Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to some of the questions we are asked most often. If you need more information about any of the topics below or have questions about anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask.

• How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

• How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?

• What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

• My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?

• What different payment options do you provide?

• How can I safely whiten my teeth?

• What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

• My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

• I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

• I brush everyday, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

• Why do I have to floss?

• I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

• I’ve noticed a bump on my gums. Is this something I should be concerned about?

• My baby won’t go to bed without a bottle? What can I do prevent cavities?

• Should I be worry about my baby 's thumb sucking?

How does the doctor keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?
Dr. Trieu has been attending continuing education on the regular basis to be familiar with the latest technique and material available.

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How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
An average healthy adult typically benefits from a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you may require more frequent checkups. We send out postcards, or use phone calls or email to remind you about scheduling your next visit. Even though daily brushing and flossing help in maintaining a healthy mouth, it’s important to come in for regular checkups and cleanings to guard against tooth decay and gum disease.

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What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
In case of a true dental emergency, please contact our office voice mail. You will be given a pager number to call and someone will call you back. We’ll give you helpful information over the phone, and then determine if you need to be seen immediately.

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My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?
If there is no imminent medical emergency such as uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness or other bodily injury, please contact us immediately. You can describe the situation over the phone, and our office staff will help you determine the safest and most appropriate plan of action.

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What different payment options do you provide?
We accept cash, personal checks and all major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Your portion of the fee is due at the time of your visit, and we will bill your insurance company for the balance. We offer third-party financing for 6 months at 0% interest or for 12 months at 6% interest. Major restorative cases and Invisalign work can qualify for in-office payment plans.

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How can I safely whiten my teeth?
There are some convenient, safe, and effective at-home whitening products that can brighten up your smile. Dr. Trieu will evaluate the potential for whitening your teeth based on their current color and the causes of any discoloration. You will probably spend anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks undergoing a series of simple whitening treatments.

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What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
Our team is well trained in state-of-the-art sterilization techniques designed to ensure patient safety. In addition to wearing gloves and facemasks to prevent passing germs, we use a specialized sterilization center and a water filtration system that guarantees a fresh water source for each patient. We also only use digital x-rays which means you experience up to 90% less radiation. Additionally, our office is 100% compliant with the federal Health Information Protection Act (HIPA), which is part of the Right to Privacy Act. Under this law, all of your medical information is kept completely confidential at all times.

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I do not like drills. Are there any other options?
Yes! Dr. Trieu has the Waterlase, which is a dental laser that uses a combination of laser energy and water to gently and precisely remove dental decay and prepare teeth for fillings. The Waterlase is quiet, quick, relatively painless, and avoids sacrificing tooth structure.

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My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding gums following brushing may alarm you. However, the condition may or may not require attention, depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough, ‘scrubbing’ instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If this problem occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set up an evaluation appointment.

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I brush everyday, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?
Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings, and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if your hygiene is meticulous and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions. First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or, we can recommend a specially prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, we may also suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, in which case we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.

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Why do I have to floss everyday?
A little regular flossing goes a long way, and is truly critical for your overall oral health. It loosens food particles in tight spaces your toothbrush cannot reach; it gets rid of plaque build-up toothbrushes alone cannot remove; and it exercises your gum tissues. All of which is necessary to avoid gum disease. So, just think of daily flossing as the finishing touch after brushing -insurance for your smile's future.

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I want my front teeth to look better, but I do not want to wear braces. What would you recommend?
There are several methods Dr. Trieu can use to improve the look of your front teeth without the use of unsightly braces. For slightly crooked or unevenly worn teeth, a bit of tooth reshaping and the addition of porcelain veneers may be sufficient to give them a bright, uniform look. Or Dr. Trieu can use “invisible” braces called Invisalign. We will discuss your needs and desires and come up with a plan that suits you best.

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I’ve noticed a bump on my gums. Is this something I should be concerned about?
Yes. Often an abscess may feel like a bump. It may not be causing you pain but that’s only because the infection caused by bacteria (which in turn caused the abscess) has already damaged the nerves that would normally signal pain. The bottom line is that an abscess in this location is an infection that is close to your head or your heart - and that is not good!

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My baby won’t go to bed without a bottle? What can I do prevent cavities?
Taking your baby off of the bottle when he/she starts to fall asleep can prevent baby tooth decay. Hold your baby while bottle feeding. Always take a bottle filled with milk or juice away from the sleeping child. If your child requires a bottle at bedtime provide a bottle filled with water. Instead of a bottle, try comforting your child with a pacifier or a favorite toy or blanket. Check with your health care provider to make sure your child is getting the right amount of fluoride. Brush your baby's teeth with a soft toothbrush daily.

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Should I be worry about my baby ‘s thumb sucking?
Thumb sucking is perfectly normal for infants; most stop by the age of two. Prolonged (beyond age 5 or 6 years) thumb sucking can create open bite, crowded, crooked teeth . At Perfect Smile Dental we will be glad to suggest ways to address a prolonged thumb-sucking habit.

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