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Frequently Asked Questions

We ask patients to arrive for their appointment 15 minutes early. New patients that have not completed their new patient paperwork online are asked to arrive 30 minutes early.

Please bring your current dental insurance information, as well as a list of current medications you are taking.

Please take all procedure medications prior to your arrival, according to the provided instructions.

At Brush Rinse Floss, we believe in providing comprehensive oral treatment in order to fix underlying problems. During your initial exam, we assess your oral health and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Your initial visit may also include X-rays, a periodontal exam, and a cleaning. For more information, visit our General Dentistry section.

Your first appointment will last around 60-90 minutes.

Yes, we accept a variety of insurance plans. We also accept CareCredit financing.

Brush Rinse Floss gladly accepts a variety of insurance plans. We also regularly offer new patient specials for those without insurance coverage. Additionally, we accept CareCredit to provide financing for dental services that may not be covered by dental insurance.

During your office visit, your Brush Rinse Floss provider will work with you to develop a treatment plan. Our staff will provide you with a detailed estimate of insurance coverage, out-of-pocket costs, and financing alternatives. For more information, please visit our Insurance & Financing page section.

The Patient Login portal can be accessed on our Patient Forms & Logins page.

New patient paperwork can be accessed on our Patient Forms page.

Yes, absolutely. When scheduling your appointment, please let us know if you would like us to make any special arrangements for you.

For all office visits, a parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.

Yes! We gladly accept pediatric patients. For more information, visit our Pediatric Dentistry section. All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during an office visit.

No. During your first office visit, you will receive a consultation and comprehensive treatment plan. If additional procedures are required, you will receive procedure instructions at that time, including medication instructions.

We do not accept medicaid or medicare. We do, however, accept most other insurance plans, and offer CareCredit patient financing.

Absolutely. We offer convenient patient financing through CareCredit for those without insurance coverage.

You’ll hear the term “comprehensive care” often at Brush Rinse Floss. During each visit, your dentist will examine your entire mouth to evaluate your overall oral health, and recommend a treatment plan for long-lasting good health, rather than just fixing your immediate problem.

Most individuals should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every 6 months.

If you are at a greater risk for oral diseases, we recommend check ups more frequently. Tobacco use, alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and certain medical conditions are some of the many reasons that your dentist may recommend dental cleanings more often. Discuss any risk factors that you may have with your Brush Rinse Floss dentist.

Every 3 months, or sooner if the bristles become worn or frayed. If you’ve been sick with a cold or bacterial infection, we also recommend that you replace your toothbrush, once you’re feeling better.

An abscessed tooth is an infection that includes pus and swelling of the soft gum tissues surrounding the tooth. Abscessed teeth occur when there’s an opening in the enamel of a tooth, such as a cavity, allowing bacteria to enter.

Abscessed teeth usually develop as a result of tooth decay or tooth trauma, including broken teeth. Once this happens, the infection can spread throughout the mouth and body. Treatment at this point becomes very important, so schedule an appointment right away. Typically, a root canal is the only treatment option once a tooth has become abscessed.

Decay is caused by bacteria that collect on teeth. Tooth decay typically occurs when plaque combines with the sugars and starches of the food that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also helpful in preventing decay.

If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss.

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that causes pain or discomfort to your teeth from certain foods, hot or cold temperatures, and more. Some individuals with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. Luckily, tooth sensitivity can be easily treated. Discuss treatment options with your Brush Rinse Floss dentist during your next visit.

When fluoride is used in small amounts on a routine basis, it helps to prevent tooth decay. Additionally, it encourages “remineralization,” a strengthening of weak areas on the teeth.

These weak areas are indicative of early cavity formation. Fluoride occurs naturally in water and in many different foods, as well as in dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels, and supplements.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important. Here are some tips:

  • Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes, at least twice a day
Floss daily
Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse daily
  • Scrape or brush your tongue daily
Eat healthy, avoiding sugars and junk food
Schedule regular check ups with your Brush Rinse Floss dentist

Early detection is the key to effective treatment of oral cancer. Some common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks
  • A lump or overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the mouth
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw or tongue
Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists for more than 6 weeks
Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
Neck swelling present for more than 3 weeks
  • Unexplained tooth mobility persisting for more than 3 weeks

Brush Rinse Floss also offers oral cancer screenings to assist with the early detection and treatment of oral cancer.

Gum disease occurs in two major stages — gingivitis and periodontitis. The early stage, gingivitis, is treatable and can be reversed if caught early. The more serious stage, periodontitis, is irreversible and includes bone loss.

Failure to properly care for teeth and gums, resulting from poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of periodontitis.

Some symptoms include:

  • Red and swollen gums that bleed easily
Gums separating from the teeth
Loose teeth
Frequent bad breath
Change in your bite
Change in the way dentures or partials fit

Gum and bone infections are caused by the germs in your mouth that create a film called plaque. If you have plaque, you are at a higher risk of developing infections. Most individuals with infections develop gingivitis, or a mild swelling of the gums without bone loss. In more severe cases, periodontal disease occurs which causes bone loss.

There are several major types of periodontal disease:

  • Chronic Periodontitis: gradual loss of the ligament and bone support of the tooth. It creates a pocket that is occupied by bacterial plaque and calculus
  • Acute Periodontitis: painful swelling of the gum tissue caused by bacteria that’s trapped below the gum line
Gingivitis: the non-painful swelling of the gum tissue without any underlying bone or ligament damage
  • Periodontitis: loss of bone support at the end of the root caused by a dead nerve within the root canal of the tooth.

What are the leading causes of periodontitis?

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes is girls/women
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications

A family history of peritonitis can mean that you are more prone to developing periodontitis. Additionally, if you are a smoker, you are at an increased risk of developing periodontitis. Regular check ups with your dentist to manage these risk factors is important.

Research shows that there is a relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease.

Periodontitis causes the liver to secrete a protein called C-reactive protein. This protein causes the body to fight the periodontal infection by producing inflammation (swelling). The C-reactive protein doesn’t just go to the gums, it goes everywhere including the coronary (heart) arteries. The C-reactive protein becomes lodged in the walls of the arteries, causing the walls to be rough and inflamed. Other proteins collect on the roughened walls and the arteries get narrower. This is coronary artery disease.

What’s interesting is that when periodontitis is treated, there is less C-reactive protein circulating around the body and less in the coronary arteries.

Additionally, the specific bacteria associated with periodontal disease has been found in the heart. There’s only one place that bacteria could have come from, and that’s the periodontal pocket.

There is also relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, and periodontal disease and hormonal fluctuation in women. To learn more, ask your Brush Rinse Floss provider during your next office visit.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for a new mother. During pregnancy, the body undergoes many changes to prepare for a growing baby. Because of increased hormone levels during pregnancy, dental issues can be intensified, making good oral hygiene especially important.

Pregnancy gingivitis is common, especially during the first trimester — causing swollen, bleeding, red, and tender gums. It is important to practice good oral health before and during pregnancy in order to prevent gum disease.

Yes, oral health is extremely important, especially during pregnancy. We will not be able to take X-rays during your visit.

Depending on your dental history, your dentist may recommend X-rays. X-rays allow your dentist to see things that can’t be seen by the naked eye, and they help your dentist conduct a comprehensive exam.

X-rays may also be required for patients that wear dentures. Your dentist can determine if you have adequate bone to support dentures, plus check for bone fractures, cysts, tumors, lesions, and sinus issues.

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

Dry mouth is caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is needed to help control bacteria and wash away food debris. Certain medications, some diseases, and smoking can cause dry mouth.

If you suffer from dry mouth, let your Brush Rinse Floss provider know so we can recommend ways to treat it.

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At Brush Rinse Floss, we provide exceptional dental services to ensure long-term oral health. Contact us to learn more about our dental services or to make an appointment today.