Dentist of the Month: December 2012

Our “Dentist of the Month” will be answering ten questions straight from dental patients and Members. This month, Dr. Juanita Adkins who has provided dental care for families in Augusta, GA, for the past seven years will be answering your important dental health questions!

1. How important is taking care of your teeth?

Someone once said, “You only take care of the teeth you want to keep.” If you want to have a nice smile, to be able to eat pain-free, prevent issues concerning jaw irregularities and even prevent awkward social situations with bad breath, then it is really important.

2. What are some easy ways I can improve the appearance of my teeth?

A very basic way to improve the appearance of your teeth is to keep them clean. People often have a layer of plaque that appears yellow and can cause white decalcified lines near the gums. Brushing and going to the hygienist for cleanings can improve your teeth’s appearance. You can also use whitening products supplied by your dentist or over-the-counter, too.

3. What is the difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists take care of children up the age of 21-years-old in some practices, but typically until they are 18. The patient will then be referred to their family’s general practice. General practices will see some children, but generally provide care for adults.

4. Can you use a water pick in place of flossing?

Water picks are a great addition to your home care routine to clean between teeth and under the gum line (especially if you have braces or periodontal disease). They should be an addition to, not a replacement for flossing. You need to physically swipe the floss between your teeth to drag the plaque off that is wedged between teeth.

5. How do you foster a dentist-patient relationship?

I foster a dentist-patient relationship by chatting to my patients and taking my time answering questions and making sure they know their options. We have the ability in our practice management software to separate several treatment plans for the same tooth, which makes it clearer to the patient to review.

Do you have a question for our Dentist of the Month? Let us know in the comments below!

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