What should I expect during my first dental visit?

Your initial oral examination includes a series of x-rays, intraoral and extra-oral examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Your first visit is very important to us as it will gives the chance to address all your dental concerns and present an individualized treatment plan that is best for you. At Teverbaugh Dental, our patients are our number priority and we are here to listen to your concerns and help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

How often should I see the dentist?

We recommend a dental exam every six months. Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining a healthy smile.

Why do I need x-rays?

X-ray are extremely useful and important as a diagnostic tool and may reveal information such as impacted teeth, presence and extent of dental decay, any bone damage, infection, any pathology or abnormalities of the jaw bone or teeth.

At Teverbaugh Dental, we offer digital x-rays which use the lowest amount of radiation compared to traditional x-rays.

What causes sensitive teeth?

Usually sensitive teeth are caused by the exposure of the porous part of a tooth, the dentin. Dentin exposure can be caused by gum recession, enamel wear or fractures.

When should I bring my child to his/her first dental visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends parents schedule a child’s dental visit by age one. At Teverbaugh Dental, we allow parents to come with their child. Dr. Teverbaugh loves children and tries to make it a fun and educational experience. The purpose of the first visit is to familiarize the child with the dental setting, a general oral check and a cleaning.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup. If the plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it will calcify, forming calculus which will cause gums to bleed. In order to prevent gingivitis, we recommend regular hygiene visits. At every hygiene visit, we discuss oral hygiene instructions and show you the proper brushing and flossing techniques.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a broad term used to describe various diseases that affect the gums, bone and surrounding structures of teeth. The most common types of adult periodontal disease are gingivitis and peridontitis. Gingivitis causes bleeding and reddening of gums. Peridontitis damages the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Risk factors for periodontal disease include: poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, smoking, chewing tobacco and diabetes.

The existence of bone destruction under the gums cannot be visually detected. This makes it especially important to visit your dentist on a regular basis.