At Lighthouse Family Dentistry, Dr. E. Taylor Meiser makes it his mission to provide comfortable dental care in a warm and friendly office environment. Over his Naval and dental career, Dr. Meiser has provided treatment to patients worldwide. He continues to educate other dentists on the best methods of care as a prosthodontist and general dentist. On this page, learn more about Dr. Meiser’s practice, what happens at new patients’ first visits, resources, dental FAQs, and other patient information for our office in Annapolis, MD.
Regular Dental Care For Patients in Annapolis, MD
Routine dental care is a vital part of maintaining the health of the teeth and gums. Your oral health can affect your overall health. This is evidenced by the link between problems like gum disease and heart problems. Patients with a dental or gum infection are often affected by inflammation, which impacts heart health. Tooth decay and gum disease can exacerbate health problems, which is why we recommend routine dental appointments.
During regular visits, for new and existing patients, we provide:
- Dental cleaning
- Dental X-rays
- Oral cancer screenings
- Cavity screenings
Our dental hygienists provide patients with dental prophylaxis, which is a detailed and professional dental cleaning. During this cleaning, we can remove plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. Once plaque hardens, it becomes tartar and is more difficult to remove. Our hygienists used specialized tools in order to remove bacteria from the teeth and gums.
Oral cancer screenings are also an important part of routine visits. We look for abnormal tissue in the mouth, as well as red and white bumps, hard lumps, rough patches, or repositioned teeth. If you are a high-risk patient, we may provide you with an oral cancer screening annually.
Patient Information in Annapolis, MD
Learn more about Dr. Meiser, our services, and our office on these pages:
Common Dental FAQs
Many new patients may still have questions about their oral health care in and out of the office:
How long is my first dental appointment?
A new patient appointment will typically last around one hour. During this appointment, we will clean your teeth, take any necessary x-rays, and screen you for dental diseases. Our team will also get to you as a patient and listen to any of your current concerns or oral health goals.
How often should I visit the dentist?
We recommend that our patients visit our office biannually or every six months. This is because we are better able to keep track of developing dental problems at these regular appointments. Our dental hygienists also use special dental tools to clean areas of the mouth that can be hard to reach. Professional dental cleanings help keep problems like tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
Do you accept dental insurance?
Yes, Lighthouse Family Dentistry is in-network with select plans. We will help you receive the most of your insurance benefits for you and your family.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
To ensure that your toothbrush is working properly, we recommend that patients replace their toothbrushes every three to four months. Replacing your toothbrush, or the toothbrush head on your electric brush also helps prevent bacteria from building up on the brush. Additionally, you should brush gently to keep the bristles intact. Aggressive tooth brushing can change the shape of the bristles.
Call Our Dental Office
Are you looking for a new dental practice that serves Annapolis and Edgewater, Maryland? Call Lighthouse Family Dentistry today at 410-324-7287. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Meiser on our website. Please let us know if you have any more questions about our office or current dental concerns that you would like to discuss with us. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.