Q: How often should I see a dentist?
A: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.
Q: What should I expect during my first appointment?
A: During your first visit, we will compile your medical and dental history. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, and make X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment, and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
Q: How old should my child be for his /her first visit?
A: Dr. Lawson, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child’s first dental visit be scheduled around his /her first birthday. This important screening can help detect early signs of dental problems, saving parents time and money. It also sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health, so Dr. Lawson spends much of the time getting to know your child. She knows that a comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put your child at ease for future dental visits.
Q: How often should I brush and floss?
A: Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth and bone.
Q: Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
A: The general consensus is yes. The American Dental Association, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the FDA and others support the use of silver fillings as safe, durable and cost effective. The ADA has had fewer than 100 reported incidents of an allergy to components of silver fillings, and this is out of countless millions of silver fillings over the decades. However, should you prefer non-amalgam fillings, Dr. Lawson will be happy to discuss available options.