Common preventative care questions:

We want you to have a beautiful smile and healthy teeth! We have put some information together to make sure you are taking the best preventive care for your teeth.

Preventative care: How often should you visit the dentist?

The answer depends on each individual patient's oral health. For patients with health gums, little or no history of decay, good homecare and no significant medical conditions, we can help you maintain optimal health by scheduling cleanings and checkups at least twice a year.

However, not all patients fall under this category.  If your teeth are predisposed to problems, after performing a comprehensive exam, we will develop a plan together.  It is our job to inform and educate you.  We will discuss all of your treatment options, giving you the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure.  We customize each treatment plan to fit our patient's needs and wishes.


What age should children start seeing a dentist?

Proper oral hygiene habits are learned early.  As soon as your toddler can manage a toothbrush (24-30 months), supervised brushing instructions can create beneficial habits that last a lifetime.  Remember, children under 6 should be supervised at all times as swallowing toothpaste can be harmful.


Foley Family Dentistry recommends a first dentist visit somewhere in the third year. Establishing regular visits at a young age has proven to improve the health and stability of adult teeth.

What is the recommended daily routine for my teeth?


The answer to this question depends on the individual patients oral and medical health.  As a baseline, all patients should brush twice daily and ideally floss once a day.  During your cleaning, our experienced hygienists will educate you on technique and instruct you based on our individual needs.