Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year, however additional preventative visits may be advised based on your dental health.

Q. When should my child have their first dental visit?

A. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends children see the dentist for the first time at 1 Year. We want children to have a happy, stress-free first experience and grow to be dentally healthy adults. We may do nothing more than count their teeth while sitting in the parent's lap.

Q. What should I expect during my appointment?

A. One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, perform a six-step screening for oral cancer, take X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.

During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have. For more information about oral cancer screening, visit www.sixstepscreening.org

Q. What if I have an emergency?

A. If you are in pain, have broken a tooth, lost a filling or think you have an infection, please call our office as soon as possible. We will be happy to accommodate you into our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. We will triage your emergency to determine the necessary treatment. Depending on the time required for the treatment you need, we may start immediately or schedule treatment at a more appropriate time in the schedule. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. If your emergency is after our regular hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor's emergency contact number.

Q. Do you take insurance?

A. We are a fee for service practice and would be considered "Out of Network" with your insurance carrier. We will provide you with a universal claim form to submit for reimbursement. We offer a variety of payment options. See our Financial Guidelines page for more information. We accept most major credit cards.

Q. Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

A. There are several methods available for bleaching teeth: in-office, overnight or daily. One session of in-office bleaching generally lasts one and a half to two hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment. For overnight or daily bleaching, we take an impression of your teeth and create custom-fit trays. Each day you fill the trays with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear them overnight or for a few hours during the day. The overnight and daily bleaching process takes approximately two weeks. We will schedule you for an appointment to check your progress and to determine if you should continue. You will also use these trays future touch-up treatment.

Other over-the-counter daily bleaching products are available, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching program.

Please visit our cosmetic dentistry page to learn more about whitening options.

Q.What kind of parking do you have?

A. We have on-street metered parking in front of the building. It takes 8 quarters for 1 hour of parking. We have quarters available at the front desk, if you need change. The meter patrol is vigilant, so give yourself plenty of time. There is 2-Hr, Zone 3 parking across the street and in the surrounding neighborhood. There are paid parking lots under Best Buy on River Road and at Whole Foods on Wisconsin Avenue.

For your convenience, D.C. has initiated a "Pay by Phone Parking" program. You may download the app to your Smartphone, call 1-877-727-5758 or go online to www.parkmobile.com to sign-up for the program. You may then start a parking session using your cell phone. It makes parking anywhere in D.C. fast and easy.