Andrew Cole DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Dentistry

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Patient education is the cornerstone of our practice because we find that informed patients are more proactive with their oral health care. We want to know what matters to you and asking questions helps us understand your priorities and how you would like us to help.

We have shared some of the questions we hear most frequently, but it’s likely you have some of your own. Please call us at (360) 748-6624 or use our convenient online contact form to arrange an appointment.

Preventive Dentistry

We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that says preventive dental visits should occur every six months. This interval allows us to monitor your dental health on an ongoing basis so we can stay a step ahead of problems like decay and gum disease.

During these appointments, Dr. Cole will perform a comprehensive exam. He will note the condition of your teeth and any changes since your last visit. If necessary, he will take diagnostic x-rays to see if any problems are developing inside your teeth that we need to address.

These appointments are also the perfect time for you to ask any oral health questions you have. Nobody expects you to be an expert in dental care, and we welcome your questions.

You will then see the hygienist who will perform a thorough cleaning and check your gums for signs of periodontal disease. This condition is usually easy to treat when it is caught soon enough, which is another reason we recommend visits at six-month intervals.

Preventive services at our Chehalis dental office combined with conscientious oral hygiene at home are the secrets to a healthy, problem-free smile. If it’s time for your next cleaning and exam, please call our office to schedule an appointment or use our convenient online contact form.

Cold sores, or fever blisters as they are sometimes called, are caused by the herpes simplex virus and typically appear on the mouth. Herpes virus is contagious, and the number of people worldwide who have the virus is staggering; the World Health Organization estimates that nearly four billion people under age 50 are infected.

Because of the direct contact children have with others – sharing, drinking from the same cup, kisses for everyone – many people contract the virus in childhood. However, not everyone who has the virus develops cold sores or may develop them infrequently.

The herpes virus can also cause similar outbreaks in other areas like your nose, fingers, and eyes. It’s important not to touch the cold sore as you can transmit it to other parts of your body.

If you develop a cold sore and have an appointment scheduled, please call us first. Treating you when you have an active cold sore (especially in the blistering stage) may be painful for you because it can crack and bleed during treatment.

At the office of Andrew Cole DDS, we care about your oral health and your overall well-being. Please call us if you have questions or need to reschedule your appointment.

We recommend routine visits for exams and cleanings twice a year so we can monitor your oral health and catch problems while they are still small and easy to treat.

When you arrive for your appointment, a member of our team will promptly bring you back to your treatment room so you can get settled. 

Next, Dr. Cole will start your exam by checking and noting the condition of each tooth and taking diagnostic x-rays as needed. Every checkup also includes a caries risk assessment and an oral cancer screening.

If he finds something that needs to be addressed, he will use our intraoral camera to show you exactly what's happening with the tooth and why treatment is necessary. Seeing the problem for yourself helps you become an active part of the process.

Next, you will see your hygienist for a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that linger on your teeth and cause decay and gum disease. She will also check for signs of gum disease and make recommendations for self-care at home.

Before you leave, a member of our team will meet with you to discuss your treatment, how your insurance benefits apply, and estimate what your costs will be.

If it’s time for your semi-annual checkup and cleaning, please call our Chehalis dental office to arrange an appointment.

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