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 Dental FAQ’s

Everyone has questions.  When it comes to your dental care and health, our team knows you need answers.  Read through some of our patients’ most frequent questions with our answers.  If you have a question that you don’t see here, please feel free to call our team – we are always happy to assist you.

How can sealants benefit my child?

Sealants are coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back permanent teeth.  This prevents bacteria from getting into the deep grooves and pits and creating cavities.  Sealants are placed usually between the ages of 6 and 13, depending on when the teeth come in.


What problems can dental x-rays detect?


 In adults, dental x-rays can be used to detect:

  • Areas of decay that may not be visible with an exam, especially small areas between the teeth

  • Decay beneath an existing filling

  • Bone loss that accompanies gum disease

  • Changes in bone or the root canal resulting from infection

  • Developmental abnormalities such as cysts and some types of tumors

  • And assist in the preparation of many dental procedures including implants, crowns, braces, dentures

In children, dental x-rays are used to:

  • Detect decay

  • Determine proper spacing for all incoming teeth

  • Determine if baby teeth are being lost quickly enough for the permanent teeth to come in

  • Check the development of wisdom teeth

Does teeth whitening damage your teeth?

Professional teeth whitening has been shown to safe, effective and not cause any harm to your teeth.  Over the counter Crest “White Strips” have been shown to be safe although not quite as effective as dentist prescribed whitening methods. 

Does your office take my insurance?

Our office gladly accepts a vast majority of our patients’ insurance plans.  All insurance companies have many different types of plans.  We will investigate your plan so that we can review your benefits with you prior to any work being done.

Now that I have this new smile, how often should I see the dentist and hygienist?

You should see Dr. Franklin and one of our trained hygienists on an interval that coincides with your level of health.  Typically healthy patients visit the office every six months.  Patients with gum and/or cavity challenges will be seen more frequently.

My gums bleed when I brush and floss. Am I hurting them?

Bleeding gums during brushing and or flossing is a sign there is an infection in your mouth.  Often, your brushing and flossing do not cause the bleeding.  It is caused by damage that is being done by the bacteria in your mouth.  Dr. Franklin and his hygiene team will identify the problem and prescribe a treatment plan for you.

How frequently should I see the dental practitioner?

Children, teens, and adults should all see the dental practitioner for a routine appointment at least as soon as every 6 months. Patients who are at a greater danger of dental cancer or gum condition may have to see the dental expert more than just two times a year.

If I have braces, do I still require dental evaluations every 6 months?

It is extremely important that clients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. Your Todd A. Franklin dental specialist will work closely with your orthodontist making sure that your teeth remain clean and healthy while using braces.

Have more questions? Need more solutions? We’ve got you covered! Contact our experts today for all your dental questions and concerns.

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