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Dr. Maria Stefan, D.D.S
4647 Quail Lakes Drive
Stockton, CA 95207

Phone (209) 478 - 5884
Fax (209) 478 - 5987

Maintaining a Beautiful Smile

Keeping your teeth healthy and maintaining a beautiful smile takes a few very simple steps. The first is to brush. Everyone knows the easiest way to prevent cavities and plaque build-up is to brush and floss every day. Beyond your daily activities there are other steps you can take to keep a healthy and beautiful smile. The most important is to see the Dentist for regular check ups. This can prevent small problems from growing bigger and more costly, on your mouth and your wallet.

There are also ways to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. The dentist can apply a sealant - a thin coat of plastic material applied to the top, or biting surface of your teeth. This plastic coating creates a barrier between the surface of your teeth and the bacteria in plaque that causes cavities. The sealants are most effective on children with new teeth, preventing them from their first cavities. However it is also an effective means for adults to prevent cavities and have healthier mouths.

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:
  • No Monthly Payment Plan
    • if you pay at least the minimum monthly payment as follows:

      Starting Balance Minimum Monthly Payment
      $300 $10
      $500 $15
      $800 $24
      $1,000 $30
      $1,500 $45
      $2,000 $60
      $2,500 $75
      $3,000 $90

    • and if you pay your promotional balance in full by the end of the promotional period
    then no interest will be charged on your promotional purchase

  • Extended Payment Plan
    • 24, 36 or 48 month extended term
    • low interest rate
    • for treatment fees over $1,500
    • low monthly payments

      Starting Rate EXTENDED PAYMENT PLAN
      Estimated Monthly Payment
      24 months 36 months 48 months
      $1,500 $72 $51 $41
      $2,500 $119 $85 $68
      $4,000 $190 $135 $108
      $7,500 $375 $253 $202
      $10,000 $476 $337 $269
      $15,000 $713 $506 $403
For more information on payment plans call us at (209) 478 - 5884.

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:
  • Brush - twice a day
  • Floss - once a day
  • Rinse with antiseptic mouthwash- twice a day
  • See - a dental professional on a regular basis
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