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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about anesthesia or possibly when you should take your child to see a dentist for the first time? If you do, you are not alone. Listed below are just a few FAQs. For an extensive list by the American Dental Association visit their website under ‘Public Resources’ section ‘Oral Health Topics’ or simply click here.

Oral Hygiene

  • What is plaque?
  • What are some tips for daily oral care?
  • How do I brush and floss my teeth?


  • What should every patient know about dental anesthesia?
  • What are analgesics?
  • What is local anesthesia?
  • What is sedation and general anesthesia?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  • What is baby bottle tooth decay?
  • What causes baby bottle tooth decay?
  • Why are baby teeth important?
  • How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?

Infants and Children

  • When should I take my child to see the dentist?
  • Can babies get cavities?
  • Is teething painful?
  • Do I need to clean my baby’s mouth if there are no teeth yet?
  • When should thumb sucking stop?
  • Can a child lose a primary tooth too early?


  • Do I need a mouth protector?
  • What are the advantages of using a mouth protector?
  • Are there different types of mouth protectors?
  • I wear braces. Can I use a mouth protector?

Tobacco Products

  • What effects can smoking have on my oral health?
  • Are cigars a safe alternative to cigarettes?
  • Are smokeless tobacco products safe?