General Dentistry by Dr. Brian Klym, D.D.S.
At Northwood Dental, Dr. Brian Klym offers general dentistry services to patients of all ages. From regular dental care to more specialized techniques, Northwood Dental can meet all your dental needs.
General dentistry involves diagnosing, preventing, and treating a wide range of dental conditions. By scheduling regular checkups at Northwood Dental, you’re taking the most important step to protect your gums and teeth from oral diseases and safeguard the health of your whole body.
Explore below to learn about the variety of general dentistry services we provide.
Hygiene Treatments and Preventative Care
At a routine checkup and cleaning, the professionals at Northwood Dental will clean your mouth to eliminate all of all the hard-to-reach plaque and tartar that escapes regular hygiene habits. This kind of preventative care is crucial for protecting the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
While brushing and flossing twice a day helps keep your mouth clean and feeling fresh, it’s normal for deposits of bacteria, known as plaque, to collect at the gumline and in the spaces between your teeth. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which can’t reliably be cleaned on your own. At Northwood Dental, our team will use specialized tools to remove this tartar before it can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Protect your healthy mouth by scheduling a cleaning appointment every six months and enjoy the health benefits of regular preventative care.
When plaque and tartar rest on the gums for too long, periodontal (gum) disease can take hold and start to affect your oral health. The first and most common stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and is identified by symptoms including:
- Bleeding Gums
- Receding Gum Line
- Swollen Gums
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Loosened Teeth
- Gum Discoloration
Gingivitis is reversible with periodontal care when your dentist catches it early. We’ll diagnose and treat the condition, beginning with a treatment like scaling and root planing. These procedures remove disease-causing tartar, leaving a smooth surface that is more resistant to bacteria.
When periodontal disease becomes more advanced, more aggressive treatments may be required to restore your mouth’s health. For this reason, we always recommend seeking treatment early for gum health issues. At your regular checkups, we’ll evaluate your mouth for signs of periodontal disease onset so you can avoid more uncomfortable outcomes.