Frequently Asked Dental Questions – Derry, NH

The Questions You Ask, the Answers You Deserve

If you’re interested in learning more about general dentistry and the many available treatment options, you’ve come to the right place. Taking care of your smile requires time, effort, and a willingness to learn, so our team has worked to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions received by our Derry dental patients. Feel free to review them below and call us if you would like to talk to Dr. Berkal further about your oral and overall health.

Is changing my toothbrush every three months necessary?

Yes, you should plan to change out your toothbrush every three to four months. The reason is that bacteria can accumulate over time. Even if you haven’t been sick during this timeframe, you do not want to continue to use a brush that harbors harmful germs and particles that can negatively impact your smile, or a brush with bent bristles.

How long will my cosmetic dentistry results last?

The duration of your cosmetic dentistry results typically depends on how well you choose to take care of your smile. But it’s important to remember that no two treatments have the same lasting results.  How well you maintain your oral hygiene and safeguard your smile will also determine how long you can expect your results to last.

Are bleeding gums a problem?

Yes, you should never disregard bleeding gums. This is often an early sign of gum disease known as gingivitis. By catching the problem early on, we can minimize the potential for bacteria to spread and cause further issues. However, if left untreated, you will be at risk for developing a level of periodontal disease that can no longer be improved.

Will you accept my dental insurance?

We are pleased to file and submit claims to all dental insurance companies. It is our goal to help you avoid high out-of-pocket costs, so we will do our best to maximize your benefits and help you get the most out of your plan.

If I am uninsured, are there other affordable ways to receive dental care?

We offer two alternative payment options aside from paying with cash, check, or a major credit card. You can apply for flexible financing through CareCredit or enroll in our in-house dental savings plan. Either option will help you avoid the red tape of traditional dental insurance and ensure that your smile gets the care it needs and deserves.