At Belmar Park Dental Care your smile is our passion.
Why do I need regular dental exams and cleanings?
Regular visits are important even if you feel healthy overall. In order to keep your whole body in optimum shape, it’s important to have your teeth and mouth checked and cleaned on a regular basis.
Dental care is important for many reasons including:
- Preventing tooth decay
- Protecting and preventing gum disease – which can lead to bone and tooth loss
- Preventing halitosis (bad breath) – caused by bacterial overgrowth in the mouth
- Boosts your self-confidence by improving your smile
- Preventing your teeth from becoming stained
- Strengthening your teeth so you can enjoy your smile and eat better for longer
Is there a difference between a family dentist and a general dentist?
Although terms are normally used interchangeably, family and general dentists are in fact different. Both have received dental education, but family dentists have undergone extensive training on dentistry that affects people of all ages.
Family dentists have also received training on pediatric (kids dentistry) dental needs but are not specialized as the pediatric dentists. If you have an infant, pediatric dentistry is a suitable choice. At Belmar Park Dental Care, we offer children’s dentistry as part of the whole-family experience.
Do I really need dental x-rays?
The simple answer is yes!
But, here’s the reason why. X-rays help us see what’s happening internally in your mouth. With the help of an x-ray we can see things that are not visible with the naked eye.
With the advent of digital x-rays the amount of radiation is reduced by 90% leading to a much safer and more enjoyable dental visit.
I need a new dentist, what should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?
Choosing a dentist who you feel comfortable with, and one whom you can trust is important. You might even want to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if the dentist, their office, and team are right for you.
During your appointment, consider the following points to help you decide:
- Is it convenient to schedule an appointment?
- Is the office near you, and easy to get to?
- Is the office clean and orderly, and following CDC health guidlines?
- Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent HIPPA compliant file?
- Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health in a clear and easily understood manner?
- When it comes to cost is information presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
- Is the dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?
How often do I need to go to the dentist?
In most cases, every 6 months is a good rule-of-thumb. This time-frame enables you to maintain optimum oral health, and ensure your teeth are not only clean, but protected.
If you are at high-risk for devleoping tooth dieseases, or if you already suffer from periodontal disease, more frequent visits might be required.