Dr. Parker Long and our dental team understand that you might have questions about dental care, dental visits, oral hygiene, and more. So, to help you easily find those answers, we have provided answers to the following frequently asked questions:
How often do I need a professional dental cleaning?
According to the American Dental Association as well as Dr. Parker Long, it’s best to professionally clean your smile and attend your regular checkups every six months. This will help remove plaque, tartar, and other harmful substances from your smile so you can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion as well as maintain a top-notch smile.
What is involved in an oral hygiene routine?
Your oral hygiene routine should involve brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste in the morning and at night. Once a day, you should floss between your teeth with a flossing product of your choice once you are done brushing. Following your brushing and flossing techniques, you should then rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash to complete the smile-cleaning job as well as prevent plaque buildup and eroded teeth. You should rinse once a day.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral you can find in many natural resources. When you expose your teeth to fluoride, it strengthens and nourishes them, giving them the ability to fight major dental issues and threats. You can typically find fluoride in tap water, fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, specific foods, and the professional fluoride treatment provided at our office.
What should I do if I experience a dental emergency?
If you experience a dental emergency, then it’s important to call our office right away and our dental team will fit you into our schedule as soon as possible. If our team is out of the office, please call 979-846-0082 to find Dr. Parker Long’s emergency contact number.
What are the financial details about my appointment?
Our dental team wants you to have an easy and convenient dental appointment, which is why we are happy to provide many financial options for you and your family. To know the specific details of your options, please visit our “Financial Options” page.
What is involved in dental cleaning and exam appointments?
When you come in for your six-month checkups, our dental team will deeply clean your teeth and gums with special tools and techniques. We will also polish your teeth to eliminate any surface stains from your smile. When your teeth are clean, Dr. Parker Long will examine your mouth for dental issues, which typically involves taking dental X-rays. If any problems are detected, he will create a customized treatment plan that can restore your oral health. During this appointment, your dentist will also screen you for oral cancer and strengthen your teeth with a fluoride treatment.
If you have additional questions that weren’t included on this page, please call our office at 979-846-0082 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can.