Q:  My child is very active in sports. Is there anything I can do to protect her teeth?
A:  Prevention is the best form of medicine and most organized sports do have some type of protective equipment; but, accidents can occur anywhere. We offer various styles of protective mouth guards for children and adults that can be customized with team or personal favorite colors. Go to Glidewell Labs for additional information.
Q:  What type of toothbrush should I use?
A:  While many patients have switched to a battery powered toothbrush (Braun Ultra or Sonicare), most people do well with a soft or ultra-soft brush from a reputable manufacturer. But don’t forget the floss. Speak to your hygienist about frequency and technique or click on Oral B for more information.
Q:  Will your office help submit my insurance claims?
A:  We will be happy to fill out and submit claims to your primary insurance company. See New Patients for more information on insurance coverage.
Q:  Do I, or my child, need sealants?
A:  Sealants can help to reduce or even eliminate the risk of decay on the chewing surfaces of teeth in both children and adults. A sealant is a clear, or milky, plastic material that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. This sealant acts as a barrier similar to wax on a car.
Q:  I am an adult, why do I need fluoride?
A:  Most people recognize the benefits of fluoride as a cavity fighter for children but do not know what else it can do. Most importantly, fluoride fights the same cavity causing bacteria in those over 18 as it does in children. Fluoride also can help to reduce tooth sensitivity due to gum recession, improve your gum health, minimize white spots around braces, make your existing fillings and crowns last longer, improve dental implant maintenance and even reverse early cavities.
Q:  At what age should I bring my child in for their first visit?
A:  The American Dental Association recommends as early as two months after the first tooth comes in, or age one for his/her first visit to a dental clinic. We are more interested in your child having a fun first visit than stressing the proper flossing technique. Our prize basket seems to be every child’s highlight.

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