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Frequently Asked Questions

Cavities form when there are too many bacteria eating too much sugar.  If you are able to reduce the bacteria and almost eliminate the sugar, the number of cavities you get should be minimal.  


Reducing the bacteria can be accomplished by brushing thoroughly for two minutes, twice daily and flossing.  Oh no, they said it, flossing.  40% of your tooth is touching another tooth and the only way to get it clean is with that white stringy stuff.  


We all know that soda and candy cause cavities, but what about other foods?  Foods like crackers and juice seem innocent but in reality have lots of sugar.  Other foods and drinks to avoid in high amounts include raisins, honey, syrup, applesauce and sports drinks like Gatorade.


Medications used to treat conditions such as blood pressure, depression, anxiety or diabetes reduce the amount of saliva your body makes.  Having enough saliva is essential to prevent cavities as it naturally contains antibodies and helps remineralize the tooth with calcium and fluoride after eating and drinking.  If you have a dry mouth, talk to Dr. Jordan about Biotene products and prescription fluoride toothpaste which should greatly help prevent multiple visits to fix cavities.  


Absolutely our dental office is taking new patients!  If you are having a dental problem or need a cleaning and check-up, we are excited to meet you.  Our team will work with your schedule to get you in as soon as possible.  Please call or email our office to schedule!  To speed up the process, please fill out the "New Patient Registration Forms" under the Forms tab on our website.  

Preventing cavities in your child begins when the first teeth start to come through the gum tissue.  These first teeth should be brushed gently twice per day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.  The amount of toothpaste used should be minimal as the child cannot spit out the excess.  When the child needs to put down for naps or at night, only water should be given in a bottle or sippy cup.  Putting milk, soda or juice can result in a mouth full of decay.  All of these drinks have sugar in them and if the sugar sits for long periods of time, can rot teeth.  

As the child enters the toddler years, flossing should begin when the back molars erupt.  Flossing should be done once per day, however, flossing several times per week is a great start!  Avoid giving your children foods with high amounts of sugar such as fruit snacks, candy and even crackers.  

The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist at age 1.  This is so that the child can be examined for "baby bottle decay" and we can review diet and good oral hygiene habits.  Children, like most adults should be seen every 6 months for cleanings and to be examined.  

As the permanent teeth erupt, sealants can be placed to prevent decay in the deepest grooves.  Developing good habits early on can prevent pain, missed school and embarrassment for your child.  


Life after the coronavirus pandemic is different in many ways.  New regulations and recommendations have been put in place for most businesses including dental offices.  Here are some of the changes at Lone Oak Dental. 


One of the best ways to prevent the spread of any communicable disease is to isolate those that are sick.  We are asking screening questions to determine if you could possibly be sick or have had contact with anyone that potentially has COVID-19.  


When you enter our front door, one of our team members will take your temperature with a touchless thermometer.  In addition, you will see that we now have plastic barriers between our front office team and patients.  


If you are an adult, we ask that you do not bring children or other family members to your appointment.  If your child has an appointment, we ask that only 1 parent or guardian bring that child to the appointment.  The fewer people we have in the office, the better.  


We are regularly disinfecting surfaces such as door handles and countertops.  As much as we would like to, we have been instructed not to shake your hand.  


There are new CDC and OSHA regulations for our team when treating you.  We are wearing higher level masks such as N95 and KN95.  We are also wearing plastic face shields to prevent any splatter or droplets from touching our team.  


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in keeping the Brookings area healthy!


Gum disease which is also referred to as periodontal disease is found in about half of American adults.  Common symptoms and signs of gum disease are bleeding after brushing and flossing, swollen gums, teeth that move slightly when touched and bad breath.  When gum disease is left untreated, the teeth are mobile, painful to chew with and look longer.


At the forefront of gum disease prevention is good oral hygiene.  Thorough brushing and flossing removes the bacteria that can lead to gum disease.  Smoking has also been shown to increase the risk of periodontal disease. Routine dental cleanings by a dental hygienist removes tartar and plaque in difficult to reach areas.  Tartar is the yellow, rock-like substance found near the gum line.


Once a patient has gum disease, one of the first treatment recommendations is scaling and root planing.  In our office, we often refer to this as gum disease therapy. This treatment is a very thorough dental cleaning that removes the tartar and plaque above and below the gum line.  


Since gum disease is a lifelong disease like heart disease, frequent monitoring is crucial.  Persons with heart disease or high blood pressure often see their physician every 3-6 months to ensure that the disease is controlled and not progressing. Similarly, most patients with gum disease require appointments every 3-4 months to remove the tartar and plaque that has formed.  


We have very gentle and thorough dental hygienists at Lone Oak Dental and know that their expertise has helped countless patients!

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