Cleanings & Prevention
Dr. Mark Wojciechowski has provided dental care for thousands in the surrounding community. With our focus on high quality care using the latest in proven dental technologies, Dr. Mark Wojciechowski is able to provide high quality dental care in a warm and caring environment.
A dental cleaning is performed by a hygienist and usually lasts around 30 minutes. Dental cleanings should include the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth surface (scaling), polishing and smoothing the root surface, and a deep cleaning below the gum line (root planing) if needed. Dental cleanings should occur every six months to ensure plaque build-up is kept in check. Modern scaling uses a combination of hand and advanced electric scaling tools to increase cleaning effectiveness and efficiency.
Deep Cleaning Gum Treatment
Non-surgical gum treatment may be needed if the periodontium, the specialized tissues that surround and support the gums, ligaments and bone structure are unhealthy. Signs of an unhealthy periodontium and gum disease are:
With proper treatment, the conditions that enable the periodontium to heal may be re-established. The gum treatment may include a root planing deep cleaning, local anesthetic, and antibiotics. Untreated gum disease may lead to more extensive surgeries or tooth extraction.
Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel on your teeth and are especially important for children. Fluoride is also especially important for patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment and older adults with conditions such as low salivary flow and/or exposed root surfaces or recession.
For cavity prevention, it is recommended that children receive an exam and fluoride treatment every six months.
Oral Cancer Screening
Part of your oral examination is screening for Oral Cancer. A Velscope is used to test adults for abnormal cancer cells in the oral cavity, that are just under the tissue surface and not visible to the naked eye.
Many people have narrow grooves in their teeth that are very hard to or can't be cleaned with a toothbrush. In these cases, Dr. Mark Wojciechowski will clean the tooth surface and use a sealant to seal and smooth the tooth surface so it can be cleaned by brushing. If not treated, the grooves will develop tooth decay, eventually leading to a cavity, and the need for a filling or more serious corrective procedures.