How can we help you?
When it comes to your dental care, you might have questions – and you should!
At Davis Family Dentistry, we believe in providing patient-guided dentistry, so you decide on your goals for your smile and we'll help get you there! This involves educating you about your oral health so you can make confident decisions about the care that's right for your needs.
We always welcome your questions and have provided some of those we hear most often for your convenience. If you don't find the answers to your questions here, feel free to contact our office.
Your mouth is a busy place. Bacteria – tiny colonies of living organisms are constantly on the move on your teeth, gums, lips and tongue. Having bacteria in your mouth is a normal thing. While some of the bacteria can be harmful, most are not and some are even helpful.
Certain types of bacteria, however, can attach themselves to hard surfaces like the enamel that covers your teeth. If they’re not removed, they multiply and grow in number until a colony forms. More bacteria of different types attach to the colony already growing on the tooth enamel. Proteins that are present in your saliva (spit) also mix in and the bacteria colony becomes a whitish film on the tooth. This film is called plaque, and it’s what causes cavities.
When refined carbohydrates or sugars are ingested, these bacteria present in the mouth use the sugar and convert it to acid that dissolves tooth enamel. The acid attacks start immediately after consuming sugars and last for 20-30 minutes.
Buy toothbrushes with soft bristles. Medium and firm ones can damage teeth and gums. Use soft pressure, for 2 minutes, two times a day. Both powered and manual toothbrushes clean teeth well. Manual brushes with mixed bristle heights or angled bristles clean better than those with all flat, even bristles. Powered toothbrushes may be easier if you have trouble using your hands.
Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Change it sooner if the bristles look bent or splayed out. Bent bristles don't clean as well. (They're also a sign you may be brushing too hard.)
Toothpastes with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance always have fluoride, which strengthens and protects teeth. If you want a non-fluoride option, stores carry toothpastes and powders made with natural ingredients that don't have ADA testing and approval.
Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They only go when they have a problem. This is known as "crisis treatment" versus "preventive treatment." While these patients may feel they are saving money, it often ends up costing much more in dollars and time. This is because many dental problems do not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. An example is tooth decay. It is typical to hear, "Nothing hurts... I don't have any problems." But there is something present that needs attention.
Tooth decay often does not hurt until it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a huge cavity who has never felt a thing. The dentist can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it develops any symptoms. This early detection can help you prevent root canal treatment or even extraction.
At Davis Family Dentistry, we understand that when it comes to your dental care, finances are often a concern. We never want cost to be a deterrent for our patients, and we're happy to work with you to fit your treatment plan into your budget. We'll always discuss your treatment needs and finances with you before moving forward with any procedures so there are no surprises for you.
We're happy to file claims to your dental insurance for you, and our knowledgeable staff will help you understand your benefits, coverage, and out-of-pocket costs. We'll work hard to help you get the most from your insurance and understand your coverage so you can make educated decisions about the treatment and dental care that's right for your needs.
Even if you have dental benefits, treatment procedures are typically not fully covered. For patients who would like to make affordable monthly payments on their remaining balance, we work with CareCredit. They're a third-party financing company that breaks your treatment cost into payments and even offers some interest-free options for qualified patients. CareCredit is easy to sign up for and you'll receive a quick decision so you can move forward with your treatment.
Contact our office to learn more about your financial options.
Your comfort is always a top priority here at Davis Family Dentistry, and we do everything we can to ensure that treatment procedures are comfortable for you. We use some of the most effective dental anesthetics in the industry to ensure that you don't feel anything during your procedure, and our doctors are gentle and highly skilled at delivering the anesthetics to you effectively. We also offer amenities such as televisions in our treatment rooms so you can enjoy a program and take your mind off of your dental treatment.
If you tend to feel fearful about your dental care, we want you to know that you're not alone. Millions of Americans feel this way, and that's why we offer nitrous oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous quickly enters your system through a mask worn during your procedure, and it leaves as soon as the mask is removed. Because it leaves your system quickly, you'll be able to safely drive yourself home after your appointment and continue with your normal activities. We can use nitrous for any type of procedure, so whether you need a cleaning or a more complex treatment such as root canal therapy, nitrous can help you feel at ease.