Cleanings, Fluoride Treatment and Digital X-Rays
Routine cleanings, also called "prophylaxis", are designed to preserve dental health by removing harmful bacteria from below the gum line, which prevents the spread of gum disease before bone loss occurs. To ensure good oral health, it is important to brush and floss daily, with routine visits to the dentist. In most cases, our patients visit the hygienist every six months.
The most effective and comfortable way to remove bacteria and treat inflammation is with an ultrasonic instrument. We also provide home care instructions, so that our patients can maintain healthy gums between their regular cleanings, as well as an oral examination to determine risk factors for cavities and gum disease. Our hygienist can help in maintaining maximum oral health during pregnancy, menopause, and with diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cleanings for Children
We are proud to be a fun place for children, a place that our young patients actually enjoy visiting the dentist. We recommend a first visit at around 2 ½ to 3 years of age. This is old enough for them to become accustomed to the office and is a good age for detection of any early problems.
We work hard to make your child as comfortable as possible, performing only those procedures that he/she is at-ease with. In subsequent cleanings and exams, as children become more relaxed and start to enjoy the office, we are able to obtain x-rays and accomplish a thorough cleaning and fluoride treatments.
Some parents might prefer to be present with the child during treatment, especially for the first few visits. In our office, this is completely acceptable.
In our office, we have found that regular professional fluoride applications prevent dental decay for adults and children. We use a fluoride varnish that has been found to be very effective in preventing decay because it releases more fluoride into the tooth's enamel than traditional fluoride trays.
Advantages of fluoride varnish:
Digital x-rays are a state-of-the-art addition to our offices. These computer-generated images use up to 90% less radiation than conventional film-based x-rays. Rather than using traditional silver-oxide x-ray film that must be developed and treated with caustic and environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor.
A sharp image of the scanned area is instantly displayed on a video monitor in the treatment room. This enables the dentist and staff to see the teeth and surrounding structures immediately. This amazing technology not only eliminates the delay associated with traditional film processing, but it also is so precise and sensitive that patients are exposed to even less radiation.
Unlike conventional x-rays, the digital system also enables enlargement, highlighting, magnifying, inverting, clear viewing, and contrasting of the x-ray images. We can detect cavities, even very small cavities, sooner than ever before, and correct them before they seriously weaken a tooth.