Dental FAQs

What will happen on my first visit to the office?

Your first appointment with Family Dentistry of Upper Marlboro will include an exam and consultation, and may include X-rays. Following your exam, the dentist will explain recommendations for your care and give you the opportunity to discuss treatment options and ask questions. For more information about your first visit please click here.

What causes tooth decay?

Decay is caused by bacteria that collect on teeth and feed on the carbohydrates in our diet. The bacteria produce acid that wears away at the enamel on our teeth. If decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. Protect your teeth against decay by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly, and avoiding sugary foods.

Will I get my teeth cleaned on the first visit?

There are actually several levels of cleaning available, depending on your oral health status. To determine the best cleaning for you, and to schedule adequate time with a hygienist, your dentist will need to see you first for a comprehensive exam. Your actual treatment usually begins with a follow-up visit, which may happen as soon as the next day.

What are the most common oral health problems?

Cavities and gum disease are the most common problems. Both can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

What is a comprehensive treatment plan?

You'll hear the term "comprehensive care" often at Family Dentistry of Upper Marlboro. It means that your dentist will examine your entire mouth to evaluate your overall oral health, and recommend treatment for long-lasting good health, rather than just fixing your immediate problem.

How long will dentures last?

Between 5 and 7 years. Just like natural teeth, dentures wear down and stain with age. Your mouth is constantly changing. To make sure your dentures fit properly, they will need adjustments from time to time. We suggest seeing your dentist yearly for a denture check-up. You should always notify your dentist at the first sign of irritation, no matter how minor it may seem. Your health and comfort are important.

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We are happy to answer any oral health related questions.

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