At Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we’ve always offered nothing but the best in dental care to every patient or family that walks into our office. With a talented team of dental professionals led by Drs. Wachuta, Heilman and Ellsworth, combined with an office that has the most advanced dental technology available, we can ensure that all of our patients have the healthiest smile possible. We’ve helped keep smiles shining bright in the communities that we are proud to be a part of, with our three local offices in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and Golden, CO.

To ensure that your dental care is always comfortable, our team here at Gentle Smiles of Colorado is committed to maintaining a friendly, open environment where we encourage our patients to ask any questions that they have. Providing you with the answers and information you need is an important part of great dental care, and to make things even easier for you, we’ve put the answers to the most frequently asked questions that we get.

Common Dental Care Questions

Q. How often should I go to the dentist?

A. According to the American Dental Association, it is recommended that you visit your dentist for an oral health check-up and professional teeth cleaning at least once every six months, meaning twice per year. Keep in mind that those two visits are the minimum, as more visits may be required if you need treatment for things like tooth decay or gum disease. If you want to make keep it at two visits a year, make sure you keep your smile clean and healthy with a great oral hygiene routine at home!

Q. What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

A. In the event of any kind of dental emergency, call our office immediately. If you call us during business hours, a member of our staff can guide you through the steps you should take while finding the soonest available time for you to come into our office for emergency treatment if necessary. If you are experiencing a dental emergency after hours, over the weekend, or during the holidays, you can still call our office to get our doctor’s emergency contact number.

Q. What kind of toothbrush is best?

A. The type of brush doesn't matter too much, as long as you feel comfortable with it and the brush can reach all areas of your mouth easily. We do recommend getting a brush with soft or medium bristles, since they are gentle on your gums and can clear away bacteria that builds up under your gum line, and hard bristles can cause damage to your gums if you’re not careful. For your kids, the best toothbrush is one that’s small and has soft bristles.

Q. How often should I be replacing my toothbrush?

A. If you don’t replace your toothbrush, the bristles will get frayed and bent out of place. When that happens, those bristles won’t be able to get into those tough to reach places to clear away bacteria and food particles that are stuck in between your teeth or under your gum line. To prevent this, it’s recommended that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months at least. If you notice that your brush is looking frayed before you hit that 3 or 4 month mark, it may be recommended that you replace your brush sooner.

Q. Are electric/powered toothbrushes better than manual ones?

A. While many electric toothbrushes may claim to be more effective, manual toothbrushes are actually just as good at clearing away food particles, bacteria, and plaque as long as you use proper technique. That means it doesn’t really matter which type you choose, so go with the one you prefer! One thing to consider is that many kids find brushing to be more fun and enjoyable when using a powered toothbrush, which can help them establish a good habit for maintaining their oral health.

Q. Should I brush or floss first?

A. When it comes to a great oral hygiene routine at home, whether you brush or floss first doesn’t matter as much as using the proper technique to be as thorough as possible to clear away as much bacteria as possible. However, flossing first can actually clear out those hard to reach places in between your teeth to allow the fluoride in your toothpaste strengthen the enamel in those spots it normally would be able to reach.

Q. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

A. Most brands of toothpaste are more than enough to leave you with a clean and healthy smile, but we would recommend using one that contains fluoride and has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA seal simply means that the toothpaste has been tested to ensure it is safe and meets standards of effectiveness. As for the fluoride, it will help restore valuable minerals to your teeth and strengthen your enamel to protect you from tooth decay.

Q. Can I pay for my dental treatment over a payment plan?

A. At Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we never want any of our patients to turn away from an opportunity to get a new, healthy smile because of the cost standing in their way. That’s why we accept most major credit cards, many types of dental insurance, and will work with you to establish a payment plan that fits your needs. Our team will also make things easier by processing your insurance claim for you when we receive your co-payment.

Contact Us With Any Other Questions!

Didn’t find the answers that you were looking for on our FAQ list? Don’t worry! Just contact us here at Gentle Smiles of Colorado and you can ask your questions directly to a member of our staff. We will do our best to provide you with all the information you need about the high quality dental care that we offer and what you can expect out of the experience. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us at any of our three local offices in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and Golden, CO, just reach out to us and we’ll work with you to find the best time for your first visit! We look forward to seeing you and your smile in our office soon!

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

  • Denver Office - 2709 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (303) 756-2770 Fax: (303) 758-5705
  • Golden Office - 2305 Jackson St., Golden, CO 80401 Phone: (303) 278-2800 Fax: (303) 278-8448
  • Wheat Ridge Office - 8850 W. 38th Ave., Suite D, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 425-5100

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