Question & Answer


A trip to the Dental office can be Stressful

At Elsner Family Dentistry, our patients come first. We have a talented and caring team, a beautiful office to help you feel comfortable, and an approach to empower you to attain the smile you want for yourself and your family. Let us know how we can help alleviate any concerns or fears you may have. 

Commonly Asked Questions About Our Office:

Is there parking available at your office?

Yes, we have plenty of parking available at our office.

Is your office handicapped accessible?

Yes, our office is proud to be handicapped accessible.

How long can I expect to wait for my appointment?

We try our very best to stay on schedule throughout the day and usually will see you promptly at your appointment time.  There are circumstances where the doctor will be needed for an emergency but in this situation we will still do our best to make your wait minimal.

Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?

You are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointment. We have a very comfortable waiting area and we also have chairs in all exam rooms.

Will I be comfortable in your office?

Yes! We think you will be very comfortable in our modern office. We have comfortable seating in our waiting area as well as a complimentary water.  We will go to great lengths to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your entire visit. 

Commonly Asked Questions About Dentistry:

How can I care for my teeth between check ups?

Brushing and flossing after every meal is the most obvious way to care for your teeth between dental visits. In addition to brushing and flossing, use a fluoride rinse nightly before you go to bed. You can also eat foods that are good for your teeth such as fruits and vegetables, dairy and green tea. Avoid sticky foods that are sugar based.

What causes tooth decay?

The combination of bacteria and the sugars in your food causes tooth decay. A sticky substance called plaque is always forming on your teeth and gums. As the bacteria in the plaque feeds on the sugar in the food you eat, acids are created that attack your tooth enamel and eventually cause tooth decay.

What is a cavity?

A cavity develops when plaque creates acid that demineralizes the enamel (kind of like acid rain). Cavities are tiny holes in the teeth that grow larger with time as the damage from the plaque continues to damage the enamel. It’s very important to get cavities filled before they grow larger and cause more serious problems.

How do I prevent gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss after each meal, use a fluoride rinse,  visit us every 6 months for your professional hygiene appointments, and maintain a healthy diet.

What age do you recommend children first see the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children first see the orthodontist at age 7.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays are very safe. The amount of radiation in a dental X-ray is about the same as you could get from flying on an airplane from the East Coast to the West Coast. Radiation at our family dentist office is measured in millirems and one dental X-ray has about .5 millirems.

When should I change my toothbrush?

Our dentist recommend that you change your toothbrush every 3 months as a general rule. Bristles tend to become less effective over time and bacteria can harbor in the bristles. We also recommend that you change your toothbrush after being sick.

I think I’m grinding my teeth. What do I do?

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth please tell us at your next dental appointment. We can make a custom nightguard for you that will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night.