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Preventive Care
Professional Cleanings
Professional cleanings performed by a licensed dentist or hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, the hygienist or dentist will:
•  Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. (Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay gum disease/gingivitis.)
•  Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. (Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indicator of gum disease.)
•  Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.

Examinations
Regular examinations help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Dental examinations generally include the following:
•  Gum disease screening
•  Oral cancer screening
•  Visual tooth decay evaluation
•  Visual gum disease examination
•  Gum pocket measurement and tracking
•  X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, bone level, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues

Periodontal Therapy (Gum Disease)
Gum disease accounts for approximately 70% of all tooth loss in adults. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums when flossing or brushing and gums that are red, inflamed, or swollen.

Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by hundreds of various strains of bacteria. These bacteria form plaque beneath the gum-line, which eats away at the bond between tooth and gum. If deterioration is allowed to continue, "pockets" form in between the teeth and the gums. Pockets deeper than 3mm may require special treatment to remove the bacteria and plaque. Without treatment and continuous maintenance, gum disease will eventually weaken the bonds that hold the teeth in place, leading to tooth loss.

There is no permanent treatment for gum disease. However, it can be kept under control with proper personal hygiene and regular visits to a licensed dentist or hygienist.

Sealants
Sealants are used to help prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention. Sealants are painlessly painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventative step to reduce the chance of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars. However, they do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.

X-rays (Radiographs)
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with X-rays before they become bigger problems can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are used to detect:
•  Internal tooth decay
•  Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
•  Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
•  Impacted teeth
•  Infection
•  Position of the teeth
•  Teeth that are still coming in
•  The health of the bone level supporting the teeth

At Craig Kubina, DDS our dental team uses digital x-rays which have several advantages over traditional film based x-rays. They emit up to 90% less radiation, are ready for examination instantly, can be viewed by the patient and dentist on a computer screen, and they are greener; no chemicals are needed for processing.







5565 Grossmont Center Dr.
Bldg #1, Suite #107
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone:
619-466-3271







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