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Put our expertise to work for you. At Swan Family Dental, we are proud to provide you with the latest information possible. Below are some forms as well as easily accessible information for our clients. 
Q & A for Swan Family Dental
Does/how much will my insurance pay for this?
For your convenience we are contracted with several different dental PPO insurance plans. Our office will bill your insurance as a courtesy to you, however, you are ultimately responsible for all fees incurred during your dental treatment.  
Your estimated patient portion is due at the time of service. We cannot guarantee the amount any insurance company will authorize. After we receive payment from your insurance, you will be billed or credited for any difference.  
We will always provide you with the highest quality service regardless of limitations imposed by your insurance coverage. 

What is gum disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly, and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:

Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
Chronic bad breath
Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
Extreme tooth sensitivity
Receding gum line
Abscessed teeth

Why is a professional dental cleaning so important?
Our dental hygienists use specialized instruments to remove plaque and stain from your teeth which cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your dentist will cost you much less than having expensive work such as crowns or root canals performed--both of which can be prevented by good oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene and lack of regular dental cleanings can lead to gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, tooth loss, persistent bad breath, and pre-term labor in pregnant women.  

Do you accept payments?
For your convenience our office gladly accepts: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.  

If you prefer making monthly payments instead, we can finance your treatments with a third-party company that specializes in financing patient healthcare. Please use the link below to apply for their credit approval process. 
Care Credit 

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! It is very important to have your teeth cleaned professionally when you are in braces. Teeth in braces are harder to keep clean and gums can become inflamed. Have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every 6 months when in braces.

Now that I’m pregnant should I do anything differently to take care of my teeth?
Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception. Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified. 
One of the most common dental problems associated with pregnancy is a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, which usually occurs during the first trimester. Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are usually bleeding, swollen, red and tender gums. 
Pregnancy gingivitis is a common form of gum disease known to develop in almost half of all pregnant women likely due to the change in hormones. When kept at-bay, pregnancy gingivitis generally ends shortly after the birth of the child, although it should be monitored by a dentist periodically during pregnancy in order to prevent this form of gingivitis from progressing into more serious periodontitis.

When should my child start seeing a dentist?  
Your child should begin seeing the dentist as soon as his or her first tooth erupts. Our office offers free well baby/child exams to the age of three years.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?  
Wipe your baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or a clean gauze pad after each feeding. Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a little water as soon as the first tooth appears. Supervise tooth brushing to make sure that children older than 2 years use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and avoid swallowing it. 

Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder. For more information and the ADA’s full findings: http://www.ada.org/1741.aspx. 
ADA Literature Review 
Based on the results of a comprehensive literature review on amalgam safety, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) reaffirmed that the scientific evidence supports the ADA’s position that amalgam is a valuable, viable and safe choice for dental patients. 

CSA Statement on Dental Amalgam 
CSA Amalgam Safety Update (PDF) NEW! 

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