FAQ_pic.jpgAt Columbia Family Dentist, we place an emphasis on providing high-quality dental care for those who are looking for a Columbia, MD dentist. Our team is committed to treating each patient on an individual level and designing the specialized treatment plans that will perfectly suit a patient’s unique orthodontic needs. While our treatments are one element in attaining a healthy smile, patient education is another. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions we receive along with their answers.

Your Columbia Dentist Answers Your Questions

How often should I see a dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that you visit a dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and a check-up.

What should I do in case of a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, please call our office immediately. If this occurs during our regular business hours, we’ll do everything we can to work you into our schedule. If an emergency occurs after our office hours, over the weekend, or during a holiday, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Adults should use a small-to-medium toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles. The brush’s head needs to be small enough so that it can reach and brush all of the areas of the mouth thoroughly – especially the back of the mouth. If you have sensitive teeth, you can benefit from using a gentle, soft-bristled toothbrush. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush once every three to four months. Each time you use your toothbrush, your bristles will become worn and its cleaning effectiveness will decrease. Depending on your oral health, you may need to replace your toothbrush sooner. As an added note, children’s toothbrushes often need to be replaced more regularly.

Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

Truthfully, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as powered toothbrushes. Powered toothbrushes do have a few added benefits though. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush can be more comfortable and easier to use. Also, children may be more encouraged to brush with a powered toothbrush if they find it more exciting.

Should I brush or floss first?

Flossing before you brush your teeth will enable the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between your teeth. However, as long as you both brush and floss thoroughly, it’s not a huge deal which one you do first.

Is there a best type of toothpaste?

While there’s no specific type or brand of toothpaste that you should use, we recommend that you choose one that has the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance. This seal shows that the toothpaste has been assessed for both safety and effectiveness. Also, you should pick a toothpaste that contains fluoride as well. Fluoride strengthens and rebuilds tooth structure and It will also help prevent dental decay.

Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

Yes, we’ll gladly accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We’ll process your insurance claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment.

Get In Touch with Your Columbia, MD Dentist

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call at (410) 730-6020. We hope to hear from you soon!