Davidian Family Dentistry
We are pleased to have the opportunity to educate and inform you of our general family and cosmetic dental services.
A great smile and healthy gums are only a few appointments away. Our patients know us by our friendliness, gentleness, knowledge, and skill. We are here to help you achieve dental wellness.
We offer the following for children and adults:
General Clinic FAQ
At What Age Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist? Open or Close
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child be seen by a dentist by one year of age. Most children have all their "baby teeth" at age two, and they will lose their last baby tooth by approximately 11 years old.
Do You use 'Laughing Gas' ? Open or Close
Yes, we use Nitrous Oxide sedation when indicated or requested. There is an additional charge for nitrous oxide sedation.
Do You Sedate Patients ? Open or Close
Yes, we consciously sedate patients over 13 years of age after a thorough evaluation of their health status and dental needs. There is an additional charge for conscious sedation.
Do You Extract Wisdom Teeth? Open or Close
Yes, we extract most wisdom teeth that have erupted through the gums. We will need to take radiographs to verify the tooth and surrounding anatomy prior to the decision to extract or refer to an oral surgeon.
Why Should I Get Dental X-Rays? Open or Close
X-rays provide a vision of what is happening below the gum level. Radiographs are crucial to proper diagnosis and treatment. We use digital radiography, which eliminates approximately 90% of radiation. Thus, x-rays are the backbone of proper diagnosis and are safe.
Why Should I Get Braces? Open or Close
Proper tooth positioning creates an environment that is easier to keep clean and also functions as teeth were designed to function. This means a reduction of cavities, plaque, tarter, and detrimental wear on your teeth. We refer to several orthodontists in the area that provide free initial exams/consultations.
Should I Use Mouthwash? Open or Close
Listerine is a great adjunct to brushing and flossing. However, it has a lot of alcohol. People with a dry mouth or those avoiding alcohol in their diet should not use Listerine. Alcohol based mouthwashes may cause irritation, dehydration of the oral tissues and may reduce salivary flow, and actually increase oral malodor. There are alcohol-free mouthwashes, such as Listerine Total Care Zero or ACT, available over the counter at your local drugstore.
What Kind of Toothpaste Do You Recommend? Open or Close
An ADA (American Dental Association) approved fluoridated toothpaste is recommended. If you have gingivitis, Colgate Total works well; sensitivity: try Colgate Sensitive or Sensodyne; tarter: try any tarter control toothpaste. It is not recommended to use whitening toothpaste exclusively as it is very abrasive and should only be used as needed to reduce surface stains on your teeth.
Do I Need Antibiotics Prior to Dental Care? Open or Close
A life-threatening infection of your heart could occur after a dental visit. Also, one could infect a recently placed artificial joint that may require it to be removed.
Cardiac conditions such as, but not limited to, require antibiotics prior to dental care: prosthetic heart valves, pacemakers, previous bacterial endocarditis, congenital heart defects, acquired valvular dysfunction (such as with Rheumatic heart disease/rheumatic fever), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation, and pulmonary shunts.
Prosthetic joints of any kind (usually for 2 years after placement), immunocompromised patients (Lupus, Leukemia, uncontrolled Diabetes, Chemotheraphy, and radiation patients) and those with infectious diseases (HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis) also require premedication with antibiotics.
- Are You Accepting New Patients? Open or Close
What Causes Cold Sores & How Can They Be Treated? Open or Close
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus which lies dormant, waiting for a trigger. Common triggers include: stress, sun exposure, and hormonal changes. Treatments for a cold sore include:
Lisine (an amino acid) - found in beans, vegetables, dairy, fish, and chicken; available in a supplement as well. If taking the supplement, try 500-1000 mg/day. When you feel the first tingle of an outbreak, increase your dosage to apporximately 4000 mg/day for 5 days.
Over-the-counter creams (ex. Enzymatic Therapy Cold Sore Relief) can help reduce an outbreak's severity.
Prescription cream (ex. Devavir, Acyclovir)