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FAQ

Tooth Sensitivity is the most common early warning sign of enamel loss due to tooth decay. While there could be a number of reasons for this sensation, only a dentist can diagnose its underlying cause. If a damaged tooth surface is not treated early, your discomfort will increase.

What is Good Oral Hygiene?

Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means:

  • Your teeth are clean and free of debris
  • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath is not a constant problem

If your gums do hurt or bleed while brushing or flossing, or you are experiencing persistent bad breath, see a dentist. Any of these conditions may indicate a problem.

Dr. Malone and her team hygienists Lorraine or Maria can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.

How is Good Oral Hygiene Practiced?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth, gums and smile. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

  • Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Rinsing with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist tells you to
  • Making sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.

When is the best time for a child to start seeing a dentist?

If you are considering bringing your child to Dr. Malone, we suggest starting their regular dental visits at the age of one. Dr. Malone encourages parents to start early. Early detection of tooth decay is the best prevention for future problems. This visit also lets the child get used to the dentist at an early age so that we can create a happy and positive experience for a lifetime.

Do you have payment plans available?

We offer a no-interest payment plan called CareCredit. We do not offer an in-house payment plan. For your convenience on the Our Services page we have a list of all of the insurances we honor and our discount plan for those who wish to pay in full at the time of treatment.

What is periodontal disease and do you treat this in your office?

Periodontitis (Pare-ee-oh-don-titus) is the serious and advanced stage of gum disease, which includes bone loss. The gum tissue and bone that surround and support your teeth could become seriously damaged and the affected could become loose and fall out. Periodontitis occurs when the early stage of periodontal disease (gingivitis) is left untreated. Periodontitis is irreversible and has been linked to serious health problems, such as increased risk of stroke and heart attacks. It can also cause higher blood sugar levels. 

Does your office straighten teeth?

For Patients looking to straighten their teeth, we offer a new and innovated technology of clear removable braces called Invisalign. Depending on the complexity of the case, this procedure can take as little as 6 months or can last up to 12 months. We offer free Invisalign consultations to determine if this procedure is right for you.

Does your office utilize the latest technology?

We are a full-service, family-oriented pratice. Our state-of-the-art technology provides our patients with the cutting-edge treatment options. We offer digital x-rays, oral cancer screenings and single visit crowns. These are just a few of the amazing advancements that Dr. Roxanne Malone offers. In addition to our technology, we also offer a cd player in every treatment room, headphones, neck pillows, blankets and a coffee and beverage station for your comfort.

What is a single-visit crown?

With CEREC® technology, we are able to create a beautiful porcelain crown for you while you wait. How incredible is that? This system allows us to keep more of your own natural tooth structure while creating an all tooth-colored crown that is permanently placed that same day.