It’s not just a dental cleaning
Studies have shown that periodontal disease (gum disease) can contribute to the development of heart disease. How? Bacteria from plaque can lead to blood clots, inflammation and ultimately, heart attacks or strokes.
Periodontal disease can also cause complications with diabetes and has been proven to contribute to low birth weight babies.
It is MUCH more than just a cleaning. Take a look at some of the things we do during your dental hygiene visit:
1. Review you medical history and modify treatment as needed.
2. We check and record your blood pressure and pulse.
3. Recently, we began checking your oxygen level.
4. Perform an oral cancer screening.
5. Perform a thorough periodontal screening to evaluate your periodontal health.
6. Perform radiographic procedures for detecting cavities and evaluating the overall health of your teeth and supporting structures.
7. Examine existing fillings.
8. Detect new decay.
9. Evaluate the need for sealants in children and, when necessary, in adults.
10. Evaluate your bite and the consequences of missing or crowded teeth.
11. Recheck the fit of appliances (night guards, dentures, etc.)
12. Remove hardened deposits (tartar or calculus) and soft, sticky bacterial deposits (plaque) to promote oral health.
13. Remove surface staining on teeth from coffee, tea, tobacco, etc..
14. Floss and check the contacts of the teeth.
15. Personalize oral hygiene instructions and make recommendations on what tools to use at home to best clean your teeth.
16. Clean dental appliances.
17. Provide intra-oral photos of problem areas so you can see what we see.
18. Application of fluoride to aid in the prevention of decay.
19. Treatment plan of your present and future dental needs.
20. Evaluate your total dental needs and refer you as needed to specialists.
21. Inform you of the latest dental treatments and technology available in our office.
22. Evaluate cosmetic needs to give you a more beautiful smile.
There have been cases when we have referred our patients to their medical doctor for follow-up. You see your dentist more than your medical doctor and we can be your first alert to a potential problem. It’s vital that you visit your dentist twice a year for dental hygiene, and now you know why!
Call us today to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment.
So I was supposed to post this awhile back. Sorry for the delay.
Kayla had her baby on November 8th. Jackson William Fletcher, 8 lbs 6.9 oz!
Congratulations to Kayla and her family.
Kayla plans to return to work in early January.
Common Questions Corner
Does your office do same day extractions?
Let me ask you this: What if you wanted your finger removed (extracted) from your body?
How do you know that you need to have it extracted? Is it infected? Is it broken? If it can it be fixed, you do
not need to have it removed (extracted). You need your finger. I understand that it hurts you now and
you just want to get rid of it, but once I take it I can’t put it back.
Are you healthy enough for me to do the surgery? A dental extraction, is just that, surgery. A hospital will not do any surgery without doing pre-op. So why would you want your dentist to just pull your tooth (a body part) without checking first.
We need to take an x-ray of the tooth, why? I need to know if the tooth savable, infected, does it have
straight roots or curved roots, is it near a nerve that can be damaged during the extraction? We have to
know these things before proceeding. I wish I had x-ray vision.
We take our dental extractions seriously at Otego Family Dental. What to expect: we will review your
medical health and ask you many questions about your current and past health; check your meds; take
your blood pressure; pulse; and check your oxygen levels before administering local anesthetic.
Please be aware that local anesthesia is very safe for most people, but it is still a drug. If you have an infection, that infection
needs to be under control with antibiotics before your extraction.
Too many times I hear stories from my patients that they had a tooth removed elsewhere and it was very
painful. That’s because the tooth was infected and the anesthetic that was delivered was not effective.
Dr. Kathy T. Knox
We are a busy and growing dental office with an immediate opening for a full time licensed certified dental assistant. We offer a friendly, caring work atmosphere, a four-day work week and competitive pay and benefits. We are an EOE.
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