At your regular six-month cleaning appointment, Dr. Klein and your hygienist will evaluate the health of your gums and teeth and provide an oral cancer screening.
Daily care of your teeth and mouth is vital to maintaining a healthy smile. Dr. Klein and his staff can help you develop a personal home care program to keep your smile looking its best.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they also make it possible for you to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall wellbeing.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.
Between regular visits to our dental office, there are simple steps you can take to greatly decrease your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. These include:
Fluoride treatments harden tooth enamel, protecting it from acid formed by bacteria and sugars. Fluoride is an important part of a preventative dental care program.
As indicated under the Home Care section, we recommend:
A Sealant is a protective coating that fills the deep grooves of young teeth, and the narrow grooves which cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. Sealants help prevent decay from bacteria and sugar in areas where a toothbrush may not reach.
In some cases, tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque – not because the person doesn’t brush, but because they’re too narrow to allow even one toothbrush bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don’t want that. So we can brush on a coating to seal the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthier.
In most cases, we recommend patients have their teeth cleaned every six months. The type of cleaning you receive will depend on the health of your gums and your home care.
Receiving a professional dental cleaning is important for your oral health. Most dental cleanings only take about a half hour. Professional cleanings performed every six months can prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planning, and polishing.
Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has lead to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve the best results, both electric and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleaning.
Dental x-rays are an essential part of diagnosing and treating decay, gum disease, and other dental health concerns. Our digital x-rays offer the safest levels of radiation, while allowing us effective and instant imaging.
The physical process for digital radiography is actually similar to traditional dental x-rays that use film. With digital radiography, a sensor is inserted into your mouth to capture images of your teeth – but that’s where the similarities between conventional and digital dental x-rays end. Although it resembles the film used for bite wings and other x-rays, the digital sensor is electronic and connected to a computer. Once the x-ray is taken, the image is projected on a screen for Dr. Klein to view.
There are several benefits to using digital radiography over traditional film x-rays:
Less Radiation - The equipment used in digital radiography exposes dental patients to much less radiation. In fact, digital x-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film x-rays. While conventional dental x-rays are relatively safe, digital radiography is an excellent option for those who take x-rays on a regular basis, or for those who are concerned about radiation.
Environmentally Friendly - Digital dental x-rays are better for the environment! With digital radiography, no chemicals are used to develop film. There’s also no wasted space of a darkroom and no need to store film.