Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a hygiene visit twice each year. Depending upon the state of your oral health, some patients will require more frequent visits. Regular visits are important because, even if you don't notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find early signs of potential problems. For instance, oral cancer can often go undetected until the later stages, and periodontal disease is typically completely painless. Both of these diseases require immediate and proactive treatment. We use a VelScope to screen and detect cancerous lesions and periodontal disease is detected through (spelling?) methods i.e. charting of your gums, (spelling?) x-rays, bone loss and bleeding.
We follow strict guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and OSHA. Our practices include sterilizing reusable instruments in an autoclave, then sealing them for the next use; disinfecting treatment rooms between patient visits; and using disposable products. We always wear gloves during exams and treatment, for your safety.
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem – healthy gums shouldn't bleed. When gums do bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or, more commonly, from gum disease. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of periodontal disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning treatment to arrest the progression of the disease. Gum disease can be controlled but will never go away. It is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health problems, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create a host of problems and significant oral damage, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
First, call us. If the office is closed, simply use a dab of toothpaste to reattach the temporary, then visit us for a replacement when the office opens. You can also find dental adhesive in your local drug store, if you prefer not to use toothpaste.
Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing periodontal disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral healthcare routine easy.
We offer in-office teeth whitening and custom-made take-home trays with professional whitening gel. The in-office system produces instant results, so many patients prefer the convenience of this option. Home whitening yields excellent results, as well – up to eight shades or better! Two weeks of use produces optimal results, but if your teeth reach the desired shade before then, simply discontinue treatment. We often recommend touching up an in-office treatment with a take-home kit, as needed.
Yes, and thank you for your confidence! The greatest compliment we can hope for is the referral of your friends and family. We appreciate your referrals and promise to extend the same comprehensive, caring service to your friends and coworkers that we give you every time you visit. When you refer a patient to our practice, you'll be rewarded through Share your Smile, our patient referral program. For each person you refer who becomes a patient of Preferred Dental Group, you receive a $25 Gift Card as our way to say "Thank You!".
Dental treatment is an investment in your overall health. Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining the proper dental care. Here at Preferred Dental Group, we are sensitive to the fact that people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, therefore, we provide different options to accommodate our patients.