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Serving Northport, Tuscaloosa & Surrounding Areas
205-339-5600

Commonly Asked Dental Questions and Answers


Do you want to make an appointment?

Simply contact us by phone at 205-339-5600 or directly by using our contact form.

Emergency?

Dental problems don't always happen during normal business hours. 

Should you require emergency dental service, please contact our emergency number 205-339-5600.

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Payment policies

Blankenship Dental accepts all major insurance policies and is a Blue Cross - Blue Shield provider. Please bring your insurance card during your visit. In addition, we accept all major credit cards and cash. Payment plans may be set up through our finance company. Be sure to ask about all the details during your visit.

Reasons for you and your family to have regular visits

We want the best for your teeth. That's why we have put some information together here to help you the next time you visit our practice. It can also help you understand more about prevention and other dentistry topics.

Preventative care: At least every six months

The preventive care services we offer are designed for your optimal oral health. The American Dental Association recommends regular checkups and cleanings twice each year for all people with good oral health. At your checkup, Dr. Blankenship will examine every tooth in your mouth and how they fit together. He will look at existing dental work to make sure it's in good condition. If you experience any tooth, mouth, or jaw pain, be sure to discuss this during your checkup. Even chronic headaches may be related to your teeth!

At your cleaning appointment with our hygienist, be sure to ask for instructions or advice if you have problems with brushing, flossing, gum sensitivity, or bad breath. The hygienist will provide expert advice and one-on-one demonstrations to help you overcome these types of problems. She'll also remove the plaque, tartar, and decaying food particles from your teeth. If she finds evidence of gum disease, she will recommend appropriate therapy to restore your mouth back to a healthy one. Our dental hygienists have extensive training and a sincere passion for making patients smile.

When we should see your child

Proper oral hygiene habits are learned early. As soon as your toddler can manage a toothbrush (24-30 months), supervised brushing instructions can create beneficial habits that last a lifetime. Remember, children under six should be supervised at all times as swallowing toothpaste can be harmful.

Dr. Blankenship recommends a first dental visit sometime between the child's second and third birthdays. Establishing regular visits at a young age has proven to improve the health and stability of adult teeth.