Frequently Asked Questions
Pursuing dental care can be intimidating at times, but the Goodman Family Dentistry team is here to put your mind at ease. Below, you’ll find many of the questions we receive on a regular basis and their respective answers. If you are confused or concerned about something and don’t see the information you need on this page, don’t hesitate to contact us here in Columbia, TN. Dr. Goodman or one of our staff members would be happy to help you directly.
How do I know when it is time to come in for a checkup?
We recommend that patients with good oral health schedule a checkup and hygiene visit twice each year. If you need more frequent visits, we'll let you know. Checkups are important because even if you don't notice any pain or problems with your teeth, we may find signs of potential problems. For instance, demineralization is a precursor to decay, oral cancer often goes undetected until the later stages, and gum disease can be very stealthy. At your hygiene appointment, we'll clean plaque, tartar, and hardened food particles from your teeth. We'll also make sure your gums are healthy and strong.
My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?
Bleeding is usually a sign of a problem. When gums bleed, the cause usually stems from the patient brushing too hard or from early-stage gum disease, also called gingivitis. We can consult with you on the proper toothbrush and pressure for safe, effective daily oral care. If your gums show signs of gum disease, we may recommend a deep hygiene treatment to stop the disease and return your gums to good health. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it has been linked to many overall health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and respiratory problems. Untreated, gum disease can escalate to create significant damage to your health, so call for an assessment now. We will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for life!
Do I have to floss every day? Is it really that important?
Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing gum disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral care easier.
What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
Missing teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including additional tooth loss. Research shows that if a missing tooth is not replaced, up to 20% of adjacent teeth will fall out in the next 4 to 8 years. Missing teeth also cause remaining teeth to shift, spaces between teeth, food impaction, bite collapse, chewing alteration, and TMJ pain. You’re also more susceptible to gum disease, a serious health condition that can significantly shorten your life span.
Is it true that some dentists can treat sleep apnea?
If a patient has been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a trained dentist like Dr. Goodman may be able to provide effective relief. Instead of using an uncomfortable CPAP machine, oral appliance therapy can help readjust your jaw and/or tongue just enough to experience unhindered breathing throughout the night.
Can you help me improve the way my smile looks?
Yes. Dr. Goodman offers several cosmetic services that can improve the aesthetic value of teeth and help our patients’ self-confidence flourish, including metal-free restorations, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and more. We can help you explore your options during an initial consultation.
Do you take my insurance?
Our practice works with virtually all dental insurance plans, and we are in-network for several major providers as well. Our team will be happy to help you navigate your specific coverage and maximize your deserved reimbursements. For more information about payment options, visit our new patients page.