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No one should be denied dental care because of financial constraints. That’s why we accept several insurance providers to make sure you receive the proper quality care you deserve here at Hollytree Dental.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

Toothbrushes that have a seal of approval by the American Dental Association (ADA) have been tested for quality, effectiveness, and safety. Toothbrushes with soft to medium bristles will be easier on your teeth and gums than hard-bristled brushes, and will be just as effective.

For toothpaste, the options seem to be infinite. However, the most important ingredient you should be looking for in toothpaste is fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay and returns important minerals to your tooth enamel.

Do I really need to floss?

Flossing between your teeth—and beneath your gums—removes the rest of bacteria and food particles that your toothbrush just can’t reach. You will reduce your chances of getting gingivitis, or gum disease, which can be harmful to your overall health.

Does mouthwash actually help?

Like flossing, mouthwash is another great way to supplement your oral care routine. Mouthwashes containing fluoride and chlorhexidine don’t just give you fresh breath. They also help prevent cavities and gum disease by washing away plaque and bacteria residing on your teeth and gums.

How often should I go to the dentist?

We recommend coming in for routine dental checkups once every six months or so, but if you are prone to cavities, or have a chronic dental issue, more visits may be necessary to maintain your dental health.

Why do I need dental exams?

Routine dental exams are important for your oral health. Your dentist will be able to identify any changes in your oral health, as well as catch any issues in their early stages.

Treating dental problems early will save you time and money in the long run. If left unchecked, conditions such as an infected tooth, gum disease, and cavities can become more expensive and more difficult to fix.

What are the early signs of dental trouble?

There are many signs of possible dental issues. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to visit us:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth Sensitivity to Hot or Cold
  • Facial Swelling
  • Red, Painful, or Bleeding Gums
  • Receding Gums
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • Persistent Sores
Are dental X-rays safe and needed?

Dental X-rays are a crucial diagnostic tool. They allow us to get a full image of your teeth and gums, so that we can either rule out, or find signs of cavities, gum disease, and even evaluate impacted teeth.

X-rays are also extremely safe. We take every precaution to protect you from even the small amount of radiation used for X-rays, and we will guide you through the process step by step.

Do your teeth need fluoride?

Your teeth are protected by a layer of enamel that is eroded by bacteria from plaque and food particles. Fluoride is a mineral, found in water and certain foods, that is able to build up your tooth enamel. This is why mouthwashes containing fluoride and professional dental cleanings can be important for maintaining your dental health.

How do fillings work?

Dental decay creates cavities in your teeth. A dentist can remove that decay, thoroughly cleaning the inside of the tooth. They will then use a special material (your choice of composite resin, porcelain, and more) to “fill” the space in the tooth left by the cavity.

Fillings can restore tooth function, prevent further decay from cavities, and restore your smile in the process!

What’s the best way to safely whiten my teeth?

The safest, most reliable and effective way to whiten your teeth is with an in-office teeth whitening treatment, performed by a professional dentist or hygienist.

Teeth whitening strips can also be effective, but be careful of potentially harmful bleaching products used for at-home treatments.

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You can have a brand new smile with the help of our dedicated Hollytree Dental team. Would you like to learn more about our services in general and cosmetic dentistry? Contact our office in Tyler, Texas today to make an appointment!

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