Answering Your Dental Questions in Decatur

When you’re responsible for caring for your family’s dental health, you are sure to have many questions. Dr. Betts wants to make it as easy as possible for you to get the information you need to care for their smiles and your own. We’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear right here. If your questions aren’t answered here, feel free to stop by our Decatur, AL dentist office or call 256-274-8680.


Q: How old does my child have to be for their first dentist appointment?


Dr. Betts loves children. He has three of his own and a grandchild, too. He recommends waiting until your children are between 2 and 4 years old to bring them in for their first dental appointment. When your child gets a bit older, they can participate in one of our Hands-On Learning Labs. They’ll get to wear a lab coat, make teeth impressions, and more as they learn about oral health and dental careers.

Q: What is Whitening For Life?


With our Whitening For Life program, you’ll enjoy a lasting white smile while you’re a patient with us. All you have to do is see Dr. Betts every six months for a dental checkup. When you do, you’ll receive whitening gel and custom trays to maintain a whiter, brighter smile at home.

Q: What dental insurance does Dr. Betts accept?


Our office is happy to file your insurance for you. We strive to help you obtain all your benefits while providing you the best care possible. You can receive your care from Dr. Betts even if you don’t find our name on the insurance company website or the list your employer provides. Ask about our in-house Dental Savings Plan! For up-to-date information, call our office – we’re happy to tell you how your plan works.

Q: Are root canals painful?


Not at all. Modern root canals remove infections causing toothaches. Without a root canal, you’ll continue to be in pain until the tooth is finally extracted. Dr. Betts is highly trained to use numbing agents and will adjust yours to make sure you’re comfortable. A root canal procedure ends pain and, more important, it can save your tooth.

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