Even if you maintain good oral hygiene in your daily routine, regular in-office exams are essential for preventing disease and mitigating problems early on. During your oral exam, one of our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar missed during regular brushing. The cleaning will take approximately 30 minutes, after which Dr. David M Wielechowski DMD will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. Comprehensive oral examines can help prevent problems before they become emergencies.
Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums and trigger the beginning of periodontal disease.
In addition to hygiene treatment and maintenance during your regular oral examinations DMW Family Dentistry, Wielechowski David D MD offers fluoride treatment to help inhibit tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in water and other foods; it makes teeth more resistant to acid from oral bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse the effect of early tooth decay. Dr. David M Wielechowski DMD can prescribe fluoride supplements or apply it directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay by strengthening the tooth structure. These treatments are beneficial for anyone, but can become necessary for people suffering from gingivitis or dry mouth, and are recommended for those with a history of frequently getting cavities. Fluoride used for professional treatment is of a higher concentration than of fluoride found in toothpaste or mouthwash.
Dental sealants are a preventative procedure used to protect permanent molars just after they have fully erupted (around ages 6 and 12). The sealant procedure involves brushing a tooth-colored material into the deep grooves and pits of your child's back teeth, creating an environment that helps repel tooth decay and is easier to keep clean.