Patients Can Find Answers To Their Most Common Questions Here

Many of the most common questions our patients ask are answered in this section. If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to contact us online or call the office during normal business hours.

How often should I see a dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Adults should use a small-to-medium size toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly, specifically the back of the mouth, which can be hard to reach. Children should use small toothbrushes with soft bristles. People with sensitive teeth can benefit from using gentle, soft bristled toothbrushes.

Is a powered toothbrush more effective than a manual toothbrush?

Generally, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as powered toothbrushes. Children may find brushing with a powered toothbrush more exciting. If you have difficulty using a manual toothbrush, a powered toothbrush may be much more comfortable and easier to use.

Is one type of toothpaste better than the others?

No. However, we recommend you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means it has been assessed for safety and effectiveness. Studies consistently show that fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent dental decay.

What do I do if I have a dental emergency?

Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency during regular business hours, we will be glad to work you into our schedule. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your brush every 3 to 4 months. With each use, the bristles become worn and cleaning effectiveness decreases. Depending on your oral health, you may need to replace your brush sooner. Typically, children toothbrushes need to be replaced more regularly than adults.

Should I brush or floss first?

As long as you brush and floss thoroughly, it does not matter if you brush then floss or floss then brush. However, flossing before brushing enables the fluoride in your toothpaste to better reach the areas between the teeth.

Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

Yes. We accept most major credit cards and many types of dental insurance. We will process your insurance claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment.

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PATIENT ALERT

Out of concern for patient and staff safety, we closed our offices on March 19th to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and were planning to reopen on April 4th.

Late yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order prohibiting all elective, non-emergency medical and dental procedures until April 24, 2020. The order is considered MANDATORY and carries the effect of law. Any violation of the order can be considered a criminal offense. You can read about the Governor’s order at (https://www.vadental.org/news-details/2020/03/26/order-of-public-health-emergency-no.-2) and at (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Two—Order-of-The-Governor-and-State-Health-Commissioner.pdf) We are now planning / hoping to reopen our offices on April 25th, and will operate under CDC and VDH guidelines pertaining to the delivery of dental services, and the operation of public spaces in effect then.

If you believe that you have a severe and life threatening Dental Emergency please call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this is creating for all of us, and look forward to seeing each of you soon.

– The Doctors and Team Members of Golden Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics


What can I do if I have a Dental Emergency?

You can call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

Online Urgent Care Resources: