Prevention and early detection are the key to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. A good home regimen, in addition to regular cleanings and exams, can prevent many dental treatments. Our hygienists are available to assist you with your hygiene and management of your gums.
As damaging as plaque can be, it is easily removed by mechanical brushing. Plaque deposits build up on the teeth fairly quickly after eating and drinking, and if they are not crushed away they can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. If plaque is not removed, it hardens and becomes calculus (tartar) and cannot be removed with regular brushing. We have special instruments designed to remove tartar.
Regular dental cleanings, performed by a registered dental hygienist, are a crucial part of preventive dental care. Br removing plaque and tartar, your oral health is enhanced and your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease are reduced. Your dental hygienist will remove moderate plaque and tartar buildup, or an ultrasonic device to scale away heavier buildup. The cleaning is finished with polishing, a pleasant procedure that cleans the surface of teeth, removes stains, and leaves the mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Learn more about our cleanings - click here.
No matter how diligent you are in your home dental care regimen, you should still get a dental exam and cleaning at least twice per year. The importance of regular dental exams cannot be overemphasized - dental exams are the cornerstone of good dental health. In particular, regular checkups are essential for early detection of more serious problems. Early detection makes treatment easier, less expensive, and more successful and effective. Learn more about our exams.
During your dental exam, our dentists will perform the following routine checks:
Flossing + Mouth Rinses
- Examine and assess gum health; check for gum disease
- Diagnose any existing tooth decay
- When indicated, take and analyze x-rays, which may reveal decay, bone loss, abscesses, tumors, cysts, and other problems
- Screen for the presence of oral cancer
- Verify the stability of any existing fillings or others restorations
- Inform you of all findings and make treatment recommendations
Daily flossing is an effective way to clean teeth where regular brushing can't reach. To floss properly, take 18" of dental floss, wrap it around the middle finger of each hand, and pinch it between your thumb and index finger. Pull the floss taut, then slide it gently between each tooth and under the gum line. Slide the floss up and down the side of each tooth to remove plaque buildup. Also, over-the-counter mouth rinses can help to fight bad breath, remove loose food particles after brushing, and freshen the mouth. However, mouth rinses are never a substitute for brushing, flossing, or regular dental examinations, and may disguise warnings signs of periodontal disease.
A beautiful smile begins with a strong foundation of healthy gums. Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can help most people to preserve their teeth for a lifetime. We offer a comprehensive periodontal disease prevention and treatment program because a solid foundation of healthy gums is essential to protect your investment in enhancements such as crowns, bridges, partials, veneers, and professional whitening. Learn more about periodontal disease.
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