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Dental FAQs

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We will file all PPO dental plans. Please call the office for more details regarding your specific plan.


Payment is due at the time of service. We do offer payment options through Care Credit. Please visit for more info or call the office and our staff will be happy to help you with this.


We do offer discounts for patients who do not have dental insurance. Payment must be made in the form of cash or check in order to receive the discount.


We do not take walk-in appointments. Please call the office to schedule an appointment time.


We start seeing kids at the age of 3.


We currently don’t offer online bill pay, however you can call the office to make a payment over the phone.


Our dentist is very gentle. Dr. Sahara takes her time with each patient to understand their fears and helps the patient understand the procedures that are being performed.


When you come in for your new patient exam, Dr. Sahara will go over different treatment options to address your dental needs.


There are some dental procedures that require the services of a specialist. Dr. Sahara will advise you if this is needed.


The x-rays are the only way to see and diagnose decay (cavities) between the teeth. X-rays also show us the bone levels around the teeth and they will show a periapical abscess which is an infection at the end of the root of the tooth.


We recommend the Oral B IO 6 series. The circular head cleans the gumline better especially if a patient has recession.


Replace your brush head every 3 months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.


As long as you are flossing 1x per day it doesn’t matter if it’s done before or after you brush.


The frequency of a cleaning depends on the amount of build-up (calculous/tarter) on the teeth. If someone has gum disease or they build-up the hard deposits on the teeth more than normal, we would recommend a more frequent appointment (every 3 to 4 months). Typically we recommend you have your teeth cleaned every 6 months.


The measurements/numbers tell us how the tissue is attached to the tooth/bone. If the number is higher, that means the tissue is not attached and there is infection/inflammation that can range from gingivitis to periodontal disease.


Dry mouth usually stems from medications a patient takes. There are over the counter sprays, gels and tablets that a patient can try but unfortunately there is not a great solution to help. If someone suffers from xerostomia (dry mouth) they do tend to be more cavity prone so adding a home fluoride treatment is a good idea.


A deep cleaning is needed when you have tarter/calculous build-up below your gums that is causing infection. This is usually indicated for people diagnosed with periodontal disease.


Periodontal disease is where bacteria has caused bone loss and gum infection. This is typically caused by calculous left below the gums from not flossing and/or not having teeth cleaned regularly. Smoking also causes periodontal disease.


We offer custom whitening trays that you put professional strength whitening gel in. You will wear the trays at home for 2-4 hours daily for 2-3 weeks depending on your desired shade.

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