Dr. Fujii is trained to diagnose, treat and prevent dental disease and to improve your oral health and smile. Good oral health has been linked to having a positive impact to the overall health of your body.
Optimally, you should brush your teeth as least three times a day. This will help keep your teeth, gums and mouth clean and healthy be removing damaging bacteria. Flossing is a very important step as it removes the buildup of bacteria from between the teeth where your toothbrush will not reach. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well for fresher breath and the elimination of bacteria and food that gets caught on its surface. Change out your toothbrush at least every three (3) months, this includes electric toothbrush heads as well. Patients with peridontal disease should change out their toothbrush more frequently. Throw toothbrushes away after a cold to prevent reinfection.
Dr. Fujii recommends that children see a dentist as early as six-months-old. They are welcome to have a 'Happy Visit' and sit in our dental chair, likely sitting on your lap, to get used to our office and wonderful staff. During this time, we can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure and schedule regular checkups every six months!
All toddlers, kids, teens, and adults should all see the dentist for a regular checkup at least once every six months - or twice a year. Patients who are at a greater risk for gum disease may be required to see the dentist more than just twice a year. Dr. Fujii and our hygienists will help determine how often you should visit the dentist every year.
Gum Disease (also known as Peridontal Disease)
Gum disease can be caused by plaque and bacteria buildup, tobacco use, teeth grinding, medications, and genetics. Gum disease often goes unnoticed because it is usually painless until it gets to the advance stages. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and is treatable. Advanced gum disease could lead to tooth and bone loss, chronic bad breath, sensitivity and a receding gum-line. Brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist routinely will help prevent gingivitis and prevent the progression of gum disease. Some common signs of gum disease include bad breath, redness, irritatation, bleeding, or swollen gums.
Cavities are formed when plaque buildup combines with carbs (sugars and starches) in the food you eat, producing an acid that eats away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to a root canal or other problems. Cavities can be prevented by brushing your teeth at least three times a day and flossing at least once a day.
A filling is a composite resin material used to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. The area is prepared and the material is placed in layers and hardened by a high-tech curing light. We do not use the amalgam material for fillings, which contain a small amount of mercury.
Crown, Bridges & Implants
If a tooth breaks, cracks or has a very large failing filling, a crown is indicated to restore the tooth back to proper function. If a tooth is missing, an implant is an artificial root that can be placed in your jawbone and an artificial tooth can be placed onto that implant. Alternatively, a bridge can be placed utilizing the adjacent healthy teeth having them support an artificial tooth between them.
It's very important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly since it is more difficult to keep your teeth clean during this process. Food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach when you are wearing braces. Dr. Fujii will work with your orthodontist to ensure you continue to recieve optimal oral care.
Zoom! is a professional teeth whitening, in-office treatment that gets your teeth an average of eight shades whiter — in less than an hour. The treatment is safe and simple. Dr. Fujii will examine your teeth and gums prior to the procedure and take initial and completion photos. The patented ZOOM! light activates the gel and begins the process to break up stains and whiten your teeth.
Call our practice to schedule your next checkup, we look forward to helping you obtain better oral health!