Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Dentistry?
Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of disorders and diseases of patients teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Dentistry performed properly is necessary for complete oral health, and it has a significant impact on the health of a patient’s entire body.
What Is A Dentist?
A dentist is a specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Dr. Brittain has completed many years of medical schooling in order to practice dentistry. After schooling, a dentist can receive either a DDS or DMD degree. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Some doctors specialize in pediatric dentistry as well, which means that they work with children from infancy up through the teenage years. There are other specializations that a dentist may go to school for:
- Oral and maxillofacial (includes pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Endodontics (specialization in root canals)
- Periodontics (specialization in gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (specialization in dental implants)
Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?
We know how busy life can be. Fitting a dental appointment into your busy schedule seems to be one of the most difficult things you have to do. Proper oral hygiene can be difficult to maintain. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing after every meal will keep many oral hygiene problems away, but not all. Scheduling a cleaning at Dentistry of Old Town Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona twice a year is highly recommended to maintain proper oral hygiene and catch problems before they become costly and painful.
Do I Need To See A Dentist Even If My Teeth Feel Fine?
It’s very important to schedule regular cleanings. Dr. Brittain recommends coming in twice a year. Not all dental problems have obvious symptoms at first, and catching them early will save a lot of money and hassle. Not only can we identify problems before they become painful and expensive, but we can also help to keep your smile looking fantastic. We know how important it is to feel comfortable with your smile. This is why we offer options to our patients to meet their oral health goals.
What’s A Dental Cleaning Like At Dentistry of Old Town Scottsdale?
Twice-yearly cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. At Dentistry of Old Town Scottsdale, an appointment will include a full oral examination, oral cancer exam, digital x-rays, and a full cleaning by our amazing hygienists. Your cleaning will remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth.
Dr. Brittain will work with each patient to determine their goals for oral health and set up a treatment plan accordingly.
Please call our office at 480-485-0649 to schedule an appointment or if you have any additional questions.
When Should I Change My Toothbrush?
Dr. Brittain recommends getting a new toothbrush at least every three months. If you’re using an electronic toothbrush, make sure to check the recommendation of the type of toothbrush because you may not have to change the head of the brush often. If a patient has gum disease, Dr. Brittain recommends that you change your brush more often then every three months. Also, after brushing, it’s very important to wash and rinse your brush out with hot water, then store it upright somewhere it can dry between uses. This will kill germs and bacteria and keep your toothbrush clean.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Plaque and bacteria naturally up in a patient’s mouth, and when this build up is not countered sufficiently with brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, it can cause gum disease (also called periodontal disease). Risk factors for gum disease include 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. Dr. Brittain recommends brushing and flossing every day and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best ways to fight gum disease.
Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:
- Abscessed teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth and or loss of teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Receding gumline
Do You Accept Dental Insurance?
We accept most insurance and PPO plans but check with us. Please call our office at 480-485-0649 for more information about insurance. Prior to calling, have your insurance information ready. Also, please plan to pay your co-pay or deductible portion at the time of service.
What Payment Methods Do You Accept?
For your convenience, Dentistry of Old Town Scottsdale accepts cash, check, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover. If none of these payment methods suit your needs, we also provide payment plans through our office or third-party financing through Care Credit. We also provide discounts for those able to pay in full at the time of service. If you have any more questions regarding payment methods, please give us a call at 480-485-0649 and we’ll do our best to find the right solution for you.