Do whitening toothpastes actually work?
Whitening toothpastes have mild abrasives in them to remove surface stains which in turn make the teeth lighter. However, they do not actually whiten/bleach the teeth they just return the teeth to their original shade. Top

What causes dry mouth and how can I treat it?
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, can be due to many things including certain medical conditions and medications. Common medications that cause dry mouth include blood pressure medications, antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, and pain pills. Treatment for dry mouth includes sugar-free gum or candy, over the counter Biotene mouth rinse or spray, and saliva substitutes. Top

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should see a dentist when their first tooth comes in or before their first birthday. Most general dentists will not treat children under age 3, but early dental exams can decrease dental anxiety and identify any developmental defects the children might have. At age 3, the child will have their first professional cleaning and possible x-rays. Top

How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
The ADA recommends brushing twice a day – once in the morning after breakfast and once right before bed. Flossing is recommended once a day and is most effective if done right before bed. Top

Should I use a regular toothbrush or a manual one?
Research has been done on the two types of toothbrushes and comparisons show that both toothbrushes are equally effective when used correctly. Therefore what brush you use is not the most important factor, but how you use it. Top

How often should I change my toothbrush?
We recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months because they wear out and are not as effective. If you use an electric toothbrush you may need to change it every 4-6 weeks. Top

What are Sealants?
Sealants are a protective coating placed on the tops of teeth to prevent decay in the pits and fissures of permanent teeth. Sealants are most commonly placed on children’s teeth due to high risk of decay. These are usually covered under insurance for children but not adults. Top

What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium screws that replace missing teeth by fusing with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem and since they are made of Titanium you never have to worry about them getting a “cavity.” Dental implants are typically placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist and can be completed under local anesthesia or sedation. Top

I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?
We recommend you put it back into place and call the office immediately so we can re-cement it as soon as possible. Keeping your tooth covered is of utmost importance in this situation to prevent sensitivity and decay. Be careful not to swallow it if it becomes un-cemented. Even if there is no sensitivity or decay, please call us ASAP because it holds the space and prevents the adjacent teeth from shifting around. Top

I really do not like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
Our goal at Mountain Island Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is to make every visit as comfortable and as relaxing as possible. We have headphones, movies, blankets and pillows available for your comfort. For some of our most nervous patients, oral sedation (such as Xanax) is available – just ask your dentist at the next visit. Our friendly staff is always here to serve you and make you comfortable. Top

What different payment options do you provide?
We consider your dental health the number one priority and therefore we will always try make our recommendations based on what we believe is the very best treatment for you regardless of your insurance coverage or financial arrangements. For your comfort and convenience, we offer a wide range of financial options including:
Acceptance and Filing most insurance
Cash, Check, or Credit Card
CareCredit – Interest free payment plans with low payments up to 12 months. With good credit we can get fast approval by phone. Top

My old fillings in the front have darkened. Can they be bleached?
Unfortunately, fillings are made of a composite resin which does not bleach. We can polish the surface of the filling which may help, but in most cases they must be redone. Before replacing old discolored fillings, you may want to consider whitening options so when the new filling is placed you will get the color you desire. Top

How safe are dental X-rays?
Exposure to radiation including the sun, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays, can cause some damage your body. Fortunately, in dentistry today with the invention of digital x-rays the dose of radiation you are exposed to is VERY small. Dental x-rays only focus on a small area and have a higher speed so the dose is very small and fast. A lead-lined apron is placed over you and protects you from stray radiation. In addition, the government requires dental x-ray machines be checked every two years to ensure their proper function and dose. Top

Is drinking a lot of soda bad for your teeth?
Absolutely! Any beverage that contains sugar significantly increases the risk of tooth decay. Diet soda, even though sugarless, contains a lot of acid that can erode the teeth and make them more prone to tooth decay. If you’re going to drink soda, drink it with meals and brush afterwards. Frequent sipping coats the teeth with sugar and acid all day and makes it much more likely for tooth decay to occur. Top

What causes oral cancer?
The most common cause of oral cancer is Tobacco – which includes cigarettes, snuff, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Other contributing factors include bad hygiene, oral trauma, and sunlight exposure. Some research has shown Vitamins A and E can help prevent oral cancer. Other studies also show that heavy drinking combined with tobacco can increase the risk of oral cancer Top