Dr. Lobodiak has a full time hygienist on staff for patient education and to help maintain preventive care. A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health. Regular dental cleanings, x-rays, and oral exams are imperative in keeping your teeth healthy and catching problems before they become larger and more costly problems. All of our x-rays are digital, utilizing the newest safe and effective technology.
Preventative home care is also essential to your dental health. Brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2-3 minutes. If you don’t have access to your toothbrush after a meal, such as during school hours or a meal away from home, then rinsing with water or a mouthwash will help reduce bacteria. Sugarless gum can also help. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Floss daily. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and limit sugary juices and soft drinks. Visit your dental office at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings, more often if you have any periodontal problems.
Dental sealants are an important part of preventative care. These are thin, plastic coatings that are bonded to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. They are generally applied on children or teens to protect the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth, keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. Sealants may need to be reapplied during the adolescent years, depending on the amount of hard, sticky things they may chew.
Occlusal guards are sometimes called night guards or bite splints. These are removable dental appliances typically made of acrylic which is molded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth. These are generally used by patients prone to nighttime clenching or grinding (bruxism). Bruxism can fracture and severely damage the tooth structure and dental restorative work.
A snore guard is an oral appliance used during sleep to prevent snoring. It does that by preventing your jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat closing off the air passage. Keeping the air-way open greatly reduces snoring. Severe snoring, along with other apnic symptoms, can be a sign of sleep apnea. Individuals who feel they may be in this category should see their physician and request a sleep study.
A TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) guard is an appliance constructed to relax jaw muscles. This type of therapy can reduce muscle pain, jaw clicks, headaches and other spasms associated with TMJ.
Dr. Lobodiak provides many types of guards or splints including a bite opening splint which may be needed before restorative or full mouth reconstruction.
Dental guards, when not being worn, should be stored in a container box. Never wrap them in a tissue or napkin as they can easily be thrown in the trash. House pets can also chew them as they are attracted to the smell of any lingering saliva. Proper care and cleansing is essential in maintaining the integrity of any dental guard.
Other General Services
Our office has a variety of dental products including professional strength fluoride toothpastes and gels, denture cleaner, special formulated mouth rinses, bleaching refill kits, interproximal picks/brushes, and various electric toothbrushes.