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Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as Benjamin Franklin once stated. The truth of this statement applies to many facets of life. This statement also applies to your dental health. If you regularly invest in dental check-ups and maintaining good health, you will be more likely to stay healthy.  This is precisely why it is crucial to invest in professional teeth cleaning and regular dental check-ups. We recommend you visit your Burlington dentist at least every six months.   

What is a Dental Check-Up?

During your visit to our Burlington dental office, we start your check-up by reviewing your oral health goals along with your medical and dental health history.

We strive to create a personalized environment during our care and understanding your needs and expectations ensures you have a comfortable, caring environment.

Part of your routine dental exams will commonly require records to be taken for Dr. Dornblazer to evaluate the health of your mouth. Records like x-rays, digital imaging, or models of your teeth, are common but will not always be taken at every check-up.

X-rays and digital imaging provide a view of the jaw bone, tissues, and the health of the roots and teeth. These records are necessary to allow your dental team to provide precision treatment and dental care recommendations for your specific oral health needs.

During a routine dental check-up, a professional teeth cleaning is performed. If upon the exam, the dentist identifies any gum disease, a regular dental cleaning may not be possible, and a cleaning to treat gum disease may be scheduled.

Your routine dental check-up is the time for the dentist and hygienist to evaluate your complete oral health including:

– Gums and tissue

– Bones health

– Jaw joints

– Tooth and root health

– Bite alignment and wear

– Oral cancer screening including mouth, throat, and lips

During a dental check-up we will review tips and recommendation for your oral hygiene home care routine and how to improve your oral health.  If you have any decay, damage or restorations needed, Dr. Dornblazer will take the time to review your treatment recommendations and options. 

Why have a professional teeth cleaning?

Brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily are steps for preventative care at home. However, because frequency, individual techniques, diet, and lifestyle vary decay-causing plaque and damage can still build up.  A professional cleaning and regular check-up help are essential to a proactive approach to protecting your smile and your health.

Medical studies have shown links between gum disease and overall health conditions. In a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a connection between gum disease and several serious diseases like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and coronary artery disease. Your dentist is also the only health care provider activity screening oral cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation, sites that close to 42,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. 

Home Dental Care

Professional teeth cleaning and regular dental check-ups are crucial components for oral hygiene, but they need to be supported by excellent daily care at home. To keep your mouth as healthy as possible, brush your teeth well with fluoride toothpaste after every meal or at least twice a day. Brush all sides of every tooth and along the gum-line with gentle strokes. As you are brushing your teeth, also brush your tongue to remove the bacteria. Although many people do not take the time to floss, it is essential to floss once day for gum, bone, and tooth health. Our dental hygienists will show you a proper flossing technique to remove food from the tight spaces between the teeth where plaque can build up, and cavities can form.

Ready for your teeth cleaning and check up?

Having healthy teeth and gums have been shown to decrease the likelihood of serious disease and improve the quality of your life. With regular care and prevention, you can save money by avoiding more extensive treatments.

If your last dental visit has been over 6 months, we can help. We promise a judgment-free zone and plenty of reasons to smile. Call today to schedule your next dental cleaning.

Deep Cleanings

Deep cleanings (scaling and root planning) are for those patients with periodontal disease. In these cases, there is often bone loss, heavy bleeding around the gums, build up of calculus below the gum tissue or a combination. We routinely anesthetize the areas that require treatment so our hygienists can thoroughly and comfortably clean the areas of concern. The removal or reduction of these inflammatory factors can help the gum tissue reattach to the tooth.

Pediatric Dentistry

We start seeing children within six months of their first baby tooth erupting. Dr. Dornblazer will perform a “knee-to-knee” exam with you and your child until they are old enough to be in our operatory chair for their cleanings and exams. We will clean your child’s teeth and place fluoride varnish on any erupted teeth. It is important to start regular dental visits with your child early to help prevent cavities and to create positive associations with coming to the dentist.

Fillings

We place three types of fillings:

  • Tooth-colored fillings (“resins” or “composites”)
  • Tooth-colored fillings with fluoride uptake/releasing capability (resin modified glass ionomer fillings)
  • Silver fillings (amalgams)

The vast majority of fillings we place are resin or composite fillings. Sometimes we place tooth-colored fillings with a fluoride uptake/releasing capability (resin modified glass ionomer fillings). This is done for someone who has a lot of decay and would benefit from the fluoride-releasing capability or in a case where we are using the material as a temporary filling until a final restoration is placed. These fillings are not as strong as resin/composite fillings, which is why they are placed in select instances.

The only time we place silver fillings is for patients with significant bleeding that cannot be controlled. In order to place tooth-colored fillings, the tooth must be kept completely dry. If a person’s gum tissue is bleeding, and this bleeding cannot be controlled, the only reliable, long-term option is a silver filling. A tooth-colored filling placed in an area where moisture is uncontrolled will quickly decay. We find silver fillings to be a good choice in instances such as elderly patients taking blood thinners where bleeding can be very difficult to manage or patients with periodontal disease who urgently require a filling before their periodontal disease can be addressed.

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