How often should I see a dentist? 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional cleaning. At Wachel Dentistry, we also recommend a minimum of two visits per year.

What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency during regular business hours, we will gladly work you into our schedule. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for Dr. Wachtel’s emergency contact number.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?
Adults should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft bristles. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, including the back of the mouth, which can be especially difficult to reach. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. Patients with sensitive teeth can also benefit from using gentle, soft-bristled toothbrushes.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

With each use of your toothbrush, the bristles become worn and cleaning effectiveness decreases. You should be replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. However, depending on your oral health and age, you may need to replace your toothbrush sooner to maintain consistent oral hygiene. Typically, children need to replace their brushes more often than adults.

Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

Generally, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric toothbrushes. However, if you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush may be much more comfortable and easier to use for you. Children also may find brushing with a powered toothbrush more exciting.

Should I brush or floss first?

As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter what order you complete them in. However, flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth when brushing.

Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, meaning that it has been assessed for safety and effectiveness. Studies consistently show that fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, while helping to prevent dental decay.

What are my options for payment?

We accept all major credit cards and Care Credit. We are in network with Delta Dental Premier and submit to most insurance companies.