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55 South Miller Road, Suite 102 (Fairlawn Professional Building) Fairlawn, Ohio 44333
Fairlawn, Bath, Copley, Akron: Call Us Today (330) 836-8050

General – Family – Cosmetic

The skilled staff at Michael A. Blum, D.D.S.

is dedicated to helping patients

young and old maintain their oral health.

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Are you looking for a Family Dentist?

Dr.Blum will leave your smile sparkling clean.

Dental Cleaning – Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis is the technical term used to describe a professional dental cleaning procedure.

Not only do excellent dental cleaning practices keep the patient in good oral health, but it also fights the progression of gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

A professional dental cleaning should be performed twice a year, or every 6 months.

If the patient suffers from an irreversible periodontal disease, theses cleanings may be increased to every 3 or 4 months.

A patient can expect the following during their cleaning appointment:

  • Removal of Plaque – The sticky nearly invisible film that forms on the teeth is known as plaque.  If not removed, plaque grows bacteria which produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
  • Removal of Tartar –   Tartar, technically known as calculus, is what plaque turns into after it is left on the tooth and hardens over time.   It becomes firmly attached to the surface of the tooth.  It forms both above and below the gum line.  If left untreated, tartar can cause periodontal disease.  The only way to remove tartar is with special dental tools.  Even the best oral care at home cannot remove all of the debris and bacteria, that’s why it is important to see a dentist who can spot and treat such problems.
  • Teeth Polishing – Despite the patient’s best efforts, some stains and plaque cannot be removed during teeth brushing and scaling.  Teeth polishing removes such stains.
  • Examination/Screening for Health Issues – A number of health issues can be detected by your dentist.  During your cleaning, the dentist will examine the entire oral cavity.  The dentist is able to screen for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and possible other signs of conditions such as diabetes and problematic kidneys.

We strive to make your dental cleaning visit as painless and comfortable as possible.

A professional dental cleaning leaves the patient with fresher breath, a whiter smile, and a piece of mind. Let dentist Dr. Blum and his staff help you return your smile to its former glory.

Fluoride Treatments

Tooth decay is caused by the acid producing bacteria in plaque, the thin sticky film that collects around the teeth and gums.  Teeth become vulnerable to tooth decay without regular dental visits and good daily oral hygiene. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and can repair teeth in the early stages of tooth decay.  It can be found in certain toothpastes and mouthwashes.

During your dentist visit, a fluoride treatment is applied directly to the tooth enamel.  The fluoride used in the treatment is much stronger and more concentrated than the toothpastes or mouthwashes.  It may be in the form of a solution, gel, foam, or varnish. The fluoride is normally put into a mouthpiece or tray where it is held in the mouth for only a few minutes.  This practice has been used for decades to help protect the teeth of children and adults alike.  Depending on the condition of a patient’s oral health, fluoride treatments may be recommended every 3, 6, or 12 months.

Oral Cancer Screenings

During your dental visit, the dentist will routinely and carefully examine the patient for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.  It is critical to diagnose the cancer in its early stages when it is more easily treated.  The National Cancer Institute statistics show that these cancers affect 39,000 Americans per year, causing an estimated 8,000 deaths per year.  This means that 1 in 95 adults will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer.  The risk of contracting this cancer greatly increases after age 44.  Both cancers are twice as likely to appear in men as in women.

Certain factors and life style choices affect the risk of developing oral and pharyngeal cancer.

They are as follows:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Heavy use of tobacco and alcohol together
  • HPV infections
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Light exposure, and
  • Nutrition – a lower incidence of cancer is shown with a diet rich in vegetables and fruits

There are some signs and symptoms to look out for.  Patients may complain of difficulty chewing or swallowing, difficulty moving the jaw or tongue, sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat, numbness, and hoarseness or a change in the voice. If there are any signs or symptoms, whether mentioned or not, that persist or cause concern for the patient, an appointment to see their dentist should be made immediately.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Periodontal Evaluations

The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that all adults receive a yearly evaluation regarding their oral or periodontal health.  By assessing oral health on an annual basis, the patient and their dental professional will know what state of health their mouth is in and be able to diagnose conditions more easily.

A periodontal evaluation assesses a patient’s health by examining 6 areas:

  1. Teeth
  2. Plaque
  3. Gums
  4. Bite structure
  5. Bone structure &
  6. Potential risk factors of the patient

Research has shown that there is an association with periodontal disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems.  This only emphasizes the importance of an evaluation, ensuring the patient’s health in other areas, by treating the periodontal disease as soon as possible.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves the tooth’s chewing surfaces.  The sealant protects the tooth from tooth decay by keeping bacteria and food particles out of the crevices. It is in the back of the mouth where tooth decay often occurs in children and teens.

Some may think a sealant is similar to a filling.  Fillings are not permanent, meaning the same tooth may have to be filled more than once if a filling is lost.  Every time a tooth is filled, the tooth is drilled more and becomes weaker.  Thankfully, sealants do not require drilling or removal of any part of the tooth.

The sealant process is short and simple.  The tooth is cleaned and a special gel is applied for a few seconds.  The tooth is then washed and dried.  Then the sealant is applied to the tooth.  Often times, a special light is used to help harden the sealant more quickly.  It takes only about a minute for the protective shield of the sealant to form.

Sealants can be clear, white, or slightly tinted.  They can only be seen close up and often are not visible when the patient talks or smiles.  Sealants last from 5 to 10 years.  They should be checked during dental appointments and can easily be reapplied.  It is important to note that sealants do not replace fluoride.

Sealants work together with fluoride to prevent tooth decay.  Remember, sealants are only one part of preventative dental care.  Proper brushing, flossing, fluoride treatment, food choices, and regular dental appointments are still needed.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Fairlawn, Bath, Copley, Akron, or surrounding Ohio areas, that is great with both kids and adults, contact Dr.Blum, he would love to be your new family dentist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairlawn Hours of Operation

Mon – Thurs : 8am – 5 pm
Friday - 8am - 2pm

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