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Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00
Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00
Thursday 8:00am - 5:00
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FAQ


How do you sterlilize your instruments?

Upon completion of every procedure all instruments are cleaned and autoclaved. Each operatory is thoroughly disinfected to prevent any transfer of infectious diseases. We monitor our autoclave units and test them weekly to ensure they are sterilizing and working properly.
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Why are x-rays necessary and are they dangerous?

X-Rays are necessary because many diseases exist beneath the visible oral tissue and cannot be detected without the use of radiographs. X-Rays are a valuable tool for the dentist to safely and accurately detect hidden abnormalities and tooth decay. It is a bigger risk to your health to have untreated dental problems than to take digital X-Rays.
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How often should I floss?

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. This is important in light of research linking gum disease to numerous other systemic diseases including heart disease and strokes.
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What do I do to stop grinding my teeth?

Night-time grinding can have a negative impact on your oral health. Teeth grinders often experience a sore jaw and dull headaches, sometimes leading to migraines. Severe grinding can also cause teeth to become loose, worn, or fractured. Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. Stress does make grinding worse so reducing your stress levels will often lessen the grinding.
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How does my diet during pregnancy affect my baby's teeth?

Your diet during the nine months of pregnancy directly impacts the development of your baby, including teeth. Because your baby’s teeth begin to develop during the second trimester of pregnancy, it is important that you receive recommended amounts of calcium, protein, phosphorous, and Vitamins A, C, and D. Consult your physician and our office for information about proper diet and nutrient levels during your preganancy.
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How come my jaw clicks (pops), and what can I do about it?

According to the ADA, over fifteen percent of Americans suffer from chronic facial pain. Common symptoms include pain around the ear and clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth. The complex system of muscles, ligaments, and bones that comprise the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause facial pain and discomfort or popping when a problem prevents this system from functioning properly. There are several ways a TMJ disorder can be treated; however, proper diagnosis is a critical step before treatment. Dr. Briggs will recommend what type of treatment is needed for your particular problem or recommend that you be referred to a specialist.
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