Patient Education

Patient Education at Cochrane Plaza Dental Care

At Cochrane Plaza Dental Care, we want you to be an active participant in your own health. We take the time to listen to your concerns & explain different options, so you can make informed decisions about your dental care & stay involved. We encourage an open dialogue between our dental professionals & our patients. Like any health professionals, we are prone to doctor-speak, but we always strive to speak plainly & avoid jargon! If we ever say a word you don’t understand, please ask us to explain. We believe that the more our patients understand their care, the healthier their smiles will be.

Here are some frequently asked questions about dental care. Please take a look & feel free to contact us if you want more information on any topic.

Why do I need to see the dentist twice a year?

Our mouths are constantly changing depending on what we eat & drink, our habits & our age. Seeing a dentist regularly is the best way to catch a potential problem before it becomes a big deal. Not to alarm you, but lots of dental conditions don’t necessarily have obvious symptoms that you can rely on to spot something early. Dentists have the expertise & advanced tools to properly examine your oral health in a way that patients simply can’t do for themselves.

Not everyone needs to see the dentist every six months; some patients need to see us more often. Depending on your oral health situation, the dentist will recommend the frequency at which you need to visit us. Some patients see us every three or four months, especially if they have gum disease. If the dentist asks you to come in more frequently than you did in the past, please know that this advice is given with the idea of keeping you healthier in the long run.

Your regular visits are your best chance for keeping your teeth strong, clean & white & your breath fresh. Hygienists can remove stains that regular brushing & flossing & in-home whitening treatments can’t! Plus, we’re always happy to give you refresher training on the best techniques for your at-home oral hygiene routine.

Remind me, how often do I need to brush & floss?

You should be brushing your teeth twice a day & flossing at least once a day. Most people brush in the morning when they wake up & brush & floss at night before bed. If you want to brush after lunch too, we highly approve. When you brush your teeth it should be for a full two minutes. Make sure you get the back & front sides of your upper & lower teeth & their biting surfaces. Floss with about an arm’s length worth of floss, using a clean 2 inches for each tooth to prevent cross-contamination from one tooth to another. If you’d like the dentist or hygienist to demonstrate proper brushing & flossing technique, please just ask during your visit!

I’ve heard I don’t really need to floss. Is that true?

Don’t believe everything your hear in the news. It’s true that more studies are needed to solidify the connection between flossing & various effects on your oral health. But that doesn’t mean flossing is ineffective, it just means we need to know more. To us, the idea of not ever cleaning plaque & food out from between your teeth is scary, not to mention gross! Why would you want all that nasty stuff hiding away somewhere in your mouth, feeding bacteria & causing bad breath? You still need to floss every day!

I brush my teeth & floss thoroughly every day. Do I still need to see a hygienist for a cleaning?

Yes! There is some stubborn tooth gunk that even the best brushing & flossing can’t get off. This is especially true of tartar, which is the hard substance that plaque can turn into if not cleaned off in time. Getting a professional scaling & polishing (the technical term for a teeth cleaning) by a hygienist can actually improve the appearance of your smile by removing stains. Polished teeth are also smoother & harder for bacteria to stick to, which will make your at-home brushing & polishing efforts more effective.

What causes cavities?

As children, we’re taught that eating too much candy causes cavities, so it must be sugar that causes tooth decay, right? Actually, that’s an overly simple way of explaining the process. Sugar is more like the fuel for decay & it doesn’t just come from sweet foods. When you eat, chemicals called enzymes in your saliva break down carbohydrates into sugars. These sugars—plus the sugar compounds that occur naturally in fruit & foods sweetened with refined sugar or corn syrup—are then eaten by the bacteria in your mouth. Unless you brush or floss them away, these bacteria hang out in your mouth, consuming the sugar & excreting a waste product in the form of acid. This acid is what eats holes in your tooth enamel & the softer dentin layer underneath, causing cavities & tooth decay.

At what age should children first visit a dentist?

Children should see the dentist when their first tooth comes in or by age 1, whichever comes first. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be caring for your baby’s oral health before then. After feeding, you can clean your baby’s gums by rubbing them gently with a damp washcloth. For more advice about caring for your baby’s mouth, please feel free to ask your pediatrician or us.

I’m very nervous about visiting the dentist. What should I do?

Tell us! The last thing we want is for you to be uncomfortable in silence. Being nervous at the dentist is not uncommon so don’t be embarrassed about it. Knowing that you are a nervous patient helps us prepare properly for your appointment. There are steps we can take to make you more comfortable during your visit. We can take things slower & explain more about what we’re doing at each step. We can work with you to develop a communication system so you can tell us clearly when something is bothering you or you need to take a break. Sedation is also an option in some cases & we’d be happy to discuss it.

One of the biggest ways we can help you overcome your nervousness is by working through it together. We want our office to be a warm, welcoming & pleasant place for you. The easier & less intimidating we can make your visit, the better we’ll be able to care for your oral health, now & in the future. If there is anything we can to do improve your experience, just ask. We promise you, you won’t be the first person who has brought up these concerns.

Our Google Reviews

They're amazing! Very professional 👏

Luis Lugo April 13, 2024

I cannot speak highly enough about the incredible experience I had at Cochrane Plaza Dental Care. Dr. Guhman is a true master of her craft. Her meticulous attention to detail and personalized approach to treatment options left me feeling confident and cared for. After past negative experiences with dentists, I was hesitant, but Dr. Guhman's expertise quickly put me at ease. Kristy, who performed my cleaning, was equally exceptional. Her thoroughness and efficiency ensured that everything was done correctly, leaving my teeth feeling refreshed and healthy. The entire team at Cochrane Plaza Dental Care, including Tony at the front desk, exudes professionalism and warmth. I am grateful to have found such a stellar dental office where patient care is clearly the top priority. Thank you to everyone at Cochrane Plaza for your outstanding service.

Sami April 9, 2024

Very professional, friendly staff that does high quality work. I go here for all my dental needs, which has been pretty often over the last 2 years.

MaQ SteeZ March 17, 2024

Wow! From the moment we walked in, we were greeted by knowledgeable and helpful staff. My son has special needs and Dr. G and the entire staff treated him with great respect and patience. Dr. G was so gentle and kind, that my son is looking forward to his next appointment! Highly recommend!

Anne Martin March 12, 2024

I had a dental emergency the other day and went to my dental office to have it looked at but they couldn't or wouldn't help me. I found Cochrane Plaza Dental and they were amazing! I was in a great deal of pain and they were very empathetic and understanding and sat down with me to go over what they could do. Long story short, I was treated and taken out of pain and for that I am truly thankful. These are good people who generally care about their patients, and in this case, a man who is NOT a patient of theirs but was treated like a human being in need of help. Cannot thank you folks more for what you did for me in this emergency scenario.

Mike Plant February 29, 2024

Excellent service, professional and pleasant experience. Dentist Ghuman was very helpful and understanding with a clear plan for my dental health. Highly recommend Dr Ghuman

Aaron Scott February 15, 2024

Great service

Kewal Seth February 15, 2024

The staff at Cochrane Plaza Dental are very professional and friendly. They have been my dentist for several years now, and I have never had a bad experience. I would recommend them to anyone.

Michael Dominguez February 15, 2024

Everything was great. The lady that cleans my teeth always does an exceptional job. There was no waiting time and everyone there were very professional.

Ray Gomez February 14, 2024

They are all so friendly and thorough , my cleaning specialist was exceptionally good!! I really love her , she does an extremely good job!!

Majory Van Overeem February 1, 2024

Everyone at Cochrane Plaza Dental Care were professional and friendly. No pain during or after the procedure with anesthesia. I look forward to my next visit. Thank you, Cheryl Stump

Cheryl Stump January 19, 2024

My hygenist was Christy and she did an awesome job. She understood my needs and was continually asking if i was okay during my cleaning. She went above and beyond to make me comfortable. I requested her for my next cleaning as well.

veronica jimenez January 13, 2024

Great experience. Today we will all call it... "The Dentist express"On time. Minimum time to get in and out. No signatures coming in the door or going out of the door.. Painless and excellent cleaning experience with Will-i am! And Dr. Patel. On time.Quick.Professional. Thanks!

Maxwell Anderson January 12, 2024

Very friendly and professional stuff Dr.Ghuman is very skilled,honest and make sure you feel comfortable I’m never going to any other dentistry again.And also Vlad is super friendly and helpful!

Mirhad Bjelevac December 28, 2023

Very fast and efficient

David Tijerina December 20, 2023

Dr. Guman sorry I probably have her name misspelled badly and her team is the best dentist and office I have ever went to. She has a gentle skilled hand, very comforting to know I’m in great care. Friendly and clean environment.

Angela Lazrovich December 13, 2023

This is an amazing dental surgery!!! The best by far. Dr. Ghuman is very kind, caring and gentle. They are always there for you, and are always accommodating. I would highly recommend Dr. Ghuman and her entire team to anyone looking for an honest, and great Dentist. - Jules, Morgan Hill.

Julianne Nicholson November 16, 2023

Friendly and Speedy

Charlotte Poland November 12, 2023

7am appointment very convenient. Overall great experience.

D L November 12, 2023

Everyone is always great at Cochrane plaza dental care. The front office staff is always friendly and welcoming. The dentists are all very professional, detailed and gentle with their work. The assistants are amazing and extremely good at everything they do. The hygienists are wonderful as well. The entire staff is truly the best of the best. We have always had very good experiences every time we go and and I highly recommend this office to anyone that is looking for a great office with above and beyond care.

Kristy C. November 3, 2023

Arrived didn't wait forever... very wonderful ladies ....well informed....I am well informed.....very homey and warm ...recommend to everyone

Jacque Priest October 27, 2023

The dance music was good.

Mike stewart October 21, 2023

Top notch all around. Very versatile efficient office. Dentistry performed on me was thoroughly explained and performed fast. There skills at there trade are impeccably the best. I will return to them for my dental needs in the future

greg oglesby October 6, 2023

Maricela was nice. It was a good experience overall.

Carlos Murillo October 6, 2023

It was a very good experience with a dentist who is very professional. Especially the one who attended us.

Virgilio Cendana Sr October 5, 2023

Very professional and very fast and efficient with everything they do

rollie _Jambers September 30, 2023

William provided the most thorough cleaning I've ever received. Thank you.

Marc Kleinmaier September 13, 2023

Very professional practice. Dr. Ghuman and her crew were awesome. Highly recommended.

Bala Velmurugan September 12, 2023

Very friendly staff. New to the clinic and were still able to get scheduled within 2 days.

Kevin O September 8, 2023

The whole staff was awesome, Dr. Patel was great and William was awsome.

John Kinney September 2, 2023

I can not think of a better way to say that they're the BEST! From the minute i called to the minute I left. I called for an emergency that i had pain on my teeth, they gave me an appt that best fit my schedule without hesitation. The second I walked in, receptionist girls super friendly and nice, they acknowledge me by my name (without having an idea who i was). I waited 5 minutes the most till they took me back. The xray technician was wonderful! Explained everything in detail. The best for last, Dr. Patel. Ive never met a professional like Dr. Patel, from the start , she made me feel welcomed, explained in detail about the process and treatment i needed, the exam was gentle, she made sure i didnt feel more pain that i had already. I can continue to describe in detail how my experience was, but I can write a story here! In few words, HERE is where you want to be taken care of.

April Torres September 1, 2023

Great experience with my dentist. No issues and staff is friendly.

Carla Blackwell August 21, 2023

They have been accurate and professional, and on time consistently. demonstrated care for the patient. By ensuring that I understand what was about to happen, or what needs to happen for the care of my teeth.

mike silva August 19, 2023

Super nice explained everything to me and made sure I understood. Came in for an emergency but got to it super fast high recommend

Adrian Orozco August 11, 2023

Friendly staff.

Teresa Viscarra August 8, 2023

The women dentist who helped was very caring and attentive. She patiently helped me find a solution to the problem I was having. Thank you!

Brizna Lockhart July 28, 2023

Kristine dental hygienist was amazing! She took extra care with my sensitive teeth and was so friendly and welcoming. The front desk staff were kind, helpful and very professional. Dr. R was very kind and informative. And Yven did a great job at taking 3D images of my mouth. I left feeling very well-cared for. Thank you to the entire team for your excellent service!

Lauren Droira July 27, 2023

The visit was awesome from the minute we arrived until the second we left. Yes I am speaking in the plural because my wife and I had appointments at the same time. I had an awesome assistant who catered to my dental needs from X-rays to cleaning. In addition she was super friendly and very informative when I asked for different alternatives to flossing. A great experience for both of us!

Tyrone Partee July 20, 2023

Dr. GHUMEN Is sweet gental kind women. Will work with you and your dental insurance to make sure you get the best treatment at her office.

Juliana Yankee July 18, 2023

Wonderful people here! I was really nervous. Very professional , caring, sincere!! I will be looking forward to becoming a new patient💕🥰💕

Kathy McCluskey July 15, 2023

Great and faster service. I would like to say very professional staff. I would highly recommend this dental office to everyone. Thank you.

H D July 10, 2023

Great dentists here! My doctor accommodated me late in the afternoon and stayed till almost 8pm to ensure all my work was done right and that I was satisfied. Highly recommended.

Richard Henderson June 28, 2023

Friendly staff. Appointment was in and out. Perfect for me I'm a busy mother of three.

Mrscrystal Amaya June 26, 2023

I came in on short notice for an office teeth whitening. They were so accommodating. A real Dr. applied the whitening gel process. They were so gentle and caring. Definitely going back! Amazing results!

Mark Goupil June 21, 2023

Great service and staff. My dentist is the best I have ever had.

I was happy with the dental work done.

Bruce Galbraith May 25, 2023

They always accommodate my schedule. And if I worry about anything then, They always make me feel better.

Sandra Ware May 15, 2023

Dr Gunham very good Doctor great bedside manner knowledgeable gentle attentive dentist

Jeanne Gapac May 9, 2023

I have been a patient of Dr. Ghuman’s for about 20 years. I first saw her in her San Jose clinic then followed her to Morgan Hill. All of her staff are so friendly and helpful. My teeth are very sensitive which can make cleanings rather challenging. Once I shared my concerns, everyone went out of their way to make me comfortable. William was especially helpful, making jokes and distracting me while cleaning which made the process much more pleasurable. Their flexible evening and weekend hours are a huge plus as well.

Vanessa Hecht May 7, 2023

I felt very comfortable. No pain visit. Thank you for that.

Christine B April 21, 2023
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