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In order to maintain a beautiful smile, you have to have a healthy foundation. With preventative and general dental care services our NYC dentist, Michael Kosdon, DDS, can make sure any oral health problems are caught as early as possible. His goal is to stop dental health challenges from becoming larger, more costly issues down the road. Dr. Kosdon offers a number of advanced approaches for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums while also identifying conditions that can affect your oral and overall health. Dr. Kosdon is a highly experienced dentist and believes in giving each patient customized, comfortable, and effective care. The treatments described in the sections below are just some of the options available at our practice.
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A teeth cleaning is often paired with your regular oral exam. A professional dental cleaning can thoroughly clean your teeth and reach areas that a conventional toothbrush can’t access. These procedures can remove bacteria and plaque buildup, reducing the potential for developing gum disease, cavities, and other problems. Plus, dental cleanings can give your teeth a refreshing polish and provide you with a brand new reason to smile! Dr. Kosdon recommends at least two dental cleanings each year to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Comprehensive oral exams enable Dr. Kosdon to take a good look at your teeth, gums, and other areas of your mouth to see if there are any problems. These exams can help Dr. Kosdon identify cavities, the buildup of plaque, gum disease, and many other issues in order to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Kosdon recommends at least two oral exams each year.
Traditionally, metal amalgam materials containing mercury – a substance known to be toxic even in small quantities – have been used to fill cavities. Many have raised concerns about the safety of these fillings, claiming they may have the potential to seep mercury into the body and impact overall health. Fortunately, tooth-colored fillings composed of composite-resin can provide a safer, stronger, more attractive alternative to out-dated metal amalgam. Dr. Kosdon uses only mercury-free composite-resin materials to fill cavities, which reduces the possibility of detrimental toxins harming patients. Tooth-colored fillings do not expand and contract the way amalgam-based fillings do and can deliver durable, natural-looking results that reinforce tooth structure and keeping smiles bright.
We do all we can to reduce waste and conserve energy throughout our practice. Our office is paperless, which means the majority of our forms, appointment schedules, x-rays, photos, and records are digital, dramatically reducing paper waste. Digital records are also more organized and efficient, making it easy to access, reference, and update your files.
Regular oral cancer screenings are the keys to early detection and treatment for a condition that can have serious, even fatal consequences. With early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer, studies have indicated the chances of survival to be approximately 80 to 90 percent. Dr. Kosdon can perform these quick and painless oral cancer screenings as part of your regular oral exam here at our practice. It’s very important to remember that early warning signs of oral cancer may not be noticeable to you in the early stages, which makes it even more critical to have these routine screenings. Dr. Kosdon recommends at least one check per year for patients who do not consume alcohol or tobacco products, and at least two each year for those who do consume these products.