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How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
It depends on your dentist's evaluation of your individual dental healthcare needs. Generally, we recommend at least two routine exams and cleanings per year.

At what age should I bring my kids to the dentist?
By the time they're two or three, children should have enough "baby teeth" for a routine exam. It's also a great way for them to get comfortable visiting the dentist's office.

How much radiation exposure is involved with x-rays?
With today's digital imaging, you get about the same amount as a day at the beach.

Is an electric toothbrush really better than a manual one?
Absolutely! Clinical studies have shown that electric toothbrushes clean 90% better!

Do I have to floss?
Yes. Flossing removes food particles and bacteria from between teeth and gums that your toothbrush just can't reach. Using a rinse after flossing, like Listerine, is also a good idea.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Simply put, it's a deep-cleaning of the gums, teeth and tooth pockets. It's necessary when the build-up of plaque and debris causes infection, sometimes with swelling and bleeding, of the gums.

What's the difference between composite and amalgam fillings?
Amalgam, or "silver", fillings contain a mix of metals including mercury. Composite fillings are now done with resin materials that match your smile and last as long, if not longer, but without the mercury or unattractive metal appearance.

Why does my jaw ache in the morning?
Sounds like you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep. You may want to consider getting evaluated for a Night Guard.

How can I straighten my teeth without getting braces?
Invisalign Technology is the leader in Orthodontics without the "banding" of standard braces. The alignment "trays" are clear, nearly invisible, and treatment lasts half the time. The result is a straight, healthy smile to last a lifetime.