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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Rome, GA

Answering All of Your Dental Concerns

Do you have questions about any of the treatments that we offer, your at-home oral hygiene routine, or dental insurance coverage? Our team is happy to help by getting you the answers you need. We’ve included a list of the most common questions that we receive from our patients below for your convenience. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to our team directly.

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

It’s recommended that you change out the head of your electric toothbrush or get a new manual toothbrush once every three months, once you notice the bristles beginning to fray, or after you get sick. This will prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating in the bristles and infecting your gums or body.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

Unfortunately, it’s quite rare that dental insurance benefits extend to the dental implant procedure. However, it may cover certain parts of the process, like crafting your final restoration or preparatory procedures. We can submit a benefits check on your behalf and help you find out whether your insurance will help you pay for the treatment. If not, we also offer additional, flexible financing through CareCredit.

What should I do if my teeth are sensitive?

Dental sensitivity is a common oral health problem that many people face. If it’s triggered whenever you consume hot or cold beverages or food, you may be able to switch to a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can help remineralize your enamel and reduce the discomfort. However, if it seems to be chronic, it may be a good idea to visit our dental office for an examination, because it could be caused by a cavity or other oral health problem.

Should I be worried if my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

Bleeding gums whenever you brush or floss your teeth are a common sign of the earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. Sometimes, this effect can be addressed with a more diligent oral hygiene routine, or it may need to be treated with scaling and root planing. Start with two minutes of brushing twice a day, using small gentle circular motions and focusing on your gumline.  And don’t forget to gently floss between all of your teeth after brushing.  If you are concerned or are seeing minimal improvements with these brushing strategies, please visit our dental office so we can examine your gums and get your oral health back on the right track.

My dental anxiety is keeping me from visiting the dentist. Is there any way you could help?

Dr. Weldon regularly sees patients who suffer from dental phobia, anxiety, and nervousness that keeps them from wanting to schedule necessary dental treatments and preventive appointments. He’s able to help soothe them with sedation dentistry, like nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, as well as a soothing chairside manner and patience.

Do you see children?

Yes! Our team does treat and see children.  Prevention strategies are key for children and we would love to see your little ones and give you our tips and tricks to keep their mouths happy and healthy!  

A few notes from Dr. Weldon, a dentist & a dad: we recommend that you help your child brush their teeth until the age of 10!  Children need to have their teeth brushed twice a day, so our strategy is that “bigger” kids can take the after-breakfast shift (brushing #1) and a grown up assists at nighttime (brushing #2).  Any toothpaste flavor is fine - as long as it is fluoridated - and children under three only need a grain of rice sized amount.  A pea-size smear is all you need for children over three.  Teeth need to be cared for and brushed as soon as they come in and you can begin to use floss as soon as back teeth begin to touch.  Also, kids can develop cavities the same as adults and some of the biggest culprits are sweetened drinks!  We recommend only plain water when not enjoying a meal and only one glass of juice per day.  Sweet (especially our southern sweet) teas, Kool-Aid, juices (even “low sugar” and “organic” varieties), sodas, and sports drinks all contain sugars that can swish between the baby teeth if sipped on daily and can cause hidden decay.  Parent assisted brushing and flossing, plain water, and no snacking or drinking (including milk in a bottle) after brushing at bedtime are the “big three” in preventing cavities in baby teeth.

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