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FAQ

Which type of toothbrush should I use?
As long as you are using a soft toothbrush with a small head, the brand of the toothbrush does not matter. It's very important not to "scrub" your teeth, which can contribute to gum recession. It's also very important that you get a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year to take off the buildup that you can't get with your toothbrush.

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Is one toothpaste better than others?
Generally, no. As long as it contains ADA recommended fluoride, we want our patients to find the right flavor of toothpaste that they prefer.

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How often should I floss?
At least once a day. Brushing and mouthrinses will NOT get rid of the plaque buildup in-between your teeth, so flossing is a MUST. Hence the saying "Floss the ones you want to keep." Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

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Why are my teeth so sensitive?
Many reasons. But we have variety of products and techniques that differ according to the reason for your sensitivity.

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I am tobacco chewer. Should I worry about oral cancer?
We have seen very serious cases of oral cancer with habitual tobacco chewing, and early detection is key! We do oral cancer screening at every exam, so stop by to get an exam that can save your life.

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What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. Patients prefer the bridges over partial dentures, because a bridge is permanently attached to adjacent teeth, while a partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and comes in and out. An advantage of a partial denture would be that you can replace multiple teeth at once.

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What is an abscess?
It is a painful condition caused by an infection of the gum tissue or decayed tooth, and it can cause sensitivity to cold/hot/sweets and bad odor/smell. Sometimes, no symptoms may exist.

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What can I do about my snoring problem?
Almost everyone snores! Snoring can cause loss of sleep and even marital troubles. We can make you an oral appliance to reduce or eliminate your snoring habits.

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Why do I have bad breath?
Studies suggest that 50-80 Million Americans suffer from bad breath. It's very important to determine the source of your bad breath, and our dental team can identify and treat the source.

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Why do I have dry mouth?
Many common medications and aging can cause dry mouth. One of the reasons that people get "morning breath" is due to decreased saliva during sleep. Many people also experience dry mouth while under stress, public speaking, or mouth breathing. It's important to treat dry mouth, because reduced saliva can mean increased bacteria concentration which can cause more decay and bone loss. We have a variety of products to help alleviate your dry mouth today.

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My wisdom teeth are coming in. Do I need them removed?
It depends. Wisdom teeth are very far back in the mouth, which is very hard to clean and may be more prone to decay and gum disease. Some wisdom teeth are "impacted," meaning they fail to emerge through the gums, and they can sometimes get infection of the gums (pericoronitis) which are very painful and bad taste.

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I wake up from jaw pain. What do I do?
Many people are grinding in their sleep and need a night guard to protect their teeth. Grinding can cause severe wear on your teeth and cause jaw soreness. We can make you a custom-fit, durable nightguard that can protect your teeth and help alleviate that TMJ/TMD pain that can be very painful.

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Can adults get braces?
More than 30% of braces patients are over the age of 18. It's never too late to get braces!

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What are clear aligners?
We will make you clear, customized removable retainers to straighten your teeth. Stop by to see if you are a good candidate!

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How long does implants take?
Well, it depends on where it is. The top arch tooth takes about 3-4 months to integrate and the lower arch tooth takes about 5-6 months. After the integration and healing, we will restore it with a implant crown that will look similar to your other teeth.

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Do you offer payment plans?
We have variety of payment options available. Our financial coordinator will gladly seat with you privately to go over the options. If you have dental insurance, we will help you maximize your dental insurance benefits. Any treatment over $1000, we offer 7% courtesy discount if paid by check/cash or 5% by card. We also

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Do we sterilize all equipment?
Of course! We follow all ADA and OSHA guidelines. We use purified and ionized water, and we test our water periodically.

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Are we equipped with High tech equipment?
We use state of the art technology with intra-oral cameras and digital x-rays. All our charts and x-rays are computerized. Plus, we are equipped with the most excellent technology systems, including Tulsa root canal rotary systems, Osstem implant systems, and even an Odssey Navigator Diode laser.

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Do we take emergencies?
We know how painful a toothache can be, so we try to accommodate you the same day you come in for a toothache. Call our office today and stop the pain!