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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Tyler, TX

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Do you have questions about insurance, your oral health, or children’s dental care? We have all of the answers you need! Below, we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions we get from patients. If you still have one, contact our dental office and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

It’s important to change your toothbrush out every three months, or after you get sick. This will prevent bacteria accumulation on the bristles that could make you ill. If you notice that the bristles are fraying, this is also a good indication that you need a new toothbrush.

When should my child first visit the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends having your child visit a dentist for a checkup by the time they turn one or when their first tooth grows in. Early appointments are also a great way to help acclimate your child to the environment and get them excited about taking care of their teeth!

Is orthodontic treatment covered by dental insurance?

Dental insurance plans vary greatly when it comes to orthodontic coverage, which is why you have to contact your provider directly to learn whether they’ll pay for braces.

Are dental implants safe to get?

Dental implants are a highly recommended restorative procedure that offers a variety of amazing benefits. They also boast an impressive 98 percent success rate! We do recommend quitting bad oral habits like smoking and chewing tobacco before the treatment to make sure the surgery recovery is complication-free.

How should I prepare for a wisdom tooth extraction procedure?

Before your wisdom tooth surgery, don’t smoke or drink any alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours. We also recommend brushing your teeth before your appointment and making sure that someone can drive you home. We’ll provide you with more instructions at your initial consultation.

How often do I need to see the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Plus, pretty much all dental insurance plans cover the complete cost of two routine visits every year.

Is it really necessary for me to get a custom nightguard?

If you’re grinding and clenching your teeth at night and haven’t broken or damaged a tooth yet, you’re lucky. To prevent that from happening and keep you from requiring emergency treatment down the road, we highly recommend investing in a customized nightguard to protect them.