Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I see a dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning.
At what age should I start bringing my children to the dentist?
We recommend children begin dental treatment around the age of 2. We also recommend a parent or sibling joins the child to show them that dental treatment doesn't need to be scary.
Do you accept my insurance?
Yes! We accept all dental insurance plans. Our staff is experienced in dealing with all insurance plans and companies, and we'll ensure you get the most out of your insurance!
Do I really need to floss?
Flossing reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of these microscopic bacteria that feed on food particles left on your teeth. They live in plaque, which flossing helps remove. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth, but flossing reaches the bacteria your toothbrush can't get to. When you do not floss, plaque remains between your teeth, which eventually hardens into tartar.
How can I prevent cavities?
There are several things you can do to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth. The number one way to prevent cavities is by brushing your teeth. Try to spend two to three minutes brushing your teeth, which is the amount of time it takes to get rid of the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. You should also floss at least once a day.
Limit the amount of sugar you eat, and be sure to brush your teeth after eating sugar.
Visit your dentist regularly
Do whitening toothpastes work?
The results of whitening toothpastes vary greatly. They remove surface stains from the teeth with the use of mild abrasives. However, unlike professional whitening, some whitening toothpastes don't alter the natural color of the teeth. Some toothpastes that effectively remove stains by using harsh abrasives may also destroy tooth enamel in the process. We recommend coming in to Arizona Biltmore Dentistry for a cosmetic consultation to help choose the best whitening option for you.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure. If left untreated, periodontal disease cause permanent damage to the jaw bone even tooth loss. Periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, preterm delivery, respiratory disease, and even prostate cancer. Early periodontal disease can be treated in office, while advanced stages may require surgery. It can be prevented and treated by seeing your dentist regularly.
I am not comfortable at the dentist. Is there anything can you do to help me?
We understand the anxiety that can be associated with dental visits. But here at Arizona Biltmore Dentistry, we go to great lengths to make your experience as comfortable as possible. We offer blankets, pillows and beverages to help you feel at home. For those that need a bit more, we offer nitrous (laughing gas) and have sedation options as well.
How do I know if I have good oral health?
We believe that good oral health has 11 main characteristics. These include freedom from: pain, cancer, crowding, missing teeth, infection, bleeding, broken teeth, dry mouth, inflammation, loose teeth and decay. Click here to view our downloadable checklist for good oral health.