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Dental FAQs

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

If you haven’t filled out the patient forms available on the website, please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to do so.

I’m afraid of going to the dentist—any advice??

Dental fear, or dentophobia, is more common than you think! We understand the anxiety surrounding dental work, and our staff has been properly trained to help you during your appointment. We are committed to ensuring your visit is comfortable and worry-free.

What should I do if I require pre-appointment medication?

Please be sure to request a prescription prior to your appointment, or if you are unsure, contact us and we can help.

Which is better, a manual or electric toothbrush?

Both are effective when used properly. The best way to be sure your teeth are receiving the care they need is to discuss your oral hygiene habits with your hygienist or dentist.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring the following items to your first appointment:

  1. Completed Forms (if you filled them out)
  2. Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
  3. Identification, such as a Driver License, Military ID or State-Issued ID

How do I encourage my child to brush their teeth?

Children learn by example—if they see you brushing your teeth, they’ll want to do the same. As you display consistency in the habit of oral health, your kids will follow suit. You can also make it fun—create a song you sing before brushing teeth or let them pick out a toothbrush they like when you’re at the store.

How long will my first appointment last?

It can vary, but please plan to spend about an hour at our office during your first visit.

Are oral piercings safe?

Piercing the lip, tongue or cheek is a form of self-expression. However, these piercings may cause problems like pain, swelling, infection and an increase in saliva. If you’re thinking of getting a piercing, talk to one of our dentists first. If you already have a piercing and are experiencing any of the problems listed above, make an appointment right away.

How often should I floss?

The American Dental Association recommends that you floss at least once a day to help remove plaque from in between teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing helps prevent buildup that leads to cavities or other dental problems.

I want to whiten my teeth—how long do the results last?

Whitening varies with every person. If you smoke, drink red wine or coffee, the whitening treatment may diminish more quickly. Generally, a whitening procedure can last for a year or two. Ask our experienced staff about our whitening options.

It’s been a long time since I went to the dentist—what should I do?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one! Whether it’s been a few months or a few years since you visited the dentist, it’s never too late to make your oral health a priority. Here at Mountain Springs Dental, we’ve been taking care of all kinds of patients for more than 30 years, so come in and see the difference that our experience can make—we are happy and willing to help!

Do whitening toothpastes really work?

Yes and no. They work by removing surface stains from the teeth. But they can also contain harsh abrasives that remove stains and destroy tooth enamel in the process. If you want to try a whitening toothpaste, consult one of our dentists first.

How many times should I have my teeth cleaned each year?

We recommend visiting the dentist every six months so hygienists can perform a thorough cleaning on those hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Plus, it gives our dentist a chance to make sure he takes care of any major problems or pain you may have.

I get canker sore sometimes. How can I get rid of them quickly?

These sores can be caused by factors like ill-fitting dentures or braces, cheek biting or brushing too hard, to name a few. Sometimes food is the culprit—if you eat sharp foods like toasted bread, pretzels and hard candies, you may be susceptible to canker sores. To relieve pain and reduce inflammation, rinse your mouth with warm water and salt or an antimicrobial mouthwash. If your sore lasts for more than two weeks, make an appointment with one of our dentists.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

As a preventative measure, we encourage a visit to a pediatric dentistry between their first 6-9 months for a visual examination. We are happy to refer you to a local pediatric specialist, if needed.

I’ve been told I have a cavity and need a filling, but my tooth doesn’t hurt. Should I still get the filling?

Symptoms can be tricky when it comes to cavities. Most dental issues don’t have any telltale signs until they reach more advanced stages. If you wait to fix the problem, it may become more difficult, painful and more expensive to repair.

What causes tooth decay?

Cavities are caused by tooth decay. This decay takes place when acid in the mouth starts eating away at the teeth. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause infection, tooth loss and pain. Practicing proper oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth and tongue, and flossing twice a day, will help reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Why do my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums are mostly caused by plaque buildup on the line between the teeth and gums. This can lead to gingivitis or periodontitis. We recommend brushing and flossing twice a day and coming in to the office for your six-month cleaning to help keep the gums from bleeding. If these actions don’t stop the bleeding, make an appointment to see one of our dentists for further treatment options.

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