Oral Healthcare Specialist

Michael Hogan, DDS -  - Family & General Dentist

Union Family Dental

Michael Hogan, DDS

Family & General Dentist located in Union, NJ

Locating areas of decay and gum disease as soon as possible is the key to sustaining optimal oral health. At Union Family dental, Dr. Hogan offers dental cleanings and exams to ensure that patients in and around Union, NJ and the surrounding areas are receiving the best possible oral healthcare and treatment.

Oral Healthcare Q&A

What Happens During a Routine Dental Exam?

Routine exams, or checkups, will begin with the collection of the person’s dental and medical history. This helps the dentist to uncover any issues which could increase the likelihood of tooth decay and/or gum disease in a particular individual. For example, if a patient has diabetes and comes in for a visit, the dentist will pay particular attention to the state of the patient’s gums because he or she will be at a greater risk for developing periodontal disease and subsequent tooth decay. The physical exam will be used to perform a thorough assessment of each tooth and the gums. A teeth cleaning is generally performed during the visit as well. X-rays could also be taken, this is more likely if this is the first time the patient has visited the Dr. Hogan’s office. An oral cancer screening may also be performed on the patient if indicated. After examination if any alterations to dental hygiene routines needs to be made or if treatment for a dental health issue needs to start, the dentist will discuss these options with the person.

How Often Should I Go to the Dentist for a Checkup?

The American Dental Association encourages individuals of all ages to visit the dentist’s office for a routine exam and cleaning every six months, or twice a year.

What Can I Do to Keep my Teeth Healthy Between Checkups?

The most important thing is also the simplest: regularly practice oral hygiene maintenance by brushing and flossing every day. This significantly improves the health of teeth and stops decay. If the doctor suggests any particular techniques or products, follow those instructions. Decay causing bacteria also thrive on sugars so limiting sugary foods and beverages will assist to prevent decay as well. When joining in activities where your mouth could receive an impact or trauma, wear a mouth-guard. In addition, if you are guilty of grinding your teeth while sleeping wear a night guard whenever possible. A good rule to follow is do not use your teeth to remove stubborn lids or wrappers and do not chew on hard candies or ice, this can cause unnecessary damage to your teeth.



Insurance Options

We accept many insurance plans; please call our office to confirm eligibility for your specific plan. Please note that we do not accept Medicaid.

Aetna
Aetna PPO
Ameritas
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
CareCredit
Careington PPO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Delta Dental
DenteMax
Guardian
Guardian PPO
Horizon BCBS
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Meritain Health