Patient Resources

Troy Patient Resources

Our Troy, MI, dentists remain committed to providing patients with exceptional customer service. For your convenience, we have included several links below to various patient resources that can help you make decisions about our practice and your treatment options.

Please click on any of the links to learn more about various dental topics and how our practice operates. If you can’t find the information you need, please call Mosaic Dental today at (248) 528-2270.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At our Troy, MI, dental office, we’re all about educating our patients and giving them the information they need to take charge of their oral health. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of some commonly asked questions (and answers!) for you to review before your next appointment. Still have questions for us? No problem, we’d be happy to help!

How Often Do I Need to Go to the Dentist?

A: The American Dental Association and our dentists recommend that you visit us at least twice a year (or every 6 months) for a routine check-up and teeth cleaning. However, depending on your specific dental health needs, we might suggest more frequent visits to manage conditions like gum disease or to monitor ongoing treatments.

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What Should I Expect During My First Dental Visit?

A: During your first visit, our dentists and hygienists will likely review your dental and medical history as well as perform a comprehensive oral exam that includes checking your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of disease or other problems. If you’re due for them, we may also take X-rays to get a better view at what’s below the surface. Finally, we'll discuss your dental health, including any immediate concerns and a plan for future care.

Is It Necessary to Have X-rays, and Are They Safe?

A: Dental X-rays are essential for diagnosing underlying issues that aren't visible during a regular dental exam, such as cavities between teeth, jawbone damage, impacted teeth, and abscesses. Modern dental X-rays emit very low levels of radiation and are considered safe for patients. Protective measures, like a lead apron, are used to minimize exposure further.

What Is the Difference Between Dental Cleaning and Deep Cleaning?

A: A regular dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and just below the gumline. A deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a more intensive procedure designed for people with gum disease. It involves removing tartar and plaque from below the gumline and smoothing the roots of teeth to help reattach gums to the teeth.

How Can I Improve My Oral Hygiene at Home?

A: Good oral hygiene involves several key practices: brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease, and replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Additionally, consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash or a fluoride mouthrinse to further reduce plaque and prevent decay.