At Mayfair Family Dentistry, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, your questions and concerns are important to us. That is why we took the time to provide some answers to your frequently asked questions.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

In order to get you set up properly in our system as a new patient, you will need to bring your dental insurance card and a form of identification (driver’s license, military ID, or state ID). You will also need to complete a patient information form, patient health history form, HIPAA consent form, and a patient authorization form.

Why should I floss?

Flossing is important because it reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria are tiny creatures that feed on food particles left in your teeth. Sometimes food particles get into little crevices in your mouth that cannot be cleaned thoroughly by brushing alone.

What should I do if my kids hate brushing their teeth?

Try making teeth brushing a fun activity for your kids. Fun toothbrushes and toothpastes are always an option. You should also try showing some enthusiasm when brushing your own teeth. Kids want to be just like their parents and will follow your lead. You should also introduce your child to dentist visits at a young age to help instill the importance of proper oral care.

What can I do to prevent cavities?

In order to prevent cavities, you should adopt a healthy diet and proper teeth cleaning. The bacteria that are in your mouth produce harmful acid when you consume foods and drinks that are high in sugar content. These acids weak havoc on your enamel and can wear it away, leaving your teeth susceptible to getting cavities. You should also brush and floss your teeth twice daily to keep your mouth free of plaque and food debris that bacteria can feed on.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in most drinking water. Drinking water is fortified with fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel. By strengthening tooth enamel, teeth become less susceptible to getting cavities. Fluoride is often used during dental cleanings in order to protect your teeth even more.

Have a question that we didn’t answer? Contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry. Our staff would be happy to help you.

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