Frequently Asked Dental Questions
I have bad breath, even though I brush daily. Why?
It is important to keep up with brushing and flossing daily but if you have unknown tooth decay or any periodontal (gum) issues that can certainly cause an unpleasant odor. Schedule an appointment with us, we will examine your mouth and suggest an oral hygiene routine that may solve your issue. We also have professional products that can eliminate your halitosis.
After I brush my teeth my gums are bloody, should I be concerned? Or is it normal?
Our answer is yes, you should be concerned and no, it’s not normal. Bleeding, red and swollen gums may be a direct sign that you have periodontal (gum) disease. This disease is serious and can lead to tooth loss, and has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, even pregnancy complications. Contact Minnetonka Dental and we can determine the exact cause.
I’m considering changing my smile, do you have suggestions for me?
We offer many different ways to transform your smile, from a simple, yet noticeable 90 minute teeth whitening session to a completely custom smile, created by you. Our cosmetic dentistry services offer different veneer options and so many other ways to enhance and create a flawless grin.
I’m missing a tooth or teeth, how can I fix my smile?
Our dental experts know the importance of a great smile. Whether you’re in frantic need of an immediate replacement tooth or you’ve had some missing for a while Minnetonka Dental can help. We offer bridges, dentures and dental implants – all which will fit your needs and budget accordingly.
Am I covered under my insurance plan?
Our office submits claims, as a convenience to our patient. Contact our office for specifics but we communicate to you any financial responsibilities prior to your appointment.
When does my child need to start seeing a dentist?
Our recommendation is as soon as your little one gets their first tooth surfaces. We will check for any potential concerns and starting dentist visits early will ease any fears the child might have and help establish healthy oral hygiene for life.
I get really uptight before seeing the dentist, are there ways to relax?
Minnetonka Dental is focused on creating a comfortable place that every one of all ages. We would like you to be honest about what you’re feeling so that we can provide ways to make the experience positive. For some patients a detailed explanation of the visit helps ease their worries. We are more than willing and determined to help you feel comfortable, so that you can keep up with your oral hygiene.
I have been skipping my recommended cleanings and avoiding the dentist altogether and kind of embarrassed, will your staff give me a hard time?
First off, you’re not the only one. We have seen many patients that have skipped years of dental care due to fear and keep putting it off because they don’t know what to expect and every year only heightens the fear. We are passionate about helping our patients achieve and maintain the best oral health, regardless of the time you’ve been away from the dental office. Our staff is proud that you decided to trust us and are now making your oral hygiene a priority!