How do I book an
What will the costs be?
What happens at my first appointment?
How long are the appointments?
How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
Which is better: a manual toothbrush or an electric one?
What kind of toothpaste should I use?
What is the best way to get my
How would you deal with me being a very nervous patient?
1. How do I book an
To schedule a
consultation with Dr. Reddy, you may use our online
Request an Appointment
page, or simply call us at 858-412-4696.
2. What will the costs
This will depend on
the treatment required, however your initial consultation should not
be expensive. The appointment allows the dentist to fully
examine your teeth and mouth as well as giving you the opportunity
to discuss any concerns you may have. From this examination and
discussion your dentist will be able to provide you with a detailed
treatment plan providing you with treatment options and associated
We also accept most insurance companies, flex accounts, care credit
and offer other flexible payment options to suit your individual
Please contact us for a current
range of fees or visit our insurance
page to see a list of providers.
3. What happens at my
At your first
appointment you will have an oral health assessment where the
tissues supporting your teeth are examined, including appropriate
lymph and salivary glands and tongue. You will also be given a gum
assessment and have your teeth examined (with, where appropriate,
the aid of an intra oral camera to enhance the understanding of your
oral condition). Also where appropriate we will consider X-rays to be
taken. You will receive preventive advice, and if any treatment is
required, treatment options and costs will be discussed with you and
a treatment plan with appropriate fees provided.
4. How long are the
Your first oral health
assessment examination can be anything between 30 minutes to one
hour. If you require further treatment the timings of any further
appointments will be discussed with your dentist.
5. How many times a
day should I brush my teeth?
The American Dental
Association advocates brushing twice each day. Although there is
research indicating that brushing once a day is sufficient to
disrupt the formation of plaque that feeds the bacteria that cause
decay, this may not be enough for some people, depending on factors
such as their diets and the efficacy of their brushing technique.
ADHA recommends that you discuss this with your dental hygienist who
understands your individual oral health needs and will be able to
make a recommendation appropriate for you.
6. Which is better: a
manual toothbrush or an electric one?
Comparisons have been
made between power-assisted (electric) toothbrushes and manual
toothbrushes to look at the ability of each to remove plaque and
prevent or reduce calculus (tartar) buildup, thus reducing
gingivitis (gum disease). These research studies have shown both
powered and manual toothbrushes to be equally effective when used
correctly. So probably, in practical terms, which brush you use is
not the critical factor, but how you use it. The
includes instructions for proper tooth-brushing
techniques with a manual brush, and product packaging shows the best
way to use your powered brush.
7. What kind of
toothpaste should I use?
There are a lot of
products to choose from, and much of the decision depends on
individual preference. A fluoride toothpaste is essential for
optimal oral health. Beyond that, your dental hygienist and dentist
can alert you to any other features that make one product more
suitable than another for you as an individual.
8. What is the best
way to get my teeth whiter?
Most people have teeth
that are naturally darker than "pure" white. If you want them
whiter, the best thing you can do is talk to your professional oral
health care provider about your options. Different people respond
differently to different procedures used to whiten teeth, and it
will take an in-person consultation with a professional to determine
what is best for you. Sometimes all it takes is professional
prophylaxis to remove stain and then abstinence from behaviors that
stain teeth, such as drinking coffee or tea, or smoking tobacco.
Some people respond well to the use of whitening toothpastes while
some do not. Other options available include bleaching, at home or
in the office, with chemicals or with lasers, as prescribed by a
dentist. Sometimes a combination of options is used. See our
teeth whitening page for more
9. How would you deal
with me being a very nervous patient?
Dr. Reddy practices
gentle dentistry in which she first discusses the procedures with
you, and then makes sure you are comfortable proceeding. In her
years as a professional dentist, she has had countless referrals for
her gentle touch and caring attitude. Please refer to the
testimonials page to see what her
clients have had to say.