Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Dentist
Rather than wasting your time on the internet looking for answers to your dental-related questions and finding information that has nothing to do with your situation, you’re always invited to give our office a call and ask whatever is on your mind! But first, you’ll find our responses to some of the most common questions we receive every day below.
How often should I get a checkup?
Most dental problems develop very slowly, so getting a checkup just twice a year is often enough for our team to catch common issues during their earliest stages and take care of them quickly.
Why do I need cleanings if I brush and floss every day?
Consistent at-home oral hygiene is essential to maintaining a healthy mouth, but the truth is that your tools at home aren’t able to clean every single part of your teeth and gums. Small, hard to reach areas can still accumulate plaque and bacteria that can create cavities. Professional cleanings allow our hygiene team to tackle these trouble spots, plus we can help you adjust your at-home routine so you can minimize your risk between appointments.
Should I use a manual or electric toothbrush?
Both types of toothbrushes are great for keeping your teeth clean—what really matters is that you brush twice a day, every day, for two minutes each time. But, electric toothbrushes have been shown to remove more plaque and tartar, and they can be great for children or adults with mobility issues because they do most of the work for you.
Is flossing really that important?
Yes! When you don’t floss, you’re essentially leaving 40% of your teeth uncleaned, dramatically increasing your chances of bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. You only need to floss once a day, and the minute or two you take in the evening can literally save you hours in the dental chair getting a problem fixed.
What is the best way to replace my missing teeth?
This answer will vary from patient to patient, but our dentists usually recommend dental implants first to anyone hoping to fill unwanted gaps. Basically, they are the next best thing to natural teeth when it comes to strength, aesthetics, and longevity. And, they are so durable that they usually help patients save thousands on their new teeth in the long run because they don’t have to be replaced as often as more traditional restorations.
Will you take my dental insurance?
Yes, our practice is happy to accept a long list of dental insurance plans. Our Insurance/Financing Coordinator, Jane, can answer any questions about your coverage and give you a rough estimate of what you’ll be expected to pay out of pocket at your next visit. Just give her a call with your policy information nearby!