We want you to understand the importance of having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis by our dental hygienist. Proper brushing and flossing removes most build-up on teeth, but sometimes hard-to-reach places are missed. This allows plaque and tartar to form over time, and once it hardens, brushing will not remove it. If tartar develops at and below the gumline, you take the chance of developing gum infections. Research has shown that chronic gum disease plays a role in the development of heart conditions, stroke, and diabetes. Keep your teeth as clean as they need to be to stay healthy with regular professional cleanings!
Sterilization is taken very seriously in our office. In addition to cleaning and sterilizing all instruments after every use, single-use tools are used where needed. Instruments are sterilized after each use with a special unit called an autoclave, which is regularly monitored by an independent lab to ensure the highest level of safety and cleanliness. Your health is too important to us to take even the slightest risk.
Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, develop later than other
adult teeth, usually between 17 and 25 years old. These teeth are located at
the very back of the mouth, often causing impaction if they don't fit in the
arch of the upper or lower jaw. Impaction does not allow the tooth to grow
straight up; instead, it becomes enclosed in the jaw bone. This can create a
range of problems, as they push and crowd other teeth, making them grow in
improperly. Cavities easily develop, as they are difficult to keep clean.
Infection can even occur in the jaw bone.
The best solution is to have them removed as soon as they develop, before these problems and the density of the jaw bone increases, making it more difficult to extract them.
J. Andrew Craycroft, DMD
1711 Ashley Circle, Suite 3
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Mon - Thurs: 8 am - 5 pm
Fri: 8 am - 12 pm