oakmont family dental

Frequently asked questions

Whether you’re curious about our procedures, payment options, or what to expect during your first visit, you’ll find the information you need right here.


What age should my child have their first dental appointment?

The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit occur within six months after the erruption of their first tooth and no later than their first birthday. We call these visits “Happy Visits” where they just get used to coming into the office. This early introduction helps prevent potential dental issues and establishes a positive relationship with dental care.

What is the difference between a basic cleaning and a deep cleaning?

Regular dental cleanings are necessary, not only to keep your teeth white and clean, but also to insure long-term health of your teeth and gums, and to prevent decay, cavities, and gum disease. Thus, it is recommended to see a dentist at least twice a year to get your teeth professionally cleaned.

However, there may be a time your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning, also known as periodontal scaling and root planing. In this blog we will explore the difference between the two types of cleanings.

What is a Regular Dental Cleaning?
During a regular dental cleaning, your dentist removes all tartar and plaque from the teeth’s surfaces. A regular dental cleaning is performed without anesthesia and typically takes about hour. If you make regular dental visits every six months for a cleaning and take good care of your oral health at home daily, you probably won’t ever need a deep cleaning.

What is a Deep Cleaning?
While regular dental cleanings focus on cleaning and polishing the tooth’s surface at or above the gum line, deep cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from the root of the tooth that is below the gum line. Deep cleaning is always recommended for patients, who have a buildup of tartar that extends to the tooth roots, resulting in bad breath, swollen gums, and other early signs of gum disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal diseases are mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out. Periodontal disease is mostly seen in adults. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two biggest threats to dental health.

Bacteria in the mouth infect tissue surrounding the tooth, causing inflammation around the tooth leading to periodontal disease. When bacteria stay on the teeth long enough, they form a film called plaque, which eventually hardens to tartar, also called calculus. Tartar build-up can spread below the gum line, which makes the teeth harder to clean. Then, only a dental health professional can remove the tartar and stop the periodontal disease process.

Warning signs
The following are warning signs of periodontal disease:

  • Bad breath or bad taste that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures
What if I can't afford to be seen for an appointment?

This is a really great question! We offer a number of different financing options. We want to make sure you get the care that you need. Visit our Financing page for more information.

What if my insurance is out of network?

Here at Oakmont Family Dental, we can bill most insurances in or out of network. Many of our patients choose to come to Oakmont Family Dental with out of network benefits and find that their coverage is very similar to benefits that are in network. Dental insurance works differently than major medical insurance where most preventative care is still covered. Our insurance team goes above and beyond to make sure that your experience at Oakmont goes as smoothly as possible. That’s why we offer a courtesy benefit check to all of our patients and we try to give them the most knowledge and information up front as we can.

I have dental anxiety.

At Oakmont Family Dental, we take note that dental anxiety is a real thing. We take the time to get to know every one of our patients and make sure you’re comfortable with our office before any dental work is done and we offer a complimentary comfort menu to get you as relaxed as possible. Once you’re comfortable with our office, we take pride in giving you the best dental experience, hear what our patients are saying.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep Dentistry is treating sleep disorders with oral appliance therapy.

How does oral appliance therapy work to treat sleep apnea?
For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, it can be treated with dental appliances in some cases instead of a CPAP. These devices help keep the airway open during sleep. Our dentist, Dr. Jeb Andrus, is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Dentistry Medicine. Schedule a complimentary consult for oral appliance therapy with Dr. Jeb. Read more on how you can get a good night’s sleep.

Electric Toothbrushes vs. Manual Toothbrushes

If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Children are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal. While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in many instances they can be beneficial. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about which brush is best for you.

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