Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often should I have a dental checkup?

A. Generally children and adults should have a checkup and cleaning every six months. This helps to keep your gums and teeth healthy, and also helps catch and prevent problems before they happen.


Q. When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

A. Children should see the pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.


Q. How often should I brush my teeth?

A. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is to help remove plaque that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.


Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

A. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Make sure that the tooth brush is able to easily reach all areas in your mouth.


Q. What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?

A. For teeth that are yellow and/or stained the best remedy is to have your dentist perform a teeth whitening procedure for you. There is also the option of at-home whitening kits.


Q. How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they at whitening teeth?

A. All toothpastes help to remove surface stains. Gentle polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness are found in some whitening toothpastes. Whitening toothpastes can lighten your teeth about one shade as opposed to three to eight shades that can be done by a dentist.


Q. How do I know if I have gingivitis?

A. The only sure way to know if you have gingivitis is to consult your dentist and have regular checkups. Most people who have gingivitis are unaware due to the absence of symptons.


Q. What causes tooth decay?

A. Frequently exposing your teeth to foods containing carbohydrates such as sugars and starches (soda, candy, baked goods) can cause tooth decay. Combined with not brushing and flossing properly the probability of tooth decay highly increases.


Q. How can I prevent cavities?

A. Good oral hygiene is the sure fire way of preventing cavities. Brushing your teeth properly helps remove bacteria that causes cavities. Flossing should also be done to reach those areas not able to be reached by your toothbrush. You should brush and floss at least twice a day, and visit your dentist every six months.


Q. What types of insurance do you take?

A. We take all insurances and also CHIP. Our office in Grenada is THE ONLY office in the city that accepts CHIP.


Feel free to contact us with any other questions you might have!