Ask Dr. Chernick About Your Dental Concerns

If you have questions before you make an appointment, contact our staff for information. We are happy to answer your questions. Here are just a few of the questions patients ask the most.


When should I bring in my child for a first dentist visit?

Many dentists suggest making a first dental appointment before your child is more than three years old. Cavities and dental problems can occur in baby teeth as easily as it does in adults. Dr. Chernick and his dental hygienists will also be happy to answer your questions about caring for your child’s teeth during your appointment.


What can I do to prevent tooth loss? What causes it?

Preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease are the first defenses against tooth loss. If you have tooth pain or bleeding or discomfort in your gums, make an appointment with your dentist. Plaque build-up can cause gum infections, and worn or dissolved tooth enamel leads to cavities. A dentist can diagnose and treat existing problems and preventive care will protect the teeth you want to keep for a lifetime.


How do I know if I need dentures?

You should have regular check-ups to have a dentist evaluate and care for your teeth and gums. The same approach applies to consulting your dentist about dentures. If your teeth have become painful, eating is difficult, you have broken crowns or you’re embarrassed to smile, among other problems, make an appointment. Dr. Chernick will advise you about your options, or whether you need full or partial dentures.

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