Routine Care & Prevention

Dr. Kaady will examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other health problems, and make an estimation of how often you need to have routine checkups to prevent future issues with your dental health.

A cleaning of the hard mineral buildup (tartar) off of your teeth is generally a first step. Then the hygienist will floss your teeth, use a polishing compound, and apply fluoride.

To get a precise picture of your dental status, our staff will take X-rays of your teeth. It generally takes only a few minutes. Your hygienist will ask you to bite down on a small piece of plastic, which will help align the teeth properly.

We may apply a fluoride solution directly to your teeth to help prevent tooth decay. In some cases, we may recommend a series of fluoride applications.

If you are prone to infections, you may need to take antibiotics before you have some types of dental work. You may need to take antibiotics if you:

  • Have certain heart problems that make it dangerous for you to get a heart infection called endocarditis.
  • Have an impaired immune system.
  • Had recent major surgeries or have man-made body parts, such as an artificial hip or heart valve.

If you have active tooth decay or gum disease, Dr. Kaady will talk to you about changing your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, he may recommend antibiotics or other dental treatments.