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Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Burien, WA

Ask Your Burien Dentist

We strive to educate our patients as much as possible here at Seahurst Park Dentistry of Burien, which means we’re always happy to answer your smile-related questions. Below, we’ve gone ahead and included our responses to some of the most common ones we receive, but if there is anything else you’d like to know, then you’re always invited to give us a call. The more you know, the healthier your smile will be!

How often should I visit the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages should visit the dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. These appointments give our team the chance to remove cavity-causing plaque from hard-to-reach areas in your mouth as well as perform a thorough exam, ensuring we catch any potential problems early and take care of them quickly.

Which toothbrush is better: manual or electric?

In truth, as long as you brush for two minutes a day, twice a day, it really doesn’t matter which type of toothbrush you use! In studies, however, electric toothbrushes have been shown to remove more plaque and debris because the bristles move so much faster compared to what a human can replicate. But, if your teeth are healthy, and you’re using a manual brush, then there is no need to upgrade.

How long will it take to fix my tooth?

This depends on the type and extent of the damage. A minor cavity, for example, can usually be repaired with a filling in a single appointment. More extensive decay or trauma may require us to top the tooth with a crown, which typically requires two appointments to design and place.

Should I worry about my bleeding gums?

Have you just started flossing? If so, a little bleeding for a few days is normal. Otherwise, you might be cleaning your teeth with too much pressure, so lighten up for a few days and see if this helps. If the bleeding continues, then you may have a minor gum infection, in which case you should give us a call so we can take care of it before it becomes worse.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Most likely yes! Our dental office is able to accept several dental insurance plans from many providers, and to learn how we could use your particular plan, be sure to give us a call.

Can I finance my dental care?

Yes! Seahurst Park Dentistry of Burien allows patients to break up the cost of their treatments over 6 months with 0% interest. To learn more about this option, contact us today.

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