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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Fuquay-Varina, NC

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Our patients ask us a lot of questions every day, and we take the time to answer every single one of them. We know that oral health education is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to helping people take great care of their smiles, so if there is anything you’d like to know regarding you or your family’s teeth, you’re always encouraged to give us a call. Before that, you can quickly boost your dental IQ by looking at our responses to the popular questions below.

How often should I get a checkup and cleaning?

Dr. Langworthy, along with the American Dental Association, recommends that everyone should receive a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. Some patients, particularly those who have dealt with gum disease in the past, may need to come in more often, but she can let you know what would be best for you after your first appointment.

When should my child start going to the dentist?

You should bring your child in for a quick checkup as soon as you can after their first teeth appear. Then, starting around age 3, they’ll start attending regular checkups and cleanings just like Mom and Dad. This early introduction to dental care makes future appointments easier, and also ensures that a child’s mouth is developing correctly at a stage when it is growing rapidly.

Should I be worried about my bleeding gums?

If you’ve just started flossing, a little pink in the sink is normal, and this should stop after a few days. But, if the bleeding continues, you should try brushing and flossing with a lighter touch, as you may be using too much pressure. If you’re still bleeding despite this adjustment, then it’s time to come see us, as you may have a minor gum infection, but we can take care of it quickly before it advances.

Which is better: an electric or manual toothbrush?

Research has shown that both types of toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque and protecting the teeth from cavities, so if someone has great oral health, then they don’t need to switch. However, electric brushes can be tremendously beneficial for small children and those with mobility issues, since the device does most of the work for them, which can help many achieve a deeper clean.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Langworthy Family Dentistry is in-network with several major dental insurance providers, and we’re happy to work with many plans to help our patients save as much as possible. To learn how we can use your particular policy, be sure to give us a call so we can go over your coverage.

I don’t have dental insurance. What else can I do to save on my care?

Sign up for our membership plan. It offers many of the same benefits as dental insurance, but you’ll pay less and never have to deal with annoyances like deductibles, copays, or waiting periods. You just sign up, pay a flat monthly or annual fee, and you can instantly start saving! To learn more and sign up, call us today.