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Do you brush twice a day or after meals? Floss every night? If so, you're doing great things for your oral health. However, all that hard work doesn't mean you can skip your regular dental cleanings. After all, twice-yearly exams with the general dentists here at Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, are key to making sure that your dental hygiene is on track and your mouth is healthy in every aspect.
Read on to learn why it's so important to have regular dental cleanings with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, and Dr. Brandon Jensen:
Diligent brushing is a great way to keep your teeth clean and tartar at bay, but plaque can still build up on your teeth, despite your best at-home efforts. Fortunately, the special tools our dentists use can fully remove the sticky film that can lead to tooth decay and the formation of cavities.
Brushing frequently with a whitening toothpaste can certainly help with removing stains from coffee, tea or wine, but a professional dental cleaning can take whitening to the next level. The high-powered polishing you receive in the dental chair is key in keeping your teeth bright and white.
Gum Disease Prevention
When you skip too many dental visits, plaque can start to creep up on your tooth and under the gums, potentially leading to extreme decay and the weakening of your jaw bone. In some cases, this may cause your teeth to become loose or even fall out. By visiting our office, your general dentist can recognize the signs of gum disease and intervene before gum disease becomes a major issue.
Total Body Health
When your teeth are unhealthy, your whole body can suffer. Dental cleanings help keep your mouth in good health, lowering your risk of conditions like heart disease. By examining your mouth on a regular basis, your general dentist can see any changes that might indicate other health problems and refer you for any needed medical care.
Need an Appointment? Give Us a Call
A full dental examination/cleaning generally takes under an hour, and the benefits are long-lasting. Call Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD at 605-857-8008 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Matthew Knutson, Dr. Richard Knutson, or Dr. Brandon Jensen.
What'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.
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.
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 keep 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!
To better prevent cavities and gum disease, don’t neglect your regular dental cleanings. They are an important aspect of maintaining good oral 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.
How your dentists in Vermillion can improve your smile
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!