You have likely heard this (and perhaps said it?) before. The problem with dental disease is that by the time it hurts, the damage can be quite severe. And the more damage done, the more extensive (and costly) the treatment needed to correct it. Delay in intervention can also result in loss of some treatment options.
Prevention is Key
Yes, you have heard this before, too. But Prevention is the number one reason for regular dental care. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that most oral health problems can be prevented by maintaining good brushing and flossing at home, and by having professional exams and cleanings at your dental office.
Plaque is the culprit responsible for both serious dental diseases: Tooth Decay, and Gum (Periodontal) Disease. Multiple types of bacteria found in the mouth gather into clusters on the teeth and under the gums. Called a “Biofilm”, this sticky mass can send poisons into the tissues to cause gum disease. It will also feed on the sugars we consume to cause dental decay. Left undisturbed, plaque will harden or calcify into calculus, which you CANNOT remove with brushing and flossing. This must be removed by your hygienist or dentist.
Additionally, as Dr. Kalina gets to know you and your dental needs, he can offer other preventive measures such as:
- Fluoride treatments and Sealants to ward off decay
- Night guards, or splints, to treat destructive teeth grinding and TMJ (jaw joint) Dysfunction
- Oral appliance therapy and Laser treatments to assist with snoring and mild sleep apnea
- Orthodontic referral or treatment with Invisalign clear braces
Through careful visual inspection and digital X-rays, Dr. Kalina can uncover oral health problems at their very earliest stages, making them more manageable and treatable.
At your dental visit, Dr. Kalina will examine for:
- Gum disease
- The condition of restorations such as crowns and fillings
- Dental bite and alignment
- Proper jaw function
- Oral cancer
In short, there’s no question that a dental issue detected early is less complex, expensive and painful to treat. For instance, Dr. Kalina offers Laser treatment, that is perfect for decay and other issues in their earliest stages of development. Laser treatment causes no vibration and is more comfortable. It has many uses including treatment of gummy smiles, dental decay, gum disease and other dental issues.
Dr. Kalina and his team offer state of the art restorative treatments such as dental implant restorations, tooth-colored fillings, same-day crowns, inlays and onlays, bridgework and full/partial dentures. As you partner with Dr. Kalina, he can recommend these services as needed, treating your situation before it gets out of hand. His treatment plans are highly individualized, addressing your oral health needs and also considering any cosmetic smile goals you may have.
Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat
Yes, those are great reasons to see Dr. James Kalina on your recommended re-care interval. If you are overdue for your exam and cleaning, contact his office in Mankato today for a convenient appointment.