In response to the ADA and CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners has mandated that all dental practices in the state cease all non-emergent dental care. Patients with a true dental emergency will still be provided care by appointment. Our team will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. New and existing patients are also welcome to call or email to schedule future appointments. Thank you so much for your understanding.
Shipp Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

How can we help you?

The entire team at Shipp Family Dentistry believes in making sure your time with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We strive to provide every member of your family with an atmosphere where they are comfortable asking questions and learning about taking care of their oral health.

We firmly believe that good oral health is important for the well-being of the entire body. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Columbus, MS dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp enjoys educating his patients and talking about how they can best take care of their oral health. We never want you to feel rushed; instead, we want to make sure your questions are answered so you fully understand why specific treatments might be recommended.

Some of the questions you have may already have been asked by other patients. We’ve compiled a list of those questions here, for your convenience. If you have questions that are not answered here, we invite you to give us a call or bring them to your appointment. Don’t worry about your question sounding silly; the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

Preventive Dentistry

Woman Wondering | Seeing Your Dentist | Columbus MS Twice-Yearly Cleanings

Most people require only two visits to the dentist each year for examinations and cleanings. These visits allow us to check for any signs of tooth decay and gum disease and conduct an oral cancer screening. We will also take x-rays once a year in most cases.

Twice-yearly teeth cleanings give us a chance to remove any plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth and along the gum line. Even the most diligent home care cannot remove the hard tartar that builds up on your teeth. The only way to remove it is with unique dental instruments.

Prevent Gum Disease

We will also check your mouth for any signs of gum disease. Gum disease in its early stages, known as gingivitis, is reversible if it is caught early. Gum disease is often present with no symptoms, so the only way to see if you have it is by going to the dentist.

Those who already have gum disease in its advanced stages may need to come to the dentist every few months for deep cleaning. Deep cleanings enable us to monitor the gum disease. When left unchecked and untreated, gum disease usually leads to tooth loss. We will treat it aggressively to help make sure this does not happen.

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If you're due for check-up and cleaning, contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

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