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Frequently Asked Questions

At Dr. Hooks Family Dental, we treat our patients like we would want to be treated. We are a family practice and welcome patients of all ages. Above all, we are committed to providing the highest quality dental care using state-of-the-art equipment and an unending attention to detail.
We believe that our patients deserve the best. Because of our commitment to the highest quality care, we provide all digital x-rays. This means that our patients are exposed to 99% less radiation than traditional x-rays. For patients who need impressions, there is no longer a need for the traditional, uncomfortable process. Instead, we use a quick, easy, and painless digital scanner that achieves the same result.
Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the most common causes of tooth loss.  Tooth decay takes place when most of the tooth’s mineral makeup has been dissolved away and a hole (cavity) has formed. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque, and its earliest stage is known as gingivitis.
Most dental professionals recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.  Brushing after every meal (and flossing at least once a day) is also a good way to maintain dental health.
A child should have his first dental appointment no later than his third birthday.  Many dentists recommend a child have his first appointment when his first tooth comes in.
Tobacco (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff) is the most common cause of oral cancer.  Combining tobacco use with heavy drinking can also foster the development of oral cancer.  Bad hygiene, prolonged irritation of the oral cavity, and extended exposure to strong sunlight on the lips are among other causes of the disease.
Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat that does not heal; a lump on the lip, in the mouth, or in the throat; a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding in the mouth; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.