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Frequently Asked Questions about our Cortlandt Manor dental practice.

Q: How does Dr. Taxin keep up-to-date on all of the current techniques and materials?

A: Dr. Taxin subscribes to the latest industry journals to keep tabs on research and development in the dental industry. He also takes time on a regular basis for continuing education, and ensures that his staff does the same. As a team and as individuals, our Cortlandt Manor dental office makes it our responsibility to be familiar with the latest techniques and materials available

Q: What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

A: When you become a new patient of our practice, we think of you as a person, not just another set of teeth to fix and clean. Our goal is to help you obtain total wellness through oral systemic care, and that includes maintaining the best possible oral health through conservative preventive measures. We take time to understand your dental history, medical history, how the two are related, and evaluate the best options for your particular dental needs.

Q: What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?

A: In case of a true dental emergency, please contact our Cortlandt Manor dental office voice mail and let us know the nature of your condition. We will return your call as soon as possible, give you helpful information over the phone, and then determine if you need to be seen immediately.

Q: What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?

A: Our entire practice team is well trained in state-of-the-art sanitation techniques designed to ensure patient safety. This goes beyond wearing gloves and facemasks to prevent passing germs, and includes a specialized sanitation center and a water filtration system guaranteeing a fresh water source for each patient.

Q: I brush every day, but my breath just is not fresh. Is there anything I can do?

A: Millions of people struggle with halitosis, or bad breath, despite daily teeth brushing. Here is a checklist of procedures that can eliminate the problem: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning; regular professional cleanings, and careful cleaning of any dentures or removable dental appliances. However, if you visit us regularly for general dentistry, your hygiene is meticulous,  and the problem persists, we can offer several solutions.

First, we can provide a plastic tool called a tongue scraper that cleans away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviates odor. Or, we can recommend a specially-prepared rinse or toothpaste designed to actually break the odor-causing sulfur bonds that cause bad breath. Finally, we may also suspect a systemic or internal problem such as an infection or underlying condition, in which case we may recommend a visit with your family physician or specialist to identify the cause.