Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has
all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you.
It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling.
Educate yourself on your symptoms by reviewing the content on this Web
site. Also, take some time to review our staff page and familiarize yourself
with the doctors. We look forward to your first visit.
How safe are dental X-rays?
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. We are especially careful to
limit the amount of radiation to which are patients are exposed. Lead
aprons and digital X-ray sensors are used to ensure safety and minimize
the amount of radiation.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
We recommend parents encourage and teach their children to regularly brush
and floss their teeth in conjunction with eating healthy foods and having
regular dental check-ups. Please remember that visiting your family dentist
twice a year is the best preventative step to allow early detection and
alleviation of dental problems.
Are you taking new patients?
Yes, we gladly welcome new patients and their families. As a patient, you
become a member of the Associated Dental Care family, which includes patients
who have been a part of the family since 1972.
What happens at my first visit?
In order to treat each and every patient, as an individual with unique
dental needs it is vital to completely assess their current oral health.
We perform an oral cancer screening, along with looking at the muscles
and joints that open and close the mouth. Your teeth, your gums and bone
that hold the teeth (the periodontium). We then take photos and x-rays
when necessary. With this information we can determine if treatment is
needed and if so, the type of treatment that is right for you.
How can I make my teeth whiter?
There are several methods to make teeth whiter. We can “whiten”
them in the office, provide you with take-home trays or even place
porcelain veneers. The best whitening technique has been dentist-prescribed whitening systems;
they change the color of teeth with minimal (if any) side effects. Veneers
are also an option for more difficult cases. There are many other ways
to improve the appearance of your smile. If you are interested in a cosmetic
consultation to assess your cosmetic needs please let us know.
What kind of toothpaste is best?
The most important part of brushing your teeth is the technique used. Toothpaste
is important for what it supplies, fluoride and tartar control. Be careful
of the whitening brands because some are abrasive and they can remove
enamel from teeth.
Electric or manual toothbrush?
After testing numerous brushes, studies have shown that electric, if used,
is the best. We usually recommend electric toothbrushes because of their
design, ease of use, and availability. There are numerous models on the
market that work well. If you have a question about a specific brand,
please let us know.
What do you offer for the nervous, anxious patient?
We realize that even though dental care has come a long way in terms of
patient comfort, there are still those with concerns and fears. Dental
care should not be an unpleasant experience so we provide a full array
of options for those patients. We offer several options to help you relax
so please ask us about the different methods we offer.