FAQ

Do you treat children?
Yes! Glover Dentistry welcomes children, and has the experience and training in the latest pediatric dentistry practices and technologies. And just as importantly, we like children and know how to work with them to alleviate their fears and to educate and prepare them for a lifetime of excellent dental health.

Are x-rays really necessary?
Yes, they are absolutely necessary. It is impossible to see directly between the teeth or under the gums or bone without the use of a dental radiograph. Many diseases and conditions can only be detected with the use of dental x-rays. X-rays allow dentists to detect disease and other conditions much sooner than the clinical examination alone. When problems are identified early, it’s easier to resolve them and avoid more costly treatments.

Can I schedule an appointment for a cleaning only?
An exam to determine your oral health is an essential first step. The hygienist will perform cleanings based on your oral health. They will quickly schedule your cleaning, allowing proper time for them to give you the attention you deserve.

What are Dental Sealants?
Sealant material is a thin, plastic coating, which is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay. These chewing surfaces have irregular pits and grooves which tend to trap food debris and bacteria. Sealants flow onto the tooth to coat these pits and grooves so that bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay. Sealants are used to help prevent decay in those hard to brush pits and grooves. Regular brushing and flossing is required to maintain a healthy smile and to prevent tooth decay.

How do I clean my dentures?
Dentures, like your natural teeth, require daily brushing (with unscented/alcohol free liquid hand soap and denture brush). While sturdy enough to handle tasks like biting and chewing, dentures can break if dropped onto a hard surface. It is important to care for your dentures with a towel over any hard surfaces to reduce the risk of breakage. Dr. Glover and Dr. Anacker will instruct you in proper denture care during your initial consultation.

What do I do if my permanent or temporary crown comes off?
If the temporary comes off, please call Glover Dentistry and let us re-cement your temporary crown.  If you are unable to make an appointment you may try the following…

How to temporarily re-cement my  permanent or temporary crown?

  • Try putting tooth paste, on the inside of the crown and seating it down.
  • You may also try using a denture adhesive (Fixodent) to re-cement the temporary crown.
  • Please do not use super glue!

If you re-cemented your temporary with tooth paste or a denture adhesive the temporary is likely to stay on only during the day and may not stay on during a meal or sleep at night.  We recommended you take the temporary out at those times so you do not swallow or inhale it. Temporary crowns are meant to come off relatively easily but this makes them susceptible to coming off prematurely.

How do I care for the soft liner in my Denture?

  • Rinse denture under cool to warm running water.
  • Gently clean with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (Soft Soap) or any unscented/alcohol free soaps.
  • You may also use denture cleaning tablets (Efferdent) for heavy staining or build-up.
  • Do not scrub the denture liner material.
  • Rinse again before returning to mouth.
  • Your denture should be soaked overnight in plain water.

How do I use the bleach I purchased from Glover Dentistry?

  • Follow the instructions given by the Glover Dentistry Staff on how to load gel into your custom bleaching tray.
  • Use no more than 1/3 to 1/2 of syringe.
  • Brush teeth before inserting tray. Place filled tray in your mouth.
  • Remove excess gel with clean finger or soft toothbrush.
  • Wear:

-Opalescence 10% for 8-10 hours or overnight.

-Opalescence 15% for 4-6 hours.

-Opalescence 20% for 2-4 hours.

-Opalescence 35% for 30 minutes.

  • Remove tray after completing the bleaching cycle.
  • Brush (once) or at least rinse twice; do not swallow rinsed gel.
  • Clean tray with soft brush and cool tap water. Store tray in case provided.
  • If sensitivity occurs use the sensitive toothpaste provided by our office. When using the sensitive toothpaste:

-Brush with paste
-Spit out excess paste
-Do not rinse with water (for at least 1 hour)
-Repeat steps as needed

  • If your sensitivity isn’t resolved with the brushing instructions above, you can use the paste in your custom trays in place of you bleaching gel until the sensitivity has subsided.
  • Your teeth will be porous like a sponge for at least the next six weeks.
  • Continue using your fluoridated toothpaste for the six weeks after bleaching, at least once a day. This helps to re-mineralize your teeth

How do I care for my new night guard?

  • Wear your new night guard as instructed by Dr. Glover or Dr. Anacker.
  • Brush and floss before wearing your night guard.
  • Soften night guard under warm water before placing in your mouth.
  • After removing night guard, brush your teeth as usual.
  • Brush night guard with liquid hand soap every other day.
  • DO NOT use toothpaste (as it will scratch the device and cause it to except stain).
  • Use full strength hydrogen peroxide to soak night guard for 10-15 min. once a month.
  • Store your night guard with water in case provided while not wearing it.
  • Bring your night guard to all dental appointments to have professionally cleaned and bite checked by the dentist.
  • BEWARE- animals love to eat night guards and hot cars will melt (warp) your night guard. Keep it in safe/cool place.