Preventive Dentistry

The goal in our dental practice is to prevent the onset of dental problems as much as possible. Serving the areas of Willoughby Hills, Painesville, Euclid, and other communities, Dr. Stern and staff work diligently to create teamwork with each patient. The more you know about your body’s natural tendencies, the better you can care for your own oral health.

A vital part of keeping teeth and gums healthy throughout life is to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth. Regular six-month dental visits are integral in the accomplishment of this task. When you visit Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills regularly, we are able to assess the state of teeth and gums, and provide gentle, professional cleanings that remove any plaque that has accumulated on teeth. Our regular dental examinations also include high-tech detection of cavities using microcomputer technology, and oral cancer screening.

Cavity detection is a main component of oral examinations. Since the early days of dentistry, this task has been accomplished with x-rays and a dental probe, which shows us soft areas on teeth. Today, new technology makes the detection of cavities not only more comfortable, but also highly effective and accurate. Our computerized tool fits comfortably in the mouth, and it is simply moved slowly across tooth structures, where a light is shone. Our equipment, including digital x-rays and high-powered digital trans-illuminators, detects areas of damage, even so early that no tooth pain from damage has yet occurred.

Preventive dentistry, to our team, goes beyond the standard examinations and cleanings. In addition to providing fluoride treatments for adults and children prone to cavities, we work with our patients to integrate healthy lifestyle habits that will promote oral and general health.

One of the main factors that affect the health of our teeth and gums is dietary habits. For instance, the beverages we consume directly affect our teeth. To demonstrate, we make the comparison between several popular beverages and battery acid. Battery acid, found in your car battery, has a pH of 1.00. From this starting point, we can compare:

  • Battery acid – 1.00
  • Coke classic – 2.53
  • Nestea Sweetened Iced Tea – 2.97
  • Mountain Dew – 3.22
  • Tomatoes – 4.0+
  • Brewed Coffee – 5.51
  • Milk – 6.40

On the pH scale, a one-unit difference equates to a tenfold increase or decrease in acidity. This means that Coke Classic is approximately thirty times more acidic than brewed coffee. If one of your favorite drinks is in question, there is a wealth of content information to be found on reputable internet sites, and we are always happy to help you discover the dangers or benefits of various foods.

Many steps can be taken to promote healthy teeth and gums. The Smile Brighter Willoughby Hills team is here to help you achieve your most attractive, healthiest smile. Contact us for your dental check-up.

Success Stories

I have been going to Dr Stern for at least 10 years and have to say he treats his patients like royalty! It has always been a pleasurable experience and he has the latest and greatest technology for various procedures. Going to the dentist needs to be a great experience and I’d consider going here a must! It’s always a bonus when you get a perfect report on your teeth too:)

~ Dawn Semancik