New research and technology have shown us that your risk for getting cavities may be defined by some much different factors than we had once believed. You have likely been told for years to brush and floss and avoid sugar if you wanted to avoid cavities.
We now know that it has much more to do with the chemistry of your mouth and in many cases, brushing and flossing alone has little to do with lowering your risk for decay.
For all our best intentions to brush and floss consistently, it seems that we can’t always avoid the cavity diagnosis. While brushing and flossing daily is good for your teeth and important for battling gum disease there are other things that we can do to prevent cavities from forming.
Use a mouthwash after brushing help clear out remaining cavity-forming bacteria. Avoid snacking between meals, especially on sugary or chewy foods can accelerate the forming of cavities. But chewing vegetable fiber, like celery, after meals can help stimulate saliva, cleansing the fissures and pits where cavities typically form.
For those with braces, water picks can be used to do replace flossing which is impossible with most braces.
Chewing sugar free gum between meals, particularly sweetened by natural xylitol, can help prevent cavities by helping neutralize the PH balance in your mouth and suppressing bacteria growth.
Visit our office regularly to ensure the application of fluoride, which strengthens enamel thereby preventing tooth decay. Also, if you are prone to cavities, it’s a good idea to have ongoing checkups to catch cavities early while they are small before they can become larger problems.
Proper dental care goes beyond just brushing and flossing. Protecting our smiles isn’t always convenient, but it is rewarding.
Here at the offices of Dr. Stacy Johnson Family Dentistry, we understand that professional teeth cleaning not only helps to keep your teeth healthy, but your body healthy as well. When you come in for your periodic cleaning appointment, we perform a deep teeth cleaning procedure, also known as scaling and root planing, to help prevent or treat gingivities and periodontal disease.
It is recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned at least every 6 months. For some at risk patients due to age, medical condition, tobacco use, rate of accumulation of deposits or personal oral hygiene practices, more frequent visits such as every 3 or 6 months will be suggested. Dr. Stacy Johnson and our highly trained dental Hygienists will determine the frequency your health requires.
Methods for Cleaning Teeth
Your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar with professional instruments that can access the buildup above and below the gum line. The hygienist has several instruments at their disposal including a sonic scaler, dental laser as well as standard stainless steel instruments.
Professional teeth cleaning, deep teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist, good oral hygiene is essential for preventing cavities, tartar build-up, and gum disease.
"Elaine and Kim were great. Kim does a great job with the financial end of maximizing my personal company dental insurance options. Elaine was great at answering all of my questions. Quite frankly, everyone on your team has been so customer service friendly and knowledgeable all why being extremely kind and understanding. This has been the best move for me and my family for dental care. The accessibility and response time is extraordinary, even after hours and weekends. I especially appreciate the Christian atmosphere . Dr. Johnson and team go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. Extremely knowledgeable all while being kind and compassionate. Their customer service is extraordinary. I would recommend their services to everyone, especially if you’ve neglected your personal dental care due to apprehension or previous negative experiences. They offer dental sedation services which you won’t even remember. I highly recommend Stacy"
Karen R. Greenwood IN.
“The ladies in the front office are always so friendly and courteous. They always greet me by name when I come in and acknowledge me again as I’m leaving. Dr. Johnson always makes me laugh, even if he has “bad news” for me! And Mary Jane is the best dental hygienist in the state of Indiana, no question! There is no downside to visiting the office of Dr. Stacy Johnson. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable. Everyone on staff is professional and friendly. No one is ever particularly thrilled to visit the dentist, but no matter the procedure, you can be certain that Dr. Johnson and his staff will make it the best experience it possibly can be. “
"Always Exceptional!! I don’t suppose that many people eagerly look forward to a visit to their dentist, but Dr. Johnson and his outstanding staff can certainly make you glad you came. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and courteous. The office is warm and comfortable. The dental care is top notch. I have never had a bad experience in the 7 1/2 years I’ve been a patient. From routine cleanings and fillings to root canals and oral surgery, I’ve always had the best of care."
Janis W. Indianapolis, IN.
"It was a great experience even though I had both sides of my mouth worked on that morning. Yes it was a long day in the chair. But Dr Young and Megan done a great job. Thanks again.!! Things went well no complaints!!"
Kerry C. Greenwood IN.
"Every staff member was really great, I even got a blanket before being worked on.
My review of the office staff and Dr Stacy Johnson is that it was truly the best I have ever encountered. Thank you for taking such good care of me in such a positive environment."
Kenton Y. Greenwood IN.
"I saw Lindsey for the first time for a teeth cleaning. She was extremely gentle and her flossing was painless. My new name for her is Phantom Flosser. "
"It is Great!!!"
Phylis B. Greenwood IN.
"All my life I never liked to go to a dentist. This experience changed my mind. Great and caring staff"
Dennis B. Plainfield IN.
"From the moment I step through the door until the moment I leave, everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming. The ladies in the front office are gems, every one of them. They just sparkle. The exam room team are equally friendly and very, very competent. I’m always in good hands, no matter who attends me. And Dr. Johnson is a fabulous dentist. It’s worth the occasional cavity just to be in his presence!
My appointment was just supposed to be a routine cleaning. But during the cleaning, Kim noticed a problem with an old filling that would soon lead to problems. Dr. Johnson and his team juggled their schedule and took care of the problem right then. I didn’t have to re-schedule and make arrangements to return. Exemplary dental care and awesome customer service! What more could anyone want from their dentist?!"
Janis W. Indianapolis IN.
"Lindsey did an excellent job of cleaning my teeth with the ultrasonic water spray that removed stains.
Always have an enjoyable and excellent appointment with Dr. Johnson and team. Courteous, efficient, thorough, and always good humor!"
Jeffrey C. Nashville IN.
"Lindsay was my hygienist — this was my first visit with her. She was very professional and explained everything she was doing and gave me some suggestions for my future dental care. Dr Johnson (as always) was friendly and thorough and knows the people who come to see him. As always, the girls at the front were friendly and personable."
Candy R. Franklin IN.
"Jennifer, Megan, Kim, Kim, Kimberly, Susan, Dr. Long, and of course Dr. J. were all very pleasant to be around, even when they are x-raying, scraping, drilling, and filing. I’m sure the rest of the staff is equally friendly. This is a great environment to be in, they actually make it enjoyable to have your teeth worked on."
Jeff K. Franklin IN
"I am a teenager, and I’ve been going to Dr. Johnson for 8 years. He and his staff are extremely friendly and compassionate, and they help me to understand how to do a better job of taking care of my teeth. I have braces, and they always do a great job with my cleaning. Last year, when I had a cavity, Dr. Johnson was so empathetic to my nervousness. He helped me calm down by giving me laughing gas. I am glad he did, because it really worked!"
Sophia F. Greenwood IN.
"I met Kelly a dental hygienist who was wonderful and went above and beyond to make me comfortable… She blew thru her lunch just to attend to my needs… Dr. Johnson was wonderful and wildly hilarious…"
Denedra J. Indianapolis IN.
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