Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Edmond, OK
The Answers Your Smile Needs
Have a question regarding you or a loved one’s dental health? Dr. M. Kent Smith has taken the time to answers some of our most frequently asked dental questions below so you can get the information you need from a dentist based right here in Edmond. Read over this page, and if there is anything else you’d like to ask him or our team, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
How often should I get a checkup and cleaning?
At least twice a year. Most dental issues develop very slowly, and coming in for a checkup and cleaning once every six months is often enough for our team to find minor decay or damage early and take care of it before it becomes a major concern.
Can I bring my child to see Dr. M. Kent Smith?
Yes! As a father myself, I know just how important professional dental care is for a growing child. My team and I have decades of experience taking care of children of all ages, so the youngest members of your family are always welcome to our dental office!
One of my teeth really hurts. What should I do?
A toothache can be caused by a lot of factors—a cavity, a crack in the tooth, or just a piece of food being stuck. After rinsing and flossing the area, if the toothache continues, go ahead and contact our dental office. Even minor dental pain could be a sign of a serious underlying problem, but we’ll schedule you for a same-day appointment and get you taken care of right away!
My gums bleed whenever I clean my teeth. Is this normal?
While bleeding gums are common, they are not normal. They could be a sign that you’re brushing/flossing too hard, or you might have early-stage gum disease. Switch to a soft-bristled brush and be a bit gentler with your oral hygiene for a few days, and if the bleeding still happens, give us a call. You likely have an infection, and getting it treated early will prevent it from causing lasting damage.
How long will it take to fix my tooth?
The only way to figure this out is to come see us! Typically, a minor cavity can be filled in a single appointment, while more extensive damage may call for a crown, which takes about two appointments to design and place.
The dentist makes me really nervous. Can you help?
Certainly! Our friendly team does everything we can to make the patient experience comfortable, and this includes offering sedation options that are proven to calm any unwanted nerves. We have options suited for both children and adults, so be sure to call us and ask about them ahead of your next appointment.
Will you accept my dental insurance?
Most likely yes. We are in-network with Delta Dental, MetLife, Cigna, and Healthchoice, and we’re happy to work with many other policies as well. Just give our team a call with your policy information handy, and we’ll give you a rough estimate of how much you’ll be covered at your upcoming visit.