Salem Dental
Dr. Seth Huish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General and Preventive Dentistry

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Are you researching a family or cosmetic dentist in Salem, OR to look after your smile? With the many dentists available, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. We are honored that you are considering Salem Dental for your family’s dentistry. 

We want you to feel confident in your choice of Salem Dental. Please look over our frequently asked questions below and if you still have questions, please give us a call. We are always happy to help.

General and Preventive Dentistry

Man at Dentist | Dental Cleanings Salem ORAs with all of the dentistry we provide at Salem Dental, our dental cleanings are customized based on each patient’s unique needs. For people who have a healthy dental history and no history of periodontal (gum) disease, twice-yearly dental cleanings will support a healthy smile.

When patients have active periodontal disease, we recommend more frequent, thorough dental cleanings to promote healing. Following a deep dental cleaning, active maintenance every 3 to 4 months will help keep you on the path to healing and prevent bone loss.

Dental Exams for Senior Patients

As patients age, they may begin to produce more tartar buildup on the teeth that is difficult to manage. Senior patients often receive inadequate professional dentistry and suffer the consequences – including tooth loss, bone loss, and poor health.

Your Dental Exam

Our hygienists don’t just clean teeth; they are a wealth of information when it comes to home care and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. At each visit, your hygienist will evaluate your gum health, remove tartar from the teeth, and polish them to a shine, which removes surface stains from food and coffee drinks.

You will leave our Salem dental office with that clean, fresh feeling that only comes from having your teeth cleaned by an experienced dental hygienist.

Dental X-Rays | Salem ORIf you have an exam with your Salem, OR dentist, you might wonder why dental x-rays are even necessary. The truth is that only a small percentage of your tooth is visible through a visual exam. Much of your tooth is hidden by protective enamel and lies beneath the gumline. That is why dental x-rays are an essential part of your preventive dental care.

Digital X-Rays

Because we use digital dental x-rays in our Salem dental practice, you can count on the highest quality images and the highest level of safety available. Digital dental x-rays emit up to 80 percent less radiation, and with the digital capabilities they provide, Dr. Seth Huish can identify many oral conditions in their earliest stages when they are less costly and easier to treat.

How Often Will You Need X-Rays

We recommend x-rays based on your needs and dental history. Young people and adults with fewer dental restorations and no current oral conditions may only need x-rays every year. If a dental emergency or change in your oral health develops, our team may recommend additional images to diagnose accurately.

In many cases, dental insurance companies require before-and-after images when recommending dental crowns and other restorations.

Is it time for your next dental appointment? Contact Salem Dental today. We always welcome new patients.

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