Cleaning and Prevention
Dentistry is founded on the principle of prevention. All patients are recommended to have cleanings and examinations every six months. Not only do they help you prevent dental problems before they arise, they leave your gums healthier, and your teeth cleaner and whiter. A professional cleaning removes hard/calcified plaque, also known as calculus, that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It also involves polish to help protect and soothe your teeth and gums. A flouride varnish is sometimes applied to kids or adults to help strengthen the enamel to prevent cavities. Flouride varnish can also be helpful in negating generalized sensitivity from increased acid exposure or gingival recession. Even if you haven’t had a cleaning in over two years, it’s never too late to treat your teeth.
What are some preventative measures I can take?
Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush after each meal
Floss daily before bedtime
Use an oral rinse after flossing
Avoid sugary foods, coffee, and tobacco
You will find when you come in for a cleaning and examination, that we will constantly be educating you in regard to ways to improve your oral hygiene. We also make a point to praise individuals that are brushing/flossing properly and on a routine basis. It is crucial for each patient to understand what they are doing well and what can be improved upon when it comes to oral hygiene.