Common Dental Questions

Female Dentist PhotoHow often should I brush and floss my teeth?

We recommend you brush your teeth twice a day. There is new research suggesting to brush about 1 hour after a meal since some food (especially acidic foods) can actually be more abrasive for the enamel when you brush right after your meal or drink.

What kind of toothbrush is most recommended?

We recommend a new soft bristled brush every 3 months for the optimal health of your gums. We also suggest a small headed brush to get around each tooth more thoroughly. Try to brush from the gums to the teeth and not up and down.

Do I need to floss regularly?

Yes, it is important to floss daily because flossing removes plaque between teeth where it is hard for a toothbrush to reach. A major contributing factor to gum disease is caused by not flossing and even a Waterpik cannot clean this area as effectively as floss.

How often should I have a dental cleaning and examination?

For optimal oral health, we recommend that you get a regular dental cleaning and exam every six months. Our oral exam consists of examining your teeth & bite, removing plaque, potentially taking digital x-rays, along with a deep tooth cleaning and polish. If you are high risk for caries or have severe gum disease you may require more frequent recalls.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Unfortunately, most people who have gum disease are unaware of it. Because gum disease is painless as it begins, it is crucial to schedule regular dental exams. Symptoms of gum disease include consistent bad breath, receding gums, red or bleeding gums, new spaces between teeth, and loose teeth. If you have a concern about gum disease we recommend you make an appointment with our dentist.

How can I get rid of stains or discolorations on my teeth?

There are tested products and methods available to safely whiten teeth. We can start the professional teeth whitening process in-office and then add a custom tray as a take-home kit. Home whitening with a professional tray can be a gentle and long lasting way to improve  and maintain your smile for many years. Contact our office to find out more about teeth whitening and if it is right for you.

Should I replace my old silver fillings?

Silver amalgam fillings eventually need to be replaced. The average life span of a silver filling varies due its leakage, breakdown or recurrent decay. During your scheduled appointment with us, we can tell you when  your fillings need to be replaced. Restoring your tooth with white composite material  or crowns can extend the life of your tooth for many years. Often, we find decay under a failing old filling it is possible that your tooth is quite sensitive after the procedure. Depending on how close the decay was to the pulp and whether your tooth has any cracks there is a chance that your tooth can over time remineralize and the nerve self-heal. However, should the nerve of your problem tooth not “calm down” over time, root canal therapy may be necessary.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

To save time, please download and print our new patient forms. In case you had x-rays taken during the last 12 months, please request your previous dentist to email you a copy. Forward these images to us at
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that you can provide us with the necessary paperwork and insurance information.

Do you allow same day or emergency dentist appointments?

We do set aside certain times during the day for emergency dentist visits. However, if you are having a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require 2 business days notice to change your appointment. We do not double book and we keep wait times to a minimum. Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged for the visit.