Frequently Asked Questions – South Clairemont Dentistry

How often should I visit the dentist for examinations and cleaning?

Regular dental visits are important and are usually scheduled once every six months. If there is a reason to come more or less frequently, Dr. Molnar will discuss this as part of your treatment plan.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental x-ray machines emit only a tiny amount of radiation. Advances in technology have allowed us to continually lower the amount. For your protection, we use an apron to cover your body while taking them, and our machines are regularly checked to be sure they are in peak condition.

What is the best type of filling?

Our office uses composite fillings, which most closely resemble the natural color of your teeth and bonds nicely. Each type of filling as advantages and disadvantages and some dentists may feel their patients fare better with one kind or another.

Do whitening toothpastes really work?

While they can have a minor effect, whitening toothpaste will not change the shade of your teeth by more than a single shade. These products either use a mild abrasive or hydrogen peroxide to help remove stains and discoloration. An in-office whitening treatment is far faster and has better results.

I am afraid to go to the dentist. What should I do?

Some people do not like visiting the dentist for any reason. We want you to feel relaxed when you visit us. If you are feeling anxious for any reason before or during your visit, please let us know. We will work with you to help make your visit as comfortable as possible.

I don’t think I can afford dental care. Are there resources to help me?

We believe everyone should have access to good dental care. We offer low interest and no interest credit plans to help finance your treatments. You can keep dental costs down with good oral hygiene at home, preventing big issues from developing.

How can I help my kids with their dental health?

The best way to help is by being a good example. Teach them the importance of eating healthy foods and brushing and flossing daily. Make sure to schedule them for regular check-ups, so we can help coordinate a long-term plan for your child’s oral health.