1How often do you recommend visiting the dentist for a cleaning and checkup?
Visiting the dentist is a critical part of overall oral health, and generally we recommend that you see a dentist at least once every six months to get a professional cleaning and comprehensive exam. During this visit, the dentist and hygienists will clean your teeth and check for cavities, and examine your mouth, jaw, neck, and face for any signs of a problem. Some patients who have active oral disease or other health complications may need to visit the dentist more often. The dentists at Caring Smiles can let you know if they think you would benefit from more frequent visits.


2When should my child see the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents should take their child to a dentist for their first visit when their first tooth appears, or before their first birthday (whichever occurs first). Getting early dental care for your child can prevent diseases and cavities.


3What payment options do you accept?

Caring Smiles offers many different options for payment, and we will work with you to help you figure out the best options to get the care you need at a price that fits within your budget. We accept a variety of dental insurance providers, Medicaid (Idaho Smiles) and can help you work with your provider to process dental claims. We can also take cash, major credit cards, and checks.

If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about our in-house savings plan, with sliding fee scales for patients who qualify. Our goal is to offer the most affordable dental care possible to patients who need it most. Call us today to find out more.


4Can I get teeth whitening at your clinic?

Teeth whitening is available at Caring Smiles with the Sinsational Smile whitening system. It’s an effective way to get brighter, whiter teeth, and only takes about 20 minutes. We also offer options for patients to take a whitening system home if you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home.


5How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is one of the most common chronic oral health conditions that patients suffer from today, and the main reason for tooth loss. Gum disease attacks both your soft tissues (gums) and the bone underneath, which can weaken the bone’s ability to keep teeth securely inside your mouth. Visiting the dentist for regular checkups and maintaining good oral health at home through brushing and flossing are the easiest ways to prevent gum disease or get it treated if you do develop periodontal disease.


6Would veneers be good for improving my smile?
If you are self-conscious about your smile, veneers are a great option to help mask imperfections and correct issues like gaps, broken or chipped teeth, and tooth discoloration or stains. At Caring Smiles we offer traditional porcelain veneers as well as Lumineers. Both offer options for covering the front of teeth, leaving you with a durable, radiant, beautiful smile.