Preventive dental care is important for the entire family. From infants cutting their first teeth to older children going through the process of losing primary teeth to adults and seniors, our dental team is here to help. Our dental hygienists have years of experience cleaning teeth, and our dentists know just what to look for to diagnose and treat an oral health issue.
Preventive Dentistry Protects Your Oral Health
Just as your car needs regular oil changes to perform efficiently, your teeth need regular professional cleaning and inspection. The American Dental Association recommends that adults and children see the dentist for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Children can visit us as soon as they cut their first teeth.
Besides regular brushing and flossing at home, visiting the dentist twice each year is one of the most important things you can do to preserve maximum oral health for a lifetime. Professional care lowers the risk of losing tooth enamel, developing gum disease, developing cavities, and losing natural teeth to disease.
What to Expect at a Preventive Care Appointment
During the first part of your appointment, one of our dental hygienists scrapes plaque and tartar from your teeth with an ultrasonic scraper. You will have the opportunity to rinse your mouth several times during this procedure. The hygienist then brushes and polishes your teeth with an electronic toothbrush, followed by flossing between each tooth. You will also have X-rays taken at every other appointment.
Once the cleaning portion of your exam is done, our dentist inspects your mouth for cavities and other common oral health issues. We will ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment if the dentist detects any problems that require additional treatment.
Best Practices to Care for Your Oral Health at Home
Your diet is a major factor in the health of your teeth and gums. For example, a diet high in sugary food causes bacteria to form on your teeth that turn into plaque and tartar. Drinking acidic beverages like soda can cause weakening of your tooth enamel. If you’re a parent, it’s especially important to set a good example for your children when it comes to your food and drink choices.
Brush and floss at least twice a day
We recommend brushing your teeth after breakfast in the morning and before you go to bed at night. Flossing is equally important because it dislodges food particles from your mouth before they have the opportunity to break down tooth enamel and cause cavities. Be sure to use toothpaste with fluoride and rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least once each day.
Schedule a Preventive Care Exam Today
Please request a preventive care exam if you or a family member have not seen us in more than six months. We look forward to seeing your smiling face.