How often should I visit the dentist for a professional cleaning and dental exam?
For most patients, the American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning every six months, or twice a year. Regular checkups in combination with good home care will keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Are X-rays necessary and how often do I need them taken?
Dental x-rays, taken at appropriate intervals, are an invaluable diagnostic tool, as there are many dental problems that can go undetected without the aid of x-rays. We typically recommend a set of bitewing x-rays on an annual basis and a full series of diagnostic x-rays on a three-year basis.
What is gum disease and how do I know if I have it?
Gum disease is an infection of the tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. It often is a pain-free disease, but if you notice red, puffy, or bleeding gums it may indicate that you have gum disease. Please schedule an appointment to see one of our team members to determine the condition of your gums.
Do you offer bleaching options for whitening teeth?
Yes, we offer in-office bleaching options, as well as a tray bleaching system that you can use in the comfort of your own home.
Are payment options available for my dental treatment?
Yes, we offer individualized payment plans for your necessary dental treatments. In addition, we accept many types of dental insurance and we will assist you in processing your dental claims. We also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. For more information see our Insurance & Billing page.
At what age do you recommend my child have their first dental visit?
At Stillwater Dental, we specialize in children’s dentistry, and we like the first dental visit to be a fun and informative experience! We do recommend your child come in by the time they are three or four years old, and we will strive to make your child’s first dental visit a positive experience and set the foundation for a lifetime of great dental health.
What are sealants and would my child benefit from them?
Sealants are a protective coating placed in the tops of your children’s molars. By sealing the molars we can often prevent decay from ever starting. Our dentists would be happy to determine if sealants are recommended for your child during his or her visit to our office.
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