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Have you ever had questions for your dentist, but never had the courage to ask? Or maybe you felt your 45 minute appointment was never really enough time to have a heart to heart discussion about your dental concerns. This session will focus on some important apects that your dentist wish YOU were aware of and some questions that YOU should ask.

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  1. 1. 10 things you want to ask your Dentist
  2. 2. Is one brand of toothpaste better than others? <ul><li>No…all toothpaste brands are essentially the same as long as fluoride is a key ingredient. Stay away from whiteners, tends to make all your teeth very sensitive to hot and cold stimulus. </li></ul>
  3. 3. I only want white fillings because I heard silver fillings contain mercury and can make me sick!! <ul><li>Of course not!! Silver fillings are called Amalgams because they are a mixture of certain elements, mercury being a small portion. You will ingest more mercury as a natural element when eating fish or drinking city water. White cosmetic fillings actually cause more problems in posterior teeth because of the propensity to leak and cause recurrent decay. Meaning they must be replaced in 4 years with new white fillings. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why do I need to have a cleaning twice a year? <ul><li>A cleaning twice a year or every six months helps us to check and make sure you are dentally healthy. Also, it allows the hygienist to remove any calculus buildup on your teeth that may cause you to have gum disease and bleeding gums. </li></ul>
  5. 5. I have dental insurance, but seems like I have to pay all the time!! <ul><li>Yes…this is true. Remember, if you are going to a dental office that accepts your insurance, it really is as a courtesy to you as the patient. Most dental insurances rarely pay the dentist his or her normal fee, so that practitioner will be taking a loss to accept your insurance. Most insurances only pay $1500 maximum yearly and that is broken up into 3 categories: Preventive 100%, Basic 80% and Major 50%. So depending on your dental needs, you will pay a portion. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Are implants safe? <ul><li>Yes… implants are ideal and can be one of the most safest ways to replace missing teeth. However, an ideal candidate will be a patient that does not smoke and exhibits optimal oral hygiene habits for the retention of the implant. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Does my dentist do an oral cancer check each time I come in? <ul><li>Yes…it is standard practice. Whenever you present for a check-up, your dentist will be checking for oral cancer, this is usually by asking you to move you tongue from side to side and checking your vestibule. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Can I keep my teeth a lifetime? <ul><li>Yes…dentistry has progressed in the past 20 years, that we have now documented individuals having healthy teeth for a lifetime. This can only be achieved by establishing a good relationship with your dentist and his/her office. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Is it ok to wet my toothbrush after I have placed the toothpaste on it? <ul><li>No…when you wet your toothbrush after placing the toothpaste on…you are diluting the effectiveness of the fluoride toothpaste. Always wet a dry brush, then add the toothpaste. </li></ul>
  10. 10. I like a firm or hard toothbrush, can I be damaging my gums? <ul><li>Yes… you are causing harm to your gums and teeth. You must use a soft bristle toothbrush and change your toothbrush every 3 months. </li></ul>