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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Houston, TX

Get All of Your Questions About Dentistry Answered

Do you have questions about dental insurance coverage, the cost of a certain treatment, or different oral health practices? Below, we’ve answered some of the most common ones that we receive from our patients. If you don’t see yours, be sure to call us and ask!

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush or switching out the head of your electric toothbrush every three months, or once you’ve noticed that the bristles have begun to fray.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

Unfortunately, many dental insurance plans consider implants a “cosmetic” procedure, which is why they don’t typically cover the treatment. However, this is gradually beginning to change. The best way to know for sure is to contact your provider directly and ask.

How often should I take my child to see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child to visit their dentist every six months, just like adults. Since their smile is still developing, regular X-rays and thorough examinations are crucial to make sure that their permanent teeth will grow in healthily.

How can I prevent my child from frequently getting cavities?

If your child regularly gets cavities, it could be due to poor oral hygiene or the fact that they have deep grooves and pits in their molars. These can trap food debris and plaque and cause cavities to occur. We offer dental sealants, which are thin shields that we paint over their molars to prevent debris from settling on their teeth. These can make it easier for them to effectively brush and prevent cavity formation.

Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?

The choice of using an electric or manual toothbrush is really up to you. If you have great form while brushing your teeth, a manual toothbrush will work just fine! However, if you want a slightly better and more effective clean, go with an electric one.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Our Philips Zoom in-office and take-home teeth whitening kits use concentrated ingredients that have been clinically tested and approved by the ADA. That means that they have been proven to be effective at whitening teeth and are perfectly safe to use.

Can I get OrthoFX if I have a bite problem?

Many patients are surprised to learn how versatile of a treatment OrthoFX is. It can address crowding, gaps, and even bite misalignment, including overbite, underbite, and crossbite. To learn if this treatment can help you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Barker today!

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