GENERAL DENTISTRY

At our general dentistry office, we engage our patients in the practice of preventive dentistry. This is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve natural dentition and supporting structures by refusing to allow dental diseases and conditions to take hold of the teeth and gums.

The key aspects of preventive dentistry include strong oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental appointments. By taking care of your teeth and home and visiting our office to receive consistent professional care, you will maintain excellent oral health.

Preventive dentistry helps patients live free of severe, expensive dental problems, and preserves a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile.

Dental Exams

Your standard dental check-ups will involve the following steps:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays – This allows our dentist to detect decay, growths, cysts, bone loss, and whether the teeth and their roots are appropriately positioned.
  • Oral cancer screening – A cancer screening checks the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gums for early signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation – We will inspect the gums and bone below the teeth for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
  • Thorough examination for tooth decay – By viewing x-rays, then scraping tooth surfaces and carefully checking every tooth, we ensure that your smile is cavity-free.
  • Examination of present restorations – We examine your current dental restorations to check for cracks and establish the ongoing effectiveness of the restorations.

Your Dental X-Rays

The x-rays we take during your dental exam provide crucial information that may not be visible to the naked eye. Dentist and hygienists use x-rays to establish a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s oral health and form a treatment plan. X-rays are key tools in preventive dentistry, as they betray problems in their earliest stages.

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our daily lives. The amount of radiation exposure during a full series of oral x-rays is similar to the amount that individual receives from natural sources in a day. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe for patients. We take every possible precaution to limit your exposure, using lead apron shields and taking incredibly quick x-rays with modern film.

How often should my x-rays be taken?

The frequency of your x-rays depends on your personal oral health needs. Dr. Zymantas will recommend necessary x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, symptoms, age, and risk for disease.

While we perform a full mouth series of x-rays on new patients, these photos will be adequate for 3-5 years. Bite wing x-rays of the top and bottom teeth and occlusion are taken at regular check-ups, once or twice per year.

Teeth Cleanings

Your dental cleaning (dental prophylaxis) will be performed by one of our registered dental hygienists, and will include:

  • Removal of plaque – When bacteria gather on tooth surfaces, a sticky, unnoticeable film forms. This film fosters bacterial growth and produces acids that inflame gums. We scrape away plaque before it can harden into calculus or lead to periodontal disease.
  • Removal of calculus – Hardened plaque that has spent too much time on the tooth’s surface, calculus can form above and below the gum line. Our special dental instruments will remove calculus before it causes further damage, without causing you discomfort.
  • Teeth polishing – Gently polishing your teeth with a flavored paste will remove stains or discoloration, shine tooth surfaces, and eliminate any remaining plaque.
    Depending on your teeth, we may also provide you with sealants and/or a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel’s defenses.

Oral Care At Home

Home care accounts for the majority of your oral health. We only see you about twice a year – it’s what you do for your teeth daily, at home, that really matters. We recommend the following basic practices to all our patients. Adopting these habits will keep your smile whole and beautiful.

1. Eat balanced meals. Over-consumption of sugary, acidic, or starchy foods will lead to increased bacteria and acids in your mouth, causing cavities.
2. Reduce snacking. Every time you eat a snack, you expose your mouth to food particles and bacteria. When snacking, not as much saliva is present to wash harmful bacteria away. Try not to eat between meals, and rinse with water after snacking.
3. Brush correctly. You should brush at least twice a day with a soft bristle brush. Dr. Zymantas recommends electric toothbrushes for their ease of use and efficient removal of plaque. Visit the ADA to view a proper brushing guide.
4. Floss correctly. Flossing accesses areas that your toothbrush cannot, and is an imperative practice. Flossing disrupts plaque buildup in remote areas of your mouth. Visit the ADA to view a guide to flossing correctly.
5. Rinse with water after eating. The simple, effective way to clean your teeth on the go, rinsing when unable to brush will produce some of the same cleansing effects.
6. Use recommended dental aids and products. If Dr. Zymantas or our dental hygienists recommend specific brushes, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, fluoridated toothpaste, special rinses, mouth guards for teeth grinding, or anything else, take heed.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside you, building a lifelong healthy smile. Contact our office to set up your next dental exam and keep your oral health on track.

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