FAQs

At what age should children start seeing the dentist?

A child’s dental development begins before birth, so concern about their teeth should begin during pregnancy. Your child’s first visit to a dentist should be by age two or three, when all 20 baby teeth have come in. It is a good idea to bring your 2 year old child to an older sibling’s or parent’s cleaning appointment to let them become acquainted with the office. After the first visit, children should see a dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. These visits can allow your dentist to detect flaws early, possibly preventing more serious dental problems in the future.

Why is flossing important?

Flossing gets into areas which a toothbrush cannot reach. Brushing only removes 60% of your plaque. Flossing reduces the risk of gum disease and other related health problems. In addition to making your breath smell better, good oral hygiene will make you feel better. Oral health is an important part of overall health. In fact, experts have said that daily flossing can possibly add over 6 years to your life. By eliminating the chronic inflammation of gum disease, research has shown a significantly lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. There is no better supplement to brushing than flossing.

How often should teeth be brushed?

According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day. However, some patients may need to brush more often. Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque which causes tooth decay and can lead to gum disease. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Since plaque accumulation increases while you sleep, it is important to brush before bedtime. Always brush your tongue to remove any bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

What is the most effective way for me to brush my teeth?

Using a manual soft toothbrush for three minutes can be very effective; however, electric or ultrasonic toothbrushes may give better results in less time. Replace your brush at least every 3 months, or after a flu or cold illness. A new toothbrush is 30% more effective at removing plaque.

Is your office experienced in implant dentistry?

After graduating in 1979 from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Cook furthered his education in 1999 at the Midwest Implant Institute in Columbus. He and his entire staff participated in the year long externship. In 2007 Dr. Cook was recognized as a Fellow at the Institute. Our office provides a full range of dental restorations utilizing surgically placed root form implants. Denture wearers now have an economical non-surgical alternative for denture retention utilizing mini implants which can be completed is about an hour. Dental implants can be a lifelong investment and their restorations as well. Dr. Cook’s success rate is over 96%.

How often do I need to visit the dentist?

Generally speaking, it is best to go to the dentist every six months. Six month dental visits enable your dental care provider to take care of routine maintenance and preventative processes that can help you to stop or prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This interval allows the dentist to make early detection of any serious problems such as oral cancer or systemic disorders. However, some patients need to visit the dentist every 3 or 4 months to maintain their oral health.

What can I do if I'm prone to tooth decay?

Aside from effective brushing and flossing, you should limit or avoid high sugar foods and drinks. Avoid sipping sugared pop or coffee or sucking hard candies or breath mints throughout the day. Read ingredient labels and avoid glucose, sucrose or any other sugars. Candies or fruits that tend to stick to your teeth stay in your mouth longer and create an acid environment which causes decay. Sugar free gum or xylitol sweetened mints will help to neutralize acid that plaque on your teeth produces when you eat sugary foods. Supplemental fluoride products and a product called MI paste can be used to prevent or remineralize early decay.

How can I help my child have good oral health?

Candy and sweets should not be part of a child’s daily diet, but rather an occasional treat. Pop and energy drinks are doubly addictive because they contain sugar and caffeine. Parents, by example, can help their children avoid both addictions by avoiding these foods themselves. Starting at age 3, dental exams every six months will allow us to detect early decay and to reinforce good oral hygiene habits. Early decay can be eliminated with painless air abrasion and bonded fillings. Sealants can be placed on permanent molars to prevent inevitable decay in deep fissures. Most importantly, our children patients will not develop a fear of dental visits.

What kinds of cosmetic dentistry do you offer your patients?

Our office offers ZOOM chairside whitening and Sapphire at-home whitening with trays.Our patients enjoy metal free dentistry: bonded tooth colored composite fillings or one-visit durable and beautiful porcelain fillings and crowns. Our state of the art CEREC technology delivers these restorations during a single appointment using Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacture or CAD/CAM. We also are a Lumineers Smile Office so we can dramatically transform your smile with contact lens thick porcelain veneers that are permanently bonded. A perfect natural looking smile can change your life and all without injections or removal of sensitive tooth structure.

I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?

Every person in our office can help make your visit relaxed and stress free. Many of our referred patients come to us because their referring friend was pleasantly surprised how easily their appointment went. Stereo headphones, your favorite CD from our selection or your own collection, blankets and neck pillows are available. If you need a dental procedure, nitrous oxide can be administered safely and comfortably. Our skilled numbing techniques and unhurried visits insure your comfort during your procedure. Our friendly staff is always here to serve you and make you comfortable. Talk to us about your anxiety and we can be extra sensitive to your needs.