Canal Side Family Dental FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Are you accepting new patients?

A:  YES!  We appreciate referrals and we are currently welcoming new patients.

Q:  Do you see children?

A:  Yes.   We recommend that children start routine dental cleanings and exams around age three.  Of course every child is different, so it is ultimately at the parent’s discretion.  There are some circumstances that a child may be referred to a pediatric practice, but most feel comfortable here at our office.

Q:  Dental visits make me nervous, can you help?

A:  It is very important to all of our office staff that we make each individual patient as comfortable and at-ease as possible.  There may be additional sedative measures available depending on your needs and treatment.  Please discuss this at your appointment, and we will try to accommodate you with the appropriate treatment plan that best suits you.

Q:  What to do in a dental emergency?

A:  Call your dentist immediately. If you are calling after office hours, there is an on-call doctor to answer your questions and guide you to the appropriate treatment.  If you have excessive bleeding, high fever, dizziness, or feel that you need immediate attention, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

Tips for avoiding and dealing with dental emergencies:   

  • Avoid chewing ice, hard candy, popcorn kernels, all of which are known to crack teeth.
  • Be sure to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk.
  • Knocked Out Tooth – If the tooth is a permanent tooth, hold the tooth by the crown and gently rinse off the root if dirty.  Do NOT scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments.  If possible, insert and hold the tooth in its socket.  If that is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk and see your dentist immediately – Remember to bring the tooth with you.
  • Object Caught Between Teeth – Gently attempt to remove with dental floss.  Do NOT use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t remove object with dental floss, contact your dentist.

Q:  Do you do “Cosmetic Dentistry”?

A:  Yes.  There are different options for each individual person.  Call for appointment for your personalized treatment plan.

Q:  What are sealants?

A:  Dental sealants are a clear and protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant protects the tooth from getting decay by shielding against bacteria and plaque. Sealants are most commonly placed on children's permanent back teeth because they are more prone to decay. Most insurance companies pay for sealants on children's teeth. They can also be placed on adult's teeth.

Q:  How often should I get a dental check up?

A:  For most people every six months is sufficient.  If there are other concerns such as, periodontal disease, there may a need to have more frequent visits.  

Q:  How often should I change my toothbrush?

A:  Every 3 months.  If you become ill with a virus, you should change your toothbrush immediately to help prevent spreading germs.