How often should I come to Smile Village for a teeth cleaning?
Regular checkups and cleaning should be scheduled twice per year. Radiographs are typically taken once per year. If you have a history of periodontal disease or suspect you may have it, additional appointments will be required throughout the year.
Do you offer free consultations and second opinions?
Yes, we do! Contact us to schedule your consultation.
What can I expect during my first visit?
- Office tour
- Meet the Smile Village team
- Intraoral pictures will be taken of your teeth for your personalized consultation
- We will conduct a comprehensive examination and consultation. This will include a soft tissue evaluation, an oral cancer screening, a clinical evaluation of your teeth, an X-ray evaluation, and a periodontal evaluation (measurement of gums to determine if periodontal therapy is needed).
- You will receive a regular cleaning unless periodontal disease is present.
- If further treatment is needed, we will discuss your options with you and answer any questions you may have.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Red, swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
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What payment methods are accepted?
We accept cash, debit cards, credit cards, CareCredit, and Alphaeon Credit. Financing is available for cash paying patients who do not have an insurance provider.
Which insurance plans do you accept?
We accept all PPO insurance plans. Please have your insurance card on hand when scheduling appointments to assist us with verification.
What should I do in case of a dental emergency?
We take your dental health seriously and will make time to address your urgent concerns. Please call our office during business hours at 832-230-3349 to schedule an appointment. Keep in mind that dental emergencies can be life threatening. If you feel the emergency is life threatening, call 911 immediately.
Will my blood pressure affect my dental treatments?
We will check your blood pressure at the beginning of every visit. If the dentist determines that your blood pressure is too low or high, she will recommend that you see your physician.
Is it safe to visit the dentist during pregnancy?
Dental appointments should not be avoided during pregnancy. It is very important to get your regular checkups during this time. Due to hormonal changes, a pregnant patient is more at risk to develop periodontal disease. Pregnancy can also cause a condition called pregnancy gingivitis, which leads to swollen, tender gums. We strongly encourage our pregnant patients to practice good oral hygiene to prevent or reduce oral health problems.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brush your teeth in the morning and before bed. Floss once per day.
Do you suggest manual or electric toothbrushes?
Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Soft bristles are recommended, and special care should be taken with any type of toothbrush to avoid toothbrush abrasion.
What type of toothpaste do you recommend for whitening or sensitive teeth?
We recommend in-office whitening and corresponding toothpastes. For sensitive teeth, we suggest Sensodyne toothpaste.