Cleaning and Prevention
The foundation of Dentistry is prevention. All patients are recommended biannual cleanings and examinations. We perform comprehensive exams and cancer screening at every follow-up visit. Not only do they help you stop dental problems before they arise, they leave your gums healthier, and your teeth cleaner and whiter. A professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. It also involves a fluoride treatment and polish to help protect and soothe your teeth and gums. Even if it has been a long time since your last cleaning, it’s never too late to start caring for 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
Sometimes you need more than just a simple cleaning and polish. Over time plaque and tarter can build up on the surfaces of teeth causing gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a disease caused by bacteria infecting your gums, periodontitis occurs when that disease progresses to your bone and starts to cause bone disruption. This can cause loss of teeth and can even effect your physical health and contribute to heart disease. We diagnose the need for periodontal therapy by measuring bone loss around teeth, pocket depths, and bleeding around those pockets.