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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I brush and floss?

We recommend that you brush and floss at least twice a day.

How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?

It is recommend, for most people, that you come in for a dental hygiene cleaning and examination every six months.

At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

We recommend you first bring your child in around 2 or 3 years of age, or once they will allow the dentist and hygienist to look at their teeth. We suggest you begin bringing your child with you to your appointments before that so they can become accustomed to the dentist office. You should begin teaching your child to brush their teeth and gums as soon as they start getting teeth.

Why do I still have bad breath if I brush regularly?

It is important to not just brush your teeth but also your gums and tongue. You also need to floss regularly to reach places the toothbrush cannot.

Why do I have to complete a medical update so often?

Virginia state law requires that we receive updated information from all patients once a year. Click here to read more.

Why does my tooth still hurt after a root canal?

Your tooth has just had “surgery”, therefore the ligaments surrounding the tooth have been bruised and will be somewhat sensitive following the root canal. Try to avoid eating on the that spot for a while after to give the area time to heal.

After having a filling why do my gums hurt

In order to do the filling, the dentist had to inject the area near the tooth with an anesthetic. As a result, the area will by achy for a short time. We recommend taking Ibuprofen to help with the soreness.

Why do I have to take premedication before my appointment?

There are a variety of medical conditions that require some patients to take premedication. The purpose of premedication is to prevent bacteria from getting into the blood stream causing an infection in another area of the body.

Can I eat right after having a filling?

We recommend that you wait to eat until after the numbness wears off so you do not bite yourself.

How often do I need x-rays?

We take cavity detecting x-rays once a year. Every 3 to 5 years we will take a panorex or a full mouth series of x-rays.