Q: Are you accepting new patients?
A: Yes, Harry McCool, DDS gladly welcomes new patients from Lilburn, GA and the surrounding areas.
Q: Do you see children?
A: In general, Dr. McCool only sees adult patients. Please contact our office for specific questions and arrangements.
Q: Do you accept dental insurance?
A: Our goal is to help make your dental treatment as convenient and affordable as possible. We will submit all claim forms on your behalf and help you maximize your dental insurance benefits.
If you do not have dental insurance, our staff can work with you to utilize a Health Savings Account or other flex spending account. We also offer payment schedules for complete treatment plans and interest free financing through Care Credit.
Q: What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
A: If you have a dental emergency, contact our office for further instruction. If your emergency is taking place during normal office hours, we will do our best to see you as quickly as possible. For emergencies happening after hours or during the weekend, contact our office for an emergency number to reach the dentist. We will get in touch with you quickly to recommend a course of treatment.
Q: How often should I visit the dentist for teeth cleaning and check-up?
A: The American Dental Association recommends a minimum of two visits per year (every six months) for an oral examination and professional dental cleaning. Some patients benefit from more frequent visits, your dentist will recommend a schedule that is best suited for your condition.
Q: Do you offer cosmetic dentistry?
A: Yes, Dr. McCool has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry. We offer a number of cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding.
Q: What is the proper way to brush my teeth?
A: The following guidelines are important to brushing correctly:
- Firstly, make sure to use a soft bristled brush. Hard bristled brushes can wear down the enamel of your teeth.
- Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gum line. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gum line.
- Use short back and forth strokes or tiny circular movements to brush your teeth. Each movement should be no bigger than the size of each tooth.
- Make sure to use gentle strokes while brushing. Gentle strokes are effective in removing plaque, while too much pressure can wear down the enamel of your teeth.
- Brush all surfaces of each tooth, including the outer, inner, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Finally, don’t cut your brushing short! Make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes.
Q: What is the proper way to floss?
A: The following guidelines are important to flossing correctly:
- Take 18″ of floss and wind it around the middle finger of each hand .You can use these fingers to take up floss as it becomes dirty. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the floss leaving 1–2 inches in between for cleaning.
- Gently move the floss up and down the spaces of your teeth. Never snap the floss down onto your gums, as it can cause damage.
- As you move the floss down into the space between two teeth, slide it up and down against the surface of one tooth. Gently clean at the gum line as well. Repeat this for the other tooth.
- Repeat this process for all of your teeth.
Q: What can I do about bad breath?
A: Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors, including the types of food you ingest, periodontal disease, dry mouth, and other causes. Going to your dentist will help you determine the cause of your bad breath, so that you can take steps to eliminate it.
Regardless of the cause of your bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular checkups to the dentist will help reduce it. Brushing and flossing will eliminate particles of food stuck between your teeth which emit odors. It will also help prevent or treat periodontal disease (gum disease), caused by plaque buildup on your teeth, which can lead to bad breath.
Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist). Finally, make sure to brush your tongue regularly to eliminate any residue.