FAQ

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

Taking excellent care of your teeth requires more than daily brushing and flossing at home. If your teeth and gums are in excellent condition, we recommend that you visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning, x-rays, and exam. Seeing your dentist every six months provides preventative maintenance and allows your dentist to identify and treat developing oral health problem as early as possible.

My Teeth Feel Fine. Why Do I Need a Dental Exam?

A routine dental exam is important for a few reasons. A regular exam allows us to keep tabs on your dental health and catch impending problems early. There are several problems that are practically unnoticeable in their earliest stage but can be detected through x-rays or a professional exam. Also, a dental exam appointment provides you with time to ask the dentist questions related to your oral health.

I Haven’t Seen a Dentist in Many Years. Is it Too Late?

It is never too late to see a dentist. If you haven’t visited a dentist in one year, five years, ten years, or more, don’t avoid scheduling an appointment. The sooner you visit us, the sooner we can evaluate the status of your teeth and gums, and help you get back on track to optimal oral health.

Is Dental Ben’s Accepting New Patients?

We always welcome new patients at Dental Ben’s. We are a family-friendly office and see patients of all ages. Simply call the office, and one of our friendly team members will help find an appointment time that works with your schedule.

My Teeth are Discolored. Can I Do Anything?

No matter the reason for the discoloration, Dental Ben’s is happy to evaluate your teeth and provide you with treatment options. There are many ways to treat discolored teeth, and some options are relatively inexpensive. We offer in-office treatments and take-home treatments – both of which are effective. We typically recommend specific teeth whitening methods based on the severity and underlying cause of the discoloration.

Do You See Children in Your Office?

Absolutely! Dental Ben’s is a family-friendly office that is welcoming and inviting to patients of all ages. Children have a great time while they’re here! Our team is trained to help children feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair. If we feel that a young child should see a pediatric dental specialist, we will make an excellent recommendation.

What is Stress-Free Dentistry?

If anyone understands that dentistry can be stress and anxiety-provoking, it’s Dr. Cooperman! At Dental Ben’s, we go out of our way to make sure your office visit is calm, relaxing, and comfortable. We are compassionate, and we do everything possible to make sure you are at ease. If you require a procedure, we make you numb before the procedure begins. Additionally, we have nitrous oxide available upon your request.

Does Dental Anesthesia Hurt?

Dental Ben’s uses a comfortable form of anesthesia that makes injections practically impossible to feel. We do everything possible to take away your dental fear and make sure your visit is comfortable and enjoyable.

Do I need to floss?

A toothbrush has a hard time getting between your teeth. This allows food to stay between teeth, forming plaque and tarter. Flossing is a reliable method to removing food between teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach.

Should I brush with a soft, medium, or hard toothbrush?

We recommend brushing with a soft toothbrush. Brushing with a medium or hard toothbrush can be damaging to your gums and enamel.

Is candy bad for your teeth?

Eating candy leaves a good amount of sugar in your mouth. When sugar is left in your mouth, it can be the cause for cavities. We recommend you brush your teeth or rinse shortly after eating candy.

Is an electric toothbrush better?

As long as you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, you can effectively use a standard toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush may be a better option for you.

Is chewing ice bad for teeth?

Yes! Ice is a very hard item. When you chew on it, there is a chance to cause micro-fractures in your teeth. This will cause tooth sensitivity overtime.

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

When babies are put to bed with a bottle containing sugary drinks, this increases the risk of tooth decay. Since a baby cannot brush their teeth after they drink, the sugar from the drink stays on the teeth, allowing decay-causing bacteria to feed. It is recommended that if you allow your young child to take a drink with them to bed, give them water instead of juice.

Why Should I Replace a Missing Tooth?

Every tooth has a purpose in your mouth. If you recently had a tooth removed, or if you’ve been missing one or more teeth for several years, we will explain why it’s important to replace the tooth/teeth. A missing tooth can cause the rest of the teeth in your mouth to shift. You might experience bone loss or other dental problems. There are many tooth replacement options, and we are happy to discuss them with you at your next appointment.

Do You Take My Dental Insurance?

Dental Ben’s accepts most dental insurance plans. When you call and schedule your appointment, please let us know your dental insurance specifics. Before your appointment, we will check your coverage and let you know your benefits and out-of-pocket financial responsibility.