Together, in office checkups and at home care ensure that your smile will stay healthy and will last a lifetime.
Dr. Kalmanovich is a strong advocate of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He has a strong desire to focus on life practices that help to prevent the progression or initiation of oral disease. He has a compassion for education, having received the endowment award from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. In his practice, he focuses on educating patients on the importance of maintaining good oral health. This includes informing patients of procedures that they can do at home, such as maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, brushing and flossing correctly on a daily basis. It is important to use the appropriate technique when flossing to remove plaque from between teeth and at the gum line. Flossing should be done with at least an 18-inch strip of floss wrapped around the middle fingers of each hand.
In the office, prophylaxis is the key. By examination of the teeth, through a hands on exam, x- ray’s, an oral cancer screening and teeth cleaning, Dr. Kalamanovich is able to provide a through recommendation on how to maintain good oral health. For children, Dr.Kalmanovich may recommend the use of fluoride supplements and sealants, while for the elderly he may teach on the proper technique and importance of cleaning dentures, while keeping in mind that the elderly may need to adopt specialized toothbrushes for easier handling, due to having arthritis.
Most importantly, in order to maintain a healthy smile through your lifetime, visiting Dr.Kalmanovich every six months will also help prevent serious dental issues such as cavities or periodontal disease. Visiting the office, can catch things you may have missed during your at-home care routine.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity. Dentists remove the decay and fill the tooth using a variety of fillings, restoring the tooth to a healthy state. Nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown (a crown is like a large filling that can cap a tooth, making it stronger or covering it). Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.
During your regular checkup, your hygienist will:
- Check for any problems that you may not see or feel.
- Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay.
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease.
- Provide a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish.
- Visiting the dentist every six months gives you the chance to talk with your doctor and receive answers for any questions you may have about your oral health.
- Checkups are also a great way for you to find out about new treatments that may benefit your smile.
A 4-Step Routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Brush your teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash twice daily (after breakfast and before bedtime)
- Use dental floss daily
- Clean your tongue regularly by using a toothbrush or a tongue scraper
- See your dentist for routine dental checkups
The Benefits When you practice good oral hygiene, you will:
- Have less plaque to remove during routine dental checkups, so professional cleanings will be faster and more comfortable
- Minimize your need for dental procedures due to tooth decay or gum disease
- Minimize your annual dental budget
- Feel healthier
- Enjoy fresher breath
- Be more confident about your smile