What age do you start seeing patients?
We see patients starting at age of 6 months old.
What types of insurances are accepted?
We accept Medicaid (21 & under), CHIP (18 & under), Most PPO Insurance.
What types of payments are accepted?
We accept Cash, Most Credit Cards, CareCredit.
What happens if I miss my appointment?
Your appointment is set aside for you. Broken appointments represent a cost to us, to you,
and to other patients who could have been seen in the time reserved for you. Please take
the time to call us if you need to reschedule your appointment.
How often should I brush and floss?
Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing,
flossing, and the use of other dental aids. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria,
and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food
particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into
calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums
and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day
(especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and
Flossing — Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the
gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from
building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
What should I do if I have bad breath?
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us may not
realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the
morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the
major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue.
Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70
percent. In most cases, your dentist can treat the cause of bad breath. If it is determined
that your mouth is healthy, but bad breath is persistent, your dentist may refer you to
your physician to determine the cause of the odor and an appropriate treatment plan.
Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver
containing mercury to fill teeth. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and
that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical
disorder. The general consensus is that amalgam (silver) fillings are safe. Over the years
there has been some concern as to the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a
blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc, bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this
blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that
the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of
There are numerous options to silver fillings, including composite (tooth-colored),
porcelain, and gold fillings. We encourage you to discuss these options with your dentist
so you can determine which is the best option for you.
How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and
maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. You should have your teeth checked and
cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more
frequent visits. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities.
Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect,
prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:
- Medical history review
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs)
- Oral cancer screening
- Gum disease evaluation
- Examination of tooth decay
- Examination of existing restorations
- Removal of calculus (tartar)
- Removal of plaque
- Teeth polishing
- Oral hygiene recommendations
- Review dietary habits
How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?
The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Periodontal
disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition
which affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth; also the jawbone
itself when in its most advanced stages.
Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis which is a bacterial infection
of the gum tissue. A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in
plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues. Once this bacterial infection
colonizes in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove
and treat. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the
destruction of the connective tissue and jawbone. If left untreated, it can lead to
shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are
not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth
decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Red and puffy gums — Gums should never be red or swollen.
- Bleeding gums — Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
- Persistent bad breath — Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
- New spacing between teeth — Caused by bone loss.
- Loose teeth — Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
- Pus around the teeth and gums — Sign that there is an infection present.
- Receding gums — Loss of gum around a tooth.
- Tenderness or Discomfort — Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away, eventually revealing a darker or
yellow shade. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and wine may also contribute to tooth
discoloration, making our teeth yellow and dull. Sometimes, teeth can become discolored from
taking certain medications as a child, such as tetracycline. Since teeth whitening has now
become the number one aesthetic concern of many patients, there are many products and methods
available to achieve a brighter smile.
Professional teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used
to change the color of natural tooth enamel, and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of
your smile. Over-the-counter products are also available, but they are much less effective
than professional treatments and may not be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
It’s important to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist to determine if you’re
a good candidate for bleaching. Occasionally, tetracycline and fluorosis stains are difficult
to bleach and your dentist may offer other options, such as veneers or crowns to cover up such
stains. Since teeth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is also important to
evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. before bleaching begins.