Preventative Dentistry

The health of your teeth can have a significant impact on your overall health and people’s perception of you. Your smile is one of the first features people notice. A healthy smile and fresh breath not only make you more approachable, but communicate to others that you place great importance on oral hygiene.

The entire body’s immune system and heart function depend on removing bacteria from your teeth. When bacteria remain, one of the first negative side effects is tooth decay. This typically manifests into cavities, small holes in the outer structure of the tooth. Unhealthy bacteria can also lead to gum disease, a serious bacterial infection that has both oral and physical ramifications. As the disease progresses, it can result in tooth loss, but it may also increase your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Preventative care is a priority for Dr. Novick and the team at Celebrity Dental. We desire to help our patients maintain good oral health so they can preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible. Below are just a few of the ways we can make that happen.

Dental Checkups and Cleanings

According to the American Dental Association, you should visit the dentist for a dental cleaning and examination every six months to maintain healthy teeth. This can help prevent cavities and other serious oral health conditions.

At the appointment, one of our friendly hygienists will take digital x-rays. This technology not only exhibits less radiation than traditional x-rays, but makes storing and recalling x-rays more convenient. Once completed, the hygienist will then begin removing plaque buildup with handheld instruments and an ultrasonic scaling device. He or she will also floss in between teeth to remove any trapped food and bacteria.

A high-powered toothbrush and abrasive paste will then be used to polish teeth and remove any remaining plaque. To complete the treatment, the hygienist will have you rinse with fluoride to help strengthen enamel. For children or adults more susceptible to tooth decay, dental sealants can be applied over teeth.

Once the teeth are cleaned and dried, Dr. Novick will examine your teeth and gums, and review the x-rays for any underlying issues. He may also use a revolutionary cavity detection device known as DIAGNOdent™ to identify tooth decay. This device can locate the very earliest signs of cavities, helping patients save time and money on costly restorative procedures. Cavities can generally be repaired with dental fillings. In more serious cases, a dental crown may be required. When gum disease is present, he will recommend scaling and root planing.

Bruxism and TMJ Treatment

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism) can damage molars and cause tooth sensitivity and severe jaw pain, known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Because bruxism often occurs unknowingly while patients sleep, we offer customized oral appliances known as mouth guards. This appliance fits comfortably over the top and bottom teeth and should be worn nightly to alleviate jaw pain and keep teeth from grinding against each other.

Tips for a Healthy Smile

Dr. Novick believes in partnering with his patients to help preserve healthy smiles. While attending routine examinations is important, implementing a proper oral hygiene regimen at home is also key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Some tips to remember include:

  • Brush your teeth – This should be done morning and night, or after each meal if you have the beginning signs of gum disease.
  • Use proper brushing techniques – Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush teeth for about two minutes. Be use and use a circular motion to avoid irritating gums.
  • Floss daily – This will remove food and bacteria from in between teeth.
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash – This helps prevent gum disease and keep breath fresh.
Schedule Your Dental Exam

At Celebrity Dental, we treat patients of all ages and are proud to provide dental care for the entire family. To schedule a consultation, please contact us online or give us a call at our Franklin Square, NY office by calling (516) 481-1446.

02:36 18 Dec 17
Dr Novick and the Celebrity Dental Team Is Awesome! Hands down the best dentist our family has ever gone to! His staff is awesome and there is never a wait when you visit! Dr Novick is also awesome with my 2 kids (7 and 12) and even got them to brush twice a day! Over 10 years strong and my teeth have never been better! - Thanks Guys!!!
renee Nero
renee Nero
01:50 18 Jan 18
I always hated going to the dentist and would skip years at a time but once I started going to Dr Novick that hatred faded off. It may sound corny but Dr Novick gave me my smile. I trust his opinion and take his advice on what he recommendeds for my oral health. His staff is wonderful. Everyone is friendly and makes you feel comfortable.
Lenore Weingarten
Lenore Weingarten
00:06 01 Feb 18
The staff in this office is AMAZING. Dr. Novick is a fantastic dentist. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs a dentist.
Sheryl Kushnick-Carr
Sheryl Kushnick-Carr
02:51 10 Feb 18
Dr. Novick and his Staff are fantastic!! I've been going there for over 12 years, and now bring my elderly parents to Celebrity Dental as well. Dr. Novick is beyond gentle, explains everything, doesn't double book.... Can't recommend them enough!!!
03:46 23 Dec 17
Dr. Novick goes the extra mile to ensure I have the best possible outcome. Because of this my teeth are in great shape. His hygienist who did my teeth cleaning has the same great attitude.
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