Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
Gum disease is a very serious oral health issue, and flossing is essential for preventing gum disease. You can’t remove bacteria below the gum line with brushing alone. Floss helps loosen up food particles and plaque stuck between teeth as well, preventing decay in the nooks and crannies of your smile. Also, flossing helps prevent bad breath. If you want to avoid oral health problems that can truly damage your smile and the impression you make on others, flossing is essential.
My smile is missing teeth. What do you suggest I do?
Contact our Cornelius dental office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We can discuss your tooth replacement options with you, making sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile. Whenever possible, we highly recommend dental implants, which we can place and restore at Welborne, White, & Schmidt Dentistry. Dental implants provide optimal stability, strength, and function for tooth replacement.
How often should I visit the office for checkups and cleanings?
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit a dental office every six months for dental checkups and cleanings. This may seem to be overly frequent, but regularly cleaning away the plaque and tartar that you might miss at home can protect your smile from cavities and gum disease. Checkups and hygiene visits are a simple way to avoid major problems in the future.
What are the benefits of digital X-rays over traditional radiographs?
Digital X-rays offer a number of benefits in comparison with traditional radiographs. They offer greater convenience, are environmentally safe, offer excellent information for patient education, and can be transferred and copied easily and accurately. The most important thing for many patients is that they’re safer for patients – digital X-rays emit approximately 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays. This is why we use digital X-rays at our Cornelius, NC dental office.
Does your office use lasers?
Our soft tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease, perform crown lengthening, reduce gum tissue for esthetics, and do biopsies. You will need no stitches after laser surgery, and bleeding is minimal. Most patients recover more quickly after laser surgery than they do following traditional surgery.
What kinds of financing options are available?
At Welborne, White, & Schmidt Dentistry, we want to make sure that you can afford the dental care that you need. That’s why we offer third party financing through CareCredit and Lending Club Patient Financing. Through these financing institutions, you can develop a no or low interest payment plan that works for you.