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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Auburn, WA

Ask Your Auburn Dentist

If you have questions regarding your dental care, you can search for answers on the internet and get a lot of information that doesn’t apply to you, or you can just ask your local dentist here at Auburn Dental Smiles! You’re always welcome to just give us a call to get the information you need. And below, we’ve gone ahead and responded to some of the most popular questions we receive almost every day.

How often should I see a dentist?

The average person should see their dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Some patients may require more frequent visits (particularly those who have gum disease), but our team can let you know what is best for you when you come to see us for the first time.

Which is better: a manual or electric toothbrush?

According to multiple studies, both types of brushes are great at removing cavity-causing plaque and food particles, so if you’re happy with your toothbrush and have good dental health, then stick with it! For children and people who have mobility issues, however, electric toothbrushes tend to be better since they do most of the work.

Are bleeding gums serious?

Gums tend to bleed due to one of three reasons: a person has just started flossing, they are brushing/flossing too hard, or they have early-stage gum disease. Try cleaning your teeth gently for a few days, and if the bleeding persists, then it’s time to give us a call. You might have a minor infection, but we can take care of it before it becomes more advanced.

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

We recommend bringing your child in for their first appointment as soon as you see their first tooth erupt. Or, they should get a checkup around the time of their first birthday---whichever one happens first! This allows our team to examine their mouth and make sure their smile is starting on the right foot. After this initial visit, a child should start attending regular checkups and cleanings around age 2.

What should I do about my sensitive teeth?

If your teeth feel only a little sensitive whenever you eat or drink something hot or cold, try switching to a sensitive tooth toothpaste. After using it for a few weeks, it will actually slightly numb your teeth so you are more comfortable. If the sensitivity is severe, however, and the sensation lasts for more than 30 seconds, then you may have a dental infection, in which case you should come see us as soon as you can.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Most likely yes! We are a very dental insurance-friendly dental office and do everything we can to help our patients save as much as possible using their plans. To learn how we could use your insurance at your next appointment, contact us today.