- How often should I visit the dentist?
- What is your recommended daily routine for my teeth?
- Do you accept insurance?
- How are emergencies handled?
- Do you accept new patients?
- Do you accept payment plans?
- Do you accept credit cards?
How often should I visit the dentist?
The answer to this question depends on each individual patient's oral health. For patients with healthy gums, little or no history of decay, good homecare and no significant medical conditions, we can usually help you maintain optimal health by scheduling cleanings and check-ups twice a year. Not all patients fall under this category however. After performing a comprehensive exam, we will develop a plan together. It is our job to inform and educate you. We will discuss all of your treatment options, giving you the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure. You will never be pressured into making a decision. We customize each treatment plan to fit our patient's needs and wishes.
What is your recommended daily routine for my teeth?
As a baseline, all patients should brush at least twice a day and ideally floss once a day. Daily flossing seems to be a major obstacle for most people. As a starting point, even flossing just twice a week would make a huge difference in the health of your gums.
Certain conditions may require more involved homecare recommendations. Patients with braces or advanced gum disease fall into this category. Patients who are cavity-prone may need to apply fluoride to their teeth at home. We always try to determine the reason someone is prone to cavities by discussing diet, habits, medications, health conditions, etc. Dry mouth is common finding (did you know that over 300 medications can cause dry mouth?). Everyone knows that sugar can cause cavities. But it's not the amount of sugar but rather the frequency or duration your mouth is exposed to it (beware Coke-drinkers!).
Do you accept insurance?
We will gladly file your dental insurance for you. Please bring your insurance card with you. We will verify your coverage and get a breakdown of your benefits which we would be happy to explain to you. We do not participate in managed care programs. We find that they do not have the patient's best interests in mind. If you are free to see any dentist or are a member of the Delta Dental Premier Plan, there should be no complications with your claims.
How are emergencies handled?
We do our very best to get new-patient emergencies in within 24 hours. Dr. Laurie will not see new patients after-hours for her own safety and professional liability nor will she prescribe medications over the phone. She believes that dental pain requires treatment, not drugs.
Do we accept new patients?
Absolutely. Dr. Laurie has been practicing in Covington since April 2003. Her practice has grown steadily since then almost exclusively through word-of-mouth referrals. We usually start seeing children at the age of 4. Dr. Laurie loves kids and particularly connects with adolescents. In contrast, we have many patients approaching 100 years of age - many of whom still have all their teeth!
Do we accept payment plans?
As a young and growing practice, unfortunately, we are not in a position to arrange payment plans. Payment is due on the date of service (or your portion after insurance). If your procedure requires multiple visits, it can be spread out until final payment on completion of that procedure.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes. We accept Visa and Mastercard.
Laurie Deemer, DMD
2104 Newton Drive, NE
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: (770) 787-2828
Fax: (770) 786-2167