Preventive Dentistry - Middletown, NY
Protecting Healthy Smiles for Life
Many people believe that their bi-annual “cleanings” with the hygienist, along with routine brushing and flossing, are enough to keep the teeth and gums healthy. However, we do recommend that patients also implement a tailored home hygiene regime. Dr. Scott Udoff and his team work with their valued patients in co-creating goals to achieve optimal oral health and improved overall wellbeing. Dental issues that are left untreated will progressively worsen and if neglected, can result in bone loss, tooth loss, facial asymmetry, and musculoskeletal imbalances. Dr Scott Udoff has the expertise to see the symptoms of early onset oral health problems and align his care with the patients’ vision of their oral health, which can rejuvenate their oral and systemic wellbeing. Dr. Udoff and his team take the time to educate patients so they can achieve optimal oral health.
If you are seeking a dental practice that can meet all of your needs, look no further. To learn more about our wide array of dental procedures, contact our Middletown dental practice today.
Checkups & Cleanings Recare
Dr. Udoff believes that “cleanings” are an opportunity for the patient to learn and understand how successful their home oral hygiene habits are. For this reason, Dr. Udoff uses the term “recare” for his patients’ “cleaning” appointments.
Dr. Udoff strongly recommends that patients schedule recare visits according to their level of periodontal health and will tailor your needs accordingly. It’s important to remember that you are the one in control of maintaining and/or improving your oral health, which is why Dr. Udoff utilizes the Dental Fitness Program. This program is a way for our team to track your ongoing periodontal health, provide scores, and track any changes. If changes occur, the scores spanning the previous visits will guide us in recommendations to improve health.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque. Plaque is the clear to milky-white residue that attaches to the gumline, under the gums, and between teeth. The bacteria excrete an acid that deteriorates the tissues – both gums and bone. Proper oral hygiene will remove plaque. If plaque remains on the teeth for more than 48 hours, deterioration of the gums can develop. The beginning stages known as gingivitis. The plaque can harden to become tartar or calculus. This leads to further tissue destruction, known as bone lose or periodontal disease. If Dr. Udoff detects early onset of gum disease or gingivitis, we recommend prompt treatment in order to help our patients avoid lasting damage. Periodontal disease is arrested by performing scaling and root planning, which involves a deep cleaning below the gum line. He may also prescribe a medical-grade mouthwash to use at home, nutritional supplements, or localized antibiotics to assist the body in the healing process. Dr. Udoff will also spend time with patients to help them better understand the cause of their periodontal disease and some good prevention practices to use at home.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer is positively identified in tens of thousands of new patients every year, many cases of which are already in advanced stages. Receiving a diagnosis early on in the cancer’s development is ideal, as the chances of a successful recovery will be maximized. That is why Dr. Udoff can provide a thorough screening as a part of regular examinations, taking care to note any potential abnormalities like lumps, crusts, discolored skin, suspicious sores, and more so that they can be inspected further.
Dental Fitness Program
The best kind of dental problem is one that never develops in the first place, so our dental fitness program is designed to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease long-term. Dr. Udoff will put together a plan uniquely suited to you so that the health and beauty of your smile are fully protected.