At Dr. William S Motruk Dentistry, we love looking after our patients. Our dental team is able to provide reliable dental care no matter what stage you’re at. Cleanings and dental checkups in Kingston are the most common reason for visiting the dentist; on average, most patients should attend a dental appointment at least twice a year. Like brushing and flossing twice a day, professional cleaning removes the plaque that builds up on your teeth, even in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. Unlike your toothbrush and floss, however, only a professional cleaning can remove calcified plaque, or tartar, and prevent the bacteria it contains from damaging your teeth and gums. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Children are the hallmark of our practice. Bringing children in to see the dentist is a good practice that helps to build clean oral hygiene at a young age. We offer complimentary exams for children less than 3 years of age. Schedule your visit with us and see how happy and confident children can be when their first visit to the dentist is fun and exciting!
As do children, adults can also have fun at the dentist. We work hard to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for you so that your dental visit is a breeze.
Regular dental visits, cleanings, sealants, x-rays, fluoride, diet, protecting teeth from injury, and home oral hygiene are all integral in preventing more costly dental problems. Waiting to see a dentist until something hurts is not recommended. At Dr. William S Motruk Dentistry, we like to catch problems before they progress to the point of pain and infection.
The oral hygiene you practice at home—brushing at least two times a day and flossing every day—is great for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful between visits to your dentist, but it doesn’t take the place of the more in depth cleaning we’re able to perform at our dental office in Kingston, Ontario. We perform more comprehensive cleaning, as well as fluoride treatments, take actions to prevent or reverse gum disease, and even tell you about a variety of dental options to keep your breath feeling and smelling fresh!
If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist and dental hygienist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Many dental insurance policies will cover two cleanings per year, but few people take full advantage of their benefits. The twice-a-year recommendation is what we highly recommend at our dental office.
If you’re looking for a new dental practice to provide cleanings and oral examinations, or you’ve simply lapsed in your regular dental checkups in our office, please contact us today. We’ll be delighted to schedule an appointment for you and answer any questions you may have about the hygiene services we offer.
Question: When should a child have its first visit to the dentist?
A: Recent studies have shown that by the age of three, a child is already at risk of having cavities which can be caused by something as innocent as putting a baby to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Along with taking our first look at your child’s oral condition, this first appointment is also largely focused on the parents and helping them to establish a good oral hygiene program and diet for the child. We believe that a child should have his or her first dental visit when the first tooth erupts or before they reach their first birthday.
Question: Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?
A: We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice each year to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly future problems. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more regular attention. Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health.
Question: How does what I eat affect my dental health, and what can I do to protect my teeth & gums?
A: We’ve all heard, “You are what you eat,” and this is especially true when dealing with our dental health. It is especially important to keep an eye on your midday snacks, and to take regular care of your dental needs throughout the day. Many of us enjoy little snacks between meals; the problem is that these snacks are often starchy and/or high in sugar content, and can leave the teeth and gums exposed to the decay-causing elements left behind by the snack. When snacking, try nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables instead of sugary and salty items like chocolate, chips and pretzels. Also, if you drink coffee, try drinking more water to cut down on stain issues.
Question: Do I need dental x-rays each visit?
A: How often you need to have x-rays also depends on your oral health. A healthy adult who has not had cavities or other problems for a couple of years probably won’t need x-rays at every appointment. If your dental situation is less stable and your dentist is monitoring your progress, you may require more frequent x-rays. Ask your dentist if you are not sure why a particular x-ray is being taken. Remember that dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they are a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don’t develop into bigger ones.
Question: Why is flossing so important?
A: While brushing is very effective at removing plaque and food debris from your teeth, a toothbrush simply cannot effectively clean all of the surfaces of your teeth. In particular, the spaces between your teeth are difficult, if not impossible to clean properly by brushing alone. This can mean that people who brush regularly are still very susceptible to cavities and gum infections in these areas. The use of dental floss once a day can clean these difficult to reach surfaces and provide you with a truly clean and healthy mouth. Please contact our office if you have any questions about the proper care of your teeth and gums.