Cleanings & Prevention

A preventive (recare) program is a joint cooperative effort between you and our team to preserve your natural teeth, gums, and bones of the oral area by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in our dental office by the efforts of Dr. Kussman and the dental hygienists as they promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.

Regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays are all part of an effective prevention program. Other great preventive treatments include sealants and fluoride. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, and beautiful smile.

Nitrous oxide, or commonly referred to as laughing gas, is available during your visit. Nitrous oxide works very rapidly – relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 or 3 minutes. There’s no “hangover” effect – the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped. You can safely drive home and will not need an escort.

3 Ways to improve your smile

"A smile is the universal welcome." Max Eastman We love to see you smile! Providing you with options to improve the quality of your smile is chiefly what we do. For some, modern  Read more

Back to school means new school clothes, school supplies, forms to fill out and new routines to learn. In short, it's a busy, busy time! With all the hustle and bustle back to school brings, one appointment you don't want to forget is your child's dental check-up. In fact, the American... Read more

Dental Hygienists play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases which not only affect a patient's teeth but can impact their overall health. Regular cleaning appointments allow the Dental Hygienist to perform oral health care assessments that include the... Read more

This October marks the 6th National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) working collaboratively to increase... Read more

A lifetime of good oral hygiene habits can be fostered when children have positive experiences during dental visits. Follow these 5 recommendations and set the course for your child’s oral health.

Teeth cleaning is part of good oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Our experienced dental hygienists recommend a routine cleaning every six... Read more

We remove the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the... Read more

Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied in the dental office on the chewing surfaces of back teeth, which are prime spots for cavities. Sealants act as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from collecting and sitting on the grooves and pits of teeth. Sealants are best suited for... Read more

Dental decay is a common condition all over the world. One way to help prevent cavities from occurring is through the use of fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the tooth enamel and make it more resistant to tooth decay. A small cavity can be stopped and even reversed by the... Read more

Bruxism (Habitual Grinding of Teeth) Have you ever been told that you grind your teeth? Tooth grinding [bruxism] is an oral habit which involves clenching and grinding of the teeth. It is not uncommon in our society. Approximately 50% to 96% of adults experience bruxism and 15%... Read more