General and Cosmetic Dentist
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions we hear from our valued patients:
Q: Where did you receive your education?
Dr. Shefaat: I grew up and attended local grade schools in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase area. After graduating from the University of Maryland Dental School, I completed pathology training at Baltimore’s prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by advanced dental training at the Pankey Institute. I live close to our office because I still really enjoy this area and its diverse community of people.
Q: Do you offer any special appointment hours to accommodate my busy schedule?
Dr. Shefaat: Montgomery Dental Group, LLC offers both early and late appointments. I want to reach out to busy professionals and families, so we schedule appointment times to meet their needs. The fact that we are just a few blocks from Montgomery Mall, and a Metro bus stop right at our door, also makes it very easy to plan a visit.
Q: Why do you have such passion and emphasis on educating your clients about oral health and hygiene?
Dr. Shefaat: Some people need a lot of work while others simply want to maintain. When we take the time to explain procedures, you become informed partners with us, regardless of your current situation. I’m excited and encouraged because then we all work so much better as a team to achieve and maintain healthy mouths and beautiful smiles.
Q: What’s the best way to naturally achieve a white and healthy smile without bleaching and whitening?
Dr. Shefaat: Teeth naturally darken with age but here’re a couple of tips I love to share with my patients:
Tip #1: Gently brush your teeth each week with a paste made of baking soda and water. Rinse as usual.
Tip #2: Visit your grocery or drug store and purchase an over-the-counter bottle of hydrogen peroxide, typically packaged in a brown bottle to keep light from altering the solution makeup. Commonly used to treat skin wounds, its antiseptic properties are also good for oral hygiene. Buy a 3% solution—safe for oral use—and swish 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the antiseptic around in your mouth for 1 minute…two or three times each week. Hydrogen peroxide combines with oral bacteria to form bubbles in your mouth, so you know it’s working when it foams. Spit out, rinse your mouth with water, then brush your teeth as usual. (Bleaching teeth with hydrogen peroxide in this manner is acknowledged as a safe practice by the American Dental Association.)
Q: Can I bring my iPod® and listen to my favorite music to block out the sounds of the machines?
Dr. Shefaat: Certainly! Your time with us is more productive when you are relaxed. We can play your favorite music for you on Pandora radio while you are having your treatment done.
Q: Can you make a payment plan if I don’t have enough to cover my dental work?
Dr. Shefaat: Absolutely. We participate in a variety of payment plans including Credit Care, Spring Stone and Chase Health Advance just to name a few. Using a plan allows you to spread payments out over time, through a no-interest loan. Give us a call at (301) 365-0055 and we can arrange a time to set up a plan that suits your needs.