What is preventive dental care?
Why preventive dental care matters
If you have a history of particular dental problems such as gum disease, then you may require more reviews until you achieve good oral health.
Often, despite good oral hygiene at home, you don’t reach into every corner, especially at the back of your mouth or in difficult to reach areas, especially with a history of other dental issues or treatments. Bacteria and plaque can get stuck in a gap between your teeth or restorations, leading to dental disease or tartar formation. Once we have established oral health for patients with dental problems, then long term maintenance and prevention is doubly important.
What can I do myself?
In between checkups and professional cleaning, brushing your teeth and flossing is one thing you can do for your own oral health. Our dental hygienists will demonstrate the best technique to you.
It’s also important to monitor or change your lifestyle habits, since smoking, certain medications, and stressful life events can all cause changes in oral health. Early prevention is the best cure.
That is why our family dentists not only check the teeth and gums, but also the mouth and surrounding region for any signs of other disease such as oral cancer.
Professional scale and clean
A scale and clean appointment – using an ultrasonic scaler – will scrape away the buildup (calculus) and clean away the debris that was sitting between your teeth and around/under your gums. Your dental hygienist will gently reach into the more hard-to-reach spots around your teeth and clean the plaque in fine detail. You will reduce the risk of suffering from destructive gum disease.
Scaling and cleaning checkups will end with a dental prophylaxis using a rotating brush to give your teeth a polished and fresh feeling.
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