Frequently Asked Questions

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+ What type of insurance do you accept?

We accept most major dental insurance and also CareCredit patient payment plans. Please call our office to verify coverage and discuss payment options.

+ What forms of payment do you accept?

Office visits and dental treatment may be paid for by cash, check, or credit card at the time treatment is rendered. We accept VISA, Mastercard, and American Express.

+ How often should I brush and floss?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, morning and evening. Plaque builds up on teeth continuously and if not removed, turns into a hard substance called calculus.

This build up can lead to periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Flossing should be done once a day to remove food particles and plaques that form between the teeth.

+ What toothbrush should I use?

We recommend a soft bristle brush with a small head. Soft bristles are easier on your gums, causing less irritation than harder brushes. A small head is useful in getting into small spaces, but as each individual is different, find a brush that is comfortable for you. Electric toothbrushes are also very effective.

The type of toothbrush is not as important as the way you use it.

Brush all surfaces, of the tooth with a fluoride toothpaste using a 45 degree angle and a circular motion. Make sure the brush makes contact with your gums.

Finish off your oral hygiene routine by brushing your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath and a good final rinse with water.

+ What if I have a dental emergancy after hours?

Dr. Davis is committed to the care of his patients and realizes emergencies occur. After hour appointments for current patients of record who have dental emergencies will be arranged as needed. Please call our office at (909) 748-6466.

+ Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?

There has been some concern over several years that amalgam or silver fillings are detrimental to health because they contain elemental mercury. Dental amalgam has been used for over 150 years and many studies have been done leading to the conclusion that there is no link between amalgam dental fillings and detriment to health.

From the FDA:
FDA has reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the low levels of mercury vapor associated with dental amalgam fillings are a cause for concern. Based on this evidence, FDA considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. The weight of credible scientific evidence reviewed by FDA does not establish an association between dental amalgam use and adverse health effects in the general population. Clinical studies in adults and children ages 6 and above have found no link between dental amalgam fillings and health problems.

From the ADA (American Dental Association):
Dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.

We use a number of different materials as alternatives to amalgam. Composite fillings are the most widely used. These tooth-colored fillings are very prevalent today and requested by many patients because of their natural appearance. Composite bonds to the tooth making it very strong and durable. However, there are some instances when amalgam fillings are a better choice. Other options are gold and porcelain.

You are welcome to discuss options with Dr. Davis.