top of page
  • Why do regular dental visits matter?
    Regular dental visits are important because they can help spot dental health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable. They also help prevent many problems from developing in the first place. Visiting your dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. *
  • I’m not having any symptoms. Do I still need to see a dentist?
    Yes. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits will also help prevent problems from developing. Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception as it is an essential piece of your overall heath. In fact, many studies are showing a correlation between oral health and heart disease, strokes and Alzheimer’s Disease to name a few. It is also important to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your overall heath since many medications and medical conditions can affect your dental health, too. *
  • How dangerous is the radiation from dental x-rays?
    Dental radiographs use a very small amount of radiation and it is directed exactly to the site where it is needed. The equivalent of one bitewing or periapical is about the same received as standing in a sunny parking lot or riding in an airplane for a few minutes. Our digital panoramic and intraoral systems use significantly less than traditional film x-rays. We protect patients with a leaded thyroid collar on our shields and follow a conservative approach to frequency. The extremely small amount of radiation emitted is far outweighed by the diagnostic advantage of early detection.
  • As I age, my teeth are shifting. Is there a way to straighten them without braces?"
    As we age our teeth can have a tendency to shift and to darken overtime. You could have several options ranging from a clear tray orthodontic system to reshaping your teeth. We can also adjust the way your teeth fit together in your bite, as well as whitening. We’ve incorporated the simplified express aligner system, with our oldest patient being in her 70s. Come in and let us help you achieve your goal of straighter teeth.
  • At what age do children need to start regularly seeing the Dentist?
    We typically recommend bring children in for evaluation around 2yrs of age unless you observe any areas of concern. In our safe, friendly, fun, environment, they will learn simple habits for a lifetime of good oral health. It is paramount that our pediatric patents have positive dental experiences.
  • I’ve heard a lot about dental implants. What are they and why are they becoming so popular?
    Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. The implant acts like a natural tooth root which can be used to anchor a single crown for individual teeth or be used to replace multiple teeth with a bridge or dentures. Implants can help retain bone, preventing bone atrophy and make it easy to clean between your teeth. If you or someone you know dental implants are one of several options to replace them.
  • I’ve read reports of medical and dental offices not properly sterilizing their equipment. How can you be sure that everything you use is clean?
    We use several methods to insure the safety of our patients and our team members. Paper and plastic covers, gloves and face masks are changed after each patient and our suction and water lines flushed after every treatment. We also use chemical solutions for any items that cannot be processed through our pressurized steam sterilization units Every possible precaution is being taken in our office to avoid any cross contamination.
  • What’s the difference between a DDS and DMD?
    If you’re looking to find a dentist, you may notice that while most are listed with a “DDS”, some may be listed as “DMD”. They both mean the same thing - - your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DAMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. The level of education and clinical training required to earn a dental degree, and the high academic standards of dental schools are on par with those of medical schools. Upon completion of the training, dentists must pass both a rigorous nation al written exam and a state or regional clinical licensing exam in order to practice. In order to keep their licenses, they must meet continuing education requirements for the remainder of their careers so that they may stay up to date on the latest scientific and clinical developments. *
  • How can I maintain a healthy smile with my dentist’s help?
    Here are some tips to help you take care of your smile: HEALTHY HABITS: Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily are essential for everyone. It’s the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease. And if you have difficulty flossing, we have several tricks and tools to minimize the effort! BUILD A RELATIONSHIP: When your dentist sees you regularly, he or she is in a good position to catch oral problems early. For instance, catching gum disease when it’s still reversible, or cavities when they are small and are more easily treated. MAINTAIN: Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s important to keep your dentist informed of any c hanged in your overall health as well. TALK ABOUT IT!: Only your dentist can determine what the best plan is for you. Have questions about your oral health or certain dental procedures? Start a conversation. Ask your dentist to explain step-by-step. Dentists love having satisfied, healthy patients! *

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Paul Nagode Family Dentistry Serving Atlanta, Cobb County, Buckhead, and the surrounding Sandy Springs areas.
*Excerpts from the ADA website
bottom of page