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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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At Ackerman Family Dentistry, we want you to take an active role in making decisions about your dental health. This is why we welcome all of your questions.

We've gathered a few of the most common questions our patients ask us here; however, if you don't see the answers you're looking for, please feel free to contact our Boise dental office at (208) 376-7954.

Preventive Dentistry

woman getting dental cleaning in boise idSince our goal is to help you maintain excellent oral health and keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, prevention is a significant focus at Ackerman Family Dentistry. Typically, our dentists recommend that you get your teeth cleaned and have a dental checkup every six months unless you have gum disease, which will require more frequent cleanings to prevent progression.

Caring Dentistry for Kids in Boise

Dr. Daniel and Dr. Robert also recommend that children see us every six months for cleanings and checkups, starting at the age of three years old. However, if your child does not feel comfortable or ready for a cleaning at this time, we never push them to move forward until they're ready.

Professional Dental Cleanings & Exams

Professional cleanings help prevent the need for more extensive and more costly restorative treatment by removing the plaque buildup that causes problems like tooth decay and gum disease. This is also a great time to review your home care routine with your hygienist to ensure that you're using proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Even if it's been a while since your last dental cleaning, we encourage you to come to our Boise dental office. We're happy to meet you right where you're at with your dental care and focus on the aspects that are most important to you in a judgment-free manner.

dental tool completing white fillingWhile tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is still not immune to damage. Consuming sugar fuels the bacteria that live in your mouth. The bacteria then produce acid as a byproduct. It is the acid that erodes your enamel and causes tooth decay. Your Boise dentist removes the damaged area from your tooth, leaving you with a hole, called a cavity, to fill.

Removing the plaque buildup on your teeth that harbors bacteria can protect your teeth from cavities. However, if you do need a dental filling, we offer a couple of options.

Metal fillings are composed of several different metals, including silver, which creates a solid alloy upon mixing. These are excellent restorations that have stood the test of time, and we typically recommend them for molars that take the brunt of your chewing force. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Many people today prefer tooth-colored restorations for aesthetic reasons. Tooth-colored composite resin can be custom shaded to match your tooth so no one will notice your dental filling.

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At Ackerman Family Dentistry, we offer both varieties of filling materials as well as BPA-free composites. If it's time to choose a dental filling, Dr. Daniel or Dr. Robert will discuss your options with you so you can select the option that best fits your budget and your goals for your smile.

Electronic and normal toothbrushes A manual toothbrush is just as effective as an electric brush when used correctly, but for many people, it is more difficult to use than an electric toothbrush, which means they may not be able to achieve the same result.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrush

For many people, we recommend an electric toothbrush as a low-cost preventative measure. We offer affordable electric toothbrushes here at Ackerman Family Dentistry based on your needs, and we can also recommend varieties you may be interested in trying from any third party, such as Amazon or Costco.

An electric toothbrush does the work of brushing for you with amenities such as alerts if you are pressing too hard, and two minutes timed sessions to ensure that you are brushing long enough to be effective. 

Proper Brushing Techniques

If an electric toothbrush is not in your budget, it is essential to ensure that you are using proper techniques for both brushing and flossing your teeth. Otherwise, you may not be effectively removing the plaque buildup that can cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. If you are unsure of the right way to brush and floss your teeth, your Boise dental hygienist would be happy to demonstrate for you at your next preventive cleaning and checkup appointment.

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To our valued patients, we wanted to communicate to you the efforts we have been making to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Our highest priority is the health and well being of our patients, employees, and our community, and it is with these priorities in mind that we have created several new protocols. In addition to our standard disinfection and sterilization, we will be doing the following:
  • We are screening patients over the phone for symptoms or exposure, taking patients' temperatures, and having patients use hand sanitizer upon entering the office.
  • We will be scheduling extra time for each appointment for thorough office sanitation and to promote proper social distancing.
  • We ask that patients use a pre-procedural rinse which will eliminate a majority of bacteria and viruses prior to treatment.
  • All public areas will be disinfected routinely throughout the day, and all surfaces are treated daily with a 24hr treatment that eliminates bacteria and enveloped viruses (such as COVID-19)
  • The air in treatment and hygiene rooms is being filtered with HEPA air filtration units throughout the day.
  • We are limiting the use of the waiting room to ensure proper social distancing and patients are welcome to wait in their car if they are more comfortable doing so.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks when interacting with patients.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as needed, and we hope to keep everyone healthy and safe through this trying period, and moving forward.