Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Fort Mill, SC
Ask Your Fort Mill Dentist
Your dental questions deserved to be answered, which is why we always invite our patients to ask us anything when it comes to their smiles and dental options. Below, we’ve gone ahead and responded to a few of the questions we receive every day, but if you’d like to know more about something that we haven’t covered here, then we encourage you to give us a call.
How often should I brush my teeth?
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each. For patients undergoing orthodontics, or those with gum disease, they would benefit from brushing after every meal. What’s most important is that each session lasts for the prescribed two minutes!
Should I be worried about my bleeding gums?
While bleeding gums are common (especially after brushing and flossing), they actually aren’t normal! They are typically a sign that someone is cleaning their teeth with too much pressure, or they may have a minor infection. After performing your oral hygiene with a lighter touch for a few days, if the bleeding continues, it’s best if you come to see us. This will allow us to take care of the infection before it has a chance to become worse.
Will your team be upset if I haven’t been to the dentist in years?
Absolutely not! We never pass judgment on our patients just because they have dental issues. Here, you’ll enjoy premium care and service without ever getting a guilt trip. If anything, you’ll be praised for coming to see us and taking control of your oral health, which we know is a big step for some people!
Is fluoride safe?
Yes, fluoride is extremely safe. Adding fluoride to public water supplies has significantly lowered the rate of cavities across the U.S., and it’s considered to be one of the most beneficial public health measures of the past century. The only time fluoride should be avoided is during early childhood, as too much at an early age can lead to potential issues. For toddlers and everyone older, however, fluoride offers nothing but benefits.
Will you accept my dental insurance?
Most likely yes! We are in-network with Delta Dental Premier, Cigna, and Guardian, and we are able to accept a long list of other plans as well. Give us a call with your membership information nearby, and our team will be able to discuss your coverage so you have a better idea of what you’ll be expected to pay at your next visit.
I don’t have dental insurance. Are there other ways I can pay for my care?
Yes! You can sign up for our in-house membership plan, which can help you save as much on your care as traditional insurance without having to deal with annoying things like deductibles and annual maximums. You can also space out paying for treatment by signing up for financing through CareCredit. You can learn more about both of these options on our “New Patients” page.