Frequently Asked Questions

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How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. However, if a patient has implants or a history of gum disease the recommended maintainence schedule is every three months.
What should I bring to my first visit?
  1. Completed Patient Registration Form
  2. Completed Medical History Form
  3. Insurance Card
  4. List of Current Medications
  5. Read our Privacy Policy
  6. Sign the Privacy Policy Acknowledgement Form
Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you. We offer financing through CareCredit and also accept most major credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.
What if I have an emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office and the answering service will contact the doctor.
What is your privacy policy?
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What should I do after my tooth is pulled (extraction)?
  1. Place cold towels or an ice bag to your face for the first 6-8 hours. Leave it on 15 minutes, then off for 15 minutes.
  2. Do not rinse mouth until the following day.
  3. On the morning following surgery, rinse mouth with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times daily.
  4. Keep fingers and tongue away from socket.
  5. BLEEDING - it is normal for the saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for about 1-2 days. If abnormal bleeding occurs, place a piece of moist gauze over extraction site and bite down for 30-45 minutes.
  6. Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
  7. SWELLING & STIFFNESS - is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towels or ice bag for 15 minutes of each hour as needed.
  8. DIET. A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Drink lots of fluids.
  9. Return to office if undue symptoms develop.
What effects can smoking have on my oral health?
  • Oral Cancer
  • Periodontal (gum) disease - a leading cause of tooth loss and sensitivity
  • Delayed healing after a tooth extraction or other oral surgery
  • Few options for some kinds of dental care (smokers can be poor candidates for particular treatments such as implants)
  • Bad breath
  • Stained teeth and tongue
  • Diminished sense of taste and smell
What effects can smokeless tobacco have on my oral health?

Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products contain a variety of toxins associated with cancer. At least 28 cancer-causing chemicals have been identified in smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco is known to cause cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue, and pancreas. Users also may be at risk for cancer of the voice box, esophagus, colon and bladder, because they swallow some of the toxins in the juice created by using smokeless tobacco.

Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Sugar is often added to enhance the flavor of smokeless tobacco, increasing the risk for tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco also typically contains sand and grit, which can wear down your teeth.

How can tobacco cause periodontal (gum) disease?

Smoking may be responsible for almost 75% of periodontal diseases among adults. Tobacco products damage your gum tissue by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. An example of the effect is receding gums. A receding gum line exposes the tooth roots and increases your risk of developing a sensitivity to hot and cold, or tooth decay in these unprotected areas.

What are some signs of oral cancer?

Signs and symptoms that could indicate oral cancer include:

  • any sign of irritation, like tenderness, burning or a sore that will not heal
  • pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips
  • development of a lump, or a leathery, wrinkled or bumpy patch inside your mouth
  • color changes to your oral soft tissues (gray, red or white spots or patches), rather than a healthy pink color
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  • any change in the way your teeth fit together

See your dentist or physician if you notice any of these changes.

How do I quit using tobacco?
  • Set a date to quit and stick to it. Choose a "low stress" time to quit
  • Enlist the support of your family, friends and co-workers
  • Ask your dentist or physician about nicotine replacement therapy for use in cessation attempts. Using these medicines can double your chances of quitting for good
  • Remove tobacco and tobacco paraphernalia from your home, office and car
  • Seek tobacco-free environments to curve your temptations
  • Exercise. It may make you feel better about yourself and your decision to quit smoking
  • When you crave a tobacco—exercise the 4 D’s:
    • Delay: craving will pass in 5–10 minutes
    • Drink water: it will help to wash the toxins from your body
    • Do something else: distract yourself by being active
    • Deep breathing: deep inhalations and exhalations are relaxing
    • Anticipate problems and have a realistic plan to deal with challenges
    • Call 1-800-QUITNOW or go to www.smokefree.gov