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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care

Provides answers to frequently asked questions about dental care and oral hygiene.
What is Tooth Erosion?
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid.
What Types of Dental Insurance Do You Accept?
We accept most types of insurance including: Dental Dental, United Health, Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Guardian, MetLife Dental, Humana and more.  We also offer an in-house insurance plan.  
What is Trench Mouth?
Have you ever heard of trench mouth? Find out about this severe gum infection and what you can do to prevent trench mouth.
Dry Mouth - What is Dry Mouth?
Find out what dry mouth is, as well as how dry mouth can lead to serious dental problems.
Dry Mouth - What Causes Dry Mouth?
Find out what dry mouth is and what causes dry mouth.
How Does Your Mouth Affect your Overall Health?
Gum disease is a serious dental problem. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and strokes. Learn how you can prevent gum disease and protect your overall health.
What is an Abscessed Tooth?
An abscess of the tooth is an infection. An abscess can include pus and swelling of the soft gum tissues surrounding the tooth
Teenagers and Oral Piercing - Is it Safe?
Information about teenagers and the safety of oral piercing as well as side effects from oral piercings.
Do Teeth Whitening Toothpastes Really Work?
Teeth whitening toothpastes are popping up everywhere, but do they really work? Find out about teeth whitening toothpastes and how they might help you obtain a whiter smile.
What is Tooth Sensitivity?
Explains what tooth sensitivity is as well as what you can do to treat tooth sensitivity.
What is a Periodontist?
Explains what a periodontist is as well as what a periodontist does.
What is an Oral Surgeon?
Explains what an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is as well as what an oral and maxillofacial surgeon does.
What is an Endodontist?
Explains what an endodontist is as well as what an endodontist does.
What is Calculus?
Describes what calculus is,how you can prevent it and get rid of it.
What is Bruxism?
Describes what bruxism is and what you can do about it.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Describes what Nitrous Oxide is and how nitrous oxide can help you relax in the dental office.
What is Gingivitis?
Describes what gingivitis is and what you can do to prevent it.
Canker Sores - What is a Canker Sore?
Describes what a canker sore is, where canker sores develop and how long canker sores usually last.
Canker Sores - What Causes Canker Sores?
Canker sores and possible causes of canker sores.
What is a Root Canal?
Describes what a root canal is.
Retainers - What is a Retainer?
You have probably heard of retainers, but do you know what a retainer is and why wearing a retainer is so important?
What is a Cavity?
Describes what a cavity is and how you can prevent cavities
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Explains what a pediatric dentist is as well as what a pediatric dentist does.
What is the Difference Between a Silver and White Filling?
Describes the differences between amalgam (silver) and composite (white) fillings.
Are Silver Fillings Safe?
Describes what silver fillings are made out of and whether or not they are safe.
What is Decay?
Describes what tooth decay is and how you can prevent tooth decay.
What is a Prosthodontist?
Describes what a prosthodontist is and what they do.
What is a Biopsy?
Explains what a biopsy is and why you might need a biopsy.
What is Periodontitis?
Explains what periodontitis is and how periodontitis can be linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Mouthguards and Sports - Are Mouthguards Really Necessary?
Mouthguards can offer superior protection against dental related injuries. Find out how to choose and take care of a dental mouthguard.
Why is Oral Hygiene so Important During Pregnancy?
Oral hygiene is always important, but even more so during pregnancy. Find out how dental problems can be intensified during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Gingivitis - What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
Explains what pregnancy gingivitis is, how you can prevent pregnancy gingivitis and what to do if you develop pregnancy gingivitis.
What is a Dental Implant?
Describes what a dental implant is and why you might need one.
What Causes Decay?
Explains what dental decay is and what causes it.
What is an Orthodontist?
Describes what an orthodontist is and what education is required to be an orthodontist.
What is Halitosis?
Learn what halitosis is and how you can treat and prevent it.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Learn what causes bad breath and how prevent it.
How Often Should I Floss My Teeth?
Learn how often and why it is important that you floss your teeth.
When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist for the Fisrt Time?
Find out when you should take your child to the dentist for the first time.
What is Fluoride?
Learn what fluoride is and how it can help to prevent cavities.
How Often Should I Get a Dental Check Up?
Learn how often to get a dental check up for adults, children and patients with special conditions.
What are Sealants?
Learn how sealants can protect your child against cavities.
What is Plaque?
Maintain good dental health by learning what plaque is and how to prevent it.
Which Toothbrush is Really Better - Manual or Electric?
Describes which toothbrush is better - manual or electric and benefits of both toothbrushes.
How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?
Provides a detailed answer on how often and why it's important to change your toothbrush.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
Learn how often you should brush your teeth to maintain good oral hygiene.
When Will my Baby get Teeth?
Find out when your baby should be getting his teeth.
When do Children get their Permanent Teeth?
This chart will show you which permanent teeth your children should be getting at specific ages.
Is Your Baby Teething?
Could your baby be teething? Our Guide to Pediatrics, Vincent Iannelli, M.D., offers insight about what signs to look for if you think your baby might be teething.
When Should my Baby get his First Tooth?
Vincent Iannelli, M.D., our guide to Pediatrics, explains when when your baby will begin to get teeth and start teething.
"What Is a Papoose Board?"
Terri Mauro, our Guide to Parenting Special Needs, explains what a papoose board is and how it can be used at dental visits.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fluoride
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry provides answers to frequently asked questions about fluoride as well as the safety of fluoride.
How can a Dentist Detect an Eating Disorder?
The Academy of General Dentistry explains how dentists can detect eating disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants
The CDC provides answers to frequently asked questions about dental sealants.
Fluoridated Water - Questions and Answers
Provides answers to frequently asked questions about fluoridated water.
FAQs About Root Canal Treatment
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about root canals, provided by the American Association of Endodontists.

Q: What should I do if I have bad breath?

Q: How often should I brush and floss?

Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

Q: How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

Q: How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease)?

Q: Why is it important to use dental floss?

Q: How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?

Q: What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Q: What can I do about stained or discolored teeth?


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