Frequently Asked Questions


What causes tooth decay?
Bacteria that naturally exist in plaque break down the starches and sugars in the food you eat. A chemical reaction occurs, and as a result, an acid is produced. Like all acids, the acid produced in your mouth is corrosive, which means it dissolves other materials. Your teeth are the victims of this corrosive action. The acid dissolves their protective outer enamel layer, eventually creating holes in your teeth, also known as cavities or decay.  

Are X-Rays necessary?
YES...it is impossible to see directly between the teeth or under the gums or bone without the use of a dental radiograph. X-rays allow dentists to detect disease and other conditions much sooner than the clinical examination alone. When problems are identified early, it is easier to resolve then and avoid more costly treatments. The benefits of X-rays far outweigh any minimal risks of radiation. Please tell us if you are pregnant as different precautions apply. 

Do you accept payment plans?
Our doctors strive to make dental care available and financing convenient through Care Credit and Chase Healthcare Advance. You can apply in our office at the time of your visit or apply online.  

How often should I see a dentist?
We recommend a check-up every six months so we can identify and prevent a variety of oral health problems. Speak with your dentist about when is right for you.  

How often should I change my toothbrush?
Every 3 months or sooner when the bristles become worn or frayed. Replace your brush if you have been sick with a cold or other bacterial infection. 

Will dentures affect my speech?
While your mouth gets used to new dentures, it may seem bulky, you may notice increase salivary flow, and your tongue will feel crowded. These sensations should pass in time. You may have difficulty speaking for a short while, practice reading aloud in front of a mirror until you are comfortable.  

Do you accept all insurance plans?
Dental insurance can be confusing. And to make matters worse, every insurance plan handles things differently. Dental insurance plans are a contract between you and your insurance policy or talk to your insurance representative so you can understand how your plan helps pay for dental treatment. We file all dental insurance for you; it is your responsibility to know your plan.  

Can I whiten my teeth?
No matter how well you take care of your teeth, they can darken and stain over time. Before we begin any whitening treatment, we check the health of your teeth and repair any damage. We may take impressions of your teeth. From the impressions we make tray to fit your teeth exactly. You use these trays at home with a special whitening gel that is stronger than any over-the-counter product. Home whitening can be an easy way to help brighten your teeth.  

Why do I need fluoride?
Fluoride has many benefits for people of all ages. When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the structure of the tooth, making the enamel surface harder and more resistant to decay. The benefits for adults are also important. Fluoride can help repair a cavity in its earliest stage before it has become visible in the mouth. Fluoride rebuilds the enamel layer of the tooth. Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program. When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, fluoride can dramatically reduce cavities and keep your mouth healthy.  

What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis, also known as gum disease is inflammation of the gums. It is often the first stage of periodontal disease. To determine if you have gingivitis, we examine your mouth and look for red, swollen, or bleeding gums. If you have gingivitis, we thoroughly clean your teeth and may schedule you for more frequent cleanings. We may also suggest a special mouthwash or rinse and discuss your homecare technique.  

What kind of toothbrush do you recommend?
We recommend a soft or extra soft toothbrush. They are kinder to your teeth and gums. They also make it easier to remove plaque from below the gum line, where gum disease starts. Whether you use a manual tooth brush or electric toothbrush, brushing is important because it removes plaque and disrupts the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.