Frequently Asked Questions
Is oral cancer a real concern? I don't even smoke!
The answer is that everyone is at risk for oral cancer, smoking and drinking just increases the risk. Oral cancer is not an insignificant problem, it affects about 30,000 people in the USA every years and we lose over 7500 of them. If we are able to spot areas of concern, getting treated early can increase your chance of survival significantly. Your best defense against oral cancer is scheduling and keeping regular dental checkups.
Is gum disease serious? It doesn't sound very bad.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of your soft gum tissues. As the disease rages, bacteria forms pockets between your teeth and gums. As the bacteria multiplies, it will spread and work to destroy your gums and bone, causing your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Gum disease is very common, it affects about 80% of American adults, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. What surprises our patients is learning about the link between gum disease and other health problems. Doctors have noted the parallel between gum disease and heart attack, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, low-weight births, and more, our mouths are a link directly into our bodies and infection affects other areas. We know that the best way to avoid and maintain gum disease is to attend regular cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing at home.
Why do I need a checkup if my teeth don't hurt?
Our expert staff doesn’t just look for visible problems, they also look for hidden ones that can only be detected through digital x-rays. We like our patients to be seen for a dental checkup at least once a year, some patients will need to be seen more often. Checkups help us with early detection of oral health concerns, including tooth decay or damage, any developmental problems, gum disease in any stage, and oral cancer can all be treated conservatively. Having a regular relationship with our office will save you from potential pain, expense, and time in our chair. Most oral health problems do not resolve on their own. Prevention is always the best medicine!
Will you accept and file my insurance? Do you accept Medicaid?
Yes! We are happy to assist you in filing and processing your insurance. If you are unsure if we accept your insurance, please contact our office!
What is a cosmetic dentist?
You may be surprised to discover that the American Dental Association does not recognize the dental specialization of "Cosmetic Dentist" but we do have dental specialists with postgraduate training in many cosmetic dentistry procedures, including Zoom! Whitening, Invisalign clear braces, and porcelain veneers. When you are deciding on the right cosmetic dentist for your smile, consider the doctor's specialization, experience, and training. A consultation is a great way to learn more information about the office, team, and dentist.