Q. How often should I see a dentist?

s-smile1.jpgA. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

Q. What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency during regular business hours, we will be glad to work you into our schedule. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

A. Dr. Yowell highly recommends a rechargeable electric toothbrush, as electric toothbrushes have really helped people improve oral hygiene at home.   However, a manual toothbrush, when used properly, can be just as effective as a powered toothbrush.  If using a manual toothbrush, adults should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles.  The head of the brush needs to be small enough to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, specifically the back of the mouth, which can be difficult to reach.  Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles.  People with sensitive teeth can benefit from using gentle soft-bristled toothbrushes.

More and more people are switching to using rechargeable electric toothbrushes, and for very good reasons.  Electric toothbrushes that we recommend oscillate and pulsate (a combination, thereof) close to 50,000 per minute!   The brush heads are designed specifically for your individual needs… some for deep cleaning, others for sensitive gums, some for cleaning in between teeth / around orthodontics / bridges and other restorative dental work.  Most people brush for less than half the recommended 2 minute brushing doctors recommend.  Because of that, the toothbrush we recommend has a 2 minute timer, letting you know when to switch quadrants (every 30 seconds).  It also senses when you brush too hard, with an alert to help prevent over-brushing.

Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

A. The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months. With each use, the bristles become worn and cleaning effectiveness decreases. Depending on your oral health, you may need to replace your brush sooner. Typically, children toothbrushes need to be replaced more regularly than adults.

Q. Should I brush or floss first?

A. As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.

Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

A. No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means it has been assessed for safety and effectiveness. Studies consistently show that fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent dental decay.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We will process your insurance claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment.