Regular Dental Visits
In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is vital to have professional cleanings and regular check-ups. Therefore, you should visit your general dentist twice a year (once every six months). At each appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth and the sugars consumed in your diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, which causes the bacteria to produce acids. These acids break down the minerals in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists can remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings or cover the tooth with a crown. Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental check-ups, diet control and fluoride treatment.
The teeth, bones and soft tissues of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups help minimize and avoid cavities and other dental problems. Consuming sugary and starchy foods should be limited, including candies, cookies, chips and crackers. Healthier foods, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and cheeses, help promote stronger teeth.
The grooves that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria react with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Tooth sealants can protect these areas by sealing the grooves, preventing bacteria and food particles from accumulating. The sealants are made of a resin material that is applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and any area prone to cavities. Sealants last for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking fluoridated water and daily brushing and flossing ensures significantly fewer cavities. Many, if not most, public water sources contain fluoridated water. Your dentist can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements if necessary. There are also many kinds of toothpastes, mouthwashes and even some dental flosses that contain fluoride.
222 12th St. N.E., Suite 1A | Atlanta, GA 30309
We are open to serve you, answer questions or schedule an appointment during the following hours:
Monday –Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We request 48 hour notice but require a 24-hour notice for any change to your scheduled appointment. We attempt to confirm each appointment, however, once you have reserved an appointment time you are responsible for that time, regardless of our contact or non-contact. Our broken appointment fee is $25 for each 15 minutes of time reserved. For example, if an hour appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hour notice, the broken appointment fee will be $100.
Payment & Insurance
For patients who are not utilizing dental benefits, payment is due in full at the time of service. For patients who are utilizing dental benefits, your estimated out-of-pocket portion is due at the time of service. This includes, but is not limited to, co-pays and deductibles.
If you have dental benefits, we will help estimate the coverage that you have available and file your claim as a courtesy. Professional care is provided to you, our patient, and not to an insurance company. Thus, the insurance company is responsible to the patient and the patient is responsible to the doctor.
It is your responsibility to understand your own dental coverage. You are the only one who has complete access to your policy information, so we strongly recommend that you know your benefit and policy information ensuring that you are aware of what services are and are not covered. If your insurance company does not produce payment within 60 days of the date of service, the balance will become the patient’s responsibility. If an account holds a balance past 90 days from the date of service, the account will be subject to Collections or subject to 1.5% monthly interest (18% annually (APR)). The patient is responsible for all Collection Agency fees and attorney fees. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Care Credit, cash, personal checks, and cashier’s checks. If you are paying by personal check, please understand that there is a returned check fee of $30.00.
Please check our Financial & Insurance Info page to see a current list of dental insurances with which we are considered in-network.