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Dr. Lekshmi Mahesh

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405 Sоuth Parliament Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: 757-499-7300

 

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FAQ

How often should I floss?

Our recommendation is to floss once daily- preferably at night after the last meal. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Does using mouth wash take care of flossing?

Mouth wash of any other dental products does not do the product of flossing. Flossing is the only way to prevent tooth decay from in-between the teeth.

Are silver fillings safe?

There is no conclusive evidence to connect the mercury in silver fillings to any danger to human beings. Silver filings are considered a safe and durable filling material.

What dental insurances do you accept?

Any dental insurance that will allow you to go to the dentist of your choice. Some of the dental insurance we accept include Anthem, UCCI, Delta, Guardian, Cigna, Dominion Dental, Metlife, Aetna, and Humana PPO level of higher. Contact us if you would like to check on another insurance not listed here.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credits cards, cash, check money order and Care Credit.

Do you offer interest free financing?

We offer interest free financing through an external agency called Care credit. We can pre-approve you here at the office or you can get approved through their website.

What are your hours of operation?

Our regular hours are Monday 12-7. Tuesday-Thursday 8:00- 5:00. Friday 8:-12. You can calll any time for emergencies.

How often do I need to have my dental check-up?

Even if your teeth are healthy and you do not have any pain, it is good to have your dental check-up every 6 months. This way we can clean your teeth and make sure there are no cavities in progress.

What should I do if I am in pain?

Contact us immediately! Toothache is usually a tell tale sign of an infection. If you postpone the visit, this will only get worse and might lead to even more damage and pain.

What if I need emergency dental service?

Dr. Mahesh is always reachable after hours, on weekends or on holidays on her cell phone (757-753-7930) for emergencies.

How often should I brush my teeth?

We recommend brushing twice daily to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.

At what age should children start seeing dentists?

We recommend the first dental visit no later than the infants first birthday to make sure that their teeth are coming in a regular pattern.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is clenching or grinding of teeth, especially during sleep. The forces of bruxism puts stressful forces on muscles, jaw and teeth. This will cause jaw disorders, jaw pain, soreness, headaches and broken teeth. We make clear night guard to wear that protects the teeth from damaging forces.

How does your mouth affect your overall health?

Gum disease is a significant dental problem caused by neglecting the routine dental care. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Untreated gum disease cause chronic inflammatory response in other parts of the body, which increases the chances for heart disease and stroke. Signs of gum disease are bleeding gums, bad breadth, loose teeth etc.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are clear protective coating on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth shielding the teeth from cavities. Sealants are done on permanent back teeth of children.

What causes bad breadth or halitosis?

Improper oral hygiene or untreated gum disease could cause halitosis. It could also be an indication of an untreated medical condition.

What is pregnancy gingivitis?

Pregnancy gingivitis is a common form of gum disease due to the change in hormones during pregnancy. Mothers with gum disease have a higher risk to have preterm babies, a serious complication that can have significant health concerns to the infant. Higher levels of prostaglandin is found in women with severe gum disease which induce labor, leading to premature delivery. So our recommendation is to improve the oral hygiene by more brushing and flossing and more frequent hygiene visits to your dentist's office.

Why should children in sports wear sports guards?

Dental injuries are very common among the youth involved in sports. Wearing sports guard regularly during sports can prevent major injuries to the teeth and other dental complications associated with it. Your dentist can make custom sports guards that can better protect your teeth.