Many dental issues can be prevented with routine cleanings and exams. Every day plaque and tartar can build up as the result of bacteria living off the bits of food trapped in hard to reach places around teeth. The presence of this bacteria causes teeth to decay and form cavities, causes the bone around teeth to weaken leading to tooth loss, and can cause or be associated with a number of other major health issues. Routine cleanings allow for the effective removal of these bacteria, while routine exams help to catch issues like oral cancer early on.
The first step in preventative oral hygiene is knowing where your dental health currently stands. Dental X-Rays give our team an in depth look into the health of your teeth and surrounding bone, inside and out. Technology has come a long way, and the radiation used in dental x-rays is about the same level of exposure as a 2-hour airplane flight! As a precaution, however, we still conduct all safety protocols to keep both our staff and our patients safe in the process.
Cleanings are highly encouraged every 3-6 months. Have you ever wondered why? That’s exactly how much time it can take for bacteria to form a layer of plaque on your teeth, which cannot be reached with regular brushing or flossing. Only a dental professional has the tools and experience to reach those hard to reach places. Our team also takes this time to look for other warning signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, etc.
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Sealants are important for children because it coats the molars with a tooth-colored layer that protects the teeth from bacteria as the child’s teeth continue to develop, and as the child continues to develop their own exceptional at home hygiene routine!
Home Care Kits
After every visit you’ll be sent home with a home care kit, including a new toothbrush (which should actually be replaced every three months), travel toothpaste, and floss. Unsure which direction to brush in, or how to reach your back teeth? Never hesitate to openly ask our staff for home care tips!
We understand that going to the dentist can be scary. We want to make sure this fear isn’t holding you back from important dental care decisions. Our sedation options will put you in a relaxed state, and many patients report having no memory of the procedure afterwards. Ask us if sedation might be right for you.
Our practice primarily caters to adult patients, but we encourage families to start bringing in children for routine dental care at least 6 months after their first baby tooth erupts. Baby teeth are critical in the development of adult teeth, and seeing the dentist at a young age helps them to develop an appreciation for routine care. We make the experience fun and comforting so that the child will not grow up with dental fears!