In this issue:
- Adult Fluoride Treatments
- Digital X-Rays: How They Work
Adult Fluoride Treatments
In the past, it was generally accepted that fluoride should be mainly used for children whose developing teeth fluoride helped the most. But through the years, more research has been done and fluoride is being shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages. You don’t have to go to the dentist to get fluoride. Many toothpastes and some mouthwashes contain fluoride.
If upon speaking with your dentist, it is determined that you have a more serious risk of tooth decay, you can be prescribed fluoride treatments that you can use in your home. Fluoride, while not the only necessary dental hygiene practice, can work in conjunction with brushing and flossing to help you maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime.
Digital X-Rays:How They Work
Dental x-rays are needed when you are added as a new patient and ongoing every 6-18 months, depending on the your particular needs. X-rays help us find hidden dental decay, impacted teeth, show bone loss, cysts, abscesses and more.
Our office uses digital X-rays, which have several advantages of traditional X-rays. For instance,:
- Less Radiation: Digital X-ray provide an 80% reduction in radiation
- More Comfortable for You: Biting the paper tab used in taking traditional X-rays can be uncomfortable and push up against your mouth in awkward ways. Digital X-rays work differently by putting a small sensor in your mouth connected by a thin wire to a computer. X-rays are sent out to the sensor through your teeth to capture the image. The sensor can be moved to take other images.
- Quick Developing: Typically they are ready in as short of a time as 3 seconds.
- Magnified Images: Digital X-rays are easily displayed at larger sizes. We are even able to magnify the image to show you close up any tooth decay or abnormalities.
- Earth Friendly: Digital X-rays are electronic so they save us from needing to use chemicals or film. They also make processing insurance claims faster.
X-rays are an important part of your dental visit, because they help us diagnose problems we can’t see on the surface. Digital X-rays are just one way we are working to make your visits better.
Have a great day!
Robert T. Kroepel Jr., D.M.D.