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courtneyCourtney Welch, DDS

Education & Credentials
– University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry
Memberships
– American Dental Association
– Minnesota Dental Association

FAQ

What age should I starting bringing my child to the dentist?

A child’s first dental visit is recommended by the age of 1 by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association (ADA). Teeth begin to erupt on average of the age of 6-12 months. These newly erupted teeth are susceptible to tooth decay from their very first appearance. It is also very important to establish a dental home early in a child’s life so they become comfortable in a dental environment as they grow. The #1 childhood illness is dental decay. Poor oral health can affect a child in many ways including their overall quality of life, their cognitive and social development, and can affect the child’s growth and function.  Millions of school days are missed each year due to dental related illness. The earlier we can establish good oral habits the better. If left untreated pediatric dental disease can lead to malnourishment, dental infections which could require emergency surgery if left untreated, and could eventually result in death. To learn more about Pediatric Dentistry, view Pediatric Dentistry’s webite at http://www.sartellkids.com/

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Teeth can be sensitive for a variety of reasons. Tooth discomfort can be caused by dental decay, side effects from whitening, clenching or grinding and a fracture or crack. Worn enamel and exposed root can also be a leading cause of sensitivity. Your dentist can help you determine what is causing the sensitivity and recommend appropriate treatment.

How do digital x-rays differ from traditional x-rays?

At Welch Dental Care we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional x-rays. For instance:

Less Radiation: Digital X-rays provide an 80%-90% reduction in radiation.

  • More Comfortable for You: Biting the paper tab used in taking traditional x-rays can be uncomfortable and push up against your mouth in awkward ways. Digital x-rays work differently by putting a small sensor in your mouth connected by a thin wire to the computer.
  • Quick Developing: Typically the images are ready in as short of time as 8-10 seconds.
  • Magnified Images: Digital x-rays are easily displayed at larger sizes. The images can be magnified to show close up details.
  • Earth Friendly: Digital X-rays are electronic so they save us from needing to use chemicals or film.

X-rays are an important part of your dental visit, because they help us diagnose problems we can’t see clinically. Digital x-rays are just one way we are working to make your visits better.

Are amalgam fillings dangerous to my health?

Many people question the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings due to mercury content.  According to the FDA, clinical studies have found no link between amalgam fillings and health problems.  The mercury is bound by a mixture of alloys such as copper, zinc, tin and silver. When the mercury is in combined form it is stable and does not pose risk to human health. Amalgam fillings have been used for approximately 150 years without adverse affects.

What are the benefits of fluoride?

In recommended doses, fluoride reduces dental disease, loss of teeth, time away from work or school and anesthesia related risks associated with dental treatment. While dental decay is reduced by fluoridated toothpaste and mouth rinses and professional fluoride treatments, the majority of your fluoride intake comes from public water supply. 98.7% of Minnesota’s public water supplies are fluoridated. For more information visit The Fluoride Action Network at www.fluoridealert.org/researchers/states/minnesota/  Your dentist or hygienist may recommend a fluoride application to fight dental decay, strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity.

Am I entitled to a copy of my dental records?

Yes, with written consent a copy of your dental records will be provided upon request.

Is a electric or manual toothbrush best for me?

Should my child use fluoridated toothpaste?