FAQ

1. What type of dental group is Athena Dental Associates?

We are a group (not a clinic) dental practice that provides all phases of dental services for our patients. We have been doing so since 1985.

2. Do you treat children as well as adults?

Yes! We love kids. Gentleness is our trademark, and we feel that a child's first dental experiences will affect that child for a lifetime. So, we work hard to have very low stress. For the very young children who have had no dental experience at all, we have a special visit called a "Happy Visit." This is a get-acquainted visit and is designed to help the child adapt to the new surroundings. (*There is no charge for the "Happy Visit" portion of a dental visit. Normal fees apply if an exam or other procedures are accomplished.)

3. Are your fees high (expensive)?

We take pride in the quality and caring that we provide and the fact that we use only the highest quality dental products and services. So, our service is not a cut-rate, skimp type of dental practice. On the other hand, we love family dentistry, which means we want our fees to be affordable to the average family. So, because we are a group practice, we are able to provide the highest quality and service to our patients yet keep the fee structure in the middle of the fee range for our area.

4. What special services can Athena Dental Associates provide?

Please read some of the other information provided in other areas of our web page, especially  the lumineers and veneers restorations. We provide General Dentistry, crowns and bridges, extractions, dentures and partial dentures, orthodontics, TMJ (jaw joint) therapy, non-surgical gum treatment, tooth (teeth) whitening, outpatient hospital treatment, snoring and sleep apnea therapy, halitosis (bad breath) therapy, and more. Call our office (706) 546-7390 if you have a question about a treatment therapy.

5. What ever happened to plain 'ole general dentistry?

Dentistry today is a very advanced science. With all of the available technology, people generally don't want to be treated as if the clock had been turned back to the 50's and 60's. Now, some people yearn for the good ole' days, when a loaf of bread was 25 cents and a gallon of gas was 18 cents and dentistry was cheap, but wait - was it really cheap? What price do you put on your own teeth and smile? In today's terms, less and less of your health care dollar is spent on dentistry. Why? Because fluoride in the drinking water does work. It prevents a lot of cavities. Also, education is much better today. We know more about cause and effect and what works and what doesn't work. Then, technology makes procedures faster and safer. We know more about infectious disease today than we used to, so we do more prevention. Safety and sterility are critical necessities today. It's true that there are annoyances for patients and dental teams alike because of these changes. But, if you must choose either the old way or the modern way, I hope you are looking forward and expect even more improvements in dental care as time goes by. I know that we at Athena Dental pledge to stay on the leading edge of knowledge and technology and stay up to date on our procedures and services.

6. I have bad breath. Can you help me?

Certain types of bad breath (halitosis) are easy to treat. Eating various volatile odor foods, like garlic or onions as an example, may cause temporary bad breath. But that is not what we are discussing here. What no one will tell you is that you have constant or frequent bad breath even when you haven't eaten those spicy foods. If you have a systemic disease, such as kidney failure, renal disorder, or digestive disorder, etc., then you definitely should be under the care of your medical doctor.

Now the good news. For many children and adults, there are other less complicated reasons for having chronic bad breath. Some are constant allergies; draining sinuses; constricted airways; daily mouth breathing; especially that "morning breath" odor; lack of mouth, teeth, and tongue cleaning; as well as periodontal (gum) infection problems. These types of bad breath can easily be treated by the patient right at home. You simply need to learn the cause of the malodor (usually oral bacteria producing VSC's - volatile sulfur compounds - which smell bad). You will learn a mouth cleaning method, followed by use of a special type of solution rinse that neutralizes these VSC's for hours at a time. Therefore, you will have a clean, fresh breath!

Is it worth checking out the simple home self treatment?

You bet it is!

Is it expensive? NO.

Call us if you have concerns regarding someone's bad breath. There is a good chance that we can help solve the problem.

7. What is a dental sealant?

Sealants are plastic coatings placed on the chewing (biting) surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay in the pits and grooves of the teeth. These areas are frequently the sites of new cavities. Dental floss and fluoride will help prevent decay between the teeth if used regularly.

8. Should I be taking vitamins?

Vitamins do matter; so do antioxidants, minerals, rare earth and trace elements and even some herbs. What's the point? It's that prevention pays and also that you should take charge of your own health, dental and otherwise.

We all live in the hectic, busy "rat race" with deadlines and commitments. All of this causes a lot of stress on our bodies. Our food supply does not give us adequate nutrition to withstand this stress and pressure. We need to provide our bodies with good, high-quality "building blocks" so that it can repair and rejuvenate itself and rid itself of toxins.

Taking vitamins and minerals used to seem "far-fetched," but the facts are in: we need the boost that they provide. Vitamins are not "pills." Vitamins are concentrated food in little, easy-to-handle packages. You would think nothing of opening a can of tomato soup. Vitamins are like that: they are concentrated. Vitamins are for preventing disease, whereas penicillin, as an example, is a medicine to treat an existing disease. We are not experts on vitamins and minerals, but we know people who are. If you need some nutritional advice, contact us.