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You have questions and we have answers! When it comes to dentistry in Nashville, Illinois, you may have a number of questions and concerns before your appointment at Dental Center of Nashville, about dental care or oral hygiene in general. Our dentist, Dr. Jason Gladson , and our team have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear below. If you have a question that we haven’t addressed, feel free to call our office at 618-327-4422 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

  1. When should I see a dentist?
  2. Ideally, you should see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam. Depending on your oral health, you may need to come in on a more frequent basis. You should also call for an appointment anytime you experience pain, or notice a change in the color, texture, odor or taste of any part of your teeth and mouth.
  1. What if I have a dental emergency?
  2. Don’t panic! The first thing you should do is call our office. We will schedule you for an appointment and give you instructions on what to do until you come in. You can also visit our Dental Emergencies page for more information.
  1. What is the best kind of toothbrush?
  2. For best results, use a toothbrush with soft bristles that is easy to hold and has a head small enough to reach every part of your mouth. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance, or ask our dentist for a recommendation.
  1. When should I buy a new toothbrush?
  2. As a rule, you should buy a new toothbrush every three months. If the bristles are worn or flattened, it is time to replace it.
  1. Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?
  2. There really is no difference between the two. But if you have trouble raising your arms or have other mobility problems, a powered toothbrush may be easier for you to use. Children may have more fun using a powered toothbrush!
  1. Which comes first: brushing or flossing?
  2. It’s up to you. As long as you do a good job of both, it doesn’t matter which one you do first.
  1. Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?
  2. For most people, a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA seal of acceptance will work just fine. However, our dentist may recommend a toothpaste to address a specific oral health need.
  1. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
  2. Our team will be happy to explain your payment options to you and help you with filing your insurance claims. To learn more, visit our Financial Options page.