MAINTAIN A HEALTHY SMILE WITH PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY
The maintenance of a healthy smile relies primarily on the removal of plaque from your teeth and the early detection of occasional problems, which yields improved treatment success rates. Fortunately, we offer professional techniques to thoroughly clean your teeth and monitor your oral health closely. By scheduling preventive visits and practicing effective home care, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for many years to come.
Your Preventive Visits
We suggest scheduling preventive visits once every six months for effective results. A multi-step process, your visit includes both a dental checkup and a dental cleaning. After visually examining your oral cavity and supportive structures, we will use advanced imaging, including digital X-rays, to take a closer look at the inner workings of your mouth. Monitoring your oral health twice a year allows us to reveal signs of change that may point to TMJ disorder (jaw joint problems) or gingivitis. Implementing immediate preventive treatment may relieve symptoms, while allowing you to avoid long-term damage. Or, for more serious concerns like tooth decay, an infection, or tooth damage, we may repair your tooth with restorative dentistry services.
Effective home dental hygiene habits contribute to clean, plaque-free teeth. However, even with exceptional, dedicated care, thorough removal is impossible to achieve on your own. During your dental cleaning, a friendly and skilled hygienist will use special instruments to gently yet completely remove remaining plaque from your teeth. She will then polish your teeth to remove final traces, so you leave our practice with a healthy, clean-feeling mouth.
Effective Home Care
Your home habits can have a dramatic effect on your ability to maintain excellent oral health. Your goal is simple: effectively remove plaque and debris from your mouth. You may best accomplish oral hygiene by adhering to the following steps:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes per brushing session – preferably once in the morning and once before bed. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, making sure to clean every surface of your teeth. Remember to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline, sweeping away plaque and food particles.
- Floss your teeth once daily. Using a strand measuring approximately 1½ feet in length, slide a portion of the floss between two teeth, cup the floss around one tooth in a c-shape, and drag it along the tooth to remove plaque. Repeat on the neighboring tooth. Continue this process throughout your mouth, using a fresh portion of the dental floss as you go.