Preventive Care

Dental Exams & Checkup

Regular dental checkups are important for your oral health as well as for general body health. They help the Dentist as well as the dental hygienist understand and evaluate your current hygiene methods and advise on best ways to help improve. Even the most diligent of patients who brush and floss regularly can miss small areas of the mouth leading to gum disease and cavities. They also allow us to identify issues early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

Frequency Of Dental Exams?

Regular checkups (ideally every six months) will help your teeth stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful problems from developing. However, this differs from every patient and is tailored specifically for every patient's needs. More frequent visits may be necessary for some patients with a history of smoking, diabetes, dry mouth and those with more chronic medical conditions that have a huge impact on the state of health of the oral cavity.

What Can I Expect From A Dental Exam?

During the dental exam, medical history is updated, and the general health of your mouth is assessed, gum measurements are taken as well as x-rays if necessary to get a more detailed idea of the status of your teeth and surrounding tissues. An oral cancer check is also performed as the mouth is one of the most common areas for cancer.

The teeth are then thoroughly cleaned to get rid of stains, soft deposits called plaque and harder deposits called calculus using professional dental instruments. Fluoride may be applied for certain patients that need them after discussing it with you. We will also go through your current methods of maintaining your oral hygiene and then provide specific ways tailored for every patient on best ways to achieve optimum oral health.

Oral Hygiene

Bacteria are always present in the mouth ready to attack your teeth and gums and damage them. Oral hygiene is a means of helping the mouth free of harmful bacteria. If oral hygiene is not optimum, bacteria builds up to form plaque which over time can harden with the calcium in saliva to become calculus. Plaque and calculus can weaken the tooth supporting structures initially attacking the gums to form a condition known as gingivitis.

If this is left unattended, it can spread to the bone and reduce the support of the tooth causing periodontitis. Gingivitis can be reversed, however, once bone is involved, the damage is more permanent. Regular dental checkups and good dental hygiene will help keep your mouth healthy and avoid permanent damage to the teeth and supporting structures.

Periodontal disease and cavities are both caused by bacteria present in plaque. Plaque is a colorless film made up of millions of bacteria ready to damage your teeth and supporting structures and is usually found at the gum line. Plaque continuously forms on the teeth and effective brushing and flossing help reduce the plaque and its effectiveness to cause any damage.

Brushing

At The Dental Suite, we recommend using a soft tooth brush. Plaque is very soft, and brushing twice a day using very light pressure, usually rids teeth of it. Place the toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle at the gum line so that some of the bristles go under the gum to clean it. Focus on one or two teeth at a time and using gentle front and back or circular motion move the brush around making sure every part of every tooth is cleaned. When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.

Make sure to do the same on the inside surfaces of the teeth as well as the chewing surfaces. Do not forget to brush and clean your tongue as bacteria harbor there and are a main cause of bad breath.

If you do notice any bleeding while brushing and you haven’t used any force, please visit us as this is the first sign of inflamed gums.

Flossing

Tooth brushing helps clean the visible surfaces of the teeth. However, there are other surfaces of teeth where the tooth brush cannot reach and that is where flossing comes in to play. Bacteria harbor in between teeth where it is warm and provides a perfect condition for them to multiply rapidly. Flossing helps clean those areas and maintain gingival health.

Flossing can be challenging initially, however, with the proper technique and practice, it can be very quick. We will be glad to show you and teach you how to floss the proper way.

Once you are done flossing, rinse with water to remove debris and plaque. Gums can bleed initially when you start flossing because of either using too much force or using an improper technique or because the gums are inflamed. With flossing every day, you can master the correct flossing technique as well as improve the health of your gums and bleeding will stop.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Brushing and flossing regularly will keep dental plaque and calculus to a minimum, but a hygiene visit and a cleaning done by a professional like we do at The Dental Suite will remove calculus from areas your toothbrush and floss have missed. Visiting us at The Dental Suite is an integral part of your oral hygiene and prevention of gum disease.

Teeth Cleaning

This is a treatment performed to clean the teeth and gums and rid them of plaque harboring bacteria. It is vital to have this done at least once every six months depending on each patient to prevent gum disease and loss of tooth supporting structures. This procedure also helps in preventing bad breath caused by bacteria in plaque.

Using the small dental mirror, the hygienist will use a dental instrument called a scaler or in some cases the cavitron, which is an electrical scaler to remove plaque and calculus around and in between the gumline and teeth. You might hear some scraping sounds that is normal. Brushing and flossing reduces plaque from accumulating on teeth which if left unattended can harden and become calculus. Once calculus is formed, it can be only be removed at the dental clinic.


Polishing

Once the cleaning process is completed and teeth are rid of all the plaque and calculus, an electric handpiece with a prophy brush is used to polish your teeth. Different flavored polishing pastes are used based on the patients choice to achieve a smooth polished surface making it difficult for plaque and calculus to attach to tooth surface easily.

Children's Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first dental visit should be when the first tooth comes into the mouth and that is usually at 6 months. This is the best time for a child to make The Dental Suite their dental home. This visit is usually short and helps the dental team as well as the child to slowly get acquainted. The child is placed on the parents lap and a lap exam is done. We also guide you and provide advise on how to take care of your child’s teeth while at home.

As more teeth come into the mouth, the exam becomes more extensive and sometimes x-rays are taken to check the status of the existing teeth as well as those of the permanent teeth that will take the place of the baby teeth once they fall off. Children’s teeth can get damaged very fast as they are soft and allow cavities to spread in to the deeper parts of the teeth in a very short time. Keeping baby teeth in a healthy state for normal replacement by their permanent counterparts is very important to prevent any future complications requiring more extensive treatments.

We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.

Preparing Your Child For Their First Dental Visit

How do I prepare my child for their first dental visit is one of the most common questions asked by parents. Always encourage and help your child in understanding the importance of good oral hygiene and the importance of visiting the dentist to help them keep a healthy mouth. There are many ways you can prepare your child for his first and subsequent dental visit.

  • You are welcome to bring your child to The Dental Suite for a tour
  • Show them videos and read books with them about visiting the dentist
  • Explain to them what to expect at their visit
  • Always make positive comments about the dentist’s visit.

Safety Protocols At The Dental Suite

We follow thorough infection control and universal healthcare precautions to protect everyone at The Dental Suite as well as our patients that trust their oral health with us. All patients are treated equally no matter what medical condition you do present with at The Dental Suite. We work together as a team to make sure we maintain high standards of infection controls and universal precautions benefitting you, the dentist and the dental team. At The Dental Suite we uphold ourselves to make sure that everyone is safe especially knowing you have put your trust in us.

Our entire team at The Dental Suite follow procedures and protocols recommended by several federal agencies that govern our profession: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:

  • Disinfectant hand soap and hand sanitizers
  • Gloves and face masks as well as face shields when needed
  • Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
  • Sterilization of all equipment before every use and at the end of the day
  • Disinfecting water lines everyday
  • Use of Disposable materials

We try using disposable instruments and materials as much as possible, however, if we have to use any reusable instruments, then we make sure they are sterilized using an autoclave, which is a device that uses steam, heat and pressure to kill bacteria, viruses and many other disease-causing organisms. We do daily and weekly monitoring of the autoclave to make sure optimum conditions are maintained for effectiveness.

We make sure we are open with you about everything that happens at The Dental Suite and ensure a safe environment for you always. If you have any questions about any of this or anything else, please feel free to reach out to any of our team members and we will be glad to answer them for you.

Teeth Cleaning

This is a treatment performed to clean the teeth and gums and rid them of plaque harboring bacteria. It is vital to have this done at least once every six months depending on each patient to prevent gum disease and loss of tooth supporting structures. This procedure also helps in preventing bad breath caused by bacteria in plaque.

Using the small dental mirror, the hygienist will use a dental instrument called a scaler or in some cases the cavitron, which is an electrical scaler to remove plaque and calculus around and in between the gumline and teeth. You might hear some scraping sounds that is normal. Brushing and flossing reduces plaque from accumulating on teeth which if left unattended can harden and become calculus. Once calculus is formed, it can be only be removed at the dental clinic.

Polishing

Once the cleaning process is completed and teeth are rid of all the plaque and calculus, an electric handpiece with a prophy brush is used to polish your teeth. Different flavored polishing pastes are used based on the patients choice to achieve a smooth polished surface making it difficult for plaque and calculus to attach to tooth surface easily.

What is Dental Sealant?

Sealants are thin tooth colored plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth also known as molars and in some cases premolar teeth to reduce the chances of forming cavities.

How Do They Work?

They can turn deep grooves which are difficult to keep clean to shallow smooth surfaces making it more cleansable. As the name implies, they seal deep grooves and make them more shallow and easily cleansable. They provide an extra layer of protection to teeth from being damaged easily. Deep grooves attract plaque and bacteria which if left unattended can start forming cavities. Sealants are highly effective in preventing cavitied and keeping your teeth healthy for a very long time.

They are easy and quick to apply and can help children in fighting against cavities while they develop motor skills to be able to keep their teeth cleaner and healthier.

When Are They Applied and How Long Do They Last?

They are usually applied as soon as the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are completely visible in the mouth. If done correctly, they usually last a long time under normal chewing forces. Sometimes they may need to be reapplied and we at The Dental Suite will tell you when it is needed.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The last adult teeth to come into your mouth at about the age of 17-21 years are known as the wisdom teeth. These are the back molars that come in both the upper and lower jaws on the right and left side. Most of the time, people don’t have enough space to allow those teeth to come out properly and can be a reason of a variety of problems.

These teeth can sometimes cause inflammation, pain and swelling in the back area and in rare circumstances, they can form cysts. They can also cause difficulty in opening the mouth and in chewing. If this happens to you frequently, removal of the wisdom teeth may be necessary.

At The Dental Suite, we have loads of experience in treating these situations as well as in wisdom teeth surgeries. Wisdom teeth removal is very common, and recovery is dependent on the how fast your body heals but can usually take up to a week depending on your specific case. Sometimes this can be longer if the wisdom teeth are impacted either below the gum or in the bone.

Day Of Surgery

Wisdom teeth extraction can be safely and comfortably be performed in the dental office under local anesthesia and sometimes in addition to laughing gas.

Once the procedure is over, you will slowly regain feeling in your mouth. You may experience some pain and swelling which is normal. There may also be some blood in the mouth on the first day of recovery. There may also be some swelling, which is normal after any surgery for which you can start using an ice pack on your face as soon as you would like. You will also be advised on how to take medications that will either be prescribed or you could get them over the counter.

You will be advised on eating soft foods for a couple of days after surgery, however, you should avoid the use of avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as well as drinking using a straw as these can lead to delayed healing as well as painful complications.

Home care

Caring for your mouth after the surgery is very important to avoid infections and painful complications. You will be advised on how to clean and maintain good oral hygiene to aid in the healing. These may include but not limited to the following:

  • Warm salt water rinses 3-4 times a day 24 hours after the surgery to prevent the dislodgement of the blood clot.
  • Avoid spitting and smoking as the blood clot can get disrupted and delay healing. If there is any disruption of the blood clot, you will experience severe pain and increase the risk of infections. This condition is known as dry socket which would necessitate further treatment.
  • Soft diet for a couple of days after the surgery may be necessary as it may be difficult to chew during the first few days as the wound heals.

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