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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a Question? We're Happy to Help!

Dr. Tikson, Dr. Eichenlaub, and our team get a lot of great questions about the practice and dental health in general. A few of the more common questions are listed below. If you have other questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, we'd love to hear from you.
Call us at (614) 888-2563.
You can even email us at: PatientCare@SusanTiksonDDS.com.

Why doesn't insurance cover all the costs of my dental treatment?

Dental insurance is usually a benefit provided by an employer to help their employees pay for routine dental treatment. Most plans are only designed to cover a portion of your cost and are dependent on what an employer provides for you and your family.

Why do I get cavities?

When the hard, outer layer of the tooth (enamel) breaks down, cavities can form. Poor oral hygiene practices coupled with an unhealthy diet can all lead to this decay. Bacteria or plaque forms on your teeth every day. It produces acid as it feeds on sugary particles in the mouth. Over time, that acid can erode enamel, leading to decay. To maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile, brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit us twice a year!

How can I get a brighter smile?

Professional teeth whitening (bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Over-the-counter products are also available, but they are much less effective than professional treatments and may not be approved by the ADA.

What are veneers and can they improve my smile?

A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that covers the front surface of a tooth. A veneer is used to restore discolored, damaged, misshapen or even slightly crooked teeth. Veneers are custom-made from impressions or molds that are sent to a dental lab for completion. The veneers are fitted and bonded to each tooth. They can improve your teeth and give you a beautiful, new smile.

Are carbonated drinks harmful to my teeth?

Regular soft drinks contain acid and sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Diet or sugar-free drinks may not have sugar, but most contain acid. Even many flavored waters have a lot of extra sugar. As of 2015, the recommended amount of daily sugar intake for an adult is 25 grams per day. Children should have much less than the recommended amount for adults, and both adults and children should strive to consume only natural sugars, such as those in fruits. When in doubt, always check the label!

What should I do if I have bad breath?

There are various reasons for bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to bacteria on the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by 70%. Also, lack of daily flossing can lead to bad breath. Some other causes of bad breath include:

  • Certain foods
  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tobacco products
  • Certain medical conditions and illnesses
  • Dry mouth (Xerosomia)
  • Dental cavities
  • Sinus problems

Using a tongue scraper also helps to eliminate bacteria, helping to improve bad breath.

What if I have a dental emergency?

No problem! Emergencies happen. We realize that when you have an emergency, a long wait is not an option. Our team will get you in to see one of our dentists as quickly as possible. Call the office at 614-888-2563.

I haven't been to the dentist in a long time because I am nervous. Will I be comfortable?

If it has been a while since you have been to the dentist, you will be pleasantly surprised by the advances in dental care. The friendly and highly skilled team at this practice will provide you with exceptional and gentle care. They will explain all the procedures to help you feel as relaxed as possible.

At what age should my child first see a dentist?

Ideally, the first dental visit should be six months after the child's first tooth, but no later than their first birthday. The earlier you begin to take your child to the dentist, the better chance your dentist has to prevent problems. Many patients bring their children with them to their own appointments. This encourages children to become comfortable in the office.

Why do I need dental X-rays?

X-rays help dentists detect diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam—this includes the areas between the teeth. They are used to detect cavities and gum disease. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save money and prevent unnecessary discomfort.