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Frequently Asked Dentistry Questions

How often should you go to the dentist? When should your child have their first checkup? What should you do if you have a really bad toothache? These are questions our team hears all the time, and we’re more than happy to answer them as well as any others you might have. Feel free to give us a call anytime if there something you’d like to know! Below, you’ll find answers to some of our frequently asked dentistry questions.

How often should I go to the dentist?

This answer can differ quite a bit from patient to patient, but in general, the average healthy person with no ongoing dental issues should attend at least one checkup and cleaning appointment every six months. This will ensure problems like cavities and gum disease don’t have the chance to sneak up on someone, and professional cleanings can go a long way in stopping cavities before they even start.

When should my child have their first checkup?

Dr. Patel agrees with the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation on this one: a child should see a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday—whichever one comes first! This appointment will serve as a gentle introduction to dental care for your child and give Dr. Patel the chance to make sure their teeth and mouth are developing correctly. He’ll also offer you tips on how to best take care of your brand new smile.

How should I replace my missing teeth?

Dr. Patel offers multiple ways to replace any number of missing teeth, but his first recommendation is usually dental implants. In short, they provide the most complete, natural-looking, and durable results compared to any other treatment. And, unlike with other dental offices, you can have the entire procedure completed here at Coco Dental, saving you from having to visit multiple dental offices. To learn more about implants and what they could do for your smile, you can read our full page here.

Help! I’m in a lot of dental pain! What should I do?

If you or a loved one is currently experiencing a lot of dental pain due to a toothache or broken/knocked out tooth, go ahead and give Coco Dental a call. We’re able to accept emergency patients and can even schedule same-day appointments so we can get people out of pain as quickly as possible. When you need dental care right away, we’re always here when you need us!

My gums bleed every time I brush my teeth. Should I be worried?

Minor oral bleeding may be a sign that you have early-stage gum disease, or it might just mean that you’re brushing and flossing with too much pressure. Try cleaning your teeth with a lighter touch for a few days, and if the bleeding doesn’t stop, go ahead and schedule an appointment at Coco Dental. We can take care of the infection right away so it doesn’t develop worse symptoms.

What is the most effective way to whiten my teeth?

While you’ll find plenty of whitening treatments at the store, they likely aren’t able to deliver the dramatic results they show on the packaging because they use inferior bleaching products. At Coco Dental, however, you can get a professional-strength whitening treatment that can brighten your smile by up to eight shades in just one appointment. Not only will Dr. Patel help your smile shine, but he can also ensure that your teeth won’t feel sensitive afterward (which is common with many take-home treatments).

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Yes, Coco Dental accepts and is an in-network provider for many PPO dental insurance plans. Our team will be happy to go over your coverage with you, answer any questions, and file your claims to make it easy to maximize your benefits. To learn how we can use your specific plan at your next visit, contact us today.

Is it possible to finance my dental care?

Yes. Patients who would like to break up the cost of their dental care can do exactly that with a payment plan from CareCredit. You can explore their different plans and even sign up for one right through our website. To do so, click the link on our For Patients page.