Preventive Care Appointment
Dental cleaning specific means the professional cleaning you can only receive from a dental clinic. In most cases this procedure is recommended on a six-month basis, however we will discuss with you the frequency most appropriate in your case. Scaling
Traditional Scaling is done by hand alone from your dental hygienists. With the advance of technology, electric scalers became available therefore dental cleaning can be done in much shorter period of time. However, to achieve best results, electric and manual scaling should be combined in dental cleaning. Polishing
There basically are two kinds of polisher: (1) prophy jet polishing and (2) rubber tip polishing with prophy paste. Prophy jet polishing works by spraying high pressured water mixed with baking soda paste onto the surface of your teeth. Powered water can wash away the residue and plaque, while the baking soda can remove brown and yellow stains and neutralize the acidic conditions of your mouth. Rubber cup polishing employs a low-speed hand piece with a rubber cup tip mounted on the top. Inside the rubber cup is polishing paste, which contains abrasive ingredients for removing stains and fluoride for strengthening tooth enamel. The rubber cup is spinning slowly on the surface of the teeth. The paste even comes with many pleasant flavors, such as mint grape, and orange.
Both polishing procedures above can polish stains away efficiently, and can be used to remove heavy stains if any. Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is found in products containing strong concentrations of fluoride to fight tooth decay. These products, including toothpastes and mouth rinses, are applied directly to the teeth and are then expectorated or rinsed from the mouth without swallowing. Dentists recommend brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day or after every meal, combined with a regimen of flossing and regular dental checkups.
Professionally-administered topical fluorides such as gels or varnishes are applied by Dr. Fremeth and left on for up to four minutes during a cleaning treatment. For patients with a high risk of dental caries, the dentist may prescribe a special gel for daily home use, to be applied with or without a mouth tray for up to six weeks. Visual Examination
Dr. Fremeth performs a visual, oral examination utilizing highly magnified glasses. He often supplements this with intra-oral photography, which are used to point out any concerns on large computer monitors. X-ray Examination
A visual examination is insufficient to accurately predict problems which may arise. As part of prevention our office will include a radiographic (x-ray) examination of the hard structures of the teeth and jaws. Dental x-rays may reveal tooth decay, bone loss due to gum disease, infections, the congenital absence of certain teeth, problems with the way new teeth will erupt, as well as other problems affecting the teeth and gums. Wisdom teeth are also easily checked with dental x-rays to see if the teeth will come in normally or are blocked. Dr. Fremeth utilizes digital radiography.
A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. It creates a barrier to against decay and is highly effective. Sealants are only applied on decay-free teeth. Children always receive significant benefits from sealant. Adults whose teeth with deep groves are pit and fissure decay suspicious can also be candidates for sealants. Sealants are recommended for those who receive topical fluoride application and who live in water fluoridated communities. Fluoride helps fight decay on the smooth surfaces of the teeth, but it is least effective in pit and fissures.
Mouthguards should be worn during all recreational and athletic activities to protect the mouth and teeth from serious injury -- especially activities where there is contact or potential contact with another person, piece of equipment, or the ground. In fact, the Ontario Amateur Hockey Association requires all players to wear a protective mouth guard. Our office can prepare a comfortably fitting protective mouth guard at your request.
What is Bruxism?
"Keep a stiff upper lip" or "get a grip!" That's often the advice we get—and give—on how to cope with stress. If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It's called Bruxism
, and often it happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked.
Symptoms include a dull headache or a sore jaw.
You could have teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding. This can lead to fractures in your teeth.
Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep. If stress is the cause, try physical therapy, muscle relaxants, counseling and exercise to help reduce tension.