About Our Practice
Teeth are not like hair. You can have your teeth for the rest of your life and we can help! We have dozens of patients in their 80’s with all their own teeth. Our goal with every patient is to help them preserve all their remaining teeth for life so our focus is predominantly preventive.
However, if you do need dental care, we’d like you to know that:
- We do painless dentistry: Most of the procedures we perform will have an immediate and painless recovery process
- Our comprehensive approach and quality, dental care will save you money: We guarantee and ensure the quality of our dental care by utilizing specialists whenever necessary.
- We accept most insurance plans: Call our office with any questions on your specific dental plan.
Many of our patients bring all three generations of their families and they regularly refer thefriends and co-workers to our doctors. Our greatest reward is their loyalty and support in the form of referrals. In fact, most of our new patients come from referrals by other patients and other doctors.
Insurance and financial options
We accept most insurance plans. Please call for specific information on you particular plan coverage. However, irrespective of your coverage, we offer a consultation at no-cost to you.
In addition, some medical insurance companies cover complex dental cases.
We also do worker’s compensation and accident cases. Please call us to find out more.
But don’t let not having insurance keep you from getting the treatment you need. We offer interest free options and low monthly payments for dental care. As an example, payments for Invisalign or Orthodontics are usually less than $150 per month.
Our approach to dentistry
Our process has been refined over the 120+ years of our combined experience to ensure that every dental procedure we do and recommendations we make helps prevent avoidable expense, pain, or dental disease in your future.
Our doctors won’t rush you in and out. They’ll take the time to answer all your questions. We consistently get great reviews for the thoroughness of our examinations. All opportunities to prevent further problems and any necessary dental treatment will be discussed with you thoroughly.
Most dental problems can be avoided. While genetics plays a role in your long-term health, most Americans can keep their teeth for the rest of their lives. We have dozens of patients who are over 80 years of age and retain all of their natural teeth. Actually it’s quite easy to ensure you have your natural teeth when you’re older:
- Brushing and flossing daily: prevents the activity of bacteria in your mouth which is the fundamental cause of most dental problems
- Correcting alignment problems: misalignment is the number 1 cause of broken teeth in American adults
- Avoiding dentistry: acting quickly on any recommendations our doctors make will prevent the need for more extensive dentistry in the long run.
Moreover, having all your own teeth can help extend your life. Studies have shown that loosing 6 or more teeth reduces your life expectancy by 15 years. Brushing your tongue has been shown to add 6 or 7 years to your life.
Don’t ignore the pain:
Prioritizing dental treatment will save you money, prevent discomfort, and prevent the need for further treatment.
Pain in the mouth is an indication of an advanced problem. Make a dental appointment if you feel any tingling, sensitivity, or pain in your teeth or gums. These are the early warning sensations that could save you hundreds even thousands of dollars if attended to as soon as they manifest.
The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist every 6 months to ensure that we catch emerging problems as early as possible. All dental problems, if caught in the earliest stages can be prevented from becoming bigger and more expensive.
Did you know that:
- Flossing, brushing, and bi-annual professional cleanings prevents cavities and gum disease
- Fillings help you avoid crowns
- Crowns help you avoid root canals
- Root canals help you avoid lost teeth
- Replacing missing teeth helps you avoid losing more or all of your teeth
- Deep cleanings help you avoid gum surgeries and bone replacement
- Gum surgeries and bone replacement help you avoid the loss of your teeth
Nutrition and oral health
Researchers have posited that modern nutritional practices contribute to our dental problems. Archeologists have recovered ancient skulls with intact, un-decayed teeth. Now these ancient humans did not brush, floss, or visit the dentist, so what has changed? Researchers point to our diet, particularly, our access to carbohydrates.
After the agricultural revolution, carbohydrates became readily accessible. We know that simple carbohydrates allow decay and gum-disease causing bacteria in our mouths to proliferate. It is the activity of these bacteria that are the cause of many modern dental problems.
Whenever you consume carbohydrates such as breads, grains, pasta, sodas or juices we recommend drinking water, swishing with water, or brushing. This will help reduce the incidence of dental disease by washing away the simple sugars from your teeth.
Some say it’s more important than brushing. We say do it every night for fresh breath and to avoid cavities and gum disease. It’s like paying yourself $5 every night!
Brush 2 or 3 times per day, preferably after meals, and definitely after your last meal of the day. Brushing removes food from your teeth and reduces harmful bacteria.
The benefit of proper tooth alignment
Studies have shown that proper tooth alignment affects how long you keep your teeth and the problems you have along the way. Patients with proper occlusion (the technical term for alignment) have been shown to keep their teeth longer into life with fewer problems.
If you have problems with you alignment, we will recommend Invisalign or Orthodontics to correct your bite and avoid broken teeth and other problems.
Although, most of our patients in Invisalign and braces are adults, parents should bring children in for an Invisalign or Orthodontic consultation with Dr. Woo as early as 7 years.
All treatment we recommend can be viewed as preventive. Dental problems invariably get worse with time and become more expensive to treat. Catching problems early and treating them immediately will reduce your overall expense and discomfort.