Frequently Asked Questions
At The Dental Office Encino, here are a few common questions our patients often bring up:
How can I prevent cavities from forming?
The best way to prevent cavities from forming is to brush your teeth twice per day and floss every day. Even if you do everything you are supposed to, plaque and tartar can still build up on the surfaces of your teeth, leading to cavities, which means you should visit the dentist regularly for cleanings.
How frequently do I need to visit the dentist for a cleaning?
You should go to the dentist every six months for a regular cleaning. Even if you feel like there is nothing wrong with your mouth, it is still important to go to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned to prevent cavities from forming.
How do I choose a dentist?
There are several steps you should follow when choosing a dentist. You should think about the distance between your home and the dentist’s office, the area of expertise of that dentist, and any reviews and ratings people have left. You might even want to interview the dentist ahead of time before deciding who to choose.
Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes, you should arrive approximately 15 minutes before the start of the appointment to give yourself time to fill out any necessary paperwork. That way, you don't have to delay the start of your dentist appointment.
What is the best way to replace a lost tooth?
There are several factors to consider. If you are relatively young and are only missing one tooth, then a dental implant might be the best option. If you are older and missing multiple teeth, you might want to discuss dentures instead. We would be happy to talk about your treatment options with you.
How old do my kids need to be before they visit the dentist for the first time?
You should take your child to see the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes in. This usually happens at approximately one year of age. It is important to get your child used to the dentist at an early age, and it is important to make sure all of your child's teeth are developing appropriately.
How much does it cost for my child to get braces?
There are a lot of factors that will play a role in the cost of braces, including the type of braces, how long they need to be in place, and the specific level of coverage provided by your dental insurance policy.
Is it possible for children to develop periodontal disease?
Yes, it is possible for children to develop periodontal disease. You must make sure your children brush and floss their teeth regularly to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
How can I tell if I have gingivitis?
If you have gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss, gums that appear swollen, or gums that appear discolored, you might have gingivitis.
Will my dental insurance cover the cost of my dental visit?
It depends on the type of insurance policy you have and the company responsible for your dental insurance. If you have questions about your dental insurance policy, we will be happy to help you. Or, you can contact your insurance company for more information.