(740) 474-1900
Drs. Ely, Dubos & Stewart

Providing Exceptional Dental Care Since 1977

Frequently Asked Questions

Ely, Dubos & Stewart General Dentistry in Circleville, Ohio, is dedicated to keeping our patients informed. Here are a few answers to some common questions about dental health and what to expect during your appointment.

At what age should my child first see a dentist?

We like to see children when they’re about 3 years old. We’ve found it’s best to introduce them into the office gradually — have them come with Mom or Dad (or even a big sister or brother) when they get their teeth cleaned. When they come in for their first visit, we schedule plenty of time. They’ll get to see themselves on our TV screen (the intra-oral camera). We’re a very child-friendly office; we want to keep children relaxed and having fun.


What must I do to schedule an appointment?

Simply call us. We’ll take care of the rest. If you need a referral, we can take care of that too.


What means of communication are utilized?

Once established, we offer text messaging and email, as well as phone.


Do you accept my insurance plan?

We accept most insurance plans and will submit the paperwork for you. Our insurance coordinator specializes in verifying insurance and working with you to determine your benefits and coverage.


How can I safely whiten my teeth?

Whitening (or bleaching) your teeth is a very safe procedure when done properly. We offer custom whitening systems for our patients. There are several advantages to having us make these trays for you. They fit your mouth specifically, so the whitening bleach won’t get all over your gums and you won’t swallow the bleach mixture. The professionally-made trays also cover all of your teeth instead of just the front six. Our custom whitening systems are the most durable and cost effective method for whitening your teeth. For your convenience, we stock refills in the office.


I want my front teeth to look better, but I don’t want to wear braces. What would you recommend?

There are many ways that you can change the appearance of your teeth. Besides whitening, you may also want to consider options such as veneers, crowns or porcelain restorations, which can provide dramatic improvements in the way you look in a relatively short time. We also offer a product called Invisalign which are trays that straighten your teeth. Please call our office and schedule a personal consult and exam to discuss the option best suited to you.


I have a temporary crown in my mouth. What happens if it comes off or breaks?

Call our office right away. We will get you in as soon as possible, usually the same day, to restore it and fix it, or make a brand new one if necessary. After hours, please call 740-474-1900 and follow the instructions. In the event you are out of town, you should’ve received an emergency cement packet. Feel free to call one of our doctors if you need assistance using this packet.


My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?

If possible, rinse (don’t scrub) the tooth and attempt to gently place back into socket if child will permit. If that’s not possible, save the tooth in a glass of milk. In either case, call the dentist right away and get in to see us as soon as possible. If you are out of town, get to an emergency room as soon as possible.


What precautions do you utilize to ensure my safety?

Our office follows strict universal sterilization guidelines for the utmost protection of our patients.


What makes you different from any other dental practice I can visit?

We’re looking at you as a whole patient, not just at your teeth. We won’t pass judgment if you haven’t been to the dentist in 20 years, whether that’s because you’ve been frightened to come in or because you were worried you couldn’t afford dental care. We treat every patient as an individual.

Kindness and families are important to us. We have whole families that come to see us, starting with the grandparents and going all the way down through the generations to their youngest grandchildren.


My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

Yes, you should be very concerned about this. Healthy gums never bleed. Make an appointment for a dental examination right away, and have your hygienist and dentist evaluate the health of your gums.


Crowns, veneers, partials and dentures – where can I learn more about these procedures?

We can provide educational materials and demonstrations about all of these topics in our office — just ask! Our digital x-rays and intraoral cameras allow us to show you actual case histories and before and after models so you get a good idea of each type of procedure. Our treatment coordinator can also refer you to good Web sites, such as the American Dental Association, that can provide additional information.


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

If it’s been longer than six months since your last dental exam, you should schedule one and talk to your hygienist and your dentist about your concerns. Bad breath problems may occur because of many reasons. Excessive plaque buildup on the teeth or coatings on the tongue are the most simple of these reasons. Bad breath, or an odor in your mouth, can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition, including heart trouble. Please talk to your dental health provider soon.


Do I have to floss my teeth every day? Is it really that important?

Yes, flossing is important for a number of reasons. For starters, it helps you avoid bad breath and bleeding, puffy gums. It also helps to prevent cavities between teeth.