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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
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
October 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental cleanings  

What your dentists want you to know about professional dental cleanings

Regular brushing and flossing are a necessary part of good oral health, but sometimes it isn't enough to keep your teeth, supporting dental cleaningbone and gums healthy; you need professional teeth cleanings to ensure you maintain excellent oral health. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a long time, you may be wondering if dental cleanings are that important. Your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry want to share their knowledge and expertise with you regarding dental cleanings.

The goal of professional dental cleanings is to promote oral health by removing soft deposits, known as plaque, and hard deposits, known as calculus. Dr. Matt or Dr. Richard will do a comprehensive dental examination including x-rays, and measurements of any bone or soft tissue loss around your teeth.

If you have gum inflammation, with no evident loss of bone or soft tissue, chances are good that you will just need a regular cleaning, usually performed every 6 months. Dr. Matt, Dr. Richard or one of the hygienists will perform scaling, a technique using hand instruments and ultrasonic devices to remove soft and hard deposits, both above and below the gumline. The final step is using a high-speed handpiece to polish your teeth and give you a sparkling, clean smile.

If you do have some soft tissue and bone loss around your teeth, Dr. Matt or Dr. Richard may recommend supportive periodontal therapy, also called root planing. This procedure is a bit more intensive and often requires more than one appointment. Root planing can be performed with or without local anesthetic, depending on your wishes.

During root planing, either the doctor or hygienist will use instruments, sometimes with longer blades, to reach deeper areas around your teeth. Ultrasonic technology is often used also to flush out infected areas. The roots of your teeth are cleaned of all deposits and the root surface is smoothed.

If you undergo supportive periodontal therapy, Dr. Matt and Dr. Richard will recommend maintenance appointments every 3 to 4 months to keep your teeth, supportive bone and gums healthy.

Don’t try to take care of your oral health by yourself. You need the help of experts in professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy. For more information on dental cleanings and periodontal services, call your dentists at Knutson Family Dentistry. Protect your smile and call today!

By Knutson Family Dentistry
March 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental cleanings  

Dental CleaningsDiscover how important those routine dental visits really are.

So, you skipped your dental cleaning? Now what? Sure you could reschedule your cleaning but perhaps with your busy schedule you’re wondering just how important it is that you keep that appointment with Knutson Family Dentistry, your Vermillion, SD general dentist. After all, you are not experiencing any dental pain and you know you are a good brusher, so why would a dental cleaning be so vital to your oral health. Why is it bad to miss it?

What is the purpose of a dental cleaning?

When you come into Knutson Family Dentistry twice a year for your routine cleaning, your dentist will thoroughly exam your teeth and gums checking for any signs of decay or disease. Then we will professionally clean your teeth. Whenever you’ve come in for your cleaning, have you ever left our office saying, “Wow, my teeth feel so smooth?” That’s because we have that best teeth-cleaning equipment and tools for the job. We are able to give you a deep down clean that no product at home can.

Furthermore, once a year we will also run X-rays to make sure that teeth are developing as they should and that your mouth is healthy. If wisdom teeth are coming in, we will also be able to tell you on the X-ray and monitor them to figure out whether or not they need to be extracted. X-rays also pinpoint infections, cavities and other issues that we may not be able to see with the naked eye during a manual exam.

So…why is missing a dental cleaning bad?

Remember how smooth your teeth felt after coming in for your dental cleaning? That’s because we not only have superior and professional tools to remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup, but we can also get into those hard-to-reach spots that your toothbrush and floss might miss. Even the most avid brushers can miss a few spots, and it’s amazing just how quickly plaque can turn to tartar when it’s left on teeth. The only way to properly remove tartar is to schedule a cleaning. If left untreated, tartar can cause gum disease, a condition that can produce further complications like tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

If it’s time to schedule your upcoming cleaning, or even if it’s time to reschedule a dental cleaning that you missed, it’s never too late to come in. Contact Knutson Family Dentistry in Vermillion, SD, Dr. Matthew R. Knutson, DDS, and make a clean smile your number one priority.

dental cleaning vermillionTaking care of your teeth at home can help you maintain your dental health and prevent periodontal, or gum, disease from developing.  Combined with visiting our general dentist in Vermillion regularly for dental cleanings, it is your ticket to goo dental health.  We are your partners in dental health – don’t skip out on routine visits.  It is recommended that most people get a dental checkup every six months, but your dentist may recommend more frequent or fewer visits, depending on your dental health history. 
 

What to Expect at Your Dental Checkup

In majority of cases, a dental hygienist will perform your dental checkup.  Not every dentist operates the same way, but a dental checkup typically involves: cleaning and polishing, education, examination, and x-rays. 
 
With your dental cleaning in Vermillion, our general dentist or dental hygienist will use a special instrument called a hand scaler or ultrasonic dental instrument to scrape and remove the tartar from your teeth.  They will then polish your teeth, often with a rotating rubber cup or brush, to remove any remaining plaque or stains.  After your cleaning is complete, your hygienist or dentist will discuss any dental hygiene problems that were detected, and show you how to brush and floss more effectively, if necessary.
 
Both your dental hygienist and Vermillion general dentist will examine your teeth, gums and mouth, to look for changes or signs of a problem.  During your examination, your dentist may also use a special probe to measure the pockets between your teeth and gums, an explorer tool to poke at your teeth and determine if any cavities are present, and a mouth mirror to get a better view of the sides and back of your teeth.
 
If you have any visible problems, your dentist may recommend a particular treatment or may refer you to a specialist, such as a periodontist or orthodontist, for further treatment. Additionally, at some of your dental visits, your dentist may decide to take x-rays of your teeth to look for decay, gum disease, or other dental problems. 
 

What is the Importance?

Maintaining a regular dental checkup schedule with our dentist will ensure that any potential dental issues are quickly identified and treated before they can turn into painful, and highly expensive, medical issues that may require surgery or permanent treatment options. 
 
The importance of maintaining regular checkups ranges from preventing fatal conditions to maintaining healthy gum and teeth so they are working at their optimal level.  On one end of the scale, regular dental visits will clear the patient of any potential oral cancers, which are highly curable if caught early on.  On a lesser scale, but perhaps far more prevalent, is gum disease, which is an infection of the gum tissue and the bone.  This is also true of cavities and broken fillings, which, if left untreated can result in root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth. 
 
Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well.  Regular checkups and cleanings can prevent problems from occurring as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.  Be sure to visit our office in Vermillion for dental cleanings at least once every six months, for routine dental checkups and cleanings.