How often should I see my dentist?

If there is no underlying active pathology or no periodontal issues, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you visit a dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.

My dentist recommended a treatment plan that my insurance does not cover. Does that mean the treatment really isn’t necessary?

It is common for a dental plan to have some exclusions. This does not mean the treatment isn’t necessary. Patients need to be aware of the exclusions and limitations in their dental plan but should not let those factors determine their treatment decisions.

What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?

Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.

What is the difference between a regular cleaning and periodontal treatment?

A regular dental cleaning is the cleaning of your teeth only. If you have healthy gums, you will likely need a regular dental cleaning.

Periodontal treatment and maintenance include cleaning the gums as well. There are many causes for gum disease, which causes your gums to recede or separate from your tooth. If there is a gap between the gum and the tooth, bacteria can get caught and cause damage to the tooth and gums. Periodontal treatment and maintenance are performed to remove bacteria from the area between the tooth and the gums.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth are often caused by a slight receding in your gums. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through, which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes and even some dental procedures that can be provided.

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