Frequently Asked Questions
Do you know what the most common disease in the world is?
Answer: Dental Decay! According to the World Health Organization: -Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. -Dental cavities can be prevented by maintaining a constant low level of fluoride in the oral cavity. -Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44 years) adults. -Globally, about 30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth. -Risk factors for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use and poor oral hygiene, and social determinants.
Will I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Answer: Yes. You may have remaining patient forms to fill out. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Is it necessary for the dentist to take x-rays?
Answer: Yes. Many diseases of the teeth and gums cannot be seen during a routine examination. An x-ray of the mouth/affected area can expose:developmental abnormalities, abscesses or cysts, some types of tumors, small areas of decay below existing fillings or between the teeth, periodontal disease, and infections in the bone. We perform x-rays because finding these potential issues early will save you not only money and time but also needless discomfort.
Is it necessary to see my dentist if I have dentures?
Answer: Routine dental appointments serve a greater purpose than just checking the health of your teeth. If you have dentures, annual appointments are still recommended. If you have any mouth sores or your appliance is not fitting well we urge you to come in as soon as possible. During your visits, you can also receive a head and neck exam and an oral cancer screening. We want to assist you in avoiding future complications.