Preventive Dentistry, Cleanings, and Exams
Professional Cleanings
Professional cleanings performed by a hygienist are just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist will:

• Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. (Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.)
• Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. (Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indicator of gum disease.)
• Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.

Regular examinations help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures to repair. Dental examinations generally include the following:

• Gum Disease screening
• Oral Cancer screening
• Visual tooth decay evaluation
• Visual gum disease examination
• Gum pocket measurement and tracking
• X-ray examination to detect: tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems below the gums and other hidden issues

Regular examinations are very important for your health. Remember, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." –Benjamin Franklin

X-rays (Radiographs)
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with X-rays before they become problems can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:

• Internal tooth decay
• Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
• Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
• Impacted teeth
• Teeth that are still coming in

Dr. Ausink exclusively uses Digital X-rays because of these advantages over traditional X-rays

• They emit up to 90% less radiation
• They are ready for examination nearly instantly
• They can be viewed on a computer screen
• Their image can be refined and enlarged
• They are greener; no chemicals are needed for processing

Sealants are generally used to help prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth (molars). The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food that can resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, the trapped food allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay and requiring costly attention.

Sealants are painted directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they are not permanent. They can last up to 5 years of normal wear before needing replacement.

Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventative step to reduce the chances of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of molars. However, they do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Gum disease accounts for approximately 70% of all tooth loss in adults. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums when flossing or brushing and gums that are red, inflamed, or swollen.

Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by the same bacteria. These bacteria form plaque beneath the gum-line, which eats away at the bond between tooth and gum. If deterioration is allowed to continue, "pockets" form in between the teeth and the gums. Pockets deeper than 3ml may require special treatment to remove the bacteria and plaque. Without treatment and continuous maintenance, gum disease will eventually weaken the bonds that hold the teeth in place.

There is no permanent treatment for gum disease. However, it can be kept under control with proper personal hygiene and regular visits to a trained dentist or hygienist.

Click Here to Request an Appointment Online

Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
Do you find yourself shivering or wincing in pain from really hot or cold foods? If you do, you might be suffering from sensitive teeth. There are many reasons that this can occur and also many ways to treat it. Understanding what you might be experiencing can help you be informed when you talk to your dentist and will help you find the perfect solution to end your discomfort.

Why Teeth Get Sensitive
Your teeth are protected by enamel and cementum. Enamel is the outer white part of the tooth that you see and cementum is the outer layer of your tooth beneath the gum line. When either of these are damaged, the dentin, which lies underneath is exposed. The dentin is much more sensitive than enamel or cementum and contains small tubes that lead to the nerve endings. This is what causes you to feel pain or tingling from hot or cold foods.

Reasons for Sensitive Teeth
There are numerous reasons that you could be suffering from sensitive teeth. Some of the most common reasons include decay and gum disease. Occasionally people with worn fillings or fractured teeth will also suffer.

There are a variety of ways to help people with sensitive teeth. At home, you can use special toothpaste that helps to decrease the sensitivity. If this does not help, we may be able to help you in a variety of ways depending on the reason for the sensitivity. A few of the techniques that can be performed include the application of fluoride, applying a crown, performing a root canal or gum grafting. Talk to us today about your sensitivity and get your mouth comfortable once again.

Home  | Preventive  | Restorative & Cosmetic  | Patient Forms  | Financial & Insurance  | Contact Us

Donald C. Ausink DDS | | 253-838-6200
2345 SW 320th Street, Federal Way, WA 98023



Copyright © 2011-2016 Donald C. Ausink DDS and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links