Dental Care for Children
One of the most important things you can teach your children is good oral hygiene. Habits are formed when children are very young, and regular dental visits are an important part of developing those habits. Most children start regular examinations at age three, but any time you notice signs of pain or tooth decay before then, you should schedule a dental appointment.
In our West Chester dental practice we understand fear and the apprehension about going to the dentist. Dental fear due to traumatic childhood experiences or bad dental experiences at any age is a real thing. If you have been avoiding going to the dentist due to uncontrollable fear, the first step is to call our practice for a low stress, no fear, no charge dental consultation. If going to the office seems beyond your comfort zone, Dr. Briglia would be happy to give you a call to speak with you over the phone regarding your concerns. We find that some patients are too apprehensive about visiting a dental office, but a call from Dr. Briglia gives patients a chance to “test the waters” and put their minds at ease.
We have helped thousands of patients over the last 30 years and have vast experience in providing patients with pain-free, relaxed dental care. We offer a no charge consultation appointment to get to know you and start to understand your fear about coming to the dentist. We offer sedation dentistry, and may discover during your consultation that you might prefer to have some level of sedation to complete your care.
When it comes to pain concerns, you can be assured of pain-free numbing because we always use a very strong topical numbing gel to be certain that you do not feel anything. To make you even more comfortable, we can provide nitrous oxide “relaxing air” and oral or IV sedation. Dr. Briglia can provide these sedation services for root canals, dental implants, periodontal surgery, and more.
If you have a lot of dental needs, you can have several treatments completed in just a few sedation appointments. Our sedation fees are very reasonable and all treatment and financial arrangements are reviewed and agreed upon before starting any dental treatment. Your treatment can be predetermined with your insurance company, and your care can be phased over time to make quality care more affordable.
Before your visit
Your first visit actually starts before coming to our West Chester practice by calling our dental office. During that call, we will determine if you are having a dental emergency or would just like to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and checkup.
On your first visit, we will need patients to fill out a New Patient Form, which helps us gather information about your dental history. In order to make this first visit more enjoyable and less time consuming, we have made the New Patient Forms available for download on our website. We encourage new patients to complete this form and bring it with them on their initial visit. Please click on the following link to download the New Patient Form:
Additionally, if you have dental x-rays that were taken within the last 12 months, we will ask you to call your previous dental practice to have them send us any records or x-rays they have on file.
At Your First Visit
During the first appointment, you will be greeted by our friendly staff when you check in. After taking care of getting you registered, you will meet with Dr. Briglia who will get to know you and learn about your concerns and your dental goals. We will review your past dental x-rays or take new updated digital x-rays in order to diagnose any problems that cannot be seen clinically. We will review your medical and past dental history, and complete a clinical examination which includes a TMJ/Jaw Joint exam, an oral cancer screening, a tooth by tooth exam, a check for periodontal gum disease, and a check for bone loss around your teeth.
In addition to the services above, we will also take a series of intraoral photographs in order to have a record of your actual teeth and gums for future diagnostic and insurance purposes. If it’s appropriate, you may be able to have your teeth cleaned that very same day. If we diagnosed that you have gum disease and bone loss, we will review treatment options with you at that time.
Briglia Dental Group accepts the following insurance from the providers listed below. If you do not see your insurance carrier listed, please let us know so that we can explore accepting their dental insurance plans in the future.
We are currently accepting the following dental insurance plans:
- United Concordia (Advantage Plus)
- Delta Dental
At Briglia Dental Group in West Chester, PA, we receive a wide variety of questions related to oral hygiene from our patients. One of the most popular questions is, “How long should I brush my teeth for?” While most dentists recommend two minutes as ideal, we prefer to suggest three minutes, with 90 seconds devoted to the upper teeth and 90 seconds devoted to the lower teeth.
Timing and Technique
Timing is undeniably important, but many people fail to consider their technique when brushing. This is equally – and perhaps even more – important to proper oral hygiene. Remember the following the next time you brush your teeth:
- Use short strokes
- Move back and forth against the teeth and gums
- Move around the surface of each and every tooth
It is also important to remember to floss as well. Flossing is commonly overlooked, but it is just as important as brushing when it comes to your oral hygiene.
Can You Brush Too Much?
While there really is no such thing as brushing too much, you can cause problems if you brush improperly. If you apply too much pressure while you brush, you may find that you can cause abrasion of the gum tissue and of the enamel, which can lead to other problems such as sensitive teeth. On the other hand, if you do not brush properly, you may leave yourself open to problems stemming from the bacteria you leave behind. This presence of bacteria can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis, and there have been recent studies that indicate the presence of heavy plaque in the mouth can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Contact Us Today
Briglia Dental Group is always happy to respond to your questions and concerns, so please give us a call at 610-692-4440 and experience the difference that our team has to offer.