It’s not just a cleaning!

November 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Kay @ 1:01 am

Say “Go Blue” to an Ohio State fan and you get an immediate reaction.  Say “It’s Just a Cleaning” to a dental professional and you will get the same reaction!  We hope you understand that your regular dental re-care appointments are more than “Just a Cleaning”.  A typical re-care appointment in our office includes:

An update of your health history. Getting an updated health history from you helps Dr. Milewski and our hygienists understand the changes they may be seeing in your teeth and gums.  The medicine you take, any surgeries you may have had, any diagnosis of conditions or disease are all important for us to know. Many patients find it helpful to keep a list of medication and dosages, medical conditions and surgeries and bring those to their appointment.

Necessary X-rays. Taking diagnostic x-rays is an important step in identifying changes in the health of your teeth and gums.  Many oral diseases can’t be detected on the basis of a visual and physical examination  alone.  Dental X-rays are valuable in providing information about a patient’s oral health such as early-stage cavities,  gum diseases, infections or some types of tumors. How often dental X-rays should be taken depends on the patient’s  oral health condition, age, risk for disease and any signs and symptoms of oral disease that the patient might be  experiencing.

A professional cleaning. Yes, you clean your teeth every day. But your toothbrush and floss can’t do it all.  You’ve heard us talk about how plaque can build up on your teeth.  Well, over time that sticky plaque hardens into a substance called tartar, which can only be removed by our dental instruments.  Removing plaque, and tartar are very important in preventing gum disease and keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. Just ask Kim.  She’ll tell you!

An examination by Dr. Milewski. Dr. Milewski will examine your teeth and gums for decay and periodontal disease. He will also check the inside of your mouth for signs of oral cancer. With 40,000 people a year being diagnosed with oral cancer, this is  an important part of your examination.  After a careful evaluation of your oral health, Dr. Milewksi will discuss any    necessary treatment with you and help you understand your options.

Comprehensive lessons in oral care. If you’ve been in our office to have your teeth cleaned, then you have had intra oral pictures taken of your teeth.  Our cameras are specially made to take pictures of your teeth and gums so you can see and really understand what is happening with your dental health.  Our hygienists and Dr. Milewski give you updated information and techniques that you can use in your daily home care routine. We work with you to help you understand what needs to be done and why.  You’ll even get a new toothbrush, modeled here by our very own Kathy!

It’s not “Just a Cleaning”.  A Professional Hygiene Appointment is an  important part of staying healthy.  We know how busy you are.  But don’t forget in the hustle and bustle of your life to take time out for you.  Just give us a call and we can find a convenient appointment time.  A healthy mouth is part of a healthy you!



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