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Family Dentistry Specialist

Simple Smiles

Dentists located in Johnson City, TN

When you’re looking for a family dentistry practice, you want a team who knows and understands the needs of both children and adults. At Simple Smiles in Johnson City, Tennessee, the dedicated team includes experts from multiple dental disciplines. For your convenience, all of your family’s dental care is handled in one place. Call the office or use online booking to schedule your appointments now.

Family Dentistry Q & A

How often should my family members see the dentist?

It can vary according to your personal needs, but most children and adults need teeth cleaning and oral exams twice a year, which is usually spaced every six months. Some patients wonder why they need regular dental care if they're not hurting or having other issues, or why dental care for baby teeth is so important, and the answer is simple: Preventive care saves both teeth and money over time. 

For example, if you have a cavity, the Simple Smiles team can often detect it in the earliest stages. Early-stage cavities are easy to treat with a filling, but if you don't see a dentist for a long time the decay could grow worse until it needs more complex treatment like root canal therapy. You could even end up losing the tooth and need a dental implants, bridge, or other restoration simply because you didn't get regular preventive dental care. 

If you don’t treat problems with children’s teeth in the early stages, it can set the stage for long-term issues with oral health. Your child needs healthy baby teeth to maintain proper positioning as their adult teeth erupt. Plus, children with good oral health habits grow into adults who take care of their teeth.

What is a professional teeth cleaning like?

The team uses an advanced ultrasonic scaler that delivers high-frequency sound waves to dispel plaque and tartar. This allows for painless teeth cleaning in minimal time. Your Simple Smiles hygienist uses a special dental-grade toothpaste to clean your teeth and performs a complete flossing as well. 

After the cleaning, children and some adults may receive a fluoride treatment to help nourish and protect their teeth. 

How can I look after my teeth at home?

The Simple Smiles team recommends taking good care of your teeth at home for optimal oral health. Some smart tips to follow include:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session
  • Floss between every tooth at least once a day
  • Brush your tongue to remove food particles and bacteria
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Change your toothbrush every one to three months
  • Ask the team if you need a fluoride mouth rinse
  • Stick to a low-sugar diet wherever possible, as sugar causes decay
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco, which increase oral cancer risk

Depending on your oral health history and current concerns, you may need to take some additional tips to protect your teeth at home between visits. Of course, if you develop any new oral health issues like bad breath, tooth pain, gum bleeding, or other problems, schedule an evaluation at Simple Smiles as soon as possible. 

Book your appointment by calling the office or using the online scheduler now.