As I written in the past to our patients, the use of a WaterPik twice a day is an extremely effective way to remove bacteria that is difficult to reach with dental floss or a toothbrush. I have seen remarkable changes in my own mouth and in the mouths of my patients when the WaterPik is used effectively and frequently.
However, there are very specific principles in using it effectively.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about the benefits and the technique for using a WaterPik or as it's often called a Water Flosser.
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D.
Dental Office of:
Victor M. Sternberg, D.M.D., PC
Westchester Center of Periodontal and Implant Excellence
141 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
If you’ve been a maintenance patient in our practice, you’ve probably noticed that during each visit we measure the pockets around your teeth and record six numbers per tooth. This gives us a baseline of how the gum is attached or unattached to the tooth. Interesting study done as reported by the Journal of Clinical Periodontics in 2004 and 2008, came up with startling statistics. There is a direct relationship between the depth of the pocket and the eventual possibility of losing your tooth due to periodontal disease. If a tooth had a pocket of 5 mm., it was 7.7 times more likely to be lost due to periodontal disease. If the tooth had a pocket of 6 mm., it was 11 times more likely to be lost. If the tooth pocket probed 7 mm., it was 64 times more likely to be lost. In addition, if there was bleeding noted when the pocket was probed, there is a 46 times likelihood there will be tooth loss due to periodontal disease.
Now these numbers are statistics and as we all know, statistics can be misused. However, it is indicative that the shallower the pocket around the tooth, the fewer bacteria can be harbored there, and the easier it is for the patient and the hygienist to remove the bacteria on a predictable basis. When pockets are present around your teeth, we remove all the plaque and tartar that accumulate and then attempt to reduce the pockets to a shallower level. Periodontal surgery is often suggested when we feel these pockets cannot be reduced by scaling nor maintained by frequent cleanings alone.
Knowing your pocket depth and having it monitored is similar to having your blood pressure checked regularly and dealing with it when it gets too high.
This measurement of pockets around teeth is probably the single most important dental evaluation that one can obtain as an adult during a dental checkup.
If you have questions about this, please feel free to visit our website
or speak to me personally by calling 914.762.1885 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Victor M. Sternberg
I want to introduce you to Laura Fassecesia, one of our resident hygienists. Her name may be challenging to pronounce but her contribution to our office and patients is unquestionably excellent! Laura started her dental career 33 years ago as a Dental Surgical Assistant. She loved her work, however she always wanted a college degree. She received a B.S.D.H, and graduated at the top of her class from the University of Bridgeport. Laura has a multitude of skills we are proud to offer our patients:
That's not all!
I want to introduce you to Anni Perkowski, one of our resident hygienists. Anni embodies the dental hygienist we employ here at the Westchester Center for Periodontal and Implant Excellence. Anni has a multitde of skills we are proud to offer our patients:
That's not all! Anni is very involved in community service. She is a volunteer coach with the Rockland County Department of Health for the fall prevention and exercise initiative for older adults. She also has volunteered with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey performing preventative oral health screenings. And last but not least, once yearly, she teaches home care at the NJ Special Olympics and Give Kids A Smile!
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