Q. How often should I see a dentist?

v-smile4.jpgThe American Dental Association (ADA) recommends most people visit a dentist twice a year for an exam and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends two visits per year for the average patient, although patients with chronic gum disease or a high cavity rate may be advised to be seen more frequently.

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

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 do everything possible to work you into our schedule that very day.

After hours, over the weekend and during  the holidays, please call our office and listen to the answering machine message for the doctors' emergency contact numbers.

Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Electric toothbrushes are proven to clean more effectively than manual brushes and are highly recommended by the doctors. The counter-rotating Braun Oral B brush or any ultrasonic electric brush are two types with great track records. If a patient prefers to use a manual brush, they should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft bristles. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, especially the hard to reach back-of-the-mouth. Children should also use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. People with especially sensitive teeth can really benefit from using soft bristled toothbrushes.

Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

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 more often. Typically, a child's toothbrush should be replaced more frequently than adult brushes.

Q. Is an electric toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are proven to be more effective than manual toothbrushes. Children may find brushing with an electric toothbrush more exciting. If you have dexterity challenges and have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush will likely be easier and more effective for you.

Q. Should I brush or floss first?

Consider that 80% of fillings are for between-the-teeth cavities, and that gum disease starts between the teeth virtually 100% of the time. As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, the doctors believe that it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing after brushing will highlight for you what brushing alone misses, reinforcing the tremendous importance of flossing.

The bottom line is...FLOSS!

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

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 to strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, thus helping prevent tooth decay.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

Yes. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We will be more than happy to process your insurance claim for you.

In addition, Eastbrook offers no-interest extended-payment plans through CareCredit patient financing (see details under "Affordable Financing" heading in the "Office Info"section).