Ryan Maddox, DDS
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General & Cosmetic Family Dentist
1568 Creekside Drive, Suite 202
Folsom, CA 95630
Ryan Maddox, DDS Folsom, CAP: (916) 983-1862
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1568 Creekside Drive, Suite 202
Folsom, CA 95630
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Friday: 8am - 4pm
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Ryan Maddox, DDS - Folsom family dentistDr. Maddox's specializes in Preventative Dentistry, Protecting the Teeth of You and Your Loved Ones!

Dental Exam

The most effective way to prevent disease and other problems with your teeth is by seeking dental exams twice a year. Dental exams typically constist of several steps:

  • X-ray Examinations allow Dr. Maddox to diagnose and circumvent problems like decay and tumors and help us to understand the positioning of your teeth and their roots. X-rays are essential to quality preventative dentistry.
  • Oral cancer screenings are fast, easy, and effective, allowing us to check your neck, face, and mouth for warning signs.
  • Gum disease evaluations can help circumvent periodontal disease by allowing professionals to routinely check the gums and bone around your teeth.
  • Tooth decay examinations are a simple form of preventative dentistry, allowing for us to measure and prevent decay on tooth surfaces..
  • Existing restoration examinations ensure that current fillings and other restorations are still working as they should.

Professional Dental Cleaning (dental prophylaxis)

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.


Brushing your teeth after meals and between-meal snacks not only gets rid of food particles, it removes plaque, the sticky film that forms on teeth. Using a fluoride toothpaste is also important because the fluoride reduces bacteria levels, as well as remineralizes tooth surfaces, making them stronger.

A brush with soft, end-rounded or polished bristles is less likely to injure gum tissue or damage the tooth surface. The size, shape and angle of the brush should allow you to reach every tooth. Children need smaller brushes than those designed for adults. Remember: worn-out toothbrushes can not properly clean your teeth and may injure your gums. Toothbrushes should be replaced every few months or when the bristles show signs of wear.

For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush canít reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.

Scaling/Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root.

Plaque is a sticky substance, full of bacteria, that forms on teeth. When plaque hardens over time, it is called calculus. Plaque is more likely to stick to rough surfaces. For this reason, the root surface is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smoothes irregular areas of the root surface.

Bacteria cause periodontal disease. Plaque and calculus provide an irregular surface that allows these bacteria to attach easily. Scaling and root planing are done to remove the plaque and calculus. For early stages of the disease, this treatment may be all that is needed to get the condition under control. This is especially effective with gingivitis. With more advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing may be the first step before surgery.

For some patients, scaling and root planing can cause discomfort. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the portion of your mouth that is being worked on.

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