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Dental Cleaning Philadelphia, PA

Teeth CleaningAn Overview

Periodontal health is essential for the well-being and integrity of your smile. Biannual professional teeth cleanings can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Periodontist Dr. David Weinstock provides thorough professional dental cleanings and fluoride applications as part of our thorough preventative dental care.

Professional teeth cleanings help remove plaque and tartar build up that regular brushing and flossing can not. Teeth cleanings utilize state of the art tools to thoroughly clean all surfaces and crevices of your teeth and soft tissues to help reduce the development of complex oral health concerns such as decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.  Twice yearly dental cleanings can also help keep your teeth whiter and your breath fresher.

 

Dr. Weinstock is the most amazingly knowledgeable and talented dentist I have ever come across. I have had many many complex dental issues over the years to the point that some dentists have been at a loss as to how to help me. Dr. Weinstock has not only helped my…Mary F.
Dr. Weinstock and his amazing staff are top shelf! They are friendly, professional, skilled and engaged. Even though his office was usually full, I was always made to feel like the only person in the room. From the time I was 16 years old I hid behind a broken smile,…Lisa M.

Teeth Cleaning What to Expect

Fluoride Applications

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that prevents tooth decay systemically when ingested during tooth development and topically when applied to erupted teeth. Systemic fluorides are those that are ingested into the body and become incorporated into newly forming teeth.

Systemic fluorides taken regularly during the time when teeth are developing (6 months to 16+ years of age) are deposited throughout the entire tooth surface and provide longer-lasting protection than those applied topically.

Sources of systemic fluorides include water, dietary fluoride supplements in the forms of tablets, drops or lozenges, and fluoride present in food and beverages. Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth. In this method of delivery, fluoride is absorbed into the surface of the teeth, making them more decay-resistant.

Topical fluorides include toothpaste, mouth rinses and professionally applied fluoride gels, foams and rinses.

Researchers have observed fluoride’s decay-preventive effects in three specific ways:

  • Fluoride makes tooth enamel harder and more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay.
  • It reduces the ability of dental plaque organisms to produce acid.
  • Fluoride promotes the remineralization (repair) of tooth enamel in the early stages of tooth decay.

Teeth Cleaning FAQs

DO ADULTS BENEFIT FROM FLUORIDATION?

Fluoride benefits people of all ages in two ways. Studies have clearly shown that the presence of topical fluoride in an adult’s mouth during the initial formation of decay can not only stop the decay process, but also make the enamel surface more resistant to future acid attacks. Additionally, the presence of systemic fluoride in saliva provides a reservoir of fluoride ions that can be incorporated into the tooth surface to prevent decay.

IS WATER FLUORIDATION SAFE?

Since the 1930s, hundreds of carefully conducted scientific studies have shown that water fluoridation, at the concentrations recommended for decay prevention, has no harmful effects. Fluoridation of community water supplies is a valuable public health measure supported by the American Dental Association, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Public Health Service, the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society.

DOES BOTTLED WATER OR WELL WATER PROVIDE FLUORIDE PROTECTION AGAINST DECAY?

The vast majority of bottled waters on the market do not contain optimal levels (0.7-1.2 ppm) of fluoride. Additionally, reverse osmosis home treatment systems remove significant amounts of fluoride from the water supply. Consumers of well water, or who use home water treatment systems, should have their water tested at least annually to establish the fluoride level of the treated water. Testing is available through local and state public health departments. Private laboratories may also offer testing for fluoride levels in water.

WHAT TYPES OF FLUORIDE PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Dietary fluoride supplements are available only by prescription. They are available in two forms: drops for infants aged six months and up, and chewable tablets for children and adolescents.

There are a variety of topical fluoride rinses, gels, pastes and foams that are available either as office treatments or by prescription. Dr. Weinstock may recommend a prescription fluoride tooth paste. Many over-the-counter products are useful as well. Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to discuss which of these products may be of benefit to you.

Why choose David J. Weinstock, DMD?