Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Whiting, IN

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If you have questions about dental care and want to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to take better care of your oral health, you’ve come to the right place. At United Dental Centers of Whiting, we never want you to feel uninformed about our dental services, quality of care, or what you can expect when choosing us as your home for optimal oral healthcare. If you don’t see your question listed below, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

How often should I see my dentist?

You should plan to see your dentist in Whiting every six months. These twice-yearly visits make it possible for us to examine your mouth and determine if there are any problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, or dental damage. We’ll also check any existing dental restorations to ensure they are still in good shape.

Will I need a referral for dental implants?

No, you will not need to worry about having to travel to another dentist’s office to undergo dental implant placement. Instead, you can stay in one convenient location! We have an on-site periodontist who will be happy to walk you through treatment and ensure that your new teeth remain firmly in place for decades to come.

Are bleeding gums a serious problem?

Yes, bleeding gums should not be neglected. This is usually a sign of gingivitis, which is the earliest phase of gum disease. With proper at-home oral habits and regular cleanings, we can help reverse the symptoms; however, if you leave it untreated, it will progress and lead to periodontitis. This can cause further inflammation of the gum tissue as well as gum pocket formations that easily trap bacteria.

Do I really need to swap out my toothbrush every 3-4 months?

Yes, you do need to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. The reason is that bacteria and harmful particles can accumulate over time. If you continue to use your toothbrush past this point, there is a high probability that you will transfer bad oral bacteria back into your mouth, creating issues with your teeth and gums. If you’re sick with the flu, strep throat, or a serious cold, you should prepare to switch out your toothbrush much sooner to avoid the risk of reinfection.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

Yes, we are pleased to accept many PPO dental insurance plans, as we are in-network with many insurers. Simply call our dental office and ask a member of our team if we take your plan. We’ll get to work identifying ways we can help you save each time you visit us.

How can dental care remain affordable if I’m uninsured?

If you are uninsured, you can still take advantage of the high-quality dental care we provide at United Dental Centers. We are pleased to partner with CareCredit, a third-party financier that offers low-to-no-interest payment plans. And with no surprise fees, it makes it easier on you when it comes to paying back the cost of your dental treatment.