Dr. Kivett's philosophy is to treat areas of concern early before too much damage occurs to the teeth and gums.� This will preserve natural tooth structure as well as keeping the dental costs lower for you.� A filling is much less costly than a root canal or a crown.� If too much damage occurs to the tooth structure and nerve from decay, then a root canal or crown would be the treatment versus a small filling.
The health of your mouth depends on the care you give it.� Routine care will ensure continued health.
SOME BASIC THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- Avoid foods high in sugar like sodas, carbonated beverages, hard candy, and mints.� Also avoid sticky foods such as gummy bears, raisins, etc.� Be sure to brush as soon as possible after consuming these kinds of foods.
- Bleeding is NOT normal.� Bring any areas of concern to our attention.
- Bacteria can begin to do damage in 24 hours.� Daily care is a must.
We have discussed specific ways for you to care for your teeth and gums.� Our recommendation for the best result is a daily routine of the following procedures:
- Use an electric toothbrush at least twice daily.� We recommend the Oral B-either the Professional Care Smart Series 5000 or the Vitality brush.� Both will remove much more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
- Floss at least 1 time per day.
- Use Caries Free mouthwash morning and night.� This is proven to stop the decay process.� We have both children and adult formulas.
- If recommended by Dr. Kivett, wear the occlusal guard to prevent further wear (damage) to the teeth.
- If malocclusion is a factor, causing you to harbor food and damaging bacteria, seek Invisiline treatment in our office.
�Dr. Kivett and his team are committed to helping you stay healthy.� We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your dental health.� We look forward to seeing your happy, healthy smile at your next dental visit!