Frequently Asked Questions & Answers - Lake Forest Dental Choice

Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?

Yes, please arrive for your appointment at least 15 minutes early to fill out any patient forms required.

What kind of toothbrush should I purchase?

We recommend always purchasing a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium or hard bristles can damage the gum and cause gum recession.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

You should always replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months. If you notice your toothbrush is worn-down or damaged, replace it immediately. We also recommend replacing your toothbrush if you have recently been sick.

How often should I visit the dentist?

According to the American Dental Association, patients with healthy smiles should visit the dentist at least twice a year. Those with chronic cavities or gum disease should visit their dentist more regularly to manage symptoms.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

You should actually start BEFORE they even have teeth, use a soft, damp washcloth to massage and wipe your child’s gums. This can reduce bacteria in the mouth while also getting them used to dental care.

When should my child visit the dentist?

We recommend that your child visits the dentist once their first tooth erupts. If that is not possible, at least schedule their first visit by their first birthday.

What is periodontal gum disease?

Periodontal gum disease is a common condition that affects almost half of American adults which occurs due to poor oral hygiene and dental care. As the disease progresses, the gums and supporting structures in the mouth are destroyed, leading to many complications including tooth loss.

Is tobacco bad for my oral health?

Yes, any tobacco use is bad for not only your oral health, but also your overall health. We recommend quitting tobacco as soon as possible.

Should I/my loved one wear a mouthguard?

If you or a loved one participates in sports, yes, we always recommend a mouthguard to protect your smile and facial structures.