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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Family Dentistry

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We understand that patients have many questions about their dental care, and we never want you to hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns.

Here are some of the questions we hear the most. If you don’t get your question answered here, you can speak to any one of our staff members.

Family Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months old and no later than one year old.

Your baby’s teeth may begin to arrive around the age of 4 to 8 months, and Dr. Boren can ensure the health of your child's first teeth. These first visits also help us acclimate your child to our office so they don’t feel scared or nervous about visiting the dentist. You may also want to bring your little one along on your own dental check-ups so they can get used to the sights and sounds of our office.

We understand how important these first visits are for your child to have future success at their dental appointments. For this reason, we strive to keep their time with us pleasant, upbeat, and fun!

We want your child to learn about the importance of their oral health and also look forward to visiting us. Making sure they feel comfortable and at ease is our top priority, and we can even use nitrous oxide for children who need a little extra TLC.

Contact us today to schedule your child's next appointment and discuss their oral health.

You can do many things at home to help promote optimum oral health. Using the right brushing and flossing techniques can help ensure you're making the most of your home care, and our hygiene team can help with instruction.

Here are a few other ideas to help you:

  • Remember to brush your teeth at least twice per day, and floss at least once.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables – they help neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay and cavities.
  • Choose toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your hygienist if you need a fluoride rinse. Fluoride helps prevent cavities.
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages because it increases the amount of bacteria that grow in your mouth, causing more plaque and eventually cavities.
  • Avoid tobacco – not only does it stain your teeth and cause gum disease, it increases your risk of developing oral cancer.
  • Don't forget to brush your tongue. This will remove food debris and reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. As a bonus, it also promotes fresh breath.
  • Don’t forget to schedule your cleaning and check-ups. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months, or twice per year.


Our goal is to help you keep your healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime, so whether you’re an adult or child, we recommend that our patients see Dr. Boren for a regular checkup every six months, or twice per year. This is so we can help remove plaque build-up and screen you for oral health concerns such as gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay.

You have the best chance of successfully treating these issues with the least invasive treatment when you detect them early on, and regular cleanings and check-ups are your first line of defense.

If you struggle with issues such as gum disease, Dr. Boren may recommend additional visits throughout the year. Unfortunately, there's no cure for gum disease; however, we can help you effectively control it and maintain your oral health with additional cleanings, improved home care, and close monitoring.

When you visit us regularly, we can also help you understand how to maintain your oral health with instruction on proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as nutrition advice. Don't wait any longer to schedule your next cleaning and check-up. Give us a call today!

Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up and cause your gum tissue to separate from your teeth. When bacteria are allowed in, they will begin to destroy your gum tissue and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss. Tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics can also contribute to gum disease.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. If it's detected early on, it can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. For some patients, it may even be reversed in this stage.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that will lead to tooth and bone loss if it's not treated effectively. There is no cure for gum disease; however, with the help of your hygiene team, additional cleanings throughout the year, and careful monitoring of your condition, you can keep your gum disease under control.

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and visiting us every six months are your first lines of defense against preventing periodontal disease from happening in the first place. Common signs and early indicators are:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Receding gum line
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