Together We Can Protect Your Teeth, Gums and Mouth for Years to Come
At Reading Dental, we offer all of our patients’ a comprehensive preventative dental care plan that is expertly designed to keep their teeth, gums and mouth healthy now, as well as in the future.
Our approach to preventative dentistry is a team effort, and will require you to commit to three things:
- Brushing and flossing daily
- Regularly visiting Dr. Simons for routine cleanings and dental exams
- Fluoride treatments
When you become a patient at Reading Dental, our preventative dental care plan begins with a complete oral exam and dental cleaning. Once this essential exam and initial cleaning is complete, Dr. Simons may request that you visit the office for a routine dental cleaning every 3, 6 or 12 months, based on what is uncovered during your preliminary exam.
Additionally, we offer in-office fluoride treatments and dental sealants to further protect your molars.
Complete Oral Exam + Dental Cleaning
During your scheduled cleaning, a member of our experienced dental staff will first perform a complete oral exam, where we will closely observe and assess the condition of your teeth, mouth, and gums.
Our comprehensive exam includes all of the following services:
- Diagnostic X-rays: X-rays help us determine your tooth and root positioning, detect any possible signs of decay and bone loss, or, worst case scenario, uncover formations of tumors and cysts.
- Oral Cancer Screening: An experienced dental hygienist will closely examine your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gums for any and all signs of mouth cancer.
- Gum Disease Evaluation: We will check your teeth and the gums surrounding them for any possible signs of periodontal disease.
- Tooth Decay Examination: Using specialized dental instruments, we will assess the surface of your teeth for signs of deterioration, including cavities.
- Existing Prosthetic Examination: Assessing the condition of your existing crowns, bridges, dentures, fillings, and implants is equally as important as examining your natural teeth and gums.
Once your dental exam is complete, one of the experienced hygienists, along with Dr. Simons, will review their findings with you, before gently, but thoroughly, cleaning your teeth and gums.
During your cleaning, you can expect the following services to be completed by Dr. Simons or one of his experienced hygienists:
- Tartar Removal: Tartar, or hardened plaque, can build up on the surface of your teeth, both above and below the natural gum line. This particular strand of plaque can only be removed with professional dental instruments, which is why dental cleanings are essential to your overall mouth health.
- Plaque Removal: Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that consists primarily of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. When left untreated for an extended period of time, it can lead to serious inflammation of your gums and/or periodontal (gum) disease.
- Teeth Polishing: Professional polishing is essential to remove surface stains and any remaining traces of plaque.
- At-Home Dental Tips: Simons and the team of oral hygienists have a combined 100 years of experience performing professional dental cleanings and exams. So, in addition to cleaning your teeth and ensuring your mouth is healthy, you can also expect tips and instructions on how to keep your smile healthy, bright and beautiful in between appointments.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, Dr. Simons will sit down with you one-on-one to discuss the entire exam and cleaning, as well as share his professional recommendations.
Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly are three great ways to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. However, there is one additional treatment that we feel is essential to keeping your teeth healthy – and that’s fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and can actually repair your teeth in the very early, microscopic stages of a cavity. Additionally, it helps to repair tooth enamel – the substance responsible for keeping your teeth strong – by replenishing lost calcium and phosphorous.
There are two forms of this essential and fortifying mineral that you can try:
- Topical fluorides are applied directly to the tooth enamel. Many store-bought toothpastes and mouthwashes have fluoride or you can have it applied professionally right here in our office. The fluoride treatment that we provide to our patients at Reading Dental is a much stronger concentration than what you will find in the store-bought products, which makes it an extremely effective option. And the best part, it only takes a few minutes to apply. Professional fluoride solutions are available in several forms but generally come in a gel, foam or rinse formula. Depending on the formula type, Dr. Simons will either apply it with a cotton swab or brush, or ask you to rinse or bite down on a plastic mouth tray. After application, the only “homework” is to refrain from rinsing, eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to fully absorb into your teeth.
- Systemic fluorides are swallowed, and are most commonly in the form of fluoridated water and/or a dietary fluoride supplement.
In order to minimize your exposure to possible tooth decay, it is our professional recommendation that you receive fluoride via both methods. If you are interested in learning more about this critical treatment, Dr. Simons and his hygienists are more than happy to discuss the benefits of fluoride with you during your next appointment.
Your back teeth, also known as your premolars and molars, are generally rough and uneven. They are also a common place for your favorite foods and cavity-causing bacteria to live. Of course, preventative methods like brushing, flossing and fluoride treatments will combat against the build-up of bacterium; however, a dental sealant is an additional way to fortify your back teeth.
Dr. Simons often likes to describe dental sealants as individual raincoats for your teeth. That’s because they are thin, plastic coatings that are placed on top of the chewing surface of your permanent back teeth. This extra layer of protection makes it much harder for a cavity to form, and, ultimately, keeps your molars clean and dry, even while eating and drinking.
While both children and adults can benefit from dental sealants, the sooner these coatings are adhered to your teeth the better. That’s why this procedure is most commonly recommended for children. If you have young ones at home, then you may want to consider having their molars sealed as soon as they poke through their gums. Their first molars usually appear around age six to seven, and their second molars around age twelve.
The sealant process can be done in just one, quick visit. Dr. Simons will brush the sealant directly on the surface of each molar and then, using an ultra violet light, adhere it to your teeth. As soon as the sealant hardens, and is evaluated by Dr. Simons, you or your loved one, will be able to enjoy eating and drinking immediately following.
Of course, no two patients, teeth or smiles are the same, so we want to meet with you in person to give you our best advice. To get Dr. Simon’s personalized professional recommendation, call us at 781-944-5020, or fill out our quick form on the right to set up your complimentary consultation.