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Got questions about dental care? Well, this is the perfect blog for you! To help you understand dentistry a little more as well as help you prepare for your next dental appointment, we have provided the answers to the following questions. If you have other questions that weren’t answered in this blog, please call our office today!

How often should I get a dental cleaning?
You should attend your dental cleanings and checkups every six months. However, your dentist may have other recommendations, depending on your oral health. These appointments are very beneficial because your smile is deeply cleaned, your teeth are strengthened and nourished, and the risks associated with gum disease are decreased. These appointments also give your dentist the chance to examine your oral cavity and treat any issues you have.

When should I take my child in for their first visit?
Bring your child into our office by the time they turn 1 or 6 months after their first tooth has erupted. This appointment will be simple and easy and it will allow your child to meet our dental team in a non-threatening way. The appointment will include a gentle oral examination and a fluoride treatment if necessary. It will also give you the chance to talk to your dentist and ask any questions you have.

How safe are dental x-rays?
Dental x-rays are as safe as possible. Yes, radiation exposure is dangerous, but with the advanced dental technology available today, dental x-rays use small amounts of radiation that will not likely harm your body.

How can I prevent dental problems?
You can prevent dental problems, like cavities, by attending your dental checkups and cleanings every six months, participating in an oral hygiene routine each day (which should include brushing twice a day and flossing and rinsing daily), and utilizing dental sealants. If you have a clean, healthy mouth, you will more than likely avoid dental problems.

I’m afraid of the dental office. What should I do?
Dental fear and anxiety is real, but there are many things you can do to help yourself feel more comfortable in the dental chair. First, establish a “stop” signal with your dentist. This will help your dentist know when you need a break from the treatment. Second, bring music to the appointment with you. This will help you stay calm. Third, talk to your dentist about your dental sedation options. Dental sedation is a great tool that will help you feel relaxed, calm, and content throughout your appointment.