Frequently AskedQuestions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that we receive:
Why does my tooth ache?

There are many reasons why someone’s tooth may be hurting. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Cavities: Cavities are a type of tooth decay that can cause a hole to form in the tooth. As the cavity grows, it can expose the tooth’s nerves, which can cause pain.
  • Abscesses: An abscess is a collection of pus that can form around a tooth. Abscesses can cause severe pain, swelling, and redness in the surrounding area.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth: Cracked or chipped teeth can expose the tooth’s nerves, which can cause pain. They can also make the tooth more susceptible to decay and infection.
  • Gum disease: Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause the gums to become inflamed and recede. This can expose the tooth roots, which can cause pain.
  • Teeth grinding or clenching: Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) can put a lot of stress on the teeth and can cause them to ache.
  • Injuries to the teeth: Injuries to the teeth, such as a blow to the mouth or a fall, can cause pain and damage to the teeth.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is important to see a dentist to determine the cause and get the appropriate treatment. Tooth pain can be a sign of a serious problem, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes! We always look forward to meeting and caring for new patients.

  • Appointment scheduling is convenient
  • Our office easy to get to
  • Our office is clean and orderly
  • We record all medical and dental history and place it in a permanent file
  • Our team will explain techniques for good oral health
  • Members of the ADA (American Dental Association)
Why is visiting the dentist so important?

Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:

  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
  • Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
  • Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
  • Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
  • Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile, for the rest of your life!
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and our dentists can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Lakepoint Dental offers many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers
How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
  • Always remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
  • Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkup. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?

We’re happy to welcome entire families to our practice so that your dental care is comfortable, and convenient. However, we may recommend a pediatric specialist for especially young children, if we feel that it would be a better fit.

How do I schedule my next checkup?
Simply call or e-mail our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.
Where are you located?
LakePoint Dental Health & Aesthetics P.A. is located at 9314 E. Central, just west of Central and Webb, in the Lakepoint Office Park.
Do you take my insurance?

Check with your insurance company to see if we are a part of your network. Call our office for more details!

What forms of payment do you accept?

We’re happy to accept:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • Low-interest financing through CareCredit

We also take several insurance plans, so you can be sure to receive the maximum benefits available.

Do you offer sedation?

Yes, we do. Please see our Sedation Dentistry link under Services for more information!

When should I change my toothbrush?

Your toothbrush will eventually wear out, especially if you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time. Your dentist recommends that adults and children change their toothbrush every three months. If you are using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrush every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush with hot water to kill germs and keep the bristles clean. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.

How often should I brush my teeth?

According to your dentist and the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing keeps your teeth, gums, and mouth clean and healthy by removing bacteria-causing plaque. It is also recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush your teeth. You should spend at least a minute on the top teeth and a minute on the bottom teeth, and remember to brush your tongue; it will help keep your breath smelling fresh!

What is gum disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease.

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