FAQYou have questions. We have answers.
Are you accepting new patients?
Absolutely! We are always happy to see new patients. Every new patient we meet has a different story, and we are excited to meet each and everyone one of them. And we are looking forward to meeting you and showing you why so many of our patients refer their friends and loved ones to our practice.
Do you take my insurance?
At Dentistry for Kids and Adults, we believe that you have the right to choose the best healthcare provider for you based on philosophy, skills, comfort, and experience. We gladly accept all private dental insurance plans, and we are a preferred provider for many PPO plans that give you complete control over your health and allow you to choose what is best for you and your family.
We will gladly contact your insurance carrier to verify your coverage and get an estimate of any out-of-pocket expenses. We will also submit your claim for you electronically and will assist you with any questions or concerns.
How much are your fees?
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your individual needs, your long-term goals, and available treatment options. We recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation with the doctor so that we could evaluate your situation, review treatment options, and explain how long each option will take and how much it will cost. We will also go over any payment options before you begin so that you can make the best choice for you, your smile, and your budget.
Can I make payments?
We understand that payment plans make it easier to afford dental care when you need it. We will be happy to break up your out-of-pocket expenses into three monthly payments.
We also accept Care Credit, which works like a healthcare credit card specifically designed to cover healthcare investments.
What should I expect at my first visit?
We want to get to know you during your visit to our office. Your first visit will include a personalized consultation with the dentist, during which we will thoroughly discuss your dental history, your goals for your smile, and any specific concerns you may have. We will also take any necessary digital x-rays and images, examine your teeth and share our findings with you. To help us start your first visit on-time, you can complete your registration forms online via our secure patient portal.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Children, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months. A dental exam can reveal early signs of decay or disease that you cannot see or feel. Catching these problems earlier will make treating them easier and less expensive. Patients who are at a greater risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Your doctor will help determine how often you should visit the dentist for regular checkups.
Why is it important to get regular dental cleanings?
Dental plaque builds up between teeth and under the gums. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but only a professional cleaning can completely remove plaque from around the teeth and under the gums where the brush and floss do not reach.
My teeth don't hurt. Can I still have a dental problem?
Yes. In fact, tooth decay and gum disease often develop without any tooth pain. Our goal is to diagnose dental problems early when treatment is not complicated, and costs are less.
Do the dentists check for oral cancer?
Yes, we do. Our dentists and hygienists routinely screen for the early signs of oral cancer. Like many cancers, there are often no symptoms in the early stages of oral cancer, yet the effects can be devastating. Oral cancer can affect your lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands, and jaw bones. The number of new cancers detected in the mouth is higher than cervical, liver, stomach, brain, and ovarian cancers. Oral cancer is also more deadly than breast, colon, liver, kidney, thyroid, cervical, and prostate cancer. Early detection is key, and regular visits to your dentist are your first line of defense.
Should I still visit my dentist while I wear braces?
Yes. Your braces make you more vulnerable to the accumulation of plaque on your teeth and around your braces, so visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings is more important than ever. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
At what age should I take my child to see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in, and your dentist can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.
Why are soft drinks bad for teeth?
Soda and other soft drinks, including juice, energy drinks, performance drinks, and other popular beverages are bad for your dental health because they are high in both sugar and acidity. Frequent exposure to either sugar or acidity is not healthy but, together, they can be very destructive to your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar you consume to produce acid. Too much acid in your mouth will weaken your enamel, eventually causing tooth decay and other dental problems. Short of stopping all soft drink consumption, we recommend drinking soft drinks with a meal and rinsing the mouth with water after enjoying a sugary or an acidic drink.
What does fluoride do and is it safe?
Fluoride is safe and effective when used properly. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents cavities in children and adults and makes teeth less vulnerable to acid and bacteria. The outer layer of the tooth, called enamel, is made up of closely packed mineral crystals. Before teeth erupt, fluoride from food, water, and dietary supplements is absorbed into the developing tooth enamel to make it stronger and more resistant to acid and bacteria. Once teeth erupt, the acid produced by bacteria or from acidic food and beverages can demineralize enamel by pulling minerals out of the tooth structure. Demineralization weakens enamel and causes tooth sensitivity, increased wear, and cavities. Fluoride in our toothpaste, diet, and fluoride varnish applied by the dentist replaces lost minerals, strengthens weakened enamel, and neutralizes the acid produced by bacteria.
Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
A lost tooth is much more than a gap in your smile. Missing teeth can cause serious health consequences and negatively affect the quality of life. When a tooth is lost either due to an accidental trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease, the bone under the lost tooth begins to atrophy. As the bone weakens and reduces in density, the surrounding teeth start to drift into the empty space and collapse. This shift causes the bite to become misaligned and makes the remaining teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay. Over time, these changes can affect your ability to chew and absorb proper nutrients from the food. They can also change your appearance making your face look “sunken-in” and older. The longer you wait to replace a missing tooth, the more bone will be lost. And the more bone is lost, the more difficult and expensive it will be to replace it. The best way to replace a missing tooth or teeth is with dental implants. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth and, with proper oral hygiene, they can last a lifetime!