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For First-time Visitors
Our Treatment Policy
Contributing to improve the quality of life through oral health promotion.
Greetings from the Clinic Director
The dental care that we strive to offer is not based on conventional care but is dental care that aims to prevent post-treatment recurrence and, if the teeth are healthy, to maintain their healthy state.
We believe that if teeth can be kept healthy from a young age to avoid any tooth from decaying and if periodontal disease can be prevented in adulthood, then tooth loss can be prevented entirely. In Western countries, it is normal for people to visit a dental clinic regularly and receive professional care. In fact, approximately 80% of the populations in Western countries receive such care. Meanwhile, in Japan, unfortunately, only 2% of the population receives such regular checkups. Therefore, for example, the average number of dental caries in 12-year-old children in developed Western countries is one compared to two or three in Japan. At Kaneko Dental Clinic, we not only perform conventional treatment techniques with a high level of discernment and skill but also a dental hygienist is assigned to each patient to assist in reducing individual intraoral risk. Our aim is to offer an environment in which you can receive maintenance care with minimal pain in a comfortable, semi-private room and without long waiting times.
Procedures for Treatment at Our Clinic
We move onto the following procedures after completing treatment for urgent conditions such as pain or inability to chew.
Outpatient care facility certified by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare: qualified staff and equipment to respond to emergencies, medical accidents, and infections; adherence to strict sterilization standards; and affiliation with other healthcare institutions for smooth reference in cases requiring urgent care.
We check data such as pulse and blood pressure while administering treatment to manage the patient’s general physical condition.
Every effort will be made to prevent dental diseases, such as dental caries or periodontal disease, from interfering with the patient’s healthy lifestyle.
Intraoral photographs, X-ray images, probing (testing for periodontal disease), saliva testing (3,000 yen, including tax, because health insurance is not applicable for only saliva testing.) it is not mandatory.
*Saliva testing involves testing for the number of cariogenic (dental caries-causing) bacteria and saliva strength to determine whether the patient is prone to or resistant to dental caries.
- Explanation of the treatment plan
The patient is given an explanation of the results of their examination and consultation regarding the treatment plan.
- Oral hygiene advice from a dental hygienist
- Plaque removal and cleaning by a dental hygienist
A major cause of dental caries and periodontal disease is plaque buildup, i.e., accumulation of bacteria. As such, it is impossible to treat the underlying disease by simply performing restoration treatment for dental caries (drill, fill, and cover) or performing surgery for cases of periodontal disease. Treatments such as these are only symptomatic (temporary measures for the treatment of symptoms).
Therefore, at our clinic, we conduct treatment that prioritizes the removal of the underlying cause to avoid wasting time and money that the patient invests for treatment.
After completing emergency procedures, such as pain elimination, intraoral testing and tooth-brushing guidance will be given by a dental hygienist along with plaque and calculus removal. These procedures are necessary for oral health protection.
- Dental caries and periodontal disease treatment by a dentist
The best cutting-edge technology is selected to offer optimal oral treatment for each patient.
Providing support to patients who want to maintain their intraoral health for as long as possible is another type of treatment that we consider to be highly important. We offer regular brushing of teeth/lifestyle habit checks and intraoral cleaning.
We hope that you will take advantage of our clinic’s services.
Based on your level of intraoral risk, you will visit our clinic once every 1–6 months and undergo regular checkups and cleaning.
A treatment time of 45–60 min is typically required for each session for thorough periodontal disease treatment and regular checkup and cleaning by a dental hygienist to be completed.
We ask that you come to appointments on time and, if you are late or wish to cancel the appointment, please kindly contact us as early as possible.
- To prevent disease onset
- To reduce disease onset as much as possible
- To enable early detection of disease recurrence or onset and to respond or initiate treatment promptly.
Interview with the clinic director
Your clinic offers sports dentistry as one of its main services. Please tell us about sports where the use of mouthguards is widespread.
Mouthguards are required for such sports as Brazilian jujitsu, karate, rugby, and lacrosse.
Moreover, since March 2017, it has become permissible to use transparent or white mouthguards for judo. Even in sports where the use of mouthguards is prohibited in competitive matches, wearing them during practice has had positive effects in terms of safety. I personally had my two front teeth knocked out during judo practice when I was a high school student.
I continued practicing judo until dentistry college after receiving dental treatment, but I was apprehensive whenever my face would come into contact with my opponent.
I obviously recommend using a mouthguard for safety reasons, but it is also good to wear them to be able to feel relaxed when practicing or when one is engaging in a match.
After having their teeth straightened through pediatric treatment, it is ideal for people interested in playing sports to wear a mouthguard in order to prevent oral injuries.
Dr. Takahiko Kaneko the Clinic Director:
What are mouthguards made of?
As their hardness changes according to the type of plastic used to make them, the thickness and shape are adjusted depending on the sport for which the mouthguards are intended to be used.
For example, mouthguards similar in shape to night guards used while sleeping are made for defensive positions in basketball, where there is not much direct contact.
Please tell us about the disadvantages of using a mouthguard.
The main disadvantages would be difficulty in breathing and talking with a mouthguard on.
In fact, many people are of the opinion that they would use the guards only if they were effective.
For example, there was a publication saying that using a mouthguard in a scrum in rugby helps increase physical strength. There was also a case when a professional golfer wore a mouthguard during a game and the ball flew too far, so the use of mouthguards was prohibited in golf.
However, the Academy of Sports Dentistry’s primary purpose for advocating the use of mouthguards is to prevent injury to players. It is important to produce mouthguards that suit everyone.
For Japanese women, who have relatively small mouths, this may mean cutting the palatal part until they adjust to the mouthguard and gradually increasing the size.
Please tell us about the treatments that sports dentistry offers other than making mouthguards.
Sports dentistry provides dietary coaching as well as treatment that prevents cavities and periodontitis. Since top athletes eat several meals, they are at increased risk of dental diseases compared to the average person. Recent studies have found that performance can be increased by adjusting athletes’ bite with orthodontic treatment while limiting the amount of therapeutic contact as much as possible.
Your clinic has six part-time or full-time dental hygienists; is this so that you can put more effort into sports and pediatric dentistry rather than only into general dentistry?
Yes. Our goal is to provide minimal treatment and prevention and to give nutritional coaching and education to our clients from the time they are children so that when they grow up, we can protect their teeth with mouthguards and maintain their oral health with as little treatment as possible.
You studied Oral Microbiology at dentistry college, so could you please tell us about your clinic’s system for disinfection and sterilization?
As a general rule, we disinfect all the instruments that can be sterilized, and we throw away those that cannot be, such as paper cups. Our clinic has three types of autoclaves—the general N-type, the cassette S-type, and the class B-type—that completely sterilize items by creating an internal vacuum twice. While we are naturally meticulous about details as healthcare providers, we are even more so because we have patients with illnesses that increase their risk of infection.
How exactly do you provide dietary coaching?
I will give you an example. If a person eats sweetened buns for breakfast, we ask them to brush without toothpaste before eating meals to reduce the amount of bacteria they are exposed to.
This reduces the amount of acid produced to deal with the bacteria and is thus effective in preventing problems. Additionally, people who have a high sugar intake are prone to developing plaque between their teeth, so we recommend flossing.
To put it simply, if a person does not ingest any sugar, they will not have cavities.
If a person is not careful about their diet, even if they receive proper treatment, there is an increased risk that they will develop cavities again. Therefore, nutritional and dietary coaching is very important.
Please tell us about the house call dental care your clinic provides.
We have two dental hygienists who are prepared to provide home dental care full time, and our plan is to provide oral care to elderly people in the area by enabling these hygienists to have a more central role in our system.
Please tell us about cosmetic dentistry offered by your clinic.
We recommend tooth whitening treatments to people who wish to enhance their oral esthetics after dental functionality has been improved through orthodontics and the treatment of cavities.
15 minute walk from Koshigaya Station （Tobu Skytree Line） or
Minami-Koshigaya Station （JR Musashino Line） or
Shin-Koshigaya Station （Tobu Skytree Line）
Parking lot available (50cars)