First Appointment FAQs
Yes, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out any remaining patient forms.
Please be sure to request a prescription prior to your appointment, or if you are unsure, contact us and we can help.
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
· Dental insurance card (if applicable)
· Identification such as Driver’s License, State ID or Military ID
The length of your first appointment will depend on the treatment rendered at the time. In respect for your time, we allot sufficient time to begin services during the first appointment, rather than ask you to schedule a future appointment to begin treatment. The initial comprehensive visit with Dr. Shokoohi will last 45 minutes to 1 hour and possibly longer with the start of your treatment plan.
General Dentistry FAQs
Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They only go when issues come up. This is known as “crisis treatment” versus “preventive treatment.” While the intention might be to save money by not visiting their dentist regularly, it often ends up costing much more in dollars and time. This is because many dental problems do not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. An example is tooth decay. It is typical to hear, “Nothing hurts… So why go to the dentist when I’m not having problems?”
Tooth decay often does not hurt until it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a huge cavity who has never felt a thing. The dentist can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it develops any symptoms. This early detection can help you prevent root canal treatment
Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of these microscopic creatures feeding on food particles left on your teeth. These bacteria live in plaque, which can be removed by flossing. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth, while flossing eliminates the bacteria that the toothbrush can’t reach. That’s the bacteria hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. If you do not floss, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth, eventually hardening into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing, but only the dentist can remove tartar.
Ask Dr. Shokoohi to show you his unique method of flossing. You will both notice the difference at the next cleaning appointment.
Modeling, Modeling, Modeling! And in the process, make it fun! If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow.
Getting your children to brush starts with taking them to the dentist at an early age. All children should be seen by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.
Always spend the time to brush teeth individually. It takes time to get rid of the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. Do not brush too hard, as it takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Floss once a day since flossing is the only way to rid bacteria from between your teeth.
Watch the sugar you eat. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers and chips. These are the foods that the bacteria in your mouth like best. Be mindful of foods like raisins and peanut butter that stick to your teeth. They can provide a constant supply for the bacteria eating into your teeth. Try to minimize the times during the day when sweet items are eaten and always rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
Rinse your mouth with water after every meal, which can help to remove food from your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help.
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
· Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
· Infections in the bone
· Periodontal (gum) disease
· Abscesses or cysts
· Developmental abnormalities
· Some types of tumors
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and often unnecessary discomfort. X-rays can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, X-rays may even help save your life. The dentist will evaluate your need for X-rays based on the conditions present in development. There are many benefits to having X-rays taken, and any additional questions or concerns should be discussed with your dentist.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Some natural sources of fluoride are brewed tea, canned fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples, and skim milk. Some city water contains fluoride, which can be introducing an unsafe level and source of fluoride unnecessary for the proper health of teeth.
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The American Dental Association recognizes that piercing is a widely accepted form of self-expression, and that includes piercings in the mouth. However, the potential problems from piercings are numerous. Some symptoms after a piercing include pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, tooth loss, and an increased flow of saliva, none of which are particularly pleasant. Tongue piercing can also cause excessive bleeding. If you’re thinking of placing a piercing in or around your mouth, talk to your dentist first. If you already have piercings and are having problems, see the dentist right away.
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If you have knocked out a tooth, get to the dentist. Successful re-implantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly.
Even if the injury occurs after hours or during the weekend, feel free to contact us, as arrangements can be made to see you if urgent.
When you are asleep, production in your mouth decreases. Since your saliva is the mouth’s natural mouthwash, most people experience morning breath. Bacteria found in the crevices of teeth and on the taste buds of the tongue break down the food particles, which produce sulfur compounds. It is actually these sulfur compounds, which give our breath a bad odor.
Chronic, long-term mouth odor can be a sign of more serious illness. See your dentist if this is a concern.
Highly acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, as well as tea and soda can increase tooth sensitivity. If you do not get relief by brushing gently, see your dentist. There are special compounds that can be applied in-office to the roots of your tooth to reduce – if not eliminate – the sensitivity.
Ask Dr. Shokoohi about his innovative methods of eliminating sensitivity.
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and possible tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer. An advanced stage of periodontal disease exhibits inflamed gums pulling away from your bone and teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:
· Bad breath
· Sensitive teeth
· Red or swollen gums
· Loose teeth or teeth that have moved
· Pus coming from around the teeth
· Bleeding gums
· Pain when chewing
· Tender gums
Treatment of early periodontal disease can be performed in-office. However, advanced stages may require surgery. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing Dr. Shokoohi regularly and following recommended care plans. Dr. Shokoohi performs all treatments of periodontal disease in his office.
Like other investments, if you whiten your teeth, the length of time you can expect it to last will vary. If you smoke, drink red wine, coffee, and tea or consume other acid-containing foods, your bright smile may begin to yellow more quickly than you expect. In general, a teeth-whitening procedure can last up to a few years. And even though the results can fade, occasional touch-ups can be done to regain luster.
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