Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your smile by visiting the dentist regularly and taking care of your teeth and gums between checkups. Our practice wants to make sure that you get the most out of your office visits, and that your teeth stay healthy for life! We'll work with you to provide complete dental care, and show you how to maintain your smile at home with the right dental products for you and your family.
Preventative Appointments: Dental Cleanings and Regular Checkups
Preventative Appointments including regular dental checkups and cleanings are an important part of maintaining your optimal oral health. During your Preventative Appointment, your doctor or hygienist will:
- Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Provide a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
- Discuss any oral health concerns you may have
- Provide oral cancer screening
- Discuss any treatment, if needed
In addition, at your Preventative Appointment Sealants and/or Fluoride can be applied.
Sealants: Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars), to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Fluoride: Fluoride varnish is painted on teeth and can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth). For more information about why fluoride is good for people of all ages click here: FLUORIDE
Choosing the Right Toothpaste and Toothbrush
From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it's important to choose the right products for your smile. Keep in mind that when you're looking for a new toothpaste or toothbrush, be sure to choose one that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Your dentist can also help by recommending certain dental products for use at home.
Did you know that at birth, people already have 20 primary (baby) teeth that begin erupting after six months, and that by age 21, there are no more primary teeth, and all 32 permanent teeth have erupted?
Getting to know your teeth can be fun and educational!
Anatomy of a Tooth
Tooth Eruption Chart