When should my child go to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that children are seen within six months of the eruption of their first tooth or no later than one year. During your appointment, Dr. Eller will examine your child’s dental health and determine if they have any dental needs. Next, he will discuss proper homecare techniques to ensure that your child creates great dental habits early in life!

What is the difference between a Prophy and Periodontal Maintenance?

A Prophylaxis is a cleaning performed on patients without Periodontal Disease. Periodontal Maintenance is a more involved cleaning performed on patients with Periodontal Disease that have undergone Scaling & Root Planing (deep cleaning). Periodontal Maintenance is a more timely and involved cleaning that removes plaque both above and underneath the gumline.

Do I still need to go to the dentist if I have Dentures?

Yes. During your annual exam, Dr. Eller will perform an oral cancer screen and check for any signs of disease. Next, Dr. Eller will ensure that your dentures fit and perform well. Ill-fitting dentures can be uncomfortable, perform poorly, and cause irreparable damage to the jawbones.


The internet is a very useful tool for researching dental topics.  Please remember that not all information found on the web is created equal.  Some findings may not relate to your situation or more importantly may not be valid or scientifically sound.  Listed below are links to credible websites to aid your search.  Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.  We are here to help you maintain your dental health!