Frequently Asked Questions
Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?
General exams and cleanings allow Dr. Welsh & Associates to identify problem areas at their earliest stages, often making treatments less invasive. Our friendly staff ensures that your visit is comfortable, efficient, and pleasant. We encourage our patients to have a professional cleaning and exam performed every six months. During a routine cleaning and exam, Dr. Welsh & Associates and their team:
- Review patient’s overall health history and conditions
- Review patient’s dental health history and habits
- Take time to discuss and understand patient’s dental goals
- Check the gums and bones around the teeth for any sign of periodontal disease
- Check temporomamdibular joints for TMJ or lock jaw
- Examine the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer
- Examine the bite, or alignment of teeth
- Examine teeth for cavities and decay
- Examine any restorations that have been previously placed, including crowns and fillings.
- Take x-rays of tooth structure
- Remove tarter from a patient’s gums
- Remove plaque
- Polish teeth to remove any stains
Dr. Welsh & Associates take time during each appointment to thoughtfully discuss procedures and treatments with patients, as well as discussing preventative actions that patients can take at home.
Do I Need To See A Dentist Even If My Teeth Feel Fine?
It’s very important to schedule regular cleanings here at Dr. Brad Welsh & Associates. Dr. Welsh & Associates can make a recommendation on you how often you should be coming into best suit your dental health needs. Not all dental problems have obvious symptoms at first. Not only can we identify problems before they become painful and expensive, but we can also help to keep your smile looking fantastic. We know how important it is to feel comfortable with your smile. This is why we offer many treatments to help improve patient aesthetics.
What’s A Dental Cleaning Like At Dr. Brad Welsh & Associates?
Prevention begins at home with strong oral hygiene habits. Dr. Welsh & Associates and their staff work to constantly educate and motivate patients to take their oral care seriously and proactively.
Along with strong hygiene habits, Dr. Welsh & Associates encourage every patient to visit the office every six months for a routine exam and cleaning.
General exams and cleanings allow Dr. Welsh & Associates to identify problem areas at their earliest stages, often making treatments less invasive. Our friendly staff ensures that your visit is comfortable, efficient, and pleasant.
Please call our office at 330-674-4876 to schedule an appointment or if you have any additional questions.
At What Age Should I Bring My Child To See The Dentist?
Professionals throughout the dental industry as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) agree that a child’s first dental appointment should happen as early as twelve months of age. This is when the first baby teeth usually begin to show. Dr. Welsh & Associates will be able to assess the health of your child’s first few teeth and make recommendations for things like navigating teething periods, reducing the risk of decay, and good cleaning techniques.
When Should I Change My Toothbrush?
Dr. Welsh & Associates recommends at least every three months. If you’re using an electronic toothbrush, make sure to check the recommendation for the type of toothbrush because you may not have to change the head of the brush as often. Other factors like gum disease might require changing toothbrushes more often. Also, after brushing, it’s very important to wash and rinse your brush out with hot water, then store it upright somewhere it can dry between uses. This will kill germs and bacteria and keep your toothbrush clean.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. Plaque and bacteria build up continually in our mouths. When this buildup is not treated in early stages, it can result in gum disease. Risk factors that increase susceptibility to gum disease include smoking or chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, certain medications, and genetics. Advanced forms of periodontal disease can cause permanent damage in the form of bone and tooth loss. Dr. Welsh & Associates recommends brushing and flossing every day as well as scheduling regular dental appointments as the best way to fight gum disease. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are the following:
- Abscessed teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth and/or loss of teeth
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Receding gumline
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at 330-674-4876 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our highest concern.
Do You Accept Dental Insurance?
Because we pride ourselves on giving the best in patient care, Dr. Brad Welsh & Associates do not sign contracts with insurance companies. Therefore, Dr. Brad Welsh & Associates is not an in-network provider for any dental insurance company other than Aultcare medical. We would be considered an out-of-network provider so consult your booklet for coverage. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to give our office a call.
What Payment Methods Do You Accept?
For your convenience here at Dr. Brad Welsh & Associates we accept cash, check, cashier’s checks, Visa, and Master Card, After determining your treatment, we will discuss other options if none of those payment options work for you.