Dr. Jayde Moxey-Hepburn’s Frequently Asked Questions
If you're visiting a dental office for the first time, you may be unsure of what to expect. Here are some common questions and answers to help you prepare:
Bring your dental insurance card (if you have one), a list of any medications you're taking, and any previous dental records you may have.
Yes, you will be asked to fill out a medical history form and a consent form for treatment.
Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to check for any issues. They may take X-rays to get a closer look.
It depends on your individual needs. Your dentist may recommend a cleaning, or they may schedule one for a future visit.
Let your dentist know! They can work with you to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
We are a fee for service type of dental office, meaning we do ask and expect payment at the end of each treatment, or series of treatments, unless alternate terms have been arranged. We accept various forms of payment, including credit and debit cards in addition to accepting dental insurance plans. We gladly provide pre-estimates for our patients, prior to treatment, so that there are no financial surprises. This also allows time for patients to discuss and make informed decisions regarding their treatment options.
Cavities are areas of tooth decay that can range in severity. In the early stages, a cavity may not cause any symptoms and can only be detected through an X-ray or during a dental exam. As the cavity progresses, it can cause sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. In advanced cases, a cavity can cause constant pain or a visible hole in the tooth. However, not all cavities are painful or noticeable, which is why regular dental check-ups are essential to catch any potential issues before they become more severe.
While consuming sugary foods and drinks can contribute to tooth decay, they are not the only culprit. Other factors, such as poor oral hygiene, genetics, and acidic foods or drinks, can also play a role.
Even if you don't consume a lot of sweets, plaque can still build up on your teeth and cause decay. Additionally, certain medications or medical conditions can affect your oral health. That's why it's important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings, regardless of your diet.
Remember, your dental team is there to help you maintain a healthy smile. Don't hesitate to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have.