Family Dentist Answers 5 Common Dental Questions

Most people visit the dentist every 6 months for a dental exam & teeth cleaning. At Valley Dental Care, we’d like to think that you can also visit us to ask us about anything related to your oral health. Our staff and doctor here in El Paso, TX are a wealth of information. From how to make the most of your dental insurance to how to properly use a toothbrush, we are always here to answer questions in a patient and timely manner. Below are a few questions that we are asked on a daily basis for your convenience.

Do I Really Need to Floss?

Regular flossing is definitely an important part of your dental hygiene regiment. Flossing removes the plaque and tartar in between your teeth that is hard to remove with regular brushing. Cleaning out this debris will significantly reduce the risk of developing gum disease and can help you keep your teeth for as long as humanly possible.

Are Dental X-rays Safe?

Valley Dental Care will take as few dental X-rays as possible to ensure the safety of all of our patients. While we use the most technologically up to date digital X-rays that have the least amount of radiation, we will usually take X-rays on your first exam to make sure we have a complete oral health picture to advise treatment if necessary. X-rays will also be necessary on later visits if it’s been more than a year since your last visit or you have a history of periodontal disease.

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth should ideally be removed in adolescents before the root is fully formed and takes hold in the jaw. Removal at this time means a reduced risk of oral surgery for and damage to nerves in the jaw. While removal at a young age is not always possible, we will make sure that you are completely comfortable and informed of your dental treatment and tooth extraction procedure.

Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Bleeding gums are usually a symptom of not brushing and flossing on a regular basis. When bacteria are allowed to settle on teeth and in your gums from not brushing and flossing, inflammation can cause your gums to start bleeding and eventually lead to gum disease. Past restorative procedures such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants can also lead to bacterial build-up when improperly installed. That’s why it’s so important to come to Valley Dental Care, where we have a professional dental staff and doctor who care about each and every single patient no matter what treatment you are receiving.

How Do I Get the Most Out of My Dental Insurance?

This question is music to our ears because of the number of patients we see allowing their dental benefits to go by the wayside. To make sure you are getting the most of your dental insurance, always check the explanation of your dental benefits from your insurance company. Also, when choosing a dentist make sure to ask if they accept your current insurance provider.

Valley Dental Care accepts most insurance providers and our staff is more than willing to answer any questions you may have about treatments that are covered by them. Most insurance benefits will be over by the end of the year, so don’t let your benefits go to waste by scheduling your next dental appointment to late.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Call us today at ​(915) 598-7264, or schedule an appointment on our Contact Us page. We can answer any questions about insurance, treatment options, procedures, or just any questions in general you may have about our family dentistry practice. Come in today, we can’t wait to see you down the road to complete oral health!