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Oral health, oral hygiene, and dental care are extremely important, especially when it comes to properly taking care of your smile. However, sometimes they can be a bit confusing and overwhelming. If that is the case for you and if you have questions you would like answered, our Center For Dental Rehabilitation team is happy to help you! To give you the information you need, we have provided the answers to the following questions:

Why do regular dental visits matter?
Regular dental visits are extremely important. If you do not attend your cleanings and checkups, the plaque will remain on your smile. If the plaque remains on your smile, it will continue to grow and harm your teeth and gums. Eventually, if you still refrain from attending your appointments, your smile will become victim of tooth decay and gum disease.

What are some signs that I should see the dentist?
There are many situations when you should probably see your dentist as soon as possible. Some of those situations include when you have a toothache, when your gums bleed, when you suffer with tooth sensitivity, when you have a hard time opening and closing your mouth, when your gums recede, and when you have a broken dental restoration. However, we encourage you to call our office about any concern you have so we can help you.

What can I expect during a dental checkup?
Dental checkups are easy and painless. You can expect a deep, professional teeth cleaning, a fluoride treatment, dental X-rays, and an oral exam. If necessary, your dentist will begin treatment on any problems you have.

How do I maintain a healthy smile?
In order to take proper care of your teeth and maintain a healthy smile, we recommend keeping up on oral hygiene each day (by brushing, flossing, and rinsing) and visiting your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup.

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
Here are some things to look for when choosing a dentist:

· An office that is at a convenient location for you
· An office that is clean and tidy
· A dental team that makes you feel loved and welcomed
· A dentist who accepts your dental insurance
· An office that offers emergency hours
· An office that offers an appointment schedule that is convenient for you

If you have additional questions that need answering, which we’re sure you do, please remember that you can always call 602.485.0505 and talk to Dr. Maureen Toal or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to talking with you!