Frequently Asked Questions

What types of insurance do you accept?

We accept all major PPO dental insurance (Delta, MetLife, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.), but no HMOs, and are out-of-network with all insurance providers, including Delta Dental. We recommend that you review your dental insurance policy for clarification prior to your first visit. More information on insurance is available here.

How necessary are dental x-rays?

Many oral diseases can’t be detected by visual and physical examination alone. X-rays are a necessary tool for early detection of problems that can’t otherwise be seen, and provide information about a patient’s oral health, such as early-stage cavities, gum disease, infections, and some types of tumors. How often x-rays should be taken depends on the patient’s oral health, age, risk for disease, and signs and symptoms of oral disease the patient might be exhibiting. Our office takes x-rays digitally, so the films can be seen immediately.

What are the best things to eat that will destroy my teeth?

Popcorn kernels are right up there. Jujyfruit and other sticky candies are terrific for pulling out fillings and loose teeth. Some people like to gnaw on frozen candy bars in the middle of the night, or try to bust open stubborn pistachio shells with their teeth. Go ahead, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Are there any benefits to using a powered toothbrush?

There are. See the findings here.

Why do my succulents keep dying?

Overwatering, most likely, or not enough sunlight. Ask Scott, our office manager. He tends to all those succulents out on the deck, and likes answering plant questions.

Is it okay to use a paper clip, a nail, or other pointy metal objects to clean between my teeth?

No! Come to the office; we’ll give you floss!

Why does Dr. Boardman have pink hair?

It’s all just part of the show.