Preventative Dentistry

In addition to good home oral hygiene, a preventative care routine means visiting the dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam. Our hygienists and doctors are trained to provide you the very best in dental treatment. By giving you options early, we can prevent many problems that are more costly and difficult to treat.

We believe in taking dentistry from simply drilling and filling, and instead to avoiding and preventing common diseases. By educating our patients on the cause of tooth decay, the ways to prevent gum disease, the best ways to manage tooth grinding and wear, our patients live a healthier life. We want to take the time with you to help you see what preventative dentistry is all about. We know that it is cheaper and easier and our patients love seeing us for showing them a better way.

Preventive Services Include:

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. Dr Krempa goes to great lengths to give you the highest quality sealant possible by removing diseased tooth structure before placing the protective covering. He believes in using the finest materials available . Southern Smiles is committed to giving you a sealant that can last as long as possible.
 At Southern Smiles, PC we use preventive resins to prevent decay on the chewing surfaces (grooves) of molars and premolars (back teeth). Preventive resins are different than traditional sealants in that preventive resins are made of a more durable material that adhere better to the enamel of the tooth. These resins have been found to last longer than traditional sealants. By using preventive resins, children and adults are awarded the long term benefit of less overall treatment time and parents benefit too from the cost effectiveness of a single procedure.

A preventive resin is a white plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars). This resin acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth. Most cavities form on the chewing surfaces of teeth; therefore preventive resins greatly decrease the chances of cavity formation in a child’s mouth. However, since preventive resins are applied only to the chewing surfaces of back teeth, it is important to floss between these teeth where the enamel is not protected and cavities have the potential to form. Preventive resin restorations are great solutions to stained grooves in adults. Rather than waiting to get a deep cavity, it is a good proactive preventative solution.
Good oral health begins with good dental hygiene. Along with a daily brushing and flossing routine, a regular visit to Southern Smiles and our dental hygienists for a thorough examination of your teeth and gums is essential.

Our dentist will examine your teeth and gums for decay, periodontitis, and gingivitis. We'll check your neck and mouth for lumps, red or white patches, or chronically sore areas that could be a sign of oral cancer. If you are having soreness in your jaw, we'll check for TMJ and TMD.

Most people will need just a cleaning and polishing to remove tartar and brighten their teeth. If we discover that you have a moderate to severe gum condition like gingivitis or periodontitis then it is likely that we'll recommend a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing). These deep cleaning procedures can have a fundamental impact in preventing bone loss and can assist with helping you to keep your natural teeth. Healthy gums are necessary to have a healthy body and fresh breath.

In addition to the dental procedures, we will teach you how to practice good oral hygiene, and discuss other preventive dental care approaches. We may suggest lifestyle changes like cutting back on smoking or alcohol and soda intake if we think it will help your overall dental health.

For more information, please visit our detailed Dental Check-Ups page.

Fluoride is clinically proven to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay for both adults and children. At Southern Smiles, we offer a topical fluoride treatment to strengthen tooth enamel and remineralize soft spots on teeth for patients of all ages. You can receive a fluoride treatment in our office with your dental cleaning and exam. Our hygienist will paint the fluoride varnish onto your teeth. You are then asked not to eat or drink anything for up to 30 minutes after your visit. No matter your age, fluoride has been proven to protect your teeth against decay.

Fluoride is especially beneficial right after a teeth cleaning. The outer layer of enamel rods is highly energized and a strong application of fluoride will have beneficial effects for months!!! This protective layer of fluoride on teeth is one of the best things a person can do to protect her teeth.
Using a custom-fitted mouth guard during sports or athletic activities can protect you from dental damage. Different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury. Custom-fitted mouthguards cushion blows and falls to the jaw and offer the best possible fit, protection and comfort, especially if you wear braces, retainers or have any other dental restoration. Avoid costly reconstructive dental services with this easy to use preventive appliance.

Bruxism (grinding) and clenching of your teeth are often subconscious habits. Most people are unaware of thes damaging habits until damage to the teeth lead to pain and discomfort. Soreness can present in teeth, muscles of the face, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) or as recurring headaches. These symptoms are the result of undiagnosed or untreated damage to your teeth. A properly constructed custom nightguard can help you sleep better and prevent expensive, preventable dental treatment. Over the counter night guards can be helpful to some people, but more commonly make matters worse.
Bad breath is a common, but highly treatable, condition caused by the lingering bacteria in the mouth. As these bacteria break down food particles, they emit VSCs — volatile sulfur compounds — and the odor begins. These “bad breath bacteria” can live anywhere in the mouth, but they tend to be found in the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, like the very back teeth, grooves of the tongue, and in around dental work.

The majority of the halitosis cases we see are socially embarrassing, but otherwise harmless. In some cases, however, bad breath can signal a more serious condition like diabetes, sinus trouble, gastrointestinal problems, liver or kidney problems, gum disease, or mouth infections.

Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common causes of bad breath – luckily, this can be easily remedied through improved dental and home care.

Remember, mouthwash, gum, and mints are only temporarily masking the odors. If your bad breath is chronic, you may benefit from professional breath treatment by our experienced dental team.

Treatment for bad breath may include:

  • Diet changes
  • Tongue cleaning routines
  • Improved oral hygiene and increased frequency of dental cleanings
  • Updating or replacement of dental work
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Antimicrobial rinses
  • Plaque removal
  • Gum treatment for periodontal disease
  • Treatment of pre-existing conditions

Dr. Krempa believes in early screening for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. These signs and symptoms can go undetected by the patient for years. The five-year survival rate of 50% has not changed in decades because most oral cancers are not detected until they have advanced to stage 3 or stage 4. Risk factors for oral cancer increases with age, tobacco usage, alcohol consumption, exposure to HPV and past history of other forms of cancer.Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it's caught early. A thorough head and neck exam to include examining the tongue and floor of the mouth is important to screen for this potentially lethal disease.
When a patient has been diagnosed with cancer and radiation is a necessity, a well fitting and properly designed appliance to protect the teeth and jaws from the effects of radiation can be especially beneficial. These “cancer guards” act as a barrier and can protect salivary glands and mucosal tissue from the important but potentially harmful effects of radiation. Proper dental care during radiation, chemotherapy and cancer treatments is vital to remain in good health while dealing with cancer.

Testimonials

Another very pleasant experience today with Dr. Krempa and Judy, his assistant! Because of them, I now have a beautiful southern smile, so I feel like I'm definitely a part of the Southern Smiles Family now! Thank you so very much, Dr. Krempa, for your wonderful work on my teeth today. Appreciate you more and more with each visit! Trips to the dentist are not the most fun, but you always make it much better with your southern smile.

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