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Dental care can be overwhelming and confusing at times, but our Thomas Bell, DDS team is here to help you understand it a little more. In order to do so, we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

Why do regular dental visits matter?
Regular dental visits are extremely important because they give our dental team the chance to remove all of the plaque that lives on your teeth. Plaque is dangerous for your smile because it constantly threatens to harm your chompers with tooth decay and gum disease.

What are some signs that I should see the dentist?
Some signs that express your need to visit the dentist include tooth sensitivity, puffy gums that bleed when you brush, dry mouth, pain or swelling in your mouth, receding gums, toothaches, oral pains, or a popping or clicking jaw each time you open your mouth.

What can I expect during a dental checkup?
When you come into our office for your checkup, you can expect a deep teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, dental X-rays, and an oral exam. If your smile is the victim of a dental issue, your dentist might begin treatment right away or discuss a better time for you to do so.

How do I maintain a healthy smile?
We strongly recommend maintaining a healthy smile by keeping up on oral hygiene each day (by brushing every morning and every night, flossing your smile once a day, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash daily) and visiting your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.

What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
There are many things you can look for in a dentist, including:

· If the dental office is at a convenient location for you
· If the dentist accepts your dental insurance
· If you feel comfortable with the dental team
· If the office has emergency office hours
· If the office is neat and clean

If you would like to know more or if you have additional questions that were not included in this blog, please remember that you can always call 708.469.6006 and talk to Dr. Thomas Bell. Our team is here to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just to answer your questions. We look forward to your call!