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Frequently Asked Dental & Optometry Questions - Belmont, MA

Getting Your Questions Answered

After reading some of the information featured on our website, do you still have questions about visiting our optometrist or dentist? Below, we’ve addressed some frequent concerns that we get from our patients.

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For patients who need vision correction, who are over 60, or who are younger, we recommend coming in at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam. If you have an eye condition or disease, you may require more frequent checkups or treatments.

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According to the latest data collected by the CDC, patients who sleep in their contacts are six to eight times more likely to develop a serious corneal infection. Even if you have extended wear lenses, it’s important to take your contacts out as frequently as prescribed on the box.

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It’s a good idea to replace your eyeglass lenses as your prescription changes. On average, the frames can last between one to three years. The best way to know when you need new ones is to keep an eye out for any problems with the way they fit or your ability to see out of them.

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Eye emergencies can include any type of trauma or injury involving the eye, objects lodged in the eye, burns, chemical exposure, or infections and eye disease. If you aren’t able to flush your eye out and solve the problem, Dr. Ajoian provides fast ocular emergency care for a variety of different issues.

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COVID-19 is contracted when infected bodily fluids, like saliva, come into contact with the mucous membrane via the nose, mouth, and eyes. To prevent infection spread for contact lens wearers, it’s important to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before taking them out, disinfect the lenses, and stop wearing them if you become sick.

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Dr. Salibian is highly committed to maintaining a state-of-the-art dental practice. He spends considerable time investing in ongoing education and keeps himself current on the latest advances in dental care. He has logged over 500 hours of continuing education and is often a guest lecturer at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth School of Hygiene. In addition to keeping up with his own ongoing education, he ensures that his staff stays well versed in the contemporary dental techniques.

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Besides being a state-of the art practice, EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont is a boutique-style office, emphasizing quality -- as opposed to quantity -- of care. We’re also one of the few joint optometry and dental practices in the nation.

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Yes. Thanks to diagnostic digital photos and wax models in stone, patients can see where their smile is going. We will also discuss and review before-and-after pictures of other cases completed by Dr. Salibian so you know what quality of work you can expect.

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We try to make your visit to our office as comfortable as possible by offering a relaxing ambiance, free Wi-Fi Internet access, and LCD TVs in our waiting room. Patients are free to bring their iPods or other personal music players to each appointment.

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We use state-of-the-art electric drills, which are much quieter than conventional drills and allow for shorter visits because of their precision.

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We will take the time you need to discuss all of your treatment options during your first visit. Dr. Salibian will describe recommended procedures to you with the help of advanced educational software.

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Brushing your tongue is the first place to start. Many types of bacteria that can cause bad breath live on the surface of your tongue. Our hygienist may also recommend breath-freshening products to help you conquer halitosis.

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All of our patients fill out a comprehensive medical history form, and we use digital X-rays to significantly reduce radiation exposure.

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We offer additional financing through CareCredit, which is a monthly, little to no interest payment plan that can be applied for online.