What should I expect during my 1st appointment?
One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history. We will then examine your teeth and gums,
screen you for oral cancer and any dental malocclusions, make X-rays of your teeth as needed, and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis and treatment
plan. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you into
our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend, and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We process many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer Care Credit, a low interest rate payment plan and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.
When should my child start using toothpaste?
Do not use fluoridated toothpaste until age 3. Earlier than that, clean your child’s teeth with water and a soft bristled toothbrush. After age 3, parents should supervise brushing. Use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a dry brush (yes, dry…the kids are very wet) and make sure children do not swallow excess toothpaste.
Is my child getting enough fluoride?
Fluoride has been shown to dramatically decrease a person’s chances of getting cavities by making teeth stronger. Fluoride in the drinking water is the best and easiest way to get it, but to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride, we will check on our list of water providers in our area to determine the fluoride levels. For communities where the water district does not fluoridate the water or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride, we may prescribe fluoride supplements.