Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the dentist?  We recommend that you visit our dental office at least once every six months. But the frequency of checkups that is best will vary from person to person. Those at greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year.

Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up.

Regular checkups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy and also provide opportunity for early detection of problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities.


My teeth do not hurt, and they look fine. Do I still need to go to the dentist?

Even if you cannot see anything wrong with your teeth, it is important to keep up with your routine visits every six months. During your regular dental exam and cleaning, our team will check for any dental diseases and damage that may not be readily apparent. This enables Dr. Massey to provide the treatment you need before these problems become bigger and more painful. Your routine visit will also include a professional dental cleaning, which can help to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease.


Is it normal if my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

No, your gums should not bleed when you floss or brush your teeth. Gums that bleed easily are a common symptom of gum disease. If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush, we urge you to contact us today at Arctic Family Dental to schedule a visit with our team.


What is gum disease, and how do I know if I have it?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the soft tissues of the mouth. If left untreated, this degenerative condition may lead to consequences like tooth and bone loss. You may have gum disease if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Gums that are redder than usual
  • Tender gums

If you notice these signs of gum disease, we encourage you to contact our office for the treatment you need.


What is cosmetic dentistry, and how can it benefit my smile’s appearance? Cosmetic dentistry includes several dental treatments designed to improve your smile’s appearance. Through cosmetic dentistry, our dentists are able to correct flaws in your smile like crooked or gapped teeth, misshapen teeth, very worn teeth, discolored or darkened teeth, cracked teeth, and broken or chipped teeth.