Patient Check List: Prevention

Good Preventive Care habits

  • Visiting the Dentist Regularly – The regular checkup is important. Almost all oral diseases are asymptomatic in their early stages; including periodontitis, gingivitis, decay, and oral cancer. In addition, these problems are much easier and less expensive to fix when caught early.
  • Updating Medical History with Dentist – Many medical conditions adversely impact your oral health both directly (diabetes, AIDS, Sjogren’s, etc.) and indirectly due to medications used (hypertension, heart disease, depression, cancer, etc.). Your dentist must be aware of all conditions and medications, even if it does not seem pertinent, to properly manage your treatment and prevention program.
  • Reducing Frequency of Sugar Intake – The amount of sugars eaten throughout the day is not as important as the frequency of intake. This includes both simple sugars and starches. The mouth has a natural buffering capacity in the saliva which neutralizes the bacterial acids, thus minimizing decalcification of enamel. Frequent sugar doses overload this ability.
  • Not Smoking – Smoking is just plain terrible for your mouth. Stained yellow to eth are the obvious problems, but the hidden damage is far more threatening. Smokers are much more likely to suffer oral cancer than non-smokers. Periodontal disease in smokers is more severe, progresses faster, and responds very poorly to treatment.
  • Protecting Your Teeth – Dental protection includes the obvious, such as wearing mouth guards for sports. Less obvious ways to protect your teeth from trauma include always wearing a seatbelt, never using your teeth as tools, and wearing a night guard if bruxism is evident.
  • Using Mouthwash – Mouthwashes and prescription rinses used twice daily help reduce gingivitis when accompanied by proper brushing and flossing.
  • Brushing and Flossing – The simple act of proper daily hygiene will prevent the majority of dental troubles in most people.

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    Mark D

  • I've been going to Artek Dental Care for the past four years and have always been satisfied with Dr. Karn. If you're looking for a dentist that you can trust, I would recommend Artek Dental Care. I found them to be very professional and felt that they always had my best interests in mind as their patient. I wish them all the best going forward!

    Cyrus Towfighi

  • I have been Dr. Karn’s patient since 2005 and I’m also with ARTEK Dental from day one.

    Alex Kishkovich

  • I just want to THANK YOU for great and pleasant service!!!

    Vlad Glazounov

  • Our family has been seen by Dr. Karn for several appointments during the past year.

    The Roach Family

  • I would like to take a moment to commend the excellent work that you do. It is so seldom that one finds such fine care in the world today.

    Daniel Lane

  • I highly recommend this clinic to everybody, including little kids! Very positive and very comfortable environment in the clinic is combined with a high level professionalism of people who work there. Doctor Valerie is just an amazing DOCTOR!


  • I take dental health extremely seriously and have had a few dentists throughout my life. But as long as Dr. Karn has her practice, I will not go anywhere else.

    Dmitri Lassenko

  • I would highly recommend Artek Dental Care. As someone who has had previous bad stories with other dental practices, going to Artek Dental was the best decision I've ever made in terms of my dental health and overall experience. I have encountered a lot of the different dentists and have had different experiences with all of them. And Dr. Velerie Karn is my absolute favorite dantist. She is professional, has a wealth of knowledge, amazing manner and is so pleasant to be around. Dr. Andrew is equally as awesome. He is really patient, explains things in a way that anyone can understand and always takes time to answer all of my questions. I have become one of those people who looks forward to going to the dentist since I have found a practice I can truly trust!

    Josef Begelman