We aspire to keep our patients well informed about their dental care, so answering questions is part of our daily routine. Here are some questions commonly asked by our patients. If you don’t see the answer to your question, just give us a call or email us.

At what age should a child visit a dentist?

You should schedule your child’s first dental visit within six months of their first tooth erupting, which usually happens between 12 and 18 months of age.

Why do children need to be seen early in the morning?

Children are most responsive when they’re well rested. Morning appointments create the best opportunity for a fun, positive dental experience.

Why should baby teeth be repaired?

Did you know that tooth decay is transferable from primary teeth to permanent teeth? By placing fillings in baby teeth, we eliminate the potential for decay to spread to permanent teeth. We don’t recommend pulling baby teeth, either. You see, primary teeth are natural space maintainers, so early extraction can cause other teeth to shift out of place. To correct misalignment, the child may need orthodontic therapy later in life. Repairing decay in baby teeth is a conservative and preventive measure that we strongly recommend.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are an excellent alternative to dentures or bridges. The procedure involves a small titanium post surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once the post fuses naturally to bone tissue, we attach a permanent crown. Handcrafted to match existing dentition, the crown blends seamlessly with the patient’s smile. Dental implants not only improve appearance, they also allow patients normal oral function to speak and eat with ease.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, known to most as gum disease, is an infection of the gums caused by plaque and bacteria at the gum line. Plaque hardens into tartar which irritates gums, and bacteria and food particles promote infection. The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, characterized by swollen, red, and bleeding gums. Symptoms could also include a foul taste or bad breath. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, which destroys the gums and bone, leading to tooth loss. Research links gum disease to heart attack, stroke and complications with pregnancy and diabetes. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist can help prevent periodontal disease.

What is Periolase, and how can it help me?

Periolase is a soft tissue laser designed for periodontal therapy. It offers an alternative to surgical treatment for gum disease. With a laser beam approximately the width of two human hairs, the Periolase works between the gums and teeth to remove unhealthy matter that causes periodontitis. Because the laser seals the blood vessels and nerve endings when removing damaged tissue, no stitches are required and recovery time is minimal, if not immediate. Periolase treatment takes about one quarter of the time of traditional surgery and patients can resume day-to-day activities right after the procedure.

What is interceptive orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics guides jaw growth and development in children to correct overbites, underbites or crossbites. It can also create room for permanent teeth to erupt. Interceptive orthodontics can prevent the need for surgical correction, orthodontic therapy, or extractions in the future.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept insurance toward your balance. We do not participate with any particular plan, but we will file your claim electronically and estimate your out-of-pocket expense. Whether you have purchased dental insurance on your own or your employer has provided it for you, you are fortunate to have it and we will go the extra mile to help you maximize the benefits provided by your specific plan. If you wish, we will also be glad to help you file your insurance forms, which will save you considerable time and trouble. Your insurance company will reimburse you or our office for the expenses they agree to pay. The insurance company usually only pays a percentage of the fee and this varies from plan to plan. Your dental insurance is not designed to pay the entire cost of your treatment but is intended to help cover a certain portion of the cost. A better term for dental insurance may be “dental assistance”.


I love coming to South Orange Dental Center. I’ve been a patient at the office for over 10 years. Drs. Rosemond and Strachan are excellent dentists! They are genuine, personable, attentive, easy to talk to and provide great quality work. They have a gentle touch, are always happy to answer any questions you have and they take their time with you. I also enjoy my visits with their Hygenist Simonette. She is detailed and truly cares about providing quality work as well. The staff is always friendly making all of my visits delightful. I highly recommend them!

Kallita Phipps

My girls have been coming for the past 4 years. A pleasant experience every time. One daughter is currently 5 and the other 11. My youngest started as a nervous child because of a previous experience at another dental center. Now she walks in calmly and tells Dr. Strachan and her staff of any ailments or even her baller performance. The stickers, balloons and goodie bags are also a treat.

Adrien Nicholas

Extremely professional and familial atmosphere. I am confident in the painless and attentive experience offered by both Dr. Rosemond and Dr. Strachan. They both explain every diagnosis, procedure and goal thoroughly. The office is beautiful. The staff is very pleasant and accommodating. Not to mention, my children LOVE going to the dentist now!

Kamilah Muhammad-Harris

I highly recommend South Orange Dental Center for all of your dental needs. The highly trained staff offers state-of-the art services in a friendly and professional environment. In addition to effective and efficient service, they even include education and awareness so that together your dental issues are resolved and prevented. Over the 10 years of utilizing the services of South Orange Dental, I have never experienced any pain with any of the procedures; including root canal. Also, the newly renovated office is spacious and beautiful offering more comfort in the waiting room and exam rooms.

Gail R. James

My previous dentist retired and he referred his patients to Dr. Rosemond. After my first visit today I felt like I had spent a day at the spa. Dr. Rosemond and staff are absolutely the best! The atmosphere is warm and friendly. Simonette was incredibly helpful, thorough and informative. I have a new outlook on how to maintain a healthy mouth. The high tech equipment allowed me to see every single tooth on the monitor. I was also able to watch television while my mouth was being worked on. I can't say enough about Dr. Rosemond and the staff at the South Orange Dental Center. I have definitely found my new dental home. Thank you!

Fonda Taylor

Beautiful, clean and updated office and dental space. The staff - from reception to dental assistant - are simply amazing! Dr. Strachan is very friendly, informative, and patient. My 4 year old son was calm and happy because of the way they treated him. He even got to wear shades during his teeth cleaning and was a happy boy after. I can't recommend them enough! Awesome, awesome dental practice. You won't regret it!

Moraa Gekonge-Muyeka