About Dental Cleanings
At Kodish-Perez Dental Group, we provide dental hygiene appointments and examinations to patients throughout Fort Lauderdale. We believe that preventative care is essential for maintaining good oral health. Our goal is to keep our patients as healthy as possible. The best way is through ongoing dental care and teaching our patients how to practice good oral hygiene at home. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale area, please call today to schedule your exam and learn how you can stay healthy year-round.
"I had an appointment at Kodish-Perez Dental Group for a possible TMJ issue with my jaw. They were very thorough and I was happy with the options that they provided me with. Friendly and convenient office."- H.C / Office Visit / Jan 24, 2020
"In 1998 I started my dental trust with Dr. Kodish. His confidence, his kindness, and his results speak more than any words I can write here. Dr. Perez gave me excellent service on my recent visit. I am confident he will continue the excellent dental practice that I have had for years."- J.C. / Google / Aug 25, 2020
"Dr. Perez and his staff are amaizing."- W.S. / Google / Jul 24, 2020
"Professional staff and clean environment. Would highly recommend!"- K.J / Office Visit / Jan 08, 2020
"If I could give more stars to Dr Kodish I would. My story starts with being in pain for 16 months, countless appointments with every dental specialist you can think of, a root canal (which the Endodontist now says was unnecessary), medications that none of them worked and I thought I was losing my mind and frustrated. Then after a teeth cleaning with my past dentist, he noticed me rubbing my face and randomly mentioned “that’s your Masseter”. I researched what that was and discovered that I checked all the boxes for TMD and there began my search for a TMJ/TMD specialist and found Dr Kodish, made an appointment and 6 weeks later I am pain free. Dr Kodish is very kind, compassionate and professional. He was very patient listening to my long journey to find relief for my pain and did a full evaluation to identify my issues and it turned out I had many and not one dental professional identified any of them. Dr Kodish is brilliant and I highly recommend KP Dental. They are a full service dental practice and I will not go anywhere else."- N.R. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
What to expect from dental cleanings
We recommend that adults throughout Fort Lauderdale FL receive teeth cleanings at least twice a year. Good oral health is important regardless of how old you are. As people age, their risk for an oral infection continues to increase. The older teeth get, the more the protective enamel starts to wear away, and it can become easier to get a cavity. The best way to combat this is by brushing and flossing throughout the day in addition to visiting the dentist on a regular basis. We offer flexible appointment times so that you can schedule an appointment around your work or family schedule, making it easier than ever to get a teeth cleaning.
At The Kodish-Perez Dental Group, we practice gentle dentistry and provide teeth cleanings for patients with sensitive teeth. Many adults avoid visiting the dentist due to concern that their teeth will hurt or feel worse during the exam or subsequent cleaning. When working with the right dentist or hygienist, you can feel comfortable regardless of your teeth sensitivity. We offer a variety of sedation methods so you feel comfortable throughout your dental cleaning and examinations. Whether you need something to relax or direct pain medication, we can create a treatment plan that includes sedation dentistry.
It is important to understand the reason that teeth become sensitive. Very often, it is due to the enamel on the outside of the teeth wearing away. Enamel can wear away due to age, what you eat, and improper oral health care. While brushing with desensitizing toothpaste can help, you need to continue visiting the dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Otherwise, the sensitivity can increase. During your dental exam, let us know about any discomfort, so we can discuss ways to reduce it by using methods like a fluoride treatment or sealant.
Regularly scheduled dental cleaning and examinations can help to prevent a dental emergency. Many adults go far too long between visits to the dentist. As a year or two goes by, infections can develop that create a painful situation and lead to dental emergencies. For example, a minor cavity can be corrected with minimal discomfort. However, if the infection spreads into the center of the tooth, the dental pulp (nerve) can become infected and a root canal will become necessary. Fortunately, these types of infections can typically be avoided by scheduling an appointment twice a year with Dr. Perez or Dr. Kodish. It is important to keep in mind that healthy teeth are also less likely to become damaged or injured. By staying in good health, you can prevent teeth from becoming cracked or chipped during an accident.
Eliminating Bad Breath
In addition to preventing tooth decay and gum disease to ensure good oral health, regular dental cleanings can also help eliminate and prevent bad breath. During a regular dental cleaning, one of the main goals is to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth, even with regular brushing and flossing. This film has high concentrations of bacteria, which can lead to bad breath. Tatar is hardened plaque that builds up and over time, can cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums where bits of food can get caught, further worsening bad breath. During a regular cental cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will remove this plaque and tartar, helping to eliminate two of the main culprits of stinky breath.
During the teeth cleaning and examination, we will also discuss ways that you can keep your teeth and gums healthy at home. At our office, we believe that good oral hygiene at home is important to do in conjunction with visiting our office. We recommend that you use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day and use fluoride toothpaste. This will keep harmful sugar and bacteria off of your teeth and the fluoride will help to strengthen them. You will also benefit from flossing daily to get food particles and bacteria out of hard-to-reach places. Following up with an antibacterial mouthwash will help to kill any remaining germs.
Your diet is also important to good oral health. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a diet that contains dairy products, lean protein, green vegetables, and complex carbs so that your body gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. We can provide additional tips and information during your dental cleaning and examinations. To schedule your appointment with The Kodish-Perez Dental Group.
Dental Cleaning Special
New to The Kodish-Perez Dental Group? We gladly welcome you to our practice with our new patient offer. At your first appointment, you will get a full mouth set of x-rays, a close-up view of your mouth using a professional camera, a dental cleaning, and an unhurried consultation with the doctor. Everything you need to jump-start your oral health journey!
Dental Cleaning FAQs
What do teeth cleanings at your office include?
A dental hygiene appointment is commonly paired with a periodic oral exam performed by our dentist. During this appointment, we can detect issues that may have come up in between dental hygiene appointments. This appointment also gives you a chance to communicate any dental concerns or questions you may have. During your cleaning, we will remove the plaque that has formed on and in between your teeth and along your gumline. This is not just important for preventing cavities; it also prevents gum disease. Gum disease is typically a result of plaque becoming trapped under your gums. Our staff is gentle, and we are confident that you will have a pleasant experience.
How early can my child receive professional dental care?
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the first dental appointment should be as early as your child's first birthday, which is the time around which the first tooth appears.
What is a "deep cleaning"?
A "deep cleaning" is a layman's term for "scaling and root planing," which is the correct dental term. If you need a scaling and root planing procedure, you likely have periodontal or gum disease. Although routine cleanings can prevent periodontal disease, scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure that we perform to treat periodontal disease.
Healthy gum tissue fits tightly around each tooth. The measurement from the top of the gumline to where it attaches to the tooth should only be 1 to 3 millimeters in depth. But, when bacterial plaque and tartar accumulate around and under the gums, tissues that support your teeth may become affected, and periodontal disease can develop, causing deeper pockets to form.
When you have more advanced signs of gum disease (bad breath, heavy tartar buildup, and unhealthy pocket depths of 5mm or more), your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing as the first procedure to treat the condition. At our office, we combine scaling and root planing with laser gum treatment to better stimulate the reattachment of your gum tissue to your teeth. We also perform a microbiological test to find out which specific bacteria are causing your periodontal disease and attack it with antibiotics.
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