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FAQ’s

We understand you have questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental services and Hunsicker Family Dental. If you want to speak with someone, please feel to free to call us at (330) 633-5133 or ask your dentist or any member of the Hunsicker Family Dental team.

Dental Services

What is comprehensive care?

You’ll hear the term “comprehensive care” often at Hunsicker Family Dental. It means that our doctor will examine your entire mouth to determine your overall oral health, and recommend treatment for long-lasting good health, rather than just fixing your immediate problem.

Will I get my teeth cleaned on the first visit?

There are actually several levels of cleaning available depending on your oral health status. To determine the best cleaning for you, and to schedule adequate time with our hygienist, we will need to see you first for a comprehensive exam. Your actual treatment usually begins with a follow-up visit, often scheduled as soon as the next day.

Oral Hygiene

What causes tooth decay?

Decay is caused by bacteria that collect on teeth and feed on the carbohydrates in our diet. The bacteria produce acid that wears away at the enamel on our teeth. If decay is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss. Protect your teeth against decay by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, visiting your dentist regularly, and avoiding sugary foods.

What are the most common oral health problems?

Cavities and gum disease are the most common problems. Both can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

What is dry mouth and what can I do about it?

Dry mouth is caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is needed to help control bacteria and wash away food debris. Certain medications, some diseases, smoking and chewing tobacco can cause dry mouth. If you suffer from dry mouth, talk to your dentist about ways to treat it.

How often should I see a dentist?

Once every 6 months is good for most people, but some people with special conditions may need to see their dentist more often. Talk to your dentist about what’s best for you.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become worn and frayed. If you’ve been sick with a cold or other bacterial infection, it’s wise to replace your toothbrush once you’re better.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot in the mouth. It can affect the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue and palate. More than 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer yearly. Early detection is key to effective treatment. In addition to an oral cancer screen that is part of every exam, Hunsicker Family Dental also offers a state-of-the-art oral cancer screening that can detect the disease in its earliest stages. Seeing a dentist every 6 months is crucial in the fight against oral cancer.

Appointments

How much will my initial visit cost?

At Hunsicker Family Dental, our doctors and staff believe in making dental care affordable and accessible for everyone.

The doctor will perform the exam and recommend a course of treatment. The office manager will provide pricing information and discuss payment options. Flexible payment plans are also available to make your treatment affordable. Some discounts may not be able to be combined with insurance.

Is the dentist in the office licensed?

Yes, all Hunsicker Family Dental dentists and professionals are fully licensed in the states in which they practice.

Can I schedule an appointment for a cleaning only?

An exam to determine your oral health is an essential first step. The hygienist will perform cleanings based on your oral health. They will quickly schedule your cleaning, allowing proper time for them to give you the attention you deserve.