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Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

You’ll want to plan ahead and arrive early for your first appointment to complete any remaining paperwork, and turn in completed forms as well as insurance information.

Why does the dentist take X-rays?

Radiographs, or X-rays, show your dentist things that are not visible to the naked eye. Comparing old and new X-rays is also important in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Based on the standard of care in dentistry, X-rays need to be taken every 12 to 18 months. We prescribe the appropriate type, number and frequency of X-rays based on the patient’s individual needs.

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

If you have a painful reaction in one or more teeth that is triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks, you may have tooth sensitivity. This pain can be sharp and sudden, shooting deep into the nerve endings of your teeth.

Some of the most common treatments we administer for tooth sensitivity are white fillings, fluoride varnish, and dental sealant. Proper care at home is also important. We recommend maintaining good oral hygiene, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and desensitizing toothpaste, and using dental products with fluoride. The foods you eat should also be evaluated, as items high in acids, such as citrus fruits can aggravate food sensitivity and cause a painful reaction.

How long will the results of teeth whitening last?

Depending on the method chosen, teeth whitening can last many years. Most patients that undergo in-office teeth whitening will experience results lasting over eight years. These treatments are safe, effective, and only done under the supervision of our dental professionals.

Another option is porcelain veneers, which are strong and mimic the durability of your teeth while providing a whiter, brighter smile. Since veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, they can last up to 20 years with proper care.

You have many options when it comes to teeth whitening and our office provides an array of services. Let us know if you’d like to schedule a cosmetic consultation to assess what’s right for you.

Does whitening toothpaste work?

Whitening toothpaste can give the semblance of slightly whiter teeth. They can remove surface stains caused by coffee, wine, or smoking, but cannot change the natural color of your teeth. This toothpaste only has an impact on the surface layer of the tooth and is unable to lighten a stain that is below the tooth’s surface.

The most important part of brushing your teeth is the technique used. Toothpaste is important for what it supplies: fluoride and tartar control. While beneficial on the surface, whitening toothpaste can be abrasive and may damage tooth enamel.

I have dental anxiety; what should I do?

We understand that some of our patients may have some concerns surrounding dental care. Rest assured that you are not alone, as up to 15% of Americans experience anxiety and fear surrounding dental visits. For that reason, we provide a full array of options and techniques to our clients. When setting your appointment, inform our staff of your concerns and we will ensure your visit is prepared accordingly.

Are dental X-rays while pregnant safe?

Studies have shown that X-rays have a minimal risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. However, X-rays are only taken for pregnant women in emergency situations. If X-rays have been recommended and you are pregnant or could be, please let our team know.

Are you accepting new patients?

We are proud of the confidence our patients have placed in us by being a referral-only based practice and are currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment, please use our online appointment request form or call us at 937-707-6125.

Our team works to treat each and every patient as an individual with unique dental needs, and we look forward to serving you!

Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process. Brushing your teeth is a great way to clean the front and back of your teeth, but does not reach the spaces and areas between your teeth and along your gumline. Flossing removes plaque at the gum line and between teeth, where periodontal disease often begins.

If you find using flossing to be awkward or difficult, ask our team about dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.

I am undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation for cancer treatment; how can this affect my mouth?

Chemotherapy kills cancer cells but can also harm normal cells, including those in your mouth. You may experience some side effects from chemotherapy depending on the treatment plan you’re on and your body’s reaction to it. These issues may only occur during treatment or for a short period of time after treatment ends and can be serious.

Side effects may include problems with your teeth and gums, the lining of your mouth, and the glands that make saliva. To help prevent serious issues, we recommend visiting our office at least two weeks before starting chemotherapy to go over potential issues and prepare you for what you may experience.

I have dentures. Is it necessary for me to still see my dentist?

Unfortunately, having dentures does not equate to the elimination of dental visits. It is still important to make appointments for regular dental service to evaluate the soft tissues of your mouth and examine dentures to ensure proper fit, comfort, and function.

We also recommend daily cleaning of your dentures to prevent the build-up of plaque, food, tartar, and stains, which can cause problems with appearance or aesthetics; mouth odor, irritation to the tissues under the dentures, and infections in the mouth.

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