Having a dentist you can trust and rely on is the first step towards a lifetime of dental health and smiles.
Kneib Dentistry in Erie, Pa. strives to be that for you. By providing modern preventative dental care services — from routine teeth cleanings and dental checkups to fitting for mouthguards — Dr. Kneib can help you and your family live a happy and healthy life.
Have your whole family seen in the same office. Treat a range of conditions or come in for routine dental treatments.
Make your dental health a priority by keeping up with routine appointments at Kneib Dentistry in Erie, Pa.
As soon as they get their first tooth children should start visiting the dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings.
What should my diet and dental health look like?
Diets low in certain nutrients reduce resistance to oral and dental infections like periodontal disease (gum disease) and decay. Dr. Kneib feels a healthy immune system is essential to controlling periodontal disease.
Counseling in the Four Basic Food Groups will improve dental health and general health. The consumption of sugar, especially in sticky forms or in a baby bottle while sleeping, contributes to the rapid development of dental decay.
The trace nutrient fluoride may not be adequately supplied by bottle or municipal water supplies throughout the Erie area. Supplementation with oral tablets and topical application will reduce the incidence of dental decay by more than 60%.
Together, a balanced diet, daily use of fluoride, effective brushing, and sensible eating habits can reduce the risk of, or even prevent, infectious dental disease.
What is the goal of preventative dentistry?
Preventative dentistry seeks to stop dental problems before they arise. By maintaining a healthy oral routine and establishing good habits, you can decrease the likelihood of developing more serious problems down the road.
How do you prevent cavities?
Fluoride has been a great benefit to patients of all ages in helping prevent dental decay. Regular brushing and flossing lowers the chance of developing "cavities."
At Kneib Dentistry, we know that the most decay-prone areas of teeth are the grooves and depressions on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which require further preventive care.
To prevent decay, a plastic-like coating called a sealant should be painted on the chewing surfaces of all the back teeth. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce tooth decay by as much as 90% to 100%.
The American Dental Association recommends, and Dr. Kneib agrees, that sealants be placed as soon as the first adult back teeth come in at age 6 or 7. Sealants should continue to be used as each adult back tooth comes into the mouth. All back teeth that need to be sealed are present by age 13. Sealant application is simple and fast.
How often should you visit the dentist?
At a bare minimum, adults should visit the dentist for a routine cleaning and check-up once a year. Children are encouraged to visit the dentist more frequently than adults, as their teeth grow rapidly during childhood and dentists can steadily monitor this development. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may want to schedule dentist appointments more frequently.
How long do dental cleanings take?
If you're visiting your dentist for a routine checkup and have healthy teeth, your dental cleaning should take no longer than 30 minutes. The average dental cleaning can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.