Enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth by starting a daily regimen of rinsing often, brushing twice a day and flossing once each day.
Rinse your mouth after meals and snacks. Also rinse after brushing and flossing.
Use an American Dental Association approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes are recommended for ease of use and efficient removal of tooth plaque.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean food particles from between teeth and under the gum line. Floss holders are handy if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Regular twice-a-year dental exams offer your dentist and dental hygienist an opportunity to do a professional cleaning that removes all calculus or tartar as well as plaque. Regular dental checkups help prevent these buildups from happening and help prevent the start of periodontal disease.
X-rays are essential to detect decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss and positions of teeth and roots hidden by the gum line. New patients should get a full mouth series of dental X-rays which are good for three to five years.
A visual examination allows a trained professional to check your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer or other conditions.
A thorough examination should include checking all tooth surfaces for decay and also check any prior dental work including fillings, crowns, braces, implants, dentures, and other work.
If decay is occurring, lasers may be used to remove decay within a tooth or prepare the surrounding enamel to accept the filling. Lasers can also be used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures. They are often used to remove small pieces of tissue during a biopsy so the tissue can be checked for cancer. Lasers are also used to speed up teeth whitening procedures as the laser energy activates the peroxide bleaching solution.
Once the examination is complete, polishing the teeth removes any stains and plaque not otherwise removed during brushing and scaling.
Flouride helps prevent tooth decay, especially in young children. This mineral is found naturally in foods and water supplies. However, most people don’t receive enough to prevent tooth decay. A flouride treatment may be necessary to help strengthen the teeth and gums. . Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. Children should be taught to brush and floss, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks and visit the dentist at regular intervals.
Sealants — a thin coating — are sometimes applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, premolars and any teeth with deep grooves, pits or fissures. Research shows that more than 75 percent of dental decay begins in these deep grooves, which can be difficult to clean.