In our years taking care of thousands of patients, there are a few questions we get asked often. Here are some of the top questions we get:

How often should I get a dental exam/cleaning?

The accepted time frame that works for most people is every six months. However, there are some patients that could certainly benefit from more frequent visits. Those with gum disease, those with a lot of dental work and those prone to cavities should consider visiting us every four months instead.

What causes tooth decay?

When bacteria in our mouth mix with sugar, acid is produced, which can harm your teeth. To prevent this decay from occurring, it is important to brush after every meal and floss at least once a day.

Which toothbrush is best?

There are so many options out there! A soft-bristled toothbrush is generally considered the best. In particular, when using an electric or sonic toothbrush, anything beyond a soft bristle can be too hard. While a firm and hard bristle can make you feel like you are cleaning your teeth better, it can end up causing damage by abrading the teeth and causing gum recession.

How often should I get x-rays?

Many patients are told that too many x-rays are not good for your health, but did you know that a complete set of x-rays exposes you to the same radiation as a flight from San Francisco to Seattle? It is recommended that a complete radiology survey is conducted every 3 years with small checkup or recalls done every 6 to 12 months.