How can we help you?
At Maine Family Dental Practice we understand that making decisions about your oral health can be hard and the best way to be confident is by having all of the information. Although we are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at your personal consultation, we also have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with some quick answers.
If you have any further questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact our office at (207) 947-1166!
At this time, we are accepting new patients! We are proud to welcome new members into our dental family from all around the Bangor area. This includes our neighbors from Winterport, Orono, Brewer, Orrington, Holden, and adjacent communities.
We know that each member of your family needs special care depending on what stage of life they're in. For instance, a child requires different services and care than a family member in his or her elder years. At Maine Family Dental, we offer the right care for every family member as he or she progresses through each stage of life. Our skilled dentist is knowledgeable when it comes to treatment for all ages.
Your First Visit
For your first visit, we recommend that you come equipped with information about your medical history. You may want to bring a list of medications that you are taking, and be prepared to answer questions about your health. Knowledge about your medical history can help us understand how to treat your body with overall wellness as our ultimate goal.
Schedule an appointment with us
After being cared for by our gentle, thorough team, you'll want to become a patient for life - and we wouldn't have it any other way! Schedule your new patient consultation today by giving us a call at our Bangor office at 1-207-947-1166.
You are welcome to bring your child in to see us very early on - even before his or her first birthday! The purpose of such an early visit is to allow your child to get used to the office and the dentist chair and to meet the Maine Family Dental team. Becoming acquainted with the people and surroundings of the dentist's office can help your child feel comfortable and at ease. These are the first stones in the foundation of great dental health for life!
Your Child's First Regular Dental Visits
Around the age of two it is generally recommended that you begin bringing your child in for regular dentist visits. During your visit, your Maine Family Dental dentist Dr. Buxton can answer any questions that you may have about your child's oral health. You may also be given recommendations regarding how to instill healthy habits in your child, as well as advice about nutrition and wellness.
Baby teeth are vulnerable so regular dental visits are important in order to troubleshoot for any potential problems. Generally, your child's first dental x-rays will be taken sometime between the ages of four and six.
Schedule your child's dental cleaning with us
Dr. Buxton enjoys working with children and teaching them about how to care for their teeth. Schedule your child's first appointment today!
In most cases it is easier and more effective to stop problems before they start, rather than correcting them after they have already caused damage. Think of your mouth as a gateway to the wellbeing of the rest of your body. The health of your mouth is closely linked with systemic overall health issues; therefore, preventing oral health problems may help you achieve your best possible overall health.
How can you prevent oral health problems?
Prevention typically takes place in two phases - the first phase is honoring your biannual in-office visits. The second phase is practicing good oral health tactics at home every day.
During your in-office visit, your dentist will thoroughly screen your mouth for any potential problems. You will also have a professional teeth cleaning, which removes hard-to-reach plaque and leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Your dentist will also advise you on ways to improve your oral health care routine. This may include recommendations on the best products and techniques to use.
Make sure to maintain your dental cleanings
Your daily at-home care is very important for prevention of illnesses like gum disease and problems such as tooth decay. Be sure to diligently brush twice daily and floss regularly.
Contact Maine Family Dental Practice with any questions you have about your at home dental care.
According to projections provided by the American Dental Association, the Affordable Care Act may result in an additional 8.7 million children gaining extensive dental coverage. About 17.7 million adults could gain some type of dental coverage.
Your Health Coverage
The effect that the Affordable Care Act will have on the lives of Americans will vary according to the state that they live in. Residents of Maine have been allowed to purchase health insurance plans through an online "exchange" since October 2013. The Affordable Care Act has changed the standards of acceptable dental offerings for each of these plans.
Find out more about your healthcare
For more information on how the changes in health care legislation affects your life, you may want to visit the Maine Public Broadcasting website at mpbn.net and also the American Dental Association's section regarding the Affordable Care Act at http://www.ada.org/news/8935.aspx.
If you have any questions about your specific plan, contact our office and we will go over your benefits with you!
At Maine Family Dental Practice, our priority is providing you with the care and treatment that you need - from routine teeth cleaning services to restorative methods. Accordingly, we offer a variety of payment options.
You have the ability to pay using cash or any major credit card including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. For your convenience, we also accept Care Credit.
Do you accept insurance?
We work with almost every type of insurance; however, we are not a preferred provider. This allows us the ability to provide you with the care you deserve without being held back by the dictates of insurance companies. If you are not sure whether or not we accept your insurance, don't hesitate to ask! Together, we will determine the best way for you to get the treatment you need - while fitting payments into your lifestyle and budget.
Call our dental office today in Bangor ME
If you have any questions about your insurance or how to finance your dental work don't hesitate to contact our office and we will be glad to help!
Dental insurance can be helpful in reducing the cost of your dental treatment; however, it's important to understand a few things about it so you can make the most of your benefits.
When benefits usually expire
Most plans run on a calendar year, which means they start in January and end in December. Typically your plan will have a deductible in the range of $50 to $150 to be paid before any major dental procedures are covered. Most plans have a yearly maximum amount that they will pay for preventative care and major procedures throughout the year, which varies for each plan. Unfortunately, these dollars don't roll over into next year's plan, so if you don't use them, you'll lose them.
What is usually covered
Many plans cover most if not all of your preventative appointments. This means that there is very little out-of-pocket cost to you when you visit your dentist every six months. These appointments are your best opportunity to prevent many dental concerns such as gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities, so it is in your best interest to utilize your benefits and consistently attend your six-month cleaning and checkups.
We're here to help! If you aren't sure what your benefits cover, or you have questions about possible out-of-pocket costs, please contact our office.