JP Dental Hartford

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive Treatments

How can we help you?

At JP Dental, we pride ourselves on educating our patients about dental care so they can be an active participant in their own oral health care. As a patient, you have a right to be informed about your treatment. We make every effort to explain a procedure in enough detail for you to understand why it's important and how it can benefit your oral health.

But you may still have questions, and we've shared a few of those we hear most frequently. We're always here for you, so if you still need more information, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept many insurances and are happy to file your claims for your convenience. Please feel free to contact our office with your insurance questions and our knowledgeable Insurance Coordinator will be happy to assist you.

Currently, we work with the following:

Aetna PPO
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Assuring Dental Employee Benefits
Cigna PPO
Delta Dental
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net
Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey
Humana Dental
Lincoln Financial Group
Meridian Health
Mutual of Omaha
Oxford Health Plans
Principal Financial Group
Reliance Standard
Sun Life Financial 
United Concordia
United HealthCare

If you have questions about any of our services, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford, CT dental office today at JP Dental! Our dedicated team is looking forward to helping you achieve your dental goals. 

Preventive Treatments

No, it is not. 

It is extremely safe to taking x rays when performed properly. 

It may actually be more dangerous not to take x rays in the long run because cavities that are between teeth are nearly impossible to detect without the x ray images. Patient may end up needing larger treatments such as root canal treatment or even extraction because cavities were not found when they were small. 

We provide shield to cover your chest and your neck when taking x rays. 

If you had a radiation therapy due to cancer, it is advised to perhaps skip the x rays for another visit to avoid overdose of radiation. 

The difference between brushing and cleaning your teeth on your own and getting a cleaning done at a dental office is that some of the areas that are not reachable with a regular brush can be cleaned by hygienists. Hygienists use instruments called scalers that scrape the surface between your teeth. They also use a tool called cavitron, which is an ultrasonic scaler that uses high frequency vibrations and water to clean the teeth effectively. As a last step, they polish the surface of the teeth to make sure any remaining plaque are not left over on the surface of teeth. 

When you are done with the cleaning, you will leave the office feeling fresh and clean. Great tips are also offered on how to do a better cleaning at home. 




If you have not been brushing your teeth habitually, it will be very difficult to get started.

Our brain does not like change. 

The moment you start something new such as brushing. 

Your mind will do everything it can to keep the status quo. 

The key to starting a new habit is to make it easy.

It has to be ridiculously easy in order to for the new habit to stick. 

One method I suggest is this. 

Buy 10 good and affordable toothbrushes. 

Place everywhere in your house. 

Especially spots where you spend most of your time.

For example, the couches you sit to watch netflix, the table right next to your bed, and etc. 

After a few days, you may find yourself holding on to the toothbrushes and actually brushing your teeth in front of the mirror in the restroom. 

Soon you will realize if actually feels great to have a clean teeth. 

Your brain will tell you that it is beneficial for you to keep your teeth clean and send cues to you

that you should get brushing everyday!

Let me know if this has worked for you. 


You should brush minimum twice a day, one in the morning and one before going to bed. 

If you belong to any of the following category you should brush more than twice a day:

1. You drink a lot of energy drink, fruit juice, seltzer, coffee, and anything that is not water.

2. You have a lot of restorations in your mouth such as fillings, crowns, bridges and any dental work that makes your brushing difficult. 

3. You have a gum disease, specifically periodontitis where you have lost some bone around the teeth. You have a lot of pockets around your teeth where germs and plaque can get stuck and grown. 

4. You have a dry mouth. If you have this, you should brush every time you eat anything because all the food that you eat sticks to your teeth causing cavities and inflammation. 

5. You sleep your mouth open at night. Sleeping with your mouth open can cause a change in natural bacteria, leading to cavities and gingivitis. 

Yes, gingivitis is very much curable with proper brushing habit and a healthy diet. 

Gingivitis is simply caused when teeth are not cleaned on a daily basis. When plaque builds up over time in the mouth, they turn into something called calculus or tartar that sticks to the teeth. The best analogy that can refer to are the barnacles stuck on the surface of the ship. Tartar can only be removed by a professional such as an hygienist with specific instruments called scalers. 

After a professional cleaning, progressive healing should be observed over a few days. It is important that you maintain the daily habit of brushing and flossing twice a day to prevent gingivitis coming back again. Listerine mouth rinse and waterpik can be added to the oral hygiene regimens to keep the mouth healthy. 

This is an important stage of the gum disease where with enough effort the disease can be reversed. When the oral health is ignored when there is active gum disease, it can turn into a oral disease called periodontitis which can sometimes cause permanent damage to the gums and the bone that is wrapping around the teeth. So, please don't forget to brush up today! 


Teeth are not flat. They come with fissures, grooves, and pits. 

Plaque loves rough surfaces. It sticks to the tooth surface wherever it can. 

When you don't brush your teeth regularly, plaque settles down on one of those rough surfaces. 

Bacteria within the plaque starts releasing acid to create cavities. 

Sealant is applied to fissures, grooves and pits to prevent the cavities from starting. 

It is easily performed on patient without anesthesia.

It is efficient. It is more affordable than other forms of treatment. It is a painless procedure. 

If patient is prone to cavities, sealants are highly recommended. 

Dental insurance usually covers entirely for children and young adults. 

There will be a fee to get sealants done for adults. 

Deep cleaning is an advanced form of cleaning where we address buildup and infected tissue underneath the gums. 

This is different from regular cleaning because regular cleaning, otherwise known as prophylaxis, focus on the area of the teeth above the gums. 

We use instruments called scaler to scrape on the surface of the teeth to make it as smooth as possible. Another tool we use is called cavitron, which use high frequency vibrations and water flow to clean the teeth. 

The best analogy for for the buildup or calculus is barnacle on the ship. Our job is to scrape the surface as smooth as possible so that bacterias or germs do grow around the buildup and cause severe gum disease. 

This image shows the buildup on the tooth before patient had a deep cleaning done. 


This image shows the buildup is gone after the deep cleaning. 

Getting a cleaning done at a dental office will not wear away your teeth. 

The outer layer of the tooth called enamel is the strongest part of your body.

It is stronger than your bone. 

We use a metal instrument called scaler to clean the rough surfaces of your teeth. 

Believe it or not, we actually have to replace the scalers after years of use because they get worn down by the enamel. 


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