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 films should be taken depends on the patient’s oral health, age, risk factors, and signs and symptoms of oral disease the patient might be exhibiting. Our office takes x-rays digitally, so 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. It has come to our attention that some people like to gnaw on frozen candy bars in the middle of the night, or try to open stubborn pistachio shells with their teeth. 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, who tends to all those succulents out on the deck.

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

No! That’s what floss is for!

Why does Dr. Boardman have pink hair?

It’s just part of the show.