Frequently Asked Questions

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Will Cottonwood Creek Dental accept my dental insurance?

Yes. We accept most dental insurance plans. As a courtesy to our patients, we will gladly file your insurance benefit for you. Dental Insurance can be confusing, that is why we have experts to assist you in maximizing the benefits your insurance plan covers.

Do you practice general dentistry or only cosmetic dentistry?

We are proficient with all aspects of general dentistry including cleanings, fillings, crowns, dentures, etc., we even love to see children. What makes us different is that we strongly feel that all dentistry should have an aspect of beauty, so we put a special emphasis in making your dentistry look outstanding.

Are you more expensive than other dentists?

Our fees are structured to be competitive for our area while maintaining the highest quality of products and materials to assure that you are always receiving the absolute BEST dentistry has to offer.

I am afraid of going to the dentists. Can you do anything to make me feel better?

Your comfort is our #1 priority and we have many alternatives that can distract you from the actual dental procedure. Our office offers nitrous oxide gas, cable T.V., digital music, anti-anxiety medication, and we are even trained in “Sedation Dentistry” allowing you a restful sleep while ALL of your dentistry is completed in a single visit. Most importantly we use good old TLC to assure your visit with us is like none other!

How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day, especially at night before bedtime) is the best way to maintain your dental health.

What causes tooth loss?

Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. While tooth decay primarily affects children, periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects mostly adults. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.

When should a child have his/her first dental appointment?

A child should have his first dental appointment no later than their third birthday. We recommend a child have their first fun appointment at age 2 during one of the parents dental cleaning appointments, then their true cleaning appointment at age 3.

I think I have bad breath-is this something I should bring up at my next dental appointment?

Absolutely! Don't be shy about mentioning your concerns to your registered dental hygienist (RDH) the next time you visit your dental office. You are not alone! It's estimated that over 40,000,000 Americans suffer from some form of oral malodor. And for those who don't, we are all interested in maintaining the freshest breath possible! As the prevention and education expert in the dental office, the RDH not only cleans your teeth, but checks for other things that can go wrong in your mouth, like oral cancer, gum disease and tooth decay-which can contribute to bad breath.

It most cases, bad breath comes from odor producing bacteria present in your mouth from the back of the tongue and deep pockets between the teeth and gums (periodontal disease). The RDH will begin by professionally removing offending bacteria and buildup as well as assessing gum health. Be sure to ask about tongue cleaners - these are the most effective tools for cleaning the tongue. Finally, your dental hygienist will make recommendations for products designed to safely eliminate bacteria associated with bad breath and gum disease as well as neutralize bacteria-produced odor. Remember-fresh breath is only a dental hygienist away!