FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
My periodic check-up only took five minutes with my previous dentist. why do you take so long?
We reserve 40 minutes for all of our patients. During this time, your teeth will be professionally cleaned, and you will receive instructions on how best to maintain your teeth. We believe very strongly in prevention: prevention is better than cure. In addition, your teeth will be checked. So you only have to make one single appointment.
Will I always be helped by the same prevention assistant?
Our prevention assistants rotate. We do this consciously so that someone will always examine your teeth with “fresh” eyes. If you would prefer to see your “favorite” prevention assistant every time, please ask for her when you make an appointment.
Why do you make so many x-rays?
You can see a lot, but not everything with the bare eye. Hidden cavities, infections in the jaw, bone degradation, etc. can only be seen on an x-ray. This means that intervention can take place at an earlier stage, before it is too late.
The first visit with my previous dentist took just as long as a regular check-up. why do you take so long?
We reserve 40 minutes for all of our patients. During this time, we will get acquainted, perform an intake, x-ray examination and an extensive examination of your teeth. All of this will then be discussed with you. So that you will know the exact condition of your teeth.
I have always had bad teeth and there is a cavity to fill every time I visit the dentist. how can I change that, as I am worried that I will eventually lose my teeth?
If your teeth constantly deteriorate, something out of the ordinary is going on. In most cases, the cause is a combination of genetics, insufficient dental hygiene and nutrition. We look forward to studying this with you so that we can set up a plan for you to retain you teeth your entire life.
At my current dentist, treatment always seems to take longer than planned and I had to sit in the waiting room for a long time. Is that also the case with you?
No, absolutely not. Your time is important to us, we know you have plenty to do besides just visiting the dentist. Because of our highly professional planning system, we are able to see almost everybody at the appointed time. For this reason, we must insist that everybody arrive on time.
Whenever I brush my teeth, my gums bleed. Is that normal?
No, that is not normal. It is, however, very common. If your gums bleed, it means your gums are infected. Healthy gums do not bleed! Discuss this issue with one of our prevention assistants, and they will be happy to help you.
I want brighter teeth. is bleaching bad for my teeth, or should I be looking into something else?
When bleaching is performed by a professional, it is not bad for your teeth. We can discuss whether this is a good choice for you. For example, existing fillings and crowns cannot be bleached. If bleaching is not a good option, there are various other options such as caps (facings). There is almost always a perfect solution to be found.
I have very poor teeth. will my child have the same?
No, absolutely not! Most cavities develop between the ages of 4 and 21, after that it usually stops. This is why we pay extra attention to cavity prevention in this age group. All children will receive extensive brushing instructions at each check-up, and if necessary we will apply a protective layer (sealing) to permanent molars. Did you have those when you were young?
I am pregnant, should I visit the dentist more often?
In the old days, they said every child cost its mother a tooth. Luckily, that is no longer the case. However, it is true that your gums are more likely to become infected and bleed more easily during your pregnancy. In order to prevent this, it is important to visit your prevention assistant more often.
What is the best age for my child to visit the dentist for the first time?
As far as we’re concerned, it is never too early for children to visit us. It is important for them to get acquainted with visiting the dentist at an early age. Please take them along when you come in for a check-up. However, if you have an appointment for a procedure, it is better not to bring your child along. A really good check-up of your child’s teeth is generally possible at 3 or 4 years old.