WHAT IS THE BEST TOOTHPASTE TO USE?

That is a difficult question to answer. There are so many that it is overwhelming. Here are a few things to look for when buying toothpaste:

Avoid whitening toothpaste; They do not actually bleach your teeth. They are able to call their products whitening because they are more abrasive and occasionally, you may see a reduction in the stain on your teeth.  Whitening toothpaste can also cause sensitivity because they are so abrasive.

Always look for “fluoride” and “anticavity” on the box of your toothpaste. If the box says antigingivitis, that is even better!

Always look for the ADA seal of approval. It is a square with “ADA accepted” written inside. This means that the claims that the company makes about their product have been tested and affirmed by the American Dental Association.

Here are some ADA approved toothpaste:

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste (Cool Spearmint, Intense Peppermint) by Procter & Gamble Co.
Aquafresh for Kids Toothpaste by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Arm & Hammer Dental Care Toothpaste w/Baking Soda by Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
Colgate Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor Fluoride Toothpaste by Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Crest Kids SparkleFun Cavity Protection by Procter & Gamble Co.

DO YOU SEE PATIENTS WITHOUT INSURANCE?

Yes, we do! We offer an in-office Dental Savings Plan to help patients who don’t have dental insurance coverage. There are no maximums, deductibles, or other limitations. The annual fee includes 100% of your initial comprehensive exam, 2 periodic exams, 2 regular cleanings (for patients without periodontal disease), bitewing x-rays, and fluoride treatment. The full mouth x-rays that are needed once every 3 years are discounted to 50% of the normal fee. ALL other services are discounted at 20%. This plan pays for itself with your first visit, be sure to ask our office staff how to take advantage of our Dental Savings Plan!

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

Yes, we work closely with Care Credit, who offers several different payment plan options.  For more information and to apply, please visit www.carecredit.com.

DO YOU SEE CHILDREN?

Yes, we are a general dentistry practice, and we are able to care for your entire family!

CAN I HAVE MY X-RAYS SENT OVER FROM MY LAST DENTIST?

We start fresh with every new patient by taking a complete series of x-rays. We need to ensure that the x-rays are the most up to date and clear  to provide you with the highest level of care.

WHAT INSURANCE COMPANIES DO YOU ACCEPT?

We are in-network with several PPO insurance plans. Please call or email our office with your specific plan information for more details.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?

Monday

7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Tuesday

7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday

7:30 am – 4:30 pm

We also see patients one Friday a month, please call the office for the date!

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are right off of Peach Orchard Road (Hwy. 25) at the 2nd entrance to the Pepperidge subdivision on Faircrest Avenue.  We are just across from Dollar General.

DO YOU ACCEPT WALK INS?

To best serve our patients, we prefer that patients have an appointment. We do reserve time each day for emergencies. Please call our office, and we will do our best to work you in as soon as possible!

WHAT ARE SEALANTS?

A sealant is a plastic material that is placed on the biting surface of molars (your large back teeth). The biting surface has grooves and pits that can trap food and plaque. Sealants are placed in these grooves and pits as a covering to prevent cavities.

DO I REALLY NEED TO FLOSS?

YES! There are 5 surfaces on a tooth. A toothbrush will  clean 3 of those surfaces, and only floss will reach the other 2 surfaces. Food and plaque will hide between the teeth and cause cavities.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGULAR CLEANING AND A DEEP CLEANING?

A regular cleaning, also referred to as a prophy, is performed by your dental hygienist usually every 6 months. It is a preventative service that is provided to PREVENT periodontal (gum) disease. A deep cleaning, also referred to as a scaling and root planing, is performed once periodontal disease (infection of the gum and bone supporting teeth) is present.  This type of cleaning goes below the gum line. It is not classified as a preventative service.

WHAT DOES MY INSURANCE COVER?

There are many different insurance plans. Most plans cover a part of the total fee for a patient’s dental services. We strive to provide our patients with the best estimate of what their insurance should cover based on the information given to us by their insurance provider. However, in order to provide our patients with the best possible dental care, we can not let insurance dictate what care our patients need. We provide treatment plans for our patients inclusive of all dentally necessary treatment regardless of whether or not it is covered by their insurance.

WHAT ARE DENTAL X-RAYS?

Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are vital in providing our patients with the care that they need. In combination with a thorough visual exam, dental x-rays are used to diagnose and treat any dental problems that a patient may have. With dental x-rays, the doctor can see inside and between your teeth, the tips of the roots, and the bones beneath your gums, areas that are not visible to the naked eye. This allows the doctor to detect and treat anomalies such as cavities, abscesses, or periodontal disease as early as possible.