I’m not having any tooth pain symptoms. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Yes. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits will also help prevent problems from developing. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s also important to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your overall health since many medical conditions can affect your dental health too.
How long do most appointments last?
Approximately 1 hour depending upon complexity of the dental procedure. We value your time. We plan to begin your treatment at your scheduled time.
Does Gentle Dental Care accept dental insurance?
Yes, we will help you process claims with your dental insurance provider.
What is the typical cost of dental treatment?
Dental cost varies according to treatment needs. Call us today to talk about your treatment plan! Payment is expected the day of treatment.
How old are children when they need their first visit to the dentist?
The ideal time is six months after your child’s first (primary) teeth erupt or by the child’s first birthday. This time frame is the perfect opportunity for the dentist to carefully examine the development of your child’s mouth. Your dentist may even provide or recommend special preventive care to thwart oral health problems.
Why do I need regular dental check-ups?
Regular dental check-ups spot problems early when they are most easily and affordably treated. If dental problems go undetected, there is a greater risk of damage that is more time consuming and costly to treat. Check-ups can even prevent problems from developing in the first place. Your dentist is also trained to detect signs which indicate other diseases or medical conditions that may need attention from a medical doctor.
What happens during a dental check up?
The dentist and hygienist work as a team. They will ask you about your recent medical history since many medical conditions impact dental health and decisions about how to treat problems. Your gums will be checked for disease, your teeth examined for decay and you will be informed if x-rays of your teeth are needed during the visit. Special instruments will be used to remove plaque, clean, polish and floss your teeth. The dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth tissue and tongue to screen for oral cancer.
How often do I need to see a dentist?
There is no definitive answer to how often you need to see a dentist. Some people see their dentist once or twice a year, others need more frequent visits. It is best to begin with a dental check up to create a base line for your oral health, then discuss with your dentist the amount of care and frequency of check ups he or she recommends based on your unique needs.
What are some signs I should see a dentist?

The following are signs that you should see a dentist:

Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold. Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss. You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc. You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look. You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth. You are pregnant. You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck. You have difficulty chewing or swallowing. You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay. You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive. Your mouth is often dry. You smoke or use other tobacco products. You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy. Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up. You have an uneven bite. You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.