Frequently Asked Questions

As a practice, we strongly believe that preventative care and patient education are the keys to optimal dental health.

How often do I have to go to the dentist?
Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year; others may need more visits. There is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment schedule. You are a unique person, with a unique smile and unique needs when it comes to keeping your smile healthy. Talk to your dentist about how often you need to schedule visits.
What happens if I knock out a tooth?
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums or in milk and get to a dentist’s office right away.
Should I go to the dentist when I’m pregnant?
Yes. It is safe and important to see a dentist when you are pregnant. Make sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any changes you have noticed in your oral health. In some cases, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse. Brushing and flossing contributes to your overall health, too, and if your mouth is healthy, it’s more likely that your baby’s mouth will be healthy. Good daily care is vital. That means always brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day and eating a healthy, balanced diet.
At what age should my child have their first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) state that your child's dental visit should be at one year of age, or at least six months after the first tooth comes in. We encourage new parents, in particular, to visit as early as possible. It may seem absurd to take your toothless little one into a dental office. However, this is a critical time in your child’s development.
Are dental X-rays safe?
Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, like all x-rays they do require very low levels of radiation. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body's exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonably Achievable (the ALARA principle).
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have the potential to provide excellent longevity with the proper care. When you commit to an excellent home care routine and visit your dentists at Connect Dental Care every six months for professional teeth cleanings and examinations, your dental implant can potentially last for a lifetime.