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Why are checkups recommended every six months, even for people with great oral health?

We prefer to find cavities in the earliest stages, often when you don’t see or feel them. Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. We also screen for oral cancer, a disease that will affect more than 30-thousand Americans this year. Oral cancer is deadly, but early detection offers an 80-percentcure rate. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, and other health risks, and it is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

We follow strict guidelines set by governing bodies for dentistry. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments before placing them in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products when possible. We always wear disposable gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety. Furthermore, during sedation procedures, we constantly monitor vital signs to ensure a comfortable and safe experience.

My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!

How does the doctor keep up to date on current techniques, technology, and materials in dentistry?

Our dentist – and our team – take extensive continuing education each year. We also read trade journals, attend professional association meetings, and do everything we can to keep in tune with the latest developments in general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as dental technology. We are passionate about our careers, so we enjoy soaking up new information on our profession, then sharing it with you!

I have not been to the dentist in years, and I’m ashamed to let a professional see the condition of my mouth. Is your staff judgmental?

First of all, congratulations on your wise decision to prioritize dental healthcare. Your mouth is a big part of your overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. We will not judge you, but help you by addressing your oral problems, explaining treatment options, then scheduling a plan of action that suits your schedule and your budget. If you feel apprehensive about dental treatment, ask about our many sedation options.

I want to know more about changing my smile. What do you suggest?

An appointment. Your smile and your goals are unique. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, and after your consultation, you’ll know which services will deliver the smile of your dreams.

Do you accept referrals?

Yes, and thank you for your confidence. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and coworkers that we give you every time you visit.

Does the dentist see emergency cases?

Yes. We will see emergency cases during regular business hours. After hours, patients of record can contact our dentist on call.

What if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

If you have visited our office in the past year, call our on-call phone number, available on our answering machine. New patients should go to the emergency room or visit us when the office is open.

Where can I find more information on my dental benefits and how they work?