time. The experience may be very traumatic and as a result, the child may develop a fear of the dentist and that fear is sometimes very hard to overcome.

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