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Frequently Asked Dental Questions - Columbus, OH

If You’ve Got Dental Questions,
We’ve Got Answers!

One of our primary focuses at Third Street Dental is to provide our patients with dental education to help them build healthy habits that allows them to preserve their smiles for their entire lives. Below, we’ve answered seven of the most common questions that we receive about dental insurance, treatments, and at-home oral hygiene for your convenience.

How often should I change out my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends changing out the head of your electric toothbrush or your manual toothbrush every three months. It’s also a good idea to get a new one after you’ve gotten over being sick or if you’ve noticed that the bristles are beginning to fray.

What should I do if I have a toothache?

If you have a toothache, contact our dental office as soon as possible to schedule an emergency appointment. Pain that’s persistent and won’t seem to go away may be caused by a tooth infection hidden beneath the surface of your enamel. In order to prevent additional damage from occurring, it’s important that you receive treatment as soon as possible

How can I keep my child from getting cavities?

At Third Street Dental, we’re happy to treat children and provide them with the knowledge and tools necessary for them to keep their smiles healthy. One way we’re able to do this is by providing cavity-prevention treatments like dental sealants!

Will dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

Unfortunately, dental insurance typically doesn’t cover the cost of dental implant treatment because many companies still consider it to be a “cosmetic” procedure. However, that’s beginning to change. That’s why we recommend contacting your insurance provider directly to ask. If you need assistance, our staff is more than happy to help you get in touch with your provider!

Is there a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces?

Yes! We offer Invisalign orthodontic treatment to help address bite problems, crowded teeth, gapped teeth, and a variety of other issues. The appliances are made from a smooth, custom-made plastic that fits like a retainer over your teeth. Many patients choose this modern alternative over traditional braces because they’re much more discreet.

How old should my child be when I schedule their first dental appointment?

The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child in for their first dental appointment by the time their first tooth appears in their mouth, or by their first birthday.

Are you taking precautionary measures to address COVID-19?

Our team at Third Street Dental has implemented dozens of new safety precautions in response to COVID-19. If you’d like to learn more about our protocols, be sure to check out our Advanced Safety Protocols page on our website.