Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take my insurance?

As a courtesy, we are happy to bill any insurance our patients are contracted with, so long as it isn’t an HMO type plan. HMO plans require the patient to see specific providers or they will not pay for treatment.

Do you take installment payments?

We accept most credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover (and others). We offer interest free payment plans through CareCredit, for our patients that need more time to pay for treatment.

How often should I brush and floss?

The formation of plaque is continuous and can only be controlled by brushing, flossing, or the use of other cleaning aides (like a Waterpik).

Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with a soft bristle toothbrush.

Daily flossing is recommended to clean in between the teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become worn and frayed. If you’ve been sick it’s a good idea to change out your toothbrush once you are feeling better.

Which toothbrush is better, electric or manual?

Research shows that both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective when used properly. It’s really about your brushing technique. However, an electric toothbrush can pulsate faster than what we can replicate manually.

Why should I floss, isn’t brushing enough?

Brushing removes some of the plaque in your mouth, but not all. The toothbrush can’t reach in between the teeth. Flossing is what removes the plaque in between the teeth and under the gum line.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

You should have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. However, your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits depending on how fast you build up calculus (tarter), if you are at a high risk of developing cavities, or if you have periodontal (gum) disease.

Having frequent dental cleanings helps to maintain the health of your teeth and gums and is essential in preventing future dental problems.

What is periodontal disease?

Most people are not aware that they have it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.  It is possible to have periodontal disease without having noticeable symptoms.

Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.

What is the difference between a DMD and DDS degree?

There is no difference between the two degrees.  Both degrees have the same curriculum requirements. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery.  DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Harvard was the first university to incorporate the DMD designation as it fits better within their Latin naming system.  Many institutions have adopted the use of DMD since Harvard first coined the degree in 1867.