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8/18/2016 9:00:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS







Fluoride is a mineral that plays an essential role in oral health. In fact, the significant reduction in American tooth decay in recent decades can be attributed to a greater availability of fluoride in public water supplies, toothpaste, and other resources. When it comes in contact with the teeth, fluoride helps protect the enamel from acid and plaque bacteria. In some cases, it can even reverse tooth decay in its earliest stages.
Despite the benefits of fluoride, tooth decay is still common, especially among teenagers. The Centers for Disease Control reports that cavities can be found in more than half of young teens and two-thirds of older teens over age 16. Many of those teens are deficient in fluoride, either due to a lack of public water fluoridation or the use of bottled water. So how can parents ensure their teens are getting the fluoride they need to facilitate strong, healthy teeth?


Monitor Fluoride Exposure
Dr. Bander, Dr. Baldwin and our team recommend you start by measuring your teen’s fluoride exposure. Make sure you purchase fluoridated toothpaste for your household, and find out if your tap water is fluoridated. If your teen primarily consumes bottled water, examine the bottle to determine whether fluoride has been added. The majority of bottled waters are not supplemented with fluoride, but those that are will be clearly labeled.


Fluoride Supplementation
Dr. Bander and Dr. Baldwin may recommend topical fluoride treatments at routine dental exams. These treatments are painless for your teen and may help establish stronger enamel that is more resistant to plaque and tooth decay. If you have a public water supply that is non-fluoridated, we may recommend fluoride supplementation between visits. These can be administered as drops, tablets, or vitamins.
Keep in mind that fluoride is critical for children and teens under the age of 16. Be proactive about your teen’s oral health by speaking with us about your family’s fluoride needs at your next dental visit.
For more information about fluoride, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bander or Dr. Baldwin, please give us a call at 616-949-5980!



7/14/2016 9:00:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?



You might think babies don’t need to brush their teeth, especially when they don’t have any. But by starting good habits like brushing when your child is young, you can lay the foundation for them to continue those good habits into adulthood.


When do I start?
The best time to start brushing your baby’s teeth is before he or she has any. Develop the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with a wet, soft washcloth or gauze every day. There is no need to use toothpaste, just wrap the gauze or cloth around your finger, moisten it with a little water, and gently rub it over the gums.
This helps your little one get used to brushing while it eliminates bacteria in the mouth that can harm emerging teeth. You don’t need to apply a lot of pressure or even take very long: just a quick, gentle rub over the gums will do it.


What do I use?
When your child’s teeth begin to come in, you will need to switch from a cloth to a baby toothbrush. Find one that has a grip big enough for your hand, but a head that is small enough to maneuver easily in your infant’s mouth.
You don’t need to use any toothpaste until your son or daughter is about a year old. Even then, though, you’ll want to use just a tiny amount: about the size of a grain of rice. When your toddler is about two years old, you can use a pea-sized amount.
By around six years of age, your child will probably rinse and spit without your help. At that point, you may want to introduce a child-friendly fluoride mouthwash.


How do I do it?
Your child probably won’t be able to brush his or her teeth alone until about the age of five or six. This means that you will need to do it. To brush your child’s teeth, gently use the brush over all the teeth and gums, even areas where the teeth have not come in yet.
As your child grows and becomes more independent, you can allow him or her to hold the toothbrush while you guide your child’s progress. Make sure you talk to your child while you are brushing, and explain why you brush: what you are doing and how you are doing it.
In addition to regular visits with Dr. Bander and Dr. Baldwin, instilling good oral health habits in your child early on will ensure a lifetime of good dental health.



7/1/2016 10:10:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS



The Nutrition Plan That Will Save Your Life

The groundbreaking book, The China Study, authored by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, reveals what can be described as a startling, yet wholly intuitive, relationship between nutrition and disease. Dr. Campbell found that a whole-foods, plant-based diet can not only lower your risk for certain diseases, it can reverse their progression.

The 20-year China Study allowed Campbell to test and compare laboratory findings against a participating human population. Across China, over 100 villages participated – and the findings were consistent: a high consumption of animal-based foods is associated with more chronic disease, while those eating primarily a plant-based diet were the healthiest.

The key of this nutritional dietary overhaul: avoiding meat, dairy and processed foods.

Meatless Protein
Animal protein, including fish, delivers a heavy dose of saturated fat and cholesterol, which can put you at risk for heart disease. Saturated fats raise your cholesterol and, over time, attack arteries leading to strokes and heart attacks. As a source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish has long been touted as one of the staples of a healthy diet, however 15-30% of fish is saturated fat.

Instead, get protein from beans, like pinto beans, black beans and kidney beans. Beans also contain soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol. Click here for recipe ideas featuring the cholesterol-fighting power of beans.

Whole grains, such as quinoa, amaranth and millet are also good sources of protein. Nuts, including walnuts, pistachios and almonds are all high in protein.

You can also get protein from vegetables. For instance, broccoli is 30% protein in addition to containing highly absorbable calcium.
Dairyless Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin D
It may surprise you, but meat isn’t the highest source of bad fat. That title goes to dairy. Additionally, casein, a protein found in milk, has been linked to the growth rate of cancer. Give up dairy without depleting your supplies of calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

Boost your diet with leafy green vegetables, like collards, Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli, for calcium, and fruit, like oranges, for potassium.

Sunlight is the natural and best source of vitamin D. The vitamin D found in milk is artificially added – you’ll notice that products will boast of being “vitamin D fortified.” Soy, almond, rice and oat milk can also be fortified with vitamin D, and they are lower in saturated fat than dairy milk.

The Ultimate Diet Don’t: Processed Foods
Processed foods are stripped of nutrients and injected with sugar, salt and trans-fats, three substances that lead to obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Swap out these health saboteurs in favor of whole grains, including bread, pasta and seeds. Ditch processed sweets for fresh fruits – and enjoy as much as you like.

It’s important to remember that added vegetable oils, like olive oil, can be considered processed. Get creative with your cooking and experiment with lemon and lime juices, vinegar and spices. Plant-based foods contain natural oils, so added oils aren’t necessary during cooking.

This type of eating isn’t a diet; it’s a nutritional commitment. While vegans avoid animal and dairy products, they don’t ideologically avoid processed foods like potato chips.
Here’s a sample menu to help you adjust to this lifesaving whole-food, plant-based food plan.

Breakfast
Steel cut oatmeal with apricots

Lunch
Spinach salad with tofu, vegetables and roasted red pepper vinaigrette

Dinner
Whole grain fettuccine with sundried tomato sauce and grilled vegetables
 



6/15/2016 2:59:00 PM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS

Stress and Your Oral Health



Stress symptoms—which include high blood pressure, severe aches, and insomnia—may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is the culprit when in fact stress may actually be the reason. While stress can be good for us sometimes, Dr. Bander, Dr. Baldwin and our team know stress can be physically harmful. But what is often overlooked is that stress can also take a toll on your mouth. Here’s how:


Teeth Grinding
It’s not uncommon for people dealing with stress to develop teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. People who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously, but the condition requires treatment to prevent the development of headaches, TMJ, and tooth damage. If you’re a night-grinder, talk to Dr. Bander or Dr. Baldwin. They may recommend a night guard.


Mouth Sores
Research suggests stress and depression harm your immune system, making it easier for infections to develop and stick around. That can mean canker sores or a cold sore outbreak. If mouth sores are a recurring problem for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bander or Dr. Baldwin.


Bad Habits
Stress can lead to bad oral health habits such as smoking, drinking, and neglecting your daily brushing and flossing routine. If you’ve been feeling under pressure lately, try to keep up with your oral health routine—it will serve you well when your stress levels return to normal.
Dr. Bander, Dr. Baldwin and our team know there’s not always an easy way to reduce your stress levels, but eating healthy, exercising regularly, and spending time with friends and family are all good places to start.



7/27/2015 12:00:00 PM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS

To keep your teeth healthy as long as possible, it is important to practice good dental hygiene. Age and lifestyle can easily change your oral hygiene needs, but regularly visiting your family dentist can help you learn new hygiene techniques to better address your specific dental needs.

We’re happy to support healthy smiles by providing our patients with age-appropriate tips for thoroughly cleaning their teeth each day and night and preventing tooth decay.

Pediatric Dental Needs

Children are at a higher risk for dental caries (cavities) as their teeth are more porous and pitted and can trap bacteria. Small children may not have the dexterity to properly clean teeth with floss and therefore require assistance from their parents to get a healthy smile. By teaching kids how to care for their baby teeth, children develop a strong foundation of hygiene habits for the healthy development of permanent teeth.

Teens and Young Adults

Around adolescence, wisdom teeth may begin to surface. Failure to clean correctly around erupting molars can cause a bacterial infection known, as bits of food and bacteria become trapped. Maintaining proper dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection as wisdom teeth begin to create obstacles for teens’ oral health. 

In addition to wisdom teeth complications, teens and young adults who participate in school sports may find themselves at higher risk for dental trauma. If left untreated, dental emergencies can cause further complications and require extensive restorations. Seeking care for dental trauma, and keeping up regular visits so your dentist can keep an eye on wisdom teeth, is important for oral health.

Adults and Senior Dental Patients

Routine wear and tear can easily take a toll on dentition for mature patients. Regular visits to your dentist help identify dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease and worn-down teeth. In the event that these conditions are present, professional dental attention can limit damage and restore oral health.

Age can also put individuals at greater risk for tooth loss. This can be a direct result of insufficient dental hygiene and requires immediate attention. While some may choose to undergo restorative dentistry for cosmetic reasons, others may find that restorations like dental implants or crowns offer functional benefits as well.

Regardless of age or dental condition, actively practicing preventive dentistry throughout life can help you keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and functional. Contact our Grand Rapids dental office to learn more about age-appropriate preventive care and dental restorations. 



6/26/2015 12:00:00 PM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS

Sedation dentistry is popular topic – many people are anxious about visiting the dentist and consider sedation an effective way to get the care they need in a worry-free manner. Our office helps our patients get important oral health treatments in a relaxing environment with the help of sedative treatments.

If you’re interested in sedation for your next visit, consider some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about this procedure:

When is Sedation Necessary? Dental sedation is most commonly used during more extensive treatments or for patients who have a severe dental anxiety that prevents them from comfortably sitting through an appointment.  Examples of more comprehensive treatments where sedation is needed include full smile restorations with dental implants or oral surgeries. Most patients, who do not experience anxiety, do not need sedation for common procedures, like teeth cleanings and fillings.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe? Sedation is very safe and is widely used for administering care to fearful patients and those needing dental surgeries. While sedated, you will be closely monitored to ensure that the medication is doing its job.

How Will I Feel During my Sedation Appointment? Sedation is intended to make you feel relaxed, and comfortable. You’ll feel groggy and sleepy and won’t recollect much of your treatment time. You may still feel groggy after your appointment is complete, as different sedative medications stay in your system for a few hours. However, you’ll be feeling back to normal by the next day and can return to your normal, daily activities.

What Ways Can Patients Be Sedated? Depending on the dentist you visit, you can be presented with a variety of different treatment options, which are usually IV sedation, oral conscious sedation, or laughing gas (nitrous oxide). Nitrous produces a feeling of relaxation that is easily reversed with the inhalation of oxygen, while the oral conscious and IV sedation methods produce deeper feelings of grogginess and will remain in your system for a little longer. For most patients, comfortable care can be achieved through the use of nitrous and/or oral conscious sedative medication.

Will I Be Asleep during Treatment? Oral conscious sedation does not immediately put you to sleep, like you might experience with intravenous sedatives.  While dental sedation can produce intermittent sleep because of how relaxed it makes patients feel, you will technically still be awake and able to let your doctor know if you’re uncomfortable in any way. Many patients believe they are asleep during sedation because they don’t remember their appointment.

If you have a question that we didn’t answer here, please contact our Grand Rapids sedation dental office for more information. We’re happy to provide nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help our anxious patient feel at-ease, or to help longer dental visits pass quickly and comfortably.



5/29/2015 3:23:00 PM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS


Accidents occur all the time. Even if you are a very cautious person, you never know when something may happen. Accidents involving teeth are more common than you realize. People can crack or lose teeth in a variety of situations such as a car crash, in a fall, due to a sports injury, or even just biting down on something hard. If teeth are damaged, it is important not to panic and do the following:

If a Tooth is Knocked Out
First, find and gather the tooth or any fragments. Teeth need to be handled carefully in order to be re-implanted. You should only touch the crown of the tooth, not the root and, if necessary, rinse the tooth with water.

Next, reinsert the tooth. First rinse your mouth with warm water and, if the tooth is still intact, reinsert it into the socket and bite down on gauze to make sure it stays in place. If the tooth is unable to be reinserted, store it in whole milk or between your cheek and gums to keep it from getting dry.

It’s also important to treat any symptoms. If your mouth is bleeding, hold gauze or a cloth to the source. For any swelling or pain, apply a cold compress. If the pain lingers, try taking aspirin or another pain reliever.

Finally, see your local dentist. Losing a tooth is a serious matter, and only a dentist will be able to help. Even if you were able to reinsert your tooth, you should still see your dentist to make sure everything is okay.

If a Tooth is Broken or Cracked

A tooth that is badly broken could have exposed nerve endings. To avoid possible infection and to alleviate the pain, you need to see a dentist as quickly as you can. If your tooth is chipped, and if there is a jagged or sharp edge that could cut your lips or tongue, it's important to have it fixed.

If your teeth are damaged in an accident, the best thing you can do is stay calm, follow the tips above, and give your Grand Rapids, MI dentist a call. If you would like more information about emergency dental care, contact Dr. SamuelBander today!



5/7/2015 5:00:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS


Recognize the early warning signs of tooth decay in your kids

 

Dental decay is the number 1 chronic disease affecting American youth; far surpassing obesity and asthma.

According to the CDC:

  • 28% of children ages 2-5 have already had decay in their primary (baby) teeth
  • 50% of children have experienced tooth decay by age 11
  • 68% of 19 year olds have experienced tooth decay in their permanent teeth.  More than two-thirds!
  • Low income children are twice as likely to experience decay than children of higher income families
  • 52,000,000 school hours are lost each year due to dental disease

 

With these glaring statistics, what can you do as a parent to keep your kids healthy? 

Know the early warning signs!

 

If your child:

1. Has elevated levels of acid-producing bacteria

4. Takes a bottle or drinks liquids other than milk/ breast milk, formula or water

5. Drinks from a bottle or sippy cup frequently or continually and it contains fluids other than water (this includes sleeping with a bottle or feedings on demand)

6. Snacks between meals (three or more times daily)

7. Has reduced salivary production (due to medications, medical conditions, genetic factors)

8. Has an acidic diet (sugars, acidic beverages, starchy foods, fermentable carbohydrates)

9. Has special needs

 

Or

 


2. Has elevated levels of acid- producing bacteria

3. Has had a cavity within the past 12 months

4. Is at or below the poverty line

 

You want to make sure you schedule an appointment with a dental professional to discuss the risk. If you know your child has a risk factor for decay, don’t worry!  Your dental professional can make simple recommendations that will decrease their risk. The best thing you as a parent can do is to watch for the early warning signs and see a dentist right away.

 

 

For more information on children and tooth decay go to www.carifree.com or visit our website at www.drsambander.com.



4/30/2015 5:00:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS


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6 Cavity Myths Busted!

For years myths about the cause of cavities have been held on to as fact.  Today we set the record straight and give you the truth about decay.
MYTH: Brushing and flossing are enough to fight decay.
FACT: Brushing and flossing alone do not kill the bacteria that are the real cause of decay. Dental Caries is a very complex biofilm infection. There are currently over 40 identified strains of bacteria in biofilms that produce the acids responsible for causing cavitation. It is more than lack of home hygiene that puts you at risk for the disease.  Check out this Caries Risk Assessment to see a comprehensive list of risk factors: CariFree CRA form
MYTH: Cavities are not contagious.
FACT: Studies show that infants are not born with the bacteria that cause cavities, but that they are infected most often by their parents or caregivers. This route of infection is often referred to as “vertical transmission.” This vertical transmission takes place when the infant is kissed, milk or food is “sampled” for temperature, and pacifiers are “cleaned” in the parents’ mouth. It is not uncommon that whole families will be affected by the caries infection. In order to know if you have the infection, find a dentist near you that can screen your family
MYTH: Sugar is the reason I get cavities.
FACT: Bacteria that cause cavities are driven by an acidic pH. Acidic conditions in the mouth (pH below 7) cause a shift in the species of bacteria that form the biofilm (thin layer of bacteria that
every person has) on the teeth.  When this shift occurs, cavity-causing bacteria take over and good bacteria die out. Once the cariogenic bacteria dominate the biofilm, tooth decay sets in.
MYTH: Fluoride is the answer to stopping decay.
FACT:  Tooth decay is an epidemic in American children with 50% of 5th graders showing active signs of the disease. The World Health Organization says that worldwide 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have cavities.  While fluoride is one of the ways to help manage decay it is not the sole answer.  There are 5 key elements to treating tooth decay and a Caries Risk Assessment and CariScreen test can provide individual patient a targeted and comprehensive therapy they need to lower their risk.
 MYTH: I get cavities because I have soft or weak enamel.
FACT: The acid produced by bacteria is no joke! It is a scientific fact that when the pH in the mouth drops below 5.5 demineralization of any enamel takes place.  The acid producing bacteria eat away at the enamel that we call cavities.  If you are getting cavities, it is not because your enamel is ‘softer’ than someone else; you have risk factors that are keeping your mouth too acidic.  Ask your doctor what risk factors you can change and what elevated pH products are right for you.
MYTH: Filling my cavity cures the disease.
FACT: Only medical treatment can change the bacteria that cause cavities.  Drilling and filling is a necessary intervention when the cavity has reached a point of significant damage.  However, patching a hole in the tooth does not address the larger issue of the biofilm infection.  Once a biofilm is infected the bacteria must be treated with the appropriate agents before long term health can be achieved.  Patching holes in teeth with no biofilm therapy is like building a deck on a house while it is burning down; the work won’t last.
To find out more truths about dental caries, ask your doctor for a copy of the book Balance: A Guide for Managing Dental Caries for Patients and Practitioners, or, go to www.carifree.com.



4/24/2015 10:21:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS

Bruxism is, simply put, teeth grinding.  It’s a condition where people habitually clench and grind their teeth without noticing.  In some cases it can occur while sleeping and is given the aptly named diagnosis of ‘sleep bruxism.’  Depending on how severe the bruxism is can determine the level of treatment required, but it is important to be aware of the symptoms to know if this condition affects you!

  • It’s not pretty - Bruxism causes dental erosion that affects the look of teeth and flattens them.  And, because teeth are grinding and gnawing, it may also loosen past dental work.  
  • No rest for the weary - Sleep Bruxism can cause pain in the head and neck because jaw muscles are not enjoying the rest and relaxation that should be associated with sleep.
  • Ouch! - The grinding of your teeth wears them down and causes loss of the enamel.  With that protective layering gone teeth are now painfully subjected to the elements.
  • The gums aren’t happy either - After enamel loss causes tooth sensitivity the gums raise the white flag.  A receding gum line often follows enamel loss.  
  • Even the cheeks aren’t safe - While your teeth are grinding they may pinch the inside of your cheek and tear at it.  This small wound can lead to ulcers commonly known as canker sores.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms please see a dentist for a plan to combat the effects of this condition.  Your dentist may decide your case is light and requires no immediate action but will monitor the progress over your next checkups.  This level of severity is known as ‘mild bruxism.’

If they decide this is a cause for concern be prepared to answer a few questions.  The underlying cause of bruxism widely varies and in order to properly treat your case the dentist needs to know whether you smoke, regularly drink alcohol, or are taking any medication.  Each of those may be the cause of your plight, but the list of factors does not stop there.  Stress and anxiety could be a major component to nighttime clenching and grinding.

Once the cause has been identified, your dental professional can develop the best treatment option for you.  It may be as simple as cutting back on coffee or cigarettes, or the dentist teaching you how to bite properly without stressing your jaw.  In some cases a night splint may solve the problem by spacing the upper and lower teeth and allowing you the rest you deserve!


Do not attempt to self treat this problem if you think you may have it.  Dentists are trained to treat this condition and can bring you the relief you deserve. Call Dr. Samuel T. Bander for more information or to schedule an appointment to identify and treat Bruxism or any other dental concern.



4/10/2015 10:23:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS


Your teeth may not seem very memorable on the surface. Sure, we think about them twice a day when we brush, once when we floss, and when we smile for photo ops.  It’s important to remember that our teeth are with us through all of the good times, but, if not shown the care and attention they deserve, they can be the cause of the bad.  If it gets to that point, teeth will ensure that they won’t be forgotten again with an undeniable toothache.

If you want to know how best to handle this painful situation, you need to focus on it.  As uncomfortable as it may be to analyze your pain, it is necessary.  The type of pain and discomfort can tell you what the issue is and how best to treat it.  Here’s what you should note:

  • Is it a sharp pain?  Sharp pains generally occur when biting and are instantaneous.  The pain subsides when the bite is released.

  • Where is the pain?  Is it isolated to one tooth or are several teeth affected?

  • Is it triggered?  Is the pain coming from something hot (like coffee or tea), something cold such as ice cream, or perhaps a sweet candy when it contacts the tooth?

If you experience sharp pain when biting, you should schedule to see your dentist IMMEDIATELY.  That is a warning of a very serious problem.  This could be caused by loose dental work, a cavity, or even a cracked tooth.  Or maybe even a more serious problem - an infected root!

The whole tooth is made up of parts:  The part you see called the crown, the part that lies under the gum line acting as an anchor called the root, and the part with nerves and blood vessels known as the pulp.  When sharp pain occurs when biting it could mean the pulp is infected. In order to correct problems within the pulp area, root canal therapy is often the process of choice in order to prevent tooth extraction.

If the pain is set off by a certain type of food you can pretty easily isolate what that something is and avoid it.  While it may be incredibly hard to remove that cup of coffee from your routine, the pain it will bring is not worth it.  These issues do not require a trip to the Dental ER, but should still be addressed by professionals before they worsen.
  
If the pain is on multiple adjacent at the same time it may be caused by sinus issues. A dentist will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatment for dental matters concerning sinus problems.

It is important to remember that a toothache that lasts for more than a few days should be addressed with your dental provider. The sooner the problem is corrected, the better. If dental phobia keeps you from scheduling a visit, remind yourself that dental problems don’t go away on their own. Dentists can help you with discomfort and problems associated with phobias.

Let Dr. Bander care for your toothache. Maintain routine visits to help catch problems before they begin to ache. Schedule an appointment today!




3/27/2015 10:20:00 AM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS

You keep up with your teeth, that’s good!  Brushing and flossing twice a day is a great routine for the upkeep of good oral health. It also helps to visit the dentist for a routine cleaning at least once a year. Dental hygienists are professionally trained and have advanced tools to get all those hard to reach areas. It takes team and daily effort to keep your smile bright!

There are some conditions that occur no matter how well your dental hygiene is cared for.  Let’s talk about what your hygienists cleans that normal brushing can miss.

Plaque is a clear film of bacteria that is on the tooth and interacts with the sugar in foods to thrive.  

Tartar is what plaque becomes if left unbrushed for too long.  Also called calculus, this white coating is hard and will often form at the gum line, especially in the backs or in between teeth. Once the tartar has formed, it cannot be removed by normal brushing.

When you go in for a routine cleaning you can rest assured you are in good hands. Let the professionals do all the work!  Here’s a brief overview of the cleaning process so you know what is going to happen when you’re in the chair:

The spray is the first step in the process.  A high powered, concentrated water stream is moved along the teeth to break up any stubborn food particles and loosen plaque and tartar.

An ultrasonic cleaner is then used to clean off tartar.  This process uses tiny ultrasonic vibrations to clean off what your toothbrush failed to, but don’t worry - the sound waves are higher than human ears can pick up!  This tool, also called a scaler, shoots a stream of water to clean away the particles once they are free from the tooth.

The hand scaler is the last tool used, and perhaps the most recognizable of the dentist’s toolkit.  This thin metallic hook may be uncomfortable when used to get the remnants of tartar that was left by its ultrasonic cousin, but it is absolutely necessary.  If left unchecked tartar can affect the gums and lead to gingivitis or periodontitis.

Polish it off for good measure. After all the tartar is removed, a polisher is used to get your smile bright.  A small rubber cup holding a specialized gritty paste is spun at high speeds to scour your teeth and deal the final blow to any lingering plaque that may have thought it had escaped the cleaning!


So now that you’re in-the-know a teeth cleaning is nothing to be afraid of.  Let Dr. SamuelT. Bander help you on your road to the brighter smile of tomorrow! Call the office today and schedule your next routine cleaning.



9/10/2014 3:01:00 PM | Samuel T. Bander, DDS



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