Common Questions from Our Patients

IMG_0119When you are 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. That is why we have compiled some of the most common questions we hear right here. If you have questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact us. One of us will be happy to reach out to you with the answers you need.


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

Dr. Betts loves children. In fact, he has three of his own and now a grandchild, too. He recommends that you wait until your children are between 2 and 4 year old to bring them in for their first dental appointment. This way they will be old enough to sit still in the chair during their checkups. They will also be old enough to participate in their treatment with Dr. Betts.

Q: What is Whitening For Life?

Whitening For Life is the whitening program that Dr. Betts developed for our patients. The program is meant to give you a lasting white smile for the rest of your time with us. All you have to do is come see Dr. Betts every six months for a checkup and to receive your new doses of whitening solution.

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 of your benefits as well as provide you with the best care possible. Please know that 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, and we are happy to tell you how your plan works.

Q: What’s the best way to schedule an appointment at your office?

To schedule your appointment or to set up a tour of our office before your appointment, you can call us at 256-274-8680. You can also fill out our online form at any time from work or home.

Q: What kind of toothbrush is best for cleaning teeth?

There are two important factors when considering which toothbrush to buy: the head size and the bristles. You need to be able to reach all your teeth, so pick one with a smaller head. That way, you’ll be able to brush the teeth farthest in your mouth. When it comes to bristles, avoid hard ones. Some are hard enough to cause small amounts of damage to your enamel. That can add up over years and years of daily brushing. Soft bristles will still be hard enough to clean your teeth well.

Q: What should I do in a dental emergency?

If you are having a dental emergency, your biggest priority is to stop any bleeding. Use sterile gauze or cloth and apply pressure directly on the wound. If you cannot stop the bleeding, visit your local emergency room. If you can, then call us at 256-274-8680 immediately. Same-day appointments are normally available.

Q: Are root canals really 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 actually ends pain. Perhaps more importantly, it can save your tooth.




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