Dentist FAQ

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An FAQ Session With Your Cosmetic and Family Dentist

As your Laytonsville dental practice, we hear a lot of the same questions from our patients about cosmetic dentistry and family dentistry. Here are the ones we hear most often.

Family Dentistry

1. What is family dentistry, and how does it differ from general dentistry?

Family dentistry focuses on providing oral care to patients of all ages, from children to seniors. General dentistry typically encompasses a broader range of services, while family dentistry emphasizes creating a comfortable environment for the whole family to receive dental care.

2. At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

It’s recommended to bring your child for their first dental visit around their first birthday or when their first tooth emerges, whichever comes first. Early dental visits help establish good oral hygiene habits and detect potential issues early.

3. What services do you offer for children?

Our family dentistry services for children include routine check-ups, cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and education on proper oral hygiene techniques. We aim to create a positive experience for kids to set the foundation for a lifetime of oral health.

4. Do you offer treatments for teenagers as well?

Yes, we provide comprehensive dental care for teenagers, including orthodontic evaluations, wisdom teeth assessments, cavity treatments, and guidance on maintaining oral health during their adolescent years.

5. Can the entire family have appointments scheduled on the same day?

Absolutely! We understand the convenience of family appointments. We strive to accommodate your family’s busy schedule by offering simultaneous or back-to-back appointments for family members.

Cosmetic Dentistry

1. What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it improve my smile?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. Through various treatments, we can address issues like teeth discoloration, misalignment, gaps, chips, and more, helping you achieve a more confident and appealing smile.

2. Which cosmetic dental treatments do you offer?

We offer a range of cosmetic dental procedures, including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, orthodontic options (such as Invisalign), and dental implants. Our goal is to tailor the treatment to your specific needs and desires.

3. Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

Yes, our teeth whitening procedures are safe and effective. We use professional-grade products that are carefully applied to minimize sensitivity and maximize results. Before treatment, we’ll assess your dental health to ensure you’re a suitable candidate.

4. Can cosmetic dentistry also improve the functionality of my teeth?

Yes, many cosmetic procedures not only enhance appearance but also improve the functionality of your teeth. For instance, dental crowns can strengthen and restore damaged teeth, while orthodontic treatments can correct misalignment and improve your bite.

5. How long do the effects of cosmetic treatments last?

The longevity of cosmetic treatments varies based on the specific procedure, your oral care routine, and lifestyle factors. For example, porcelain veneers can last a decade or more, while teeth whitening effects might last a year or longer with proper maintenance.

General Dentistry

1. What sets Sheila L. Brush, DDS, PC apart for family and cosmetic dentistry?

Our practice is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate care to patients of all ages. Dr. Sheila L. Brush and our team are highly skilled in both family and cosmetic dentistry, ensuring that you receive comprehensive care under one roof.

2. How can I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment is easy! You can call our office at (301) 926-9515 or use our online appointment request form on our website. We look forward to assisting you with your dental needs!

3. Do you accept dental insurance?

Yes, we accept various dental insurance plans. Our administrative team will work closely with you to maximize your insurance benefits and make the financial aspect of your care as seamless as possible.

4. What if I have a dental emergency?

If you experience a dental emergency, please call our office immediately. We strive to accommodate emergencies and provide prompt care to address your dental needs as soon as possible.

5. How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. Plaque and bacteria build up in a patient’s mouth. When this buildup is not treated in the early stages, it can cause gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, certain medications, and genetics. 

Advanced forms of periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss as well as permanent damage. The dentist recommends brushing and flossing every day as well as scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best ways to fight gum disease. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are the following:

  • Abscessed teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and or loss of teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gum line

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at (301) 926-9515 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our highest concern. You can learn more about us by checking our business page, and make sure to get directions before heading our way.