FAQ

At Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we’re proud to offer exceptional dental care to patients of all ages. Whether you’re looking for top quality periodontics in Denver, dental crowns, or any other dental treatment, we go above and beyond to give each patient a pleasant and comfortable experience with excellent results. With our talented team of dental professionals led by Drs. Wachuta, Heilman and Ellsworth, and offices that provide the most advanced dental technology available, it’s easy to see why we’re known as the best dentist in Golden, CO and beyond.

Quality Dental Care

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 they may have. As your trusted Denver dentist, we believe that providing you with the answers and information you need is a crucial part of quality dental care. That’s why we’ve compiled the following collection of answers to our most frequently asked questions below.

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 Wheat Ridge 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 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 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 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 feel free to 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. It’s important to be thorough and clear away as much bacteria as possible. With that said, flossing first clears out those hard to reach places in between your teeth, allowing the fluoride in your toothpaste to strengthen the enamel in spots it normally would not 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 your Wheat Ridge dentist recommends 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 the 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 Your Denver Dentist Today!

At Gentle Smiles of Colorado, we’re proud to offer superior dental care through treatments like dental crowns, cosmetic dentistry, and periodontics in Denver and the surrounding areas. Didn’t find the answers that you were looking for on our FAQ list? Don’t worry! Your Denver dentist is here to help. Just contact us and you can ask your questions directly to a member of our staff. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, simply reach out to any of our office locations to set up your visit. As the best dentist in Golden, CO, we at Gentle Smiles of Colorado can’t wait to provide you with a healthy, beautiful smile you’ll be showing off for years to come!

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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