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Frequently Asked Questions

At Robert L. Coe DDS Family Dentistry, we’re proud to provide high-quality dental treatment to patients throughout the Escondido Area. Dr. Robert Coe and our world-class teamwork to provide comprehensive, personalized care to every patient we see, and we strive to make every visit to our office a pleasant experience. We want your dental treatment to be as convenient a process as possible. So, to help you learn everything you need to know about our office and the treatments we offer, we’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients and their answers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

Please complete your new or existing patient forms online before your appointment and bring your insurance card and ID with you.

How often should I go to the dentist and why?

The recommended frequency for dental visits is typically every six months for most adults and children. These regular check-ups help identify dental issues early, prevent complications, and maintain good oral health. However, the optimal frequency may vary based on individual needs, so it’s best to consult with your dentist for personalized recommendations.

Why should I floss?

Flossing is important because it helps remove trapped food particles and plaque from between the teeth and along the gum line, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing once a day as part of a daily oral hygiene routine. Regular flossing can help maintain good oral health and prevent dental problems.

How can I prevent cavities?

To prevent cavities, it is recommended to brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Other measures, such as drinking plenty of water and chewing sugar-free gum, may also help with cavity prevention.

Why does the dentist take X-rays?

There are several benefits to having X-rays taken. Many dental and tissue-related diseases can go unnoticed during a regular visual examination by a dentist. An X-ray can reveal the following conditions:

  • Decay between teeth or beneath existing fillings
  • Bone infections
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Abnormalities in dental development
  • Certain types of tumors

Getting dental problems diagnosed and treated at an early stage can help save time, money, and discomfort. Thanks to X-rays, oral structural damage that cannot be seen during a normal examination can be detected. Your dentist will evaluate your specific situation and decide if X-rays are necessary.

I knocked out a tooth, can it be saved?

Swift dental treatment is essential for oral injuries, which can cause significant discomfort. When a tooth is knocked out, follow these guidelines for potential preservation: gently rinse the tooth to clear it of debris, position it in your mouth against the cheek or under the tongue, and refrain from reinserting it into the socket to avoid additional harm. Seeking prompt professional care increases the chance of successful re-implantation, but if immediate dental storage isn’t feasible, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and submerge it in milk.

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

Sensitive toothpaste is a great remedy for sensitive teeth as it contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate, which are highly effective. In a few weeks of usage, sensitivity is reduced. However, acidic foods like grapefruits, oranges, and lemons, along with specific drinks like soda and tea, can escalate tooth sensitivity and counter the effects of sensitivity toothpaste. If brushing gently and using desensitizing toothpaste doesn’t help, it’s best to visit the dentist, as special treatments can be applied to the roots of teeth to reduce or even eliminate sensitivity. High-fluoride-containing home care products can also be suggested by the dentist for relieving tooth sensitivity.

What is fluoride, and why is it important to dental health?

Fluoride is a natural mineral and very important for dental health. It strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the risk of decay caused by acid attacks from plaque bacteria. If your tap water lacks fluoride, supplements can be taken. Children who consume fluoridated water from birth have lower rates of dental decay, and fluoride can also reverse early decay and help prevent osteoporosis.

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For additional information regarding our wide range of services or to schedule an appointment with us, contact us  today at 760-743-1896.