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By Knutson Family Dentistry
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

Dental CleaningWhat's one of life's highest priorities? Well, it's health, of course, including the well-being of your teeth and gums. At Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, professional dental cleanings help preserve your oral health. Dr. Richard Knutson and Dr. Matthew Knutson see this prophylactic service as one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your family.

Why are dental cleanings important?

When your dental hygienist cleans your teeth, she removes toxic substances called plaque and tartar. These biofilms form from leftover food particles caught between your teeth and under your gums. Even the most diligent of home brushers and flossers cannot remove them all, and consequently, bacteria grows, decaying teeth and irritating gums.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta states that nearly one-third of American adults have untreated cavities. Further, the CDC maintains that the number could decrease significantly with more dental care--specifically, exams and cleanings every six months.

Finally, what happens in your mouth affects your systemic health. Plaque and tartar irritate and degrade gum tissue, causing a worrisome problem called periodontitis. Even in its least severe form (gingivitis), periodontitis is linked to diseases and conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack, arthritis, and more, says the American Dental Association (ADA). That's why the ADA wants you to see your dentist in Vermillion every six months for an examination and professional dental cleaning. Prevention really is the best cure.

Additional benefits

Besides removing harmful plaque and tartar, your dental hygienist performs several important services such as:

  • Counting your teeth, noting their alignment and any defects or possible health issues
  • Checking for oral cancer (a visual and tactile exam which your dentist will repeat with your dental examination)
  • Taking digital X-rays when needed
  • Looking for signs of periodontal disease (gum pockets which measure deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for gum disease)
  • Flossing and polishing your teeth
  • Showing you ways to improve your home care

You'll enjoy your cleaning

Is that really possible? Well, at Knutson Family Dentistry it is possible because our dentists, hygienists, assistants, and office staff are the best anywhere. They're highly skilled and have created a truly patient-centered environment that's comfortable and welcoming no matter what kind of dental care you need. In fact, even the treatment chairs provide heat and massage so you have a relaxed experience.

Call Knutson Family Dentistry today to speak to a team member and arrange your semi-annual cleaning and check-up in Vermillion, SD. Phone (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
April 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Caring for your smile is almost sure to be part of your daily routine. However, some oral hygiene routines may just not be enough to keeporal hygiene teeth decay and gum disease in check. A strong daily oral care routine will keep plaque and decay at bay for years to come. Does your daily dental care stand up to the test? Find out what you should do to effectively maintain your smile with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD.

What can I do daily to maintain my smile? 
According to the American Dental Association, every person, no matter their risk for teeth decay or gum disease, age, or any other factors, should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss between each tooth and behind the back of the last molars at least once. Additional recommendations by the ADA state that patients should see their dentist at least twice a year for routine dental examinations and cleanings.

How do regular dental examinations and cleanings benefit my teeth? 
These regular biannual visits will ensure that your dentist finds and treats minor conditions like cavities early, while they still require only minimally invasive techniques. If left untreated, decay may require a root canal or other more complex methods. Additionally, biannual cleanings remove all instances of plaque and tartar from the teeth, ensuring that you have a clean slate to continue keeping plaque off the teeth to prevent decay in the future. Cleanings are especially important since tartar, the substance plaque eventually hardens into, can only be removed with a professional cleaning.

Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Vermillion, SD
You can keep your teeth healthy and clean in just minutes each day. A small sacrifice of five minutes in the morning and evening can save your teeth from serious dental problems. Coupled with regular visits to your dentist, you can keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay for a lifetime.

For more information on good oral hygiene habits or regular dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Troy Larsen at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD. Call (605)-857-8008 to strengthen your fight against teeth decay and gum disease today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
September 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

To better prevent cavities and gum disease, don’t neglect your regular dental cleanings. They are an important aspect of maintaining good dental crownsoral health and can help with maintaining better overall health, as well. At Knutson Family Dentistry, Dr. Richard Knutson, Dr. Matthew Knutson and Dr. Troy Larsen provide preventive services in Vermillion, SD.

Better Oral Health

Even when you maintain good oral hygiene habits at home, regular dental cleanings make it possible to achieve a more thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. For instance, tartar buildup is not something that can be cleaned away through regular brushing and flossing at home. It is only possible to completely remove tartar buildup through a professional dental cleaning at your Vermillion dentist’s office. Removing tartar buildup keeps teeth and gums healthy and prevents the development of gum disease and other oral health problems.

Early Detection of Other Diseases

Not only do regular dental cleanings improve oral health, they also make it possible to detect the early warning signs of other diseases within the body. The symptoms of some illnesses and diseases can be observed in the mouth. For example, bone loss in the jaw area is an indication of osteoporosis. Nighttime reflux disease and oral cancer also display symptoms in the mouth. Regular dental checkups with cleanings allow the dentist an opportunity to spot these symptoms for early detection of other diseases.

Don’t neglect your regular dental cleanings. They are vital to maintaining good oral health and can contribute to better overall health. Further, regular dental cleanings and visits give your dentist a chance to spot early warning signs of other health problems. To schedule your next dental cleaning in Vermillion with either of the two Dr. Knutsons or Dr. Larsen, contact Knutson Family Dentistry at (605) 857-8008.

By Knutson Family Dentistry
March 24, 2017
Category: Oral Health

How your dentists in Vermillion can improve your smilerestorative dentistry

Dental problems can be annoying and sometimes even painful. That’s why you need the services of a great dentist. You want a dentist that offers a full range of services to help you with most dental problems. Your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, want to help you and your smile.

They offer comprehensive dental services to help you maintain your best smile. Consider:

A dental filling if you have a decayed or damaged tooth. You can choose from many different materials depending on your needs, including tooth-colored (composite) or glass ionomer.

A dental crown if you don’t have enough tooth structure left for a filling. Crowns are placed on teeth to strengthen them against further breakage and are a great choice for teeth that have had a root canal, or are badly decayed or damaged. You can choose from porcelain-fused-to-metal or full porcelain for your crown.

Dental implants if you are missing a single or multiple teeth. Dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth replacement available and you clean them with normal brushing and flossing. They are stable, permanent and never move. They can be placed during a simple in-office procedure and then after they have healed, they are permanently capped with beautiful implant crowns.

Professional teeth whitening if you want to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter; the results can last up to an astounding 5 years, far longer than with over-the-counter whitening treatments. You can choose from a speedy in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour, or a convenient take-home whitening kit with everything you need to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your home.

These are just a few of the restorative dental treatments available at Knutson Family Dentistry. For a complete list of treatments available, please visit the services page on the website at http://www.knutsonfamilydentistry.com/library/7779/Cosmetic%26GeneralDentistry.html.

If you need the services of an outstanding, caring dentist, it’s time to call your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD. Don’t put up with annoying, painful dental problems. Save your smile by calling today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
January 31, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Can a simple procedure like cosmetic bonding finally improve the appearance of your smile?dental bonding

Do you hate that small chip in your front tooth? Or do you wish you could close up that small gap between your teeth? Perhaps you have a small discoloration that teeth whitening won’t be able to treat. If you are dealing with minor issues that affect the appearance of your smile but not how it functions, then our Vermillion, SD, general dentists, Drs. Richard and Matthew Knutson, may be able to recommend cosmetic bonding for tackling your more subtle dental problems.

What is cosmetic bonding?

During this simple, non-invasive procedure our Vermillion cosmetic dentist will place a moldable resin over one or more teeth to mask small aesthetic flaws. This resin is the same resin used to fill a cavity. Of course, since there is no decay present and the sole purpose of this bonding treatment is for cosmetic rather than restorative enhancement, we won’t need to administer anesthesia or use a dental drill like we would if you were getting a dental filling.

When is cosmetic bonding used?

This is a great treatment option for anyone who is looking to fix a chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. It may also be used to lengthen a tooth that has been worn down and fill small gaps between teeth. Cosmetic bonding is also ideal for anyone looking to make subtle changes to the color, size or shape of one or more teeth. It’s important to keep in mind that because dental bonding is a non-invasive approach to changing your smile it won’t be able to fix more severe imperfections like large gaps between teeth or malformations.

How is dental bonding applied to teeth?

Once we determine that you are the ideal candidate for this cosmetic treatment we will apply this putty-like tooth-colored resin over the area or areas of the tooth that you want to correct. We will then begin to contour and shape the resin until we have the perfect look. Once the resin has been perfectly molded we will then harden it with a laser. With one final polish, your new tooth is good as new!

Does cosmetic bonding sound like exactly what you’ve been looking for in Vermillion, SD? If so, trust your smile to the experts at Knutson Family Dentistry to get the smile you’ve always wanted with cosmetic dentistry.