Many dental issues can be easily prevented with routine cleanings and exams. Did you know that plaque can begin to form within hours and tartar can build up in a matter of days as the result of bacteria? Routine cleanings allow for the effective removal of bacteria, while routine exams help to catch issues early on while they are easier and less expensive to repair. Occasionally more serious issues like oral cancer can be detected at an early stage by having routine exams.
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, 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.
Cleanings are highly encouraged every 6 months. Plaque can form on teeth within hours of removal, either by a dental professional or by your own home care (brushing and flossing). Tartar or calculus can form over the course of only a few days and once there requires removal by a dental professional who has the tools and experience to effectively clean those hard to reach places. Our team also takes this time to look for other warning signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, etc.
Sealants are important for children because they add protection to their emerging permanent teeth. Sealants are tooth-colored and protect the teeth from bacteria while the child continues to develop their own exceptional 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!
Our practice primarily caters to adult patients, but we encourage families to start bringing in their children for routine dental care at least 6 months after their first baby tooth appears. 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!