You probably have questions about your dental health, whether this is your first visit to a dental office or you are a flossing pro. You’re not alone in wondering about these things.

Below is a list of common questions regarding dental care and our procedures at Perkins Dental Clinic. Of course, we don’t expect to cover everything, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for below, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll be sure you get an answer as soon as possible.

What insurance providers are accepted by your office?

At Perkins Clinic, we accept all major insurance providers. However, Perkins Dental is a Preferred Provider for the following major dental insurance plans:

  1. Aetna
  2. Always Care
  3. Assurant PPO Plan
  4. CHIPS
  5. Cigna
  6. Delta Dental
  7. Dental Health and Wellness
  8. Guardian
  9. Humana
  10. Lincoln
  11. Medicaid
  12. MetLife
  13. Mississippi Can
  14. Sunlife
  15. United Concordia
  16. United Healthcare
If you work in the North Mississippi Area, we likely have you covered.
  1. 1st National Bank Pontotoc
  2. Ashley Furniture
  3. Bancorp South Pontotoc / New Albany
  4. Baptist Memorial Hospital-North MS / Oxford
  5. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County / New Albany
  6. BNA Bank
  7. Brazil Furniture
  8. City of New Albany / LG&W
  9. Cooper Electrical
  10. Delta Furniture
  11. Diversity Vuteq
  12. Encore Furniture
  13. Fusion Furniture
  14. Genesis Furniture
  15. Gentiva
  16. Kevin Charles
  17. LabCorp
  18. Marten
  19. Master-Bilt / Standex Lowes
  20. MDOT
  21. Metal Impact Corporation
  22. New Albany City Schools
  23. Pontotoc City Schools
  24. Pontotoc County Schools
  25. Pontotoc Electric
  26. Recline Design
  27. S & S Furniture
  28. Southern Motion
  29. Toyota
  30. Union County Schools
  31. VIP Cinema Seating
  32. Walgreens
  33. Wal-Mart
  34. Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  35. Washington Furniture
  36. IMPC
  37. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
  38. AT&T
  39. Lowes
How often should I change my toothbrush?

You should change your toothbrush every three months.

Can I show up without an appointment?

While we do encourage you to make an appointment by contacting us ahead of time, you are welcome to drop in during our normal business hours.

If I have to have a tooth pulled, do I have to replace the tooth?

A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth are made to work together in a particular way. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain.

Teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean, which puts them at a higher risk for cavities and gum disease.

When a tooth is missing, the bone may shrink. If that happens, it may change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks. This can make your face look older over time.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a cover, or “cap,” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.

Why would I need a crown?

If you have a tooth that is weakened, worn down or cracked, your dentist will recommend a crown. Sometimes a cavity is just too large for a filling and requires a crown for strength. A tooth that has to undergo root canal treatment will often require a crown to protect the restored tooth.

We also can use crowns to cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth and improve your smile!

I don’t have insurance. What options are available to me?

Please contact our office, and we can go through a number of payment options.

When should a child have his or her first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a child have his or her first oral health care appointment around age one. ADHA suggests an oral health visit as soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts.

How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

The American Dental Association advocates brushing twice each day. 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.

Are you a new patient? Request an appointment here.

Call Perkins Dental today and smile with confidence.