How can we help you?
We know you may have questions from time to time about your dental care, and we have friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to provide the answers.
Here are a few of the most common questions we hear. We encourage you to call us if yours is not answered on our website.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious dental issue that plagues more than half of American adults. At McCall Family Dentistry, many patients see us for treatment of periodontal disease, and our hygienists provide gentle care to those suffering from it. Rest assured that whatever stage of gum disease you’re facing, our team is well equipped to help you.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and the good news is that if the condition is detected early on, you may be able to effectively manage your condition with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care. We can detect gingivitis when we screen you for gum disease during your six-month examinations. If you notice that your gums appear red and swollen or they bleed when you brush your teeth, contact our office right away as these are the early indicators of gingivitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, and it’s in this stage that damage occurs. Periodontitis will require a deeper cleaning to reach below the gum line and remove tartar and plaque build-up. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, but our hygienists and doctors can recommend additional cleanings and other therapies to help patients with periodontitis maintain their oral health.
We recommend your child come see us for their first visit between the ages of 2 and 3. We’ll start slow with a “happy visit” and proceed with any needed treatment only when they feel comfortable. This allows us to help them acclimate to our office with a ride in the big chair and an introduction to our dental instruments, while keeping their experience fun and positive. We can also begin to monitor their dental development and make you aware of any concerns early on.
If you are scheduling your own cleaning and exam, we encourage you to bring your child with you so that they can see what the process is like and understand that going to the dentist is fun and not scary. Just let us know when you schedule your appointment, and we'll be happy to add a few minutes to count teeth and get your child's first exam in!
As your child gets older, we offer additional services for children such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants, which protect small teeth. We look forward to building a lifelong relationship with your child, which will set them up for success in their future dental appointments.