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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Virginia Beach, VA

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Do you have questions about how to navigate your dental insurance plan? Are you wondering whether you’re a good candidate for a certain procedure that we offer? Below, we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions that we receive from our patients, along with our answers, for your convenience. If you don’t see the information you need, feel free to call our dental office.

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

It’s recommended that you change out the head of your electric toothbrush or get a new manual toothbrush every three months, whenever the bristles start to fray, or after you get sick. This will prevent bacteria accumulation and keep you from getting sick again.

If I brush and floss at home, do I need to still visit my dentist for checkups and cleanings?

Yes, there will always be nooks and crannies in your mouth that you can’t get to, even if you’re the best brusher and flosser in the world. Because of this, it’s crucial for you to visit your dentist in Virginia Beach at the recommended intervals for a checkup and cleaning to prevent plaque and tartar buildup and make sure that any lingering oral health problems are treated before they have a chance to become worse.

What problems can my dentist find by looking at X-rays?

Some patients wonder what the point of routine dental X-rays is. These images allow Dr. Goyal and our team to diagnose problems that are hidden beneath the gumline. Some of these can even be life-threatening if they’re left unaddressed. In adults, X-rays can show:

  • Decay hidden between teeth
  • Jawbone loss
  • Impacted teeth
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Infections

In children, X-rays can show:

  • Hidden decay
  • If there’s enough space in the mouth for all of their incoming teeth
  • If any of their permanent teeth are impacted
  • If their wisdom teeth are developing

Do you offer children’s dentistry?

Yes! Our team offers a wide array of kid-friendly dental treatments to help their growing smiles stay healthy and allow them to build great oral hygiene habits.

Are dental implants the best option to replace missing teeth?

For folks who are good candidates for dental implants, they’re often revered as the best tooth replacement treatment. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not everybody can benefit from this treatment. To learn whether dental implants are right for you, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation.

My back molars look flat and worn-down, what does this mean?

If you’re beginning to notice that your back teeth look flat, it could be a sign that you’re grinding and clenching your teeth at night as you sleep. It’s important to address this situation before it gets worse and could result in tooth loss or a broken tooth. Dr. Goyal offers custom-crafted grinding nightguards that you can wear as you sleep to shield your teeth and jaw from sustaining force.

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