Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cleanings and Prevention

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One of our main goals is patient education. We always want you to feel comfortable and confident in the care you area receiving. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know! We are always happy to talk to you about your treatment plan – or about dentistry in general! 

We've collected some of our most commonly heard questions here. Feel free to look through and see if your question is answered below. If your question isn't here or you'd simply like more information, don't hesitate to give us a call at (719) 924-8623.

Cleanings and Prevention

At House Family Dental, we believe in fixing problems – not overlooking them! 

As a new patient to our practice, our first steps will be performing a comprehensive examination and taking x-rays.  The dentist will then examine your entire mouth and recommend a treatment plan to take care of the problems that are bothering you today and prevent small issues from getting bigger and more expensive.  We will also schedule you for an appropriate cleaning based on your dental health and any active conditions you might have. For instance, a person with active periodontal disease will need a different type of cleaning than a person whose teeth and gums are healthy.

No matter what your current state of dental health is, we will help you improve your habits and feel better. We have heard from patients who felt shamed or judged by their previous provider, and we want to assure you that we will never do this. You will always be treated with empathy and compassion. Our goal is to meet you where you are and take steps toward a better future.

If you are looking for a new dentist in the Pueblo West or Canon City area, please call today to schedule your first appointment.

 

If we are providing routine care for your children (a dental cleaning) absolutely.  However, a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18 for dental treatment such as an extraction or a dental filling.  We do require a signed consent from a parent or guardian before we will complete treatment on a child under the age of 18. 

Both Dr. House and Dr. Driscoll have extensive experience working with children and adults with special needs.  Physical and developmental differences can affect dental development.  We believe in providing care that fits the needs every patient.  If for some reason we are unable to complete services in the chair, we may recommend hospital dentistry as an option.  Our doctors and experienced staff will work directly with you to put together a comprehensive dental plan for that special person in your life. 

Yes! We love treating children! In fact, Dr. Driscoll and Dr. House originally planned to open a pediatric dental office, but when parents saw how great the office was, they wanted to be able to come too! Today, we serve the entire family in a beautiful office designed to help everyone feel comfortable and at home. 

Both Dr. House and Dr. Driscoll have a background in providing dental care for children, including kids with special needs. We also offer hospital dentistry for those who need it. 

Building good dental habits from an early age is so important. Not only does this improve your chances of having healthy teeth for a lifetime, it also considerably reduces the risk of children developing anxiety about going to the dentist. Dental fear is so common in our society, and we want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. We make going to the dentist fun, and parents tell us that their kids are actually excited to come to our practice! From the "cavity-free tree" to our regular giveaways, kids have a great time at our office, and we are always happy to see them. 

 

Yes.  It is important to start caring for their oral health early. Our doctors and staff have extensive experience in children's dentistry.  We have worked hard at making our office kid friendly so that your child's dental appointment will be a fun and enjoyable experience. 

Brushing and flossing are a crucial part of your preventive care. A diligent home care routine, combined with regular visits to our practice for professional cleanings and examinations, will help prevent most common dental concerns, including decay and gum disease. 

Ideally, we want to see you brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day. The best time to brush is after breakfast and before you go to bed. The best time to floss is before the bedtime brushing. 

Of course, how you brush and floss is just as important as how often you brush and floss. Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle pressure. Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm can damage your enamel and cause gum recession. Gently scrub for about two minutes, 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. If you find that you are rushing, there are several free smart phone apps that you can download to help you time your brushing. Kid-themed apps are also available to help make brushing fun for children! 

Hold your brush at an angle so that the bristles massage your gums. This will help to break up any plaque that is accumulating beneath the gumline. 

Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to review good brushing and flossing technique with you and provide a hands-on demonstration!

 

In most cases, we recommend a professional cleaning and check-up twice a year. Sometimes, however, we may recommend that you come see us more often. Cases in which we may recommend more frequent visits include: 

  • Active periodontal disease treatment
  • Frequent decay issues
  • Rechecks on restorative dentistry
  • Monitoring of a particular condition
  • Orthodontic treatment (brackets and wires have a tendency to make brushing and flossing more challenging, and we want to avoid damage to your enamel during your treatment)

We believe strongly in clear communication with each of our patients. If we are concerned or feel you need more frequent treatment, we will always let you know exactly why so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health. If you ever have concerns or questions about your treatment, we encourage you to ask us. 

Routine cleanings are an important step in the prevention of decay and gum disease, and regular examinations help us catch any problems that do develop at an early stage. This allows for more comfortable, less costly, and much simpler dental treatment in the long run – a win-win for everybody! As much as we love our patients and enjoy visiting with you, ideally, we'd like to just see you twice a year and avoid problems altogether!

Absolutely!  It is extremely important especially during pregnancy and highly recommended by the ADA.  The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums.  Preventative dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth. It is important to inform the dental staff that you are pregnant.  As long as you are not having any dental issues routine x-rays can generally be postponed until after your pregnancy. 

 

X-rays allow the dentist to see things that can't be seen by the naked eye, and helps your dentist conduct a comprehensive exam.  We like to tell our patient's that you wouldn't get an oil change without letting the mechanic open the hood.  So why would you get a dental cleaning without first getting x-rays?

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