Q. What can I expect at my appointment?

A. At a routine dental check-up, you will be asked to update your health history, including any medication or medical conditions. X-rays will be taken to evaluate your dental health. If you are scheduled for a cleaning, a dental hygienist will clean your teeth, review your at-home hygiene routine, and make recommendations if needed. Your dentist will perform an exam and evaluate any treatment needed. They will also discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. You should leave your appointment with a clear understanding of your current oral health and any treatments that you discussed with your hygienist and your dentist.

Q. Do I have to pay for services on the day of my appointment? What forms of payment do you accept?

A. In order to keep our fees as reasonable as possible, once treatment has been completed, payment will be due at the time of service, including insurance co-payments. We accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Care Credit.

Q. Do you take my insurance?

A. We are in-network with Aetna. We will file claims on your behalf, saving you time and hassle. For all other dental plans, our knowledgeable staff can help you maximize your dental benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket cost. We will tell you upfront what your insurance plan will pay for and offer options for taking care of any remaining balance. Insurance co-payments are due at the time of service.

Q. Do you offer payment plans?

A. No, but we accept Care Credit, which is a health and wellness credit card that offers interest-free financing options. For more info and to apply, visit CareCredit.com.

Q. How often do I need dental x-rays?

A. Dental radiographs can help us identify diseases and structural problems before they become serious health issues. Depending on your health history, we may need new radiographs as frequently as every year or every few years.

Q. I get anxious when I visit the dentist. What advice would you give me?

A. You’re not alone – dental anxiety is quite common! We’re here to make sure your experience at our office is as comfortable as possible. There are some calming tips you can try before and during your appointment, such as taking a few moments to breathe and relax before you come inside and listening to calming music while you’re in our waiting area. If you let our staff know that you are nervous about your visit, we will be extra mindful to ask how you are doing throughout your visit and see if there’s anything we can do to ease your anxiety.

Q. I haven’t been to a dentist in a long time. What do I need to do?

A. It’s never too late to get back into the routine of proper dental care! At your first visit with us, you will receive a thorough exam including dental radiographs and we will discuss your health history, dental hygiene habits, and any concerns we may have. We will also answer all of your questions. Together, we will make a plan for any additional treatments (if needed) and schedule your next cleaning and exam.

Q. What special dental issues should I be aware of as an adult?

A. Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may face certain oral health issues as an adult. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent the development of these issues.

  • Gum Disease
    Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which in this early stage is still reversible. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen or tender gums that tend to bleed when you brush them. Advanced stages of gum disease may lead to tooth loss.
  • Periodontitis
    The health of your gums can also affect your overall health. Recent studies have shown a possible link between periodontitis and other diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and a possible link to premature births.
  • Cavities
    Cavities around existing fillings and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth become more common as we age. So it’s important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and see your dentist regularly.
  • Tooth Sensitivity
    Sensitivity can be an increasing problem as one ages. Your gums naturally recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel. In severe cases, cold air, as well as sensitivity to sour and sweet drinks and foods, can occur. If you experience sensitivity, try an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If the problem persists, see your dentist to see if there is another issue causing the sensitivity.

Q. What effect does diet have on my oral health?

A. In addition to greatly affecting your overall health, proper nutrition is necessary for healthy teeth and gums. Eating a well-balanced diet gives your gum tissues and teeth the important nutrients and minerals they need to stay strong and resist infections, which can contribute to gum disease. In addition, firm, fibrous foods such as fruits and vegetables tend to help clean the teeth and tissues. Soft, sticky foods tend to remain on the grooves and between teeth, producing more plaque.

Each time you consume foods and drinks that contain sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack your teeth for 20 minutes or more. To reduce damage to your tooth enamel, limit the number or between meal snacks and drinks. And when you do snack, choose nutritious foods such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or fruit.