The Top 5 Dental Questions Our Patients Ask Us


A LOT OF PATIENTS and parents of patients come to us with the same dental health questions, so let’s have a quick FAQ session!


1. How often do I need to visit the dentist?

Twice a year is a good general rule, though it may vary depending on individual circumstances. Regular dental visits are critical for combating tartar buildup and catching problems early. We make seeing your dentist convenient by having a team of dentists and specialists available 6 days a week. Scheduling is also easy with online booking. You can also reach us by phone or text at (650) 871-1400!


2. Why do I need a filling if my tooth doesn’t hurt?

A cavity typically doesn’t start to hurt when it’s still in the outer layer of the tooth, but that makes it the best time to get to it with a filling, to keep it from getting deeper! By seeing your dentist regularly, we can spot trouble early on before it hurts. If left untreated a cavity can get worse and needing a root canal.


3. Why are my teeth turning more yellow?

Over time, our teeth naturally get darker or more yellow, but tooth discoloration can also be the result of trauma or consuming a lot of substances that leave stains. If you're concerned about the brightness of your smile, we can help you make it shine again with professional teeth whitening for safe and fast results. You can also join our Whitening for Life program. For just one fee, you receive a custom whitening tray and a bleaching gel every 6 months for as long as you are a patient!


4. When should my child start having dental exams?

A good time to start coming to the dentist is when the first tooth appears! We have an in-house pedodontist, a dentist for kids, who specializes in treating even the fussiest kids.


5. Is it really that important to keep baby teeth healthy?

Yes! Baby teeth might be temporary, but they’re still serving a lot of important roles. Kids need them for chewing food, learning to speak clearly, and mastering the dental health habits they’ll need to keep their adult teeth healthy for life. They also help guide those adult teeth into their proper positions. Our in-house pediatric dentist can help you guide your child to a lifelong path to a healthy smile.

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