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.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
7:30 am – 3:00 pm
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
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.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE WITH MEDICARE OR MEDICAID PROGRAMS?
We are currently not providers with these programs. Unfortunately, if you receive services from a provider who does not participate with them then, these programs will not pay for the services. These are primarily medical health insurance programs with limited dental coverage.