First Visit Questions:
What should I bring to my first dental visit?
As long as you know your medical history, you will not need to bring anything but your beautiful smile and your dental insurance card. We evaluate everything else based on our checks and assessments of your mouth. We will also set up your next appointment for teeth cleaning.
How can I make an appointment?
Here at Reflections Dental, we understand your busy schedule, so there are many ways you can make an appointment. You can contact us by calling our office or book an appointment online.
What should I expect at my appointment?
At your first appointment, we would like to get to know you and how we can help your oral health. Questions about your medical history will be asked so that we can know what kind of treatment and health plan will work best for your needs. We will also give you an oral cancer screening and assess your risk. This will help us give you the best advice about your health. X-rays and evaluations based on your habits and what the dentist sees will guide our plan for you to have the healthiest smile. For other details, visit our patient info page under first visit or contact us over the phone.
What services does this dentist offer?
We offer many services for all ages and needs. Our services include prevention dentistry, family dentistry, braces, wisdom tooth removal, implants, and more. Check out our dental services page for a list of all our services and additional information about each service that we provide.
Do I need to visit the dentist on a regular basis?
While many people do not visit the dentist on a regular basis, cavities and buildup can start to form in places your toothbrush cannot reach. In order to prevent severe cases, like root canals, you will want to visit a dentist every six months or more frequently if you have other troubles such as gum disease. Going to the dentist on a regular basis will help your teeth stay healthier for longer.
How does the dentist clean my teeth?
Routine dental cleanings are standard among most dentists, but we make sure that we are catering to your oral health needs. A routine cleaning usually includes removing plaque from your teeth using certified tools. These various tools loosen and remove the harmful bacteria. We will also polish your teeth to prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth and cause cavities.
What are the signs that I should see a dentist for a potential emergency?
In any sign of trouble, don’t hesitate to call a dentist to get it checked out. Signs of trouble can include sores in and on your mouth, pain in teeth or jaw, redness, swelling, sensitive or broken teeth, and dry mouth. Some of these conditions can come from an injury, in which case it is best to evaluate your health with a doctor before calling the dentist. Other conditions could damage your teeth or cause negative effects like bad breath. In any case, our dentists are here to help. View our emergency page for information about some of our emergency care, how to prevent emergencies, and a number to call if you have an emergency.
What is the best toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash I should use?
Some dentists will recommend brands and specific products for your individual need. It is good to ask this question to your dentist to get the kinds that will help your teeth stay clean and healthy, based on your habits. In general, toothbrushes with soft bristles are easier on your gums and will clean your mouth thoroughly. Harder bristles can damage your teeth and gums, especially if you brush harder on your teeth. Manual and powered toothbrushes can help maintain a healthy smile, but in manual, you will want to look for varied heights in the bristles to get in the crevices of your teeth. Remember to replace them every three to four months to maintain health. Any toothpaste with fluoride will provide the best cleaning and protection for your teeth. However, it cannot be swallowed, so children that are still learning should use toothpaste without fluoride. There are alternatives that are still ADA (American Dental Association) approved without having fluoride, which means that it is still up to healthy standards. Just look for the ADA label for the best toothpaste. If you have sensitivity problems or dry-mouth, your dentist can recommend the best toothpaste and mouthwash for your needs. Most mouthwash will help if used along with brushing and flossing. Your dentist can recommend which mouthwash is suitable for your needs.
What causes cavities?
Every person has bacteria that lives in their mouth, but this can be a good thing. Some bacteria are healthy for your body when consuming food and other activities. However, there are other bacteria that can be harmful. These bacteria will latch on to surfaces, such as teeth, and grow. With other nutrients in your body, these bacteria can coat your teeth, which is called plaque, a substances that eats away at your tooth enamel and causes cavities. Some sugars and bacteria can form acid that can also cause cavities. If left untreated, cavities can get to the root of your tooth and cause intense pain and discomfort as the bacteria decays your tooth from the inside out. There is good news, though! Brushing twice a day and regular visits to your dentist will break up those buildups, and prevent more bacteria from attaching to your teeth. A good brushing twice a day keeps the cavities away.