Q. Does your office accept my dental insurance?

Q. How much will my insurance pay?

Q. What are Invisalign braces?

Q. I want to avoid having mercury (amalgam) in my fillings. What are my options?


Q. Do you accept Denti-Cal?
No. Dr. Hurd is not contracted to provide Denti-Cal services.


Q. Is dental care provided on Saturdays?
Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. including available hours during your lunch time. Scheduled treatment on Saturdays is not available, but emergency dental care is provided whenever necessary. Dr. Hurd can always be reached through his answering service on the weekends and between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. each weekday. Just call 805-736-6579 to schedule an appointment.


Q. How often should I schedule exams and cleanings?
Optimally, exams should be scheduled annually, and cleanings every three to six months. Your health care dollar is better served when annual preventive treatment is a priority. Diagnosing and treating a small problem early is far less expensive than waiting months or years when the problem has become more extensive. Delaying becomes the more expensive choice.


Q. How does diabetes affect my oral health?
Spotless oral hygiene should be the goal of every diabetic because the risk for mouth infections is higher. Gum (periodontal) disease needs to be avoided since it can damage not only the gum but also the bone which secures teeth in place. The possibility of thrush (a fungal infection) and dry mouth are other oral issues that need to be monitored.

Brushing and flossing every day are essential; controlling blood glucose is vital; and scheduling regular visits to your dentist should be a priority. Further, if you smoke, please quit. Smoking inhibits diabetics from having healthy gum tissue. Your dentist can help with smoking cessation options.


Q. I don’t smoke but I do chew tobacco. Is there a problem with this?
Nicotine, found in both cigarette and chewing tobacco, is a highly addictive drug. A dip of tobacco held in your mouth for 30 minutes is the equivalent of smoking three cigarettes. Two cans of chewing tobacco used weekly is the equivalent of smoking 1 ½ packs of cigarettes per day.

Brushing and flossing has not proven to undo the negative effects of chewing tobacco on your teeth and gums. Avoid bad breath, dodge jaw cancer and other health problems, and save money by quitting this habit. Talk to your dentist about cessation programs or call The National Cancer Institute’s Cessation Quitline at 1-877-448-7848 FREE. Then celebrate!


Q. I can’t rid myself of bad breath. Sometimes there’s a bad taste in my mouth, as well. Is this a major concern?
Yes, please schedule a dental visit.

Often microorganisms thrive and grow on the top of the tongue in the back near the throat. Additionally, these symptoms may point to periodontal disease.

The bad breath may be from the plaque bacteria hidden in pockets around teeth. If the bacteria are left to invade deeper tissue, the bone that secures the teeth is often lost. Tooth mobility will follow and will require extensive treatment. Following an exam with your dentist, root planing (a deep cleaning procedure) by a dental hygienist can help improve your situation; sometimes gum surgery by a periodontist is necessary. Improved home care is a necessity!


Q. Does the office offer payment arrangements?
Yes. Several options are available through CareCredit financing for larger treatment plans. In-office payment arrangements can be discussed. Initially, though, new patients are requested to pay for service in full. If insurance coverage can be verified at the first appointment, those benefits will be taken into consideration.



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