FAQ

Expert Dental Care in Sunbury, OH

At Sunbury Dental, it's our mission to help our patients maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. Our doctors and highly trained team of dental specialists take an individualized approach to care, getting to know each patient and taking a holistic view of their dental health. We are big believers in patient education, so we've created a handy list of some of the most common questions we get from patients along with their answers. Read on for some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year for most of our patients and 3-4 times per year for our patients with a history of gum/periodontal disease.  

Q. What's the difference between a professional cleaning and periodontal maintenance?

A.  A professional cleaning is the recommended treatment for our patients with healthy gums.  Periodontal maintenance is recommended for our patients with a history of gum/periodontal disease and consists of follow up appointments where our dental hygienists remove bacteria and tartar underneath the gum line.   

Q. What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

A. Established patients should call our office at 740-965-2451 as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency during regular business hours, we will be glad to work you into our schedule. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

Q. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

A. If you prefer a manual toothbrush, adults should use a small to medium size toothbrush with soft bristles. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, specifically the back of the mouth, which can be hard to reach. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. People with sensitive teeth can benefit from using gentle, soft bristled toothbrushes.

Q. How often should I replace my toothbrush?

A. The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months. With each use, the bristles become worn and cleaning effectiveness decreases. Depending on your oral health, you may need to replace your brush sooner. Typically, children toothbrushes need to be replaced more regularly than adults.

Q. Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

A. Yes, it is. The heads are smaller and move in a more efficient manner to remove plaque. Most have timers to keep you brushing the appropriate amount of time of 2 minutes. 

Q. Should I brush or floss first?

A. As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.

Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

A. No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means it has been assessed for safety and effectiveness. Studies consistently show that fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent dental decay.

Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We will process your insurance claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We also accept CareCredit, a line of credit arranged through GE Capital. 

Contact Your Sunbury, OH Family Dentist

Still have questions? We're more than happy to answer them! Feel free to call us at (740) 965-2451, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Sunbury, OH office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come!