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Frequently Asked Questions

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A large portion of the U. S. population doesn’t see a dentist regularly. They go only when they experience pain. We call this “emergency treatment” rather than “preventative treatment”. Patients may feel they are saving money but in the end most “emergency treatment” ends up costing the patient more in time & money. Most dental problems do not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. Tooth decay doesn’t hurt, until of course, it gets close to the nerve. At this point a root canal, post & core and crown may be necessary instead of a filling that could have been placed years earlier when a cavity was just beginning to form. It is not uncommon for a patient to arrive at my office with a huge cavity but has never felt any pain. This is why “preventative “dentistry is so important. Why not schedule your appointment today!
At your checkup, you will receive a thorough cleaning and an oral exam by the dentist. During the oral exam, the dentist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the dentist also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
You may wish to consider several dentists before making your decision. During your first office visit, you should be able to determine if this is the right dentist for you. Consider the following:
  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the office easy to get to and close by?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
  • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry)
  • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?
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Most people find that it is valuable to have a dental exam & cleaning at least every six months.
Yes! Our office offers 3 different methods of teeth whitening. In-office whitening is professionally supervised and will work faster and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better than any over the counter product. This process can lighten teeth three to eight shades in about an hour. Take home whitening is another effective way to brighten your smile. Custom trays are made for you and you place the whitening gel in the trays and wear them at home. You will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed. The whitening gel comes in 10%, 15% or 35%. Disposable whitening strips are a 3rd option for whitening. These disposable strips come with the whitening gel already on them. The strips are applied directly to the teeth and are pliable so they will go into all the nooks and crannies your teeth may have. Having an oral examination prior to any whitening process is an important first step to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, talk to us first. Learn more about our teeth whitening options here in
Pre-medication with an antibiotic prior to dental treatment is needed if a patient presents with specific health conditions. The antibiotic prevents adverse effects and infection that can be caused by bacteria that can enter the blood stream during dental treatment. Patient conditions that often require a patient to pre-medicate prior to dental treatment:
  • Artificial Heart Valves
  • Heart Transplant
  • Artificial Joints
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Kidney Dialysis
  • History of Bacterial Endocarditis
Consult with your physician & Dr. Tobias about this prior to treatment.  
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water.   Fluoride helps fight tooth decay, making the teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Fluoride can be applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpastes, & mouth rinses. Mouth rinses containing fluoride in lower strengths are available over the counter; stronger concentrations requires a doctor’s prescription. It is important that children from birth on be exposed to fluoride because this is the timeframe in which their primary and permanent teeth come in. Studies have shown that children who consumed fluoridated water from birth had less dental decay. A dentist can apply fluoride directly to the teeth by painting on varnish. This type of application contains a much higher level of fluoride than those found in pastes or rinses. Adults can benefit from fluoride, too. New research shows that topical fluoride is just as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth. Ask Dr. Tobias or one of our hygienists if you have questions about fluoride.
Smokeless tobacco may be smokeless, but it isn’t harmless! Listed are some of the potential hazards:
  • Cancer can be the caused by all forms of smokeless tobacco
  • Nicotine blood levels are similar to those found in cigarettes
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth decay due to the sugar added to smokeless tobacco
  Danger signs from use of smokeless tobacco: 
  • Restricted movement of the tongue or jaw
  • A lump or white patch
  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • A feeling of something in your throat
Pain is rarely an early symptom. Tobacco users need to see their dentist regularly.
Most women notice changes in their gums during pregnancy. Their gums may look redder and bleed more when they brush.   These changes are considered “pregnancy gingivitis.” This condition often begins around your second month but peaks at the eighth month. It often will taper off after the baby is born. To minimize the effects of pregnancy gingivitis, practice good oral hygiene and eat a well balanced diet. Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes and floss daily. Be sure to see your dentist to check the health of your gums and get a professional dental exam and cleaning.
Yes, we understand our patients’ needs. We offer Saturday hours twice per month. Mondays & Wednesdays we offer evening hours plus for the early riser we start at 7 a.m on both Fridays and Saturdays .
Tooth sensitivity can affect one or more teeth. It is most common when you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet, or sour. Sometimes even a breath of cold air can set it off. The pain can be sharp and sudden. Some causes of tooth sensitivity:
  • Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush (always use a soft toothbrush) or grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel and expose the dentin.
  • Tooth decay near the gum line
  • Gingivitis – inflamed and sore gums pull back and expose the roots of your teeth.
  • Acidic foods. Food and drinks with a high acid content, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, tea, & soda are just a few that can wear down the enamel.
  • Mouthwash use.  Some over the counter products contain acids that can make sensitivity worse if the dentin is already exposed.
There are many sensitivity toothpastes on the market today which contain strontium chloride or potassium nitrate which are very effective in treating sensitive teeth. If you don’t get relief by gently brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste, see Dr. Tobias.
Make it fun! Be the best role model you can be. Children want to do things like their parents. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will see this as something that is important. To check out how well they are brushing you can use a disclosing solution. These products are made of harmless vegetable dyes and they will stain any remaining plaque left on their teeth after brushing. It is a good tool to use so they can see where they are missing and plaque remains. Most importantly take your children to the dentist at an early age. All children should be seen by their 1st birthday or 6 mo after the eruption of their first tooth. At Tobias Family Dentistry we call them “Happy Visits.” Ask our highly trained hygienists about products that work well for the wee ones.
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue may not be seen when the dentist examines your mouth. X-rays may help find:
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Infection in the bone
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Decay between the teeth or under existing restorations
  • Some types of tumors
  • Genetically missing teeth
It is important to know we use digital x-rays, which use up to 90 percent LESS radiation than film x-rays. Advantages include time efficiency without chemical processing plus the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images on the computer screen right before your eyes.
There are over 18 million adult Americans diagnosed with obstructive Sleep Apnea which is a condition where your breathing is interrupted during sleep. If diagnosed with Sleep Apnea your doctor may recommend the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP ) machines. The goal is to increase the airflow to your lungs. For those patients that find it difficult to use the CPAP machine Dr. Tobias has had special training in order to make the Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD). These devices snap over the upper and lower dental arches. This allows the lower jaw to be moved forward stabilizing the tongue and soft palate to keep the airway open. If you have Sleep Apnea and are looking for an alternative to the CPAP Dr. Tobias will work with your physician to find the best option with you at your next dental visit.
OK, but how do they look? A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry's many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Along with regular oral care and checkups, today’s dentists offer many choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
  • professional teeth whitening
  • fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • tooth replacement