Frequently Asked Questions | Garden City, Michigan

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What Is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of disorders and diseases of a patient’s teeth, gums, and jaw. Good dentistry is necessary for maintaining long-term dental health. It has a significant impact on the health of a patient’s entire body.

What Is A Dentist?

A dentist is a specialist who has been trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Dr. Abdel-Salam, your dentist in Garden City, MI, has completed many years of medical schooling to practice dentistry. In dental school, a dentist can choose to receive either a:  

DDS = Doctor of Dental Surgery 

DMD = Doctor of Dental Medicine 

Some doctors decide to continue their studies in other specializations, such as:

Are Regular Dental Cleanings Necessary?

Here at Precision Family Dental, we know life is busy. Fitting dental appointments into your schedule is challenging, but proper oral hygiene is difficult to maintain by yourself. After every meal, brushing twice a day and flossing will keep most oral hygiene problems away, but not all. 

Scheduling a cleaning at Precision Family Dental twice a year is highly recommended to maintain optimal oral health and catch problems before they become painful and costly. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized quality dental care because your smile is our top priority.

I Feel Fine. Do I Still Need To See A Dentist?

It’s crucial to schedule biannual cleanings here at Precision Family Dental. Dr. Abdel-Salam recommends coming to the practice twice a year because many dental problems don’t show any symptoms in the beginning. 

We can identify problems, but we can also help keep your smile looking bright and fantastic. We know how important it is to have confidence in your smile. For this reason, why we offer many cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening to help improve the aesthetics of your smile.

What’s A Dental Cleaning Like At Precision Family Dental?

Biannual dental cleanings are recommended for proper oral hygiene. When you visit our dental office, an appointment will include:

  • – A complete oral examination.
  • – Oral cancer exam.
  • – Professional x-rays to catch cavities.
  • – Thorough cleaning by our excellent hygienists.

After your professional cleaning to remove tartar, debris, and plaque from your mouth, Dr. Abdel-Salam coordinates with your hygienist and recommends a treatment for any problems found. We can also recommend any aesthetic and cosmetic treatments to improve your smile.

Please call our office at (734) 762-4852 to schedule an appointment for the best dental experience and the dental care you deserve.

At What Age Should I Bring My Child To See The Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children receive professional dental care as early as six months of age or when a child’s teeth begin to show. Dr. Abdel-Salam will be able to examine the health of your child’s first few teeth and make recommendations. Read more here.

When Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Dr. Abdel-Salam recommends changing toothbrushes at least every three months. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, make sure to check the recommendation from the brand because you may not have to change the brush heads as often. 

Dr. Abdel-Salam recommends changing your brush more often than every three months for patients with gum disease. Also, after brushing, please wash and rinse your brush out with hot water to kill germs and bacteria.

How Do You Know If You Have Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, is from plaque and bacteria buildup in a patient’s mouth over time. If this buildup is not cleaned by brushing and flossing, it will eventually lead to gum disease. Gum disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, medications, and genetics. Read more about periodontal disease here.

Advanced forms of gum disease can cause bone and tooth loss. Dr. Abdel-Salam recommends always brushing and flossing each day and scheduling dental appointments every six months as the best way to fight gum disease and decay. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are:

  • – Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • – Receding gums
  • – Abscessed teeth
  • – Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • – Chronic bad breath
  • – Loose teeth and loss of teeth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us as soon as possible. You can reach us at (734) 762-4852 or email us to schedule a consultation. Your dental health is our deepest concern.

Do You Accept Insurance?

At Precision Family Dental, your dentist in Garden City, we accept most insurance and PPO plans. Please call our d for more information about insurance at (734) 762-4852. Before calling, please have your insurance information ready. Please plan to pay your copay or deductible portion at the time of service.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

At Precision Family Dental, we accept cash, checks, cashier’s checks, Visa, Master Card, Amex, and Discover. We accept payments via Paypal and Venmo. We also provide payment plans through our practice or third-party financing through Care Credit. 

We provide discounts for those who pay in full at the time of service. If you have any additional questions regarding payment methods, please call us at (734) 762-4852.