Dr. Maria Stefan, D.D.S
4647 Quail Lakes Drive
Stockton, CA 95207
Phone (209) 478 - 5884
Fax (209) 478 - 5987
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can my teeth be made whiter?
YES! Teeth that are darkened from age, coffee, tea, or smoking can be whitened safely and quickly.
2. What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (such as coffee, tea, tabacco, etc.), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
3. Do I really need to floss?
YES! Flossing cleans away the plaque from between your teeth and increases blood circulation in your gums. It also decreases your chance of having periodontal or gum disease.
4. How important are x-rays for a dental evaluation?
X-rays detect some dental conditions not visible at first sight. They can reveal the presence of small cavities between your teeth, infection in the bone, periodontal disease, abscesses, some types of tumors, and other problems affecting your health.
5. Do I need to have regular dental check-ups?
Regular dental check-ups are important to monitor your oral health. Regular dental visits are vital to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions affecting your oral health.
6. Will you accept my insurance?
We accept most insurance plans, except Medi-Cal or HMO. Call us at (209) 478 - 5884 for more details.
7. Do you offer any financial plans?
We have two financial plans available for you:
8. How do I know if I have gingivitis?
First of all, gingivitis is one of the earliest forms of gum disease, an infection of the gum, which may lead to periodontitis, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gingivitis is caused by plague, a soft, skicky film that continuously forms on your teeth.
Because pain is rarely a symptom, you may have gingivitis if you have gums that bleed during brushing and/or red, swollen or tender gums.
9. What can I do to prevent and control gingivitis?
You can prevent and control gingivitis by practicing good oral care every day:
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