Dental FAQs from Selden, NY
Q) How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
It is recommended that you come in twice a year for checkup and hygiene visits. If you’re experiencing problems such as gum disease and require more frequent appointments, we’ll let you know. Regular checkups are important because, even if you don’t notice problems, we may find the earliest warning signs of problems before they cause too much damage. We can look for signs of decay, oral cancer, and gum disease. We can also remove plaque that has hardened into tartar, which can cause decay and be impossible to remove with home hygiene methods.
Q) Do I need X-rays?
To provide optimal care, we take bitewing X-rays once a year and a full mouth series every three years. Because we use a digital X-ray system, our patients are exposed to about 80 percent less radiation than with a traditional radiograph. X-rays and intraoral photographs help us track your oral health and address problems early. If you haven’t had a checkup and X-rays in a while, call us for an appointment.
Q) My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Bleeding gums usually signal a problem. When your gums bleed, it is generally caused by one of two problems: brushing too hard or gum disease. During visits to our Selden, New York dental office, we’ll look for signs of gum disease and make sure your brushing habits aren’t causing any problems. We may recommend periodontal therapy for the treatment of gum disease if we see that you’ve got a problem. It’s very important to look after the health of your gums; gum disease is common, and it causes other problems like tooth loss if not treated.
Q) What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
Missing teeth can contribute to a number of other oral health issues, including the loss of more teeth. If you do not replace a missing tooth, it is likely that up to 20% of the adjacent teeth will fall out as well within 4 to 8 years. Even just one missing tooth will cause the rest of your teeth to shift, leaving spaces between teeth and changing your bite. You’ll see an increased risk of gum disease, cavities, and TMJ pain.
Q) Does your office offer any financing options?
Yes. We accept CareCredit, a third-party option for financing your dental care. CareCredit offers the flexibility of different payment plans, allowing you to find the right fit for you, your dental care, and your budget.