Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Family Dentistry

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Educating yourself about you and your family's dental health is a smart thing to do, and that's why we've included a list of commonly asked questions below.

Your comfort is our biggest priority, and that's why we want you to have as much information as possible. If you can't find your question or have an additional one, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

General Family Dentistry

Our dentists recommend that patients in good dental health visit our Wilmington dental office every six months, or two times per year, for teeth cleanings and x-rays. Patients who are managing gum disease may need one or two teeth cleanings each year in addition to their biannual visits.

You will see your dentist at each of these preventive visits for an examination and screening for concerns like tooth decay or gum disease. These checkups also help to ensure that any dental restorations you currently have are not breaking down and that they are functioning correctly. Six-month checkups allow us to detect many concerns like cavities in their earliest stages, enabling you to treat them with less expensive and minimally invasive procedures.

Your hygienist provides a thorough teeth cleaning during your preventive appointment, which helps to remove any excess plaque buildup that you might've missed at home. This is also a great time to receive tips on proper brushing and flossing techniques from your hygienist that will help you improve your home care routine. 

Is it time for your next teeth cleaning and checkup? Even if it's been a while, your dentist in Wilmington, DE is ready to welcome you to our friendly dental practice. We are a judgment-free team looking to help you achieve your goals for your dental health.

Children's Dentistry in Wilmington DEBeing proactive with your child’s oral health care is extremely important. It can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. We are pleased to treat your children, and we value the trust you place in us to look after their dental health.

The easiest and most effective ways you can help keep your child’s teeth healthy is with proper oral hygiene habits. When they’re very young, you will need to help them to make sure their brushing and flossing is effective. As they get older, they can brush and floss by themselves, but you should still check to make sure that they are doing a thorough job.

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Routine exams and cleanings are also critical. During an exam we will do a thorough cleaning and examine each tooth carefully. This allows us to closely monitor their teeth to ensure proper development and to make recommendations for fluoride and sealants as necessary.

Leading by example is important too – let your child see that you are serious about your oral health care, which will encourage them to feel good about taking care of their own teeth. A lifetime of excellent oral health is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child!

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