Frequently Asked Questions

Are you taking new patients?
YES. I look forward to treating referred friends and family of my current patients. I am proud of the confidence my patients have placed in me and in turn telling others about their positive experience. Click Here to download New Patient Documents for you to fill out at home!

What happens at my first visit?
In order to treat each and every patient, as an individual with unique dental needs it is vital to completely assess their current oral health. We perform an oral cancer screening, we look at muscles and joints that open and close the mouth. We will look at your teeth, and gums and bone that hold the teeth in (the peridontium). We then take photos and x-rays when necessary. With this information you and Dr. Nielson can determine the treatment that is right for you.

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.

What kind of toothpaste is best?
The most important part of brushing your teeth is the technique used. Toothpaste is important for what it supplies, fluoride or tartar control. Be careful of the whitening brand because some are abrasive and remove enamel from teeth. Of all the different types find one you like and make sure it has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

How safe are dental X-rays?
There is very little risk in dental X-rays. Pediatric dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. Lead aprons and high-speed film are used to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation.